Amsterdam Weekend Guide – September 29-October 1
Amsterdam’s autumn cultural season is in full swing, with another selection of unique events, and – as usual – there’s something for everyone.
On this weekend’s agenda is a festival dedicated to African creativity, a wine-tasting event, an art extravaganza, an ode to the ’90s and a sustainable market.
Every autumn, Afrovibes presents the latest and greatest in creative African talent, including dance, theatre, music (contemporary and traditional), design, poetry and more. Now in its 14th edition, the event is recognised for showcasing the more extraordinary and intriguing sides of art, giving young African artists a chance to show off their skills on an international stage.
Of course, there are many Dutch artists showing off their creative flair, too, and the many Dutch-African collaboration projects are a great example of how different cultures can come together to create something special. After all, embracing various cultures is part of what makes Amsterdam so great – and you can witness this first hand at Afrovibes.
Antique aficionados and history heads rejoice, as Amsterdam’s Art&Antiques Weekend features more than 300 antique dealers and galleries each year – all in one place: the stunning Spiegelkwartier. This year’s excellent programme features jewellery, fashion, fossils and the latest acquisitions from years gone by.
And it’s not just historical exhibitions; the programme boasts an array of knowledge-packed lectures, too. There’ll also be guided tours, free advice on antiquing and restoration, special offers and child-friendly events.
Let’s face it, the ’90s were a great decade, albeit a bit silly and cheesy. 90s NOW is an event that travels the country embracing this silliness, cheesiness and greatness – all in celebration of the decade that brought us the Spice Girls, Gameboys, good MTV and countless other cultural icons.
Taking place in the gorgeous city of Haarlem (in the Patronaat), this 1997 edition is the ultimate tribute to nostalgia. Expect the DJs to be spinning all the best-known artists from the year, including R Kelly, Bloodhound Gang, Aqua and everything in between. Needless to say, you’ll need to get those vocal chords ready for sing-a-longs galore.
Amsterdam Wine Festival
Amsterdam’s had its fair share of amazing beer festivals over the past few months. But it’s time to swap those pint glasses for wine glasses, as it’s wine’s time to shine. Enter Amsterdam Wine Festival, which transforms the iconic Westergasfabriek into an artful wine-tasting extravaganza.
Over 250 wines will be available to try, including flavours from the world’s biggest wine producers: France, Italy, Spain and more. But you can also expect to be surprised by the unfamiliar – yet still delicious – tastes of wine from Slovenia, Austria and the US. Whether you’re a wine-tasting pro or a curious newcomer, this event has you covered. Proost!
Modern Hippie Market
This Sunday, Amsterdam Roest – in collaboration with Kameleon Concepts and the Modern Hippies community – will open its doors as a day-long market dedicated to vintage, hip and sustainable brands. Most of the labels are relatively unknown, so who knows: you might just discover the next TOMS. Brands present include House of Balm, Iloveyoga, Rock Your World, Wolf and Storm and much more.