Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Photo: Bart Heemskerk

Close to the city centre With its compact nature, Amsterdam perfectly lends itself to visit the authentic neighbourhoods bordering the centre. Take the ferry up north or stroll down south and blend in with the locals. TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: AMSTERDAM MARKETING & NBTC HOLLAND MARKETING

PUT THIS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST: Over het IJ Festival – a ten-day festival with extraordinary theatre and food at various locations on the northern shore of the River IJ (NDSM-wharf). 8-17 July Pluk de Nacht Festival – Amsterdam’s openair film festival, presenting films that have not been acquired or released by local distributors. Takes place on an old pier in Amsterdam West. 5 – 15 August Amsterdam Roest – a cultural sanctuary with a town beach, market, bars and an event hall. A unique establishment in a distinctive place in the north-east of the city. Open every day through summer

Photo: Jasper Faber

Parade Theatre Festival – travelling through Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht before heading to Amsterdam, this festival hosts more than 100 theatre, dance, mime and music shows in exclusively designed tents. Martin Luther Kingpark, 12 – 28 August Unseen Photo Fair – held in the historic Westergasfabriek, this fair brings together leading figures in the industry with artists, curators, collectors and photography enthusiasts. 23 – 25 September Photo: Matthias Valewink

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