Amsterdam Weekend Guide – September 22-24
The first weekend of autumn is here at last, kicking off the new cultural season in style with an array of great events. And there’s something for everyone.
This time we’ve got an indie fest, a craftsmanship showcase, a neighbourhood party, a photography festival and a celebration of diversity in Nieuw-West.
Let’s face it: Amsterdam’s indie scene is thriving. Much to the delight of indie aficionados, every week brings another curly-haired, skinny-jean-wearing group to the capital, and they’re usually damn good to boot. But Paradiso doubles down on this once a year, transforming Amsterdam into a true indie city (Indiestadt).
A massive selection of the biggest up-and-coming indie rockers will grace Paradiso’s two stages. And this year’s line-up is a corker; on top of the usual smaller bands, there are also bigger names such as Everything Everything and Portugal. The Man. Prefer your rock music a little faster, louder and more technical? Don your most brutal band tee and head over to Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival on Friday instead.
Ambacht in Beeld Festival
Creatives, makers and the crafts curious are in for a real treat at the annual Ambacht in Beeld Festival in De Hallen – a three-day celebration of craftsmanship that includes fashion, pottery, instrument making and even haute cuisine. If you can name a type of crafting, it’ll probably be represented somewhere at Ambacht in Beeld.
The festival boasts workshops, masterclasses, lectures and performances on all the tried-and-true methods (and some of the cutting-edge new techniques.) And naturally, De Hallen’s in-house cinema will be hosting a range of top-notch programming throughout the three days.
De Clercq Fest
Amsterdam’s Oud-West neighbourhood is known for its chic design stores, art-house cinemas and some of the best flat whites in town. This weekend, De Clercqstraat brings locals and visitors together for a neighbourhood street party – think food stalls, live music, candy floss, karaoke and kids’ entertainment.
De Clercqstraat’s enviable selection of culinary hotspots, cafés and boutiques will also get amongst it, with special offers and surprises during the event. Eat, drink and shop your way along one of the most happening streets in Amsterdam.
Sat // De Clercqstraat //11:00-18:00 // Facebook event page // Photo: Elisah Jacobs
Unseen Amsterdam is a refuge for the shutterbugs of the world. A leading platform for modern photography, the event brings the global photography community together, focussing on the newest and most disruptive developments in the discipline. On top of hosting some game-changing debates and discussions, it’s also a podium for up-and-coming photographers to showcase their work to an international audience.
The event is organised by some of Amsterdam’s biggest art and photography institutions, and over 50 renowned international galleries are invited to strut their creative stuff. Needless to say, the programme is always outstanding, featuring an exhibition, a book market, artist-run collectives and more.
Sloterplas Nazomer Festival
Amsterdam Nieuw-West takes the spotlight at the Sloterplas Nazomer Festival, which stresses the importance of diversity, community and – of course – great entertainment, food and drinks. Gezellig! Expect food trucks offering tasty – or lekker, as the Dutch would say – international cuisine, a selection of film and theatre, live music (international and local) across a range of genres and more. There’s even a 2.5km interactive race around the Sloterplas.