• Amsterdam – A Feast of Music, Film and Festive Fun

    by  • October 20, 2013 • Amsterdam, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Festivals, Film, Music

    There’s always something going on in Amsterdam, and this weekend sees the close of the Amsterdam Dance Event, or (ADE).   As the world’s biggest club festival and Europe’s leading electronic music conference, it’s a true dance lovers’ Mecca.

    ADE brings in large crowds with world-famous established names on the line-up alongside a long list of rising stars. The playlist is diverse, featuring electro, acid, techno, trance, house and hip-hop amongst others in a total of 450 events in 100 locations across the city.

    Amsterdam at night

    Amsterdam at night

    As the days continue to draw in, Amsterdam Film Week starts on 28th October for a week to screen a selection of the year’s best films in cinemas and clubs across Amsterdam.  The majority of films shown at the Amsterdam Film Week have won important awards, be it at the Oscars, the Golden Globes or at the most important film festivals in the world such as Cannes or Berlin – so the cinematic quality of the programming is assured. In addition, it offers film fans a chance to catch some unique previews of films yet to be released in many countries.

    Looking a little further ahead into November, the Young Pianists Festival Amsterdam will take place at the  Muziekgebouw from 14th to 24th.  Skilled pianists aged from 12 to 29 arrive in Amsterdam to compete and perform. The YPF Piano Competition plays a major part in the festival, with the talented musicians performing in a number of rounds in pursuit of the illustrious Grand Prix Youri Egorov award. Alongside the competition, each day of the festival brings performances by renowned pianists and ensembles.

    Looking still further ahead, Amsterdam kicks off its celebrations for the festive season with a fee event in Dam Square.  Spectators can witness extraordinary creatures soar into the night sky, telling familiar tales from One Thousand and One Nights. The climax of the performance will be  the illumination of approximately 300,000 energy-efficient LED lights on the facade of the majestic de Bijenkorf department store.  After Turn on the Lights, de Bijenkorf will stay open until 22:00 to allow visitors to pick up some early Christmas gifts. A huge illuminated Christmas tree will also be erected in front of de Bijenkorf at the beginning of December. The tree and de Bijenkorf’s festive facade then form a centrepiece for the Christmas decorations already installed on the lamp posts in the area, making Dam Square an attractive Amsterdam highlight for the festive season.