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Hotel Amsterdam What's On
Want to know which special events, parties, exhibitions, and much more are taking place in Amsterdam? On this page you'll find lots of information, courtesy of iamsterdam.com, and several other sources.
Back in Time. History & Royalty
De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will be offering a unique time-travel experience all summer long: Back in Time. History and Royalty. Specially designed for De Nieuwe Kerk, this installation takes visitors back through the nation’s history along a path they choose themselves. There are two lines to follow through the church: the line of the House of Orange and the line of Dutch history. With video walls, projections, an audio guide, a WiFi photo shoot and heavenly tones emanating from the largest organ in the Netherlands, visitors will experience six hundred years of history as they discover medieval secrets, royal traditions and urban libertinism. From Catholic devotions to the Beeldenstorm, the crusader and the Dutch East India merchant buried there, Dutch naval heroes and the ceremonies of our heads of state. Historian Herman Pleij served as a consultant on the exhibition, advising for example on the restoration of the medieval Boelenskapel, where the richly decorated tomb of the knight Claes Hillebrantsz. Boelens den Otter lay concealed for decades.
People come to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek to meet, work and relax. This beautiful city park, with its historic factory buildings surrounded by expanses of green, also has workplaces, venues for large and small events, and a range of catering, film, theatre and exhibition facilities.
The Westergasfabriek develops and rents out spaces for creative, cultural and innovative entrepreneurs. They want to inspire a broad public and provide leisure opportunities in an exciting, sustainable and friendly environment. The Westergasfabriek is a meeting place for enterprising local, domestic and foreign visitors with refreshing ideas.
The Westergasfabriek encourages the use of its spaces for creative events, ensuring the area keeps its exciting and refreshing atmosphere. They participate in cultural projects and support collaborations between their business tenants. They use online media and their modern digital infrastructure to inform the general public about what they stand for and what they’re up to over at the Westergasfabriek.
If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in summertime, make sure you catch the magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) from 15 to 24 August 2014. The historic city centre of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous unique locations. Entering it’s 17th year, this highly successful festival is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad. Alongside the special locations around the city’s waterways, beautiful productions and programmes, the Grachtenfestival traditionally provides a stage for young talented musicians, giving them every opportunity to take the next step in their musical careers.
A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic building, designed by A.W. Weissman and dating back to 1895, has converted virtually all of its program spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design. The dynamic new building—designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and measuring 10,000 square meters (98,400 square feet)—will provide new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire museum to face onto Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), activating a vital public space that is shared by the Stedelijk and its neighbors: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.
“With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will reaffirm and strengthen its place among leading international art institutions, showcase Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and bring new life to the Museumplein, re-establishing it as a cultural destination,” Ann Goldstein stated. “And with the completion of Mels Crouwel’s bold yet brilliantly functional building, we are effectively adding a major new work to our exceptional collection of Dutch modern design.”
After ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration, the Rijksmuseum has opened its doors on 13 April 2013. Never before has a national museum undergone such a complete transformation of both its building and the presentation of its collection.
A first impression is often the most telling one. You start every journey with a first step and you never forget your first kiss. Each year, the Rijksmuseum creates first impressions for hundreds of thousands of people: they get a first impression of the museum as they stare a real Rembrandt ‘in the eye’ and get a taste of history. But it does not end there. In this day and age, in our quickly-changing society, that is quite an important task. As the museum is renovated, it is, so to speak, also being reinvented. The revamped museum will be completely in step with the 21st century. The Rijksmuseum will continue to dazzle art and history lovers, develop educational programmes and play a role in society. In addition to displaying the collection superbly, the Rijksmuseum will continue to undergo changes. Art and history are not merely a thing of the past and the Rijksmuseum is a modern museum - a museum where unique events take place, non-stop.
Wim Pijbes, General-Director of the Rijksmuseum