blown away by the enchanting performance ‘Blaas’ in Amsterdam

blaas_0Yesterday I saw one of the best performances I have seen in a long time: Blaas. Blaas (in English: blow) was an international festival hit, winning many awards and now it is on show in Amsterdam.

It is hard to explain what Blaas is, everybody will have his own associations and emotions watching Blaas, or should I say: experiencing Blaas. And that’s what makes Blaas special, it’s different, it’s a fairy tail, a trip into yourself and into an unknown world.

I will not say more about the performance, it’s best when you get surprised by it. But I do strongly advice to go and see Blaas. It is scheduled one more week, until Sunday June 20st. And there still are tickets available!

Tickets: € 18,50 – € 22,-

have a comedian as your guide through the Rijksmuseum

FancyJust one chance: Sunday May 4th at 14.00 hours. Fancy Meeting You Here organizes a tour through the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The comedians have previously led audiences on unique comedic tours through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the British Museum and the National Gallery in London. It’s been said to be one of the “must see” shows at the recent San Francisco Sketchfest comedy festival.
Sounds like fun!
The tour takes about 70 to 80 minutes.
It will be sold out soon I guess, so make reservations here.

Holland Festival Amsterdam 2014 – tickets now available

war-horseJune 1 to 29 of this year the 67th edition of the Holland Festival will take place in Amsterdam. The festival is the main performing arts festival in the Netherlands, known for it’s groundbreaking experimental work as well as great versions of ‘classics’.

Check the trailer for inspiration and book your tickets (online or here) while you still can, cause the shows are ususally sold out quite fast.

 

mid summer festival at the waterfront of Amsterdam

Over het IJ Festival Photo: Esther Lagendijk

Over het IJ Festival Photo: Esther Lagendijk

A former shipping wharf (NDSM warf), surrounded by cranes, at the waterfront, with a view at the city centre of Amsterdam… The Over het IJ Festival location is just great!.

If not because of the location you could consider visiting the Over het IJ Festival because of the famous innovative location-theatre. You will find famous theatre groups as well as starting performers, the latest performing in shipping containers (or perhaps not inside, but on top of, under, in front of, or at whatever place near the container). The other performances take place in unusual locations too, for instance in a taxi.

Just catch the free ferry at the back of the Central Station and you’ll be at the festival grounds within 15 minutes.

Over het IJ Festival, July 4 – 14, 2013

NDSM warf Neveritaweg 61, Amsterdam

theatre tickets 50% off

Looking for a show for tonight? The Last Minute Ticket Shop might have what you want.  Every day the Amsterdam Ticket Shop has a selection of shows, concerts, cabaret shows, etc. that you can visit that same evening with 50% discount. The list has a special green logo that says LNP, it means: language no problem, for these performances there’s no need for understanding Dutch. Usually 50% of the shows on the list have the LNP logo. You can buy the tickets at several locations.

 

 

Westergasfabriek is creative and cool

Photo by Arjan Veldt

“Westergasfabriek” is Amsterdam’s creative play ground. The complex (with several buildings) contains shops, cinema’s, café’s, restaurants, galleries and film studio’s. There is a real buzz going on, with exhibits and venues. In the “Gashouder” (which is on the same premises) you could even skate indoor during Christmas. Summer brings great outdoor concerts. Westergasfabriek is also a cool architectural area, being built at the end of the 19th century. Do spend an afternoon over there and you will love it. Check the agenda.

the Movies in Amsterdam offers great cinema

Photo by Roloff de Jeu

The Movies is Amsterdam’s prime cinema and art house for cinephiles. Their programme is the best, award winning films and never main stream. They offer 4 small and cosy theatres. You can even have a good meal or take a drink in the cafe: all in a great art-deco like atmosphere. As you probably know: all non Dutch films are always sub-titled, unlike in France or Germany. Great for tourists and it’s all on Haarlemmerdijk 161.