This annual event straddles musical boundaries with original combinations of pop and classical music.
2 MARCH, MUZIEKGEBOUW AAN ’T IJ
Opera Forward Festival
With the central theme of “Fate and Understanding”, the third edition of this festival explores the future of opera and the arts, presenting outstanding new performances by a new generation of artists across a wide range of events. 13-26 MARCH, DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA
King’s Day parties
King's Day is a public holiday but certainly not a day of rest. A carnival atmosphere descends on Amsterdam as DJs entertain crowds, brightly decorated boats sail along its canals, and music spills out across the streets and parks. Look out for
ach year Amsterdam hosts a festival to celebrate the Netherlands’ national flower and one of its most famous exports – the tulip. Throughout April, more than 500,000 colourful and occasionally rare tulips can be seen in the gardens of museums, private homes and other city institutions, including EYE Filmmuseum, the Rijksmuseum and public spaces throughout the city. A festival guide is available from many of the participating locations from 1 April, so explore the city and enjoy the blooms. APRIL, TULPFESTIVAL.COM
27 APRIL, IAMSTERDAM.COM/KINGSDAY
28-31 MARCH, MOVINGFUTURES.NL
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL If you’re thinking dyedgreen canals and floods of Guinness, think again: this cultural celebration is a little more sophisticated, featuring everything from Irish music, spoken word performances, food, film and literature. And Guinness, just not in floods.
MEIBOCK FESTIVAL The spring sister of autumn’s Bokbier Festival, this deliciously beery festival celebrates meibock (spring beers) from the Netherlands and further afield. Featuring dozens of brewers in the beautiful Posthoornkerk, there’s no better time to taste some of your new favourite tipples.
16 & 17 APRIL, SPLENDOR
22 APRIL, POSTHOORNKERK
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a handful of major events featuring bigname DJs and live acts taking place around the city – but keep in mind you need to grab tickets for these before the big day itself!
Showcasing works of emerging choreographers, Moving Futures touches on societal issues and looks for common ground between dance, human behaviour, philosophy and science. Look out for Dansmakers Amsterdam, Dansateliers, DansBrabant, De Nieuwe Oost and Random Collision. A national touring festival, it stops off in intimate Amsterdam theatres such as Theater Bellevue and Dansmakers Podium this spring.
UNFAIR AMSTERDAM Unfair Amsterdam is an energising art and design fair focusing on new work by young, upcoming and established talents. Connect with the artists at the fair, join for lectures, films and performances, and take home some fresh contemporary art. 29 MARCH-2 APRIL, WESTERGASFABRIEK