— April —
Keukenhof, 20 March to 9 May 2021
Each year, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive as 7 million flower bulbs in every colour of the rainbow blossom over 32 hectares. This glorious celebration of the Netherlands’ world-famous flower history takes place over an eight-week period that ties in with the tulip’s national flowering season. The stars of the show are naturally the stunning blooms that cover the park, but there are also flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art, events and the ‘Tulip Mania’ exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion to enjoy. The theme for 2021 is ‘A World of Colours’, with visitors being treated to a total of 800 varieties of tulip that will delight both the eyes and the nose.
World Press Photo
De Nieuwe Kerk, 17 April – 25 July 2021
The winning images from the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest begin their world tour in Amsterdam every April. Each year, professional press photographers, photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over the world are invited to submit their top news-related pictures from the previous year. The best works are assembled into a travelling exhibition of over 200 images.
— May —
Event cancelled due to Covid-19
Het Concertgebouw, 18 May to 23 May 2021
The third Mahler Festival will once again take place at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The monumental festival will see in six evenings the Austrian composer’s first six symphonies brought to life by esteemed guests such as the London Symphony Orchestra, het Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Remembrance & Liberation Day
Various locations, 4-5 May 2020
Amsterdam joins the rest of the Netherlands on 4 May when its citizens pause to pay their respects to the victims and fallen soldiers of World War II, as well as more recent military conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Then it’s time for a national party on 5 May, as the crowds take to the streets to celebrate their freedom on Liberation Day.
Various locations, 15 May to 19 September 2021
Artzuid is a four-month event putting amazing contemporary sculptures from all over the world on display in Amsterdam Zuid. The sculptures will be installed in the district’s beautiful Berlage-designed avenues and through the Zuidas business district. The curator and theme of this year’s event will be announced early 2021.
— June —
Red Light Jazz Festival
Event cancelled due to Covid-19
Red Light District, 4-5-6 June 2021
Red Light Jazz is an annual festival that celebrates Amsterdam’s position as a true jazz city. This year during the last weekend of May, the event aims to flaunt a more cultured side of the city’s infamous Red Light district, highlighting its long and strong connection with jazz.
Amsterdam Art Weekend
Various locations, 17-27 June 2021
Each year, Amsterdam’s cutting-edge contemporary art venues come together for Amsterdam Art Weekend. The event typically sees more than 100 events at some 50+ venues in the city including special exhibitions, performances and lectures. Several major Amsterdam institutions traditionally get involved: this year, events are being organised at Foam, the Oude Kerk, the Stedelijk Museum, EYE Filmmuseum and many more. Acclaimed art institutions such as the Rijksakademie and De Ateliers also throw open their doors to introduce visitors to the work being produced within.
Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
Vondelpark, date t.b.a.
Head to the Open Air Theatre in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark to catch summertime performances from children’s acts, classical presentations or the latest Dutch or international pop performer. From May until early September you’ll find a lot going on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free, although all voluntary donations are appreciated.
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