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What’s on? Amsterdam | Dec 2017

til 4 Feb

ICE Amsterdam @ Museumplein

For the 5th time, local residents & visitors can go ice skating underneath a replica of ‘De Magere Brug’ at Museumplein. (It’s meant to be nostalgic). It will also be the largest mobile ice rink in Amsterdam. Festive food and drink, ice-skating lessions and the Christmas market, Ice*Village, will run from 20-30 Dec. Tickets on sale now.

until 21 January

Amsterdam Light Festival @ various locations

The light art installations of Amsterdam Light Festival are exclusively made for the festival, created with a specific location in mind, like the masts of the VOC ship ‘de Amsterdam’. In total, 35 artworks will be on show, including ‘thinline’ by Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. You can experience the water exhibition via a ‘Water Colors’ cruise (running from now until 21 January) or visit the land exhibition at the new location at the Marineterrein Amsterdam (from 14 December until 7 January). The land exhibition at the Marineterrein is freely accessible from 17:00-22:00, closing early on New Year’s Eve.

Thu 7 Dec | 20:30

Zitakula @ in Paradiso Noord – Tolhuistuin

Our favourite afro-beats band. They sold out the Kleine Zaal (small hall) of the Paradiso last April for the release of their debut album ‘Oasis’. So if you missed them then, here’s another chance.

Thu 7 Dec | 20:30

Nutty Anita’s Comedy Night @ De Nieuwe Anita

Farbod Frappant headlines and Ken Parsons plays host.

Sat 9 Dec | 12:00 – 14:30

BAEs That Lunch (The Holiday Edition)

This local Christmas brunch is organised by the Creative Women’s Collective together with Girls That Grub. Their last networking collaboration was at The Kanarie Club and they even made a video about it. Buy a ticket to attend. “The CWC aims to give creative women the knowledge, tools, and network, to help them maximize their creative strengths. Online as well as offline.”

Sun 10 Dec

Vintage Santa Tram by Amsterdam Mamas @ Elektrische Tram Museum (see our video for a taste of what to expect)

Sun 10 Dec  

VERSO / Uprising @ Mezrab

A monthly literary journal in Amsterdam featuring local and visiting editors, writers, artists, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Courtesy of Versal and the Mezrab.

Sun 17 Dec

Breakfast with Santa @ The Hard Rock Cafe

All children receive a complimentary small gift from Santa, who will be there with Mrs Santa Claus. It’s a buffet breakfast, including bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, poffertjes, fruit and more. Children under 2 eat for free. Reserve online.

Sun 17 Dec from 11:00-16:00

Kerst in de duinen @ De Kennemerduinen, near Bloemendaal

The shepherd will be at the Visitor Centre with his sheep, for the children to pet. Listen to Christmas songs from the choir and shop for sustainable Christmas presents. For a small fee, there are winter crafts to make, like a bird feeder or a sheep’s wool Christmas bauble. The Dune Café will be open and serving hot chocolate, mulled wine and other winter snacks. Admission is free, dogs are not allowed.

Sunday 10 & 17 December

Puremarkt @ Amstelpark then Park Frankendael

A special winter market from 11:00-17:00.

Thu 21 Dec  

Winter Solstice Celebration | @ Mixtree 7, stadspas, students 5

To celebrate the shortest day of the year and the re-opening of the much-loved Mixtree Project, Ken Parsons has arranged this special event. There will be food, music, storytelling, poetry, comedy and a proper Ceilidh, traditional Scottish dancing. The live music includes: Celtic folk, anarcho blue-trash and some soulful Amercian and Country. For food & drink: there will be pumpkin soup, Scottish stovies and “many a wee dram”.  Food from 18:00 Festivities from 19:30.

21 Dec-1 Jan

De Amsterdamse Winterparade @ RAI

Boasting a skate rink, a beer village with live music, ‘winterplein’ with Christmas market, food stalls, a pop-up cinema showing Christmassy movies and get this – chalet hire (for a bit of an apres-ski feeling). Reserve your tickets online.

26 Dec, 16:00- 18:30

Paradiso’s Kerstmatinee

Featuring the Paradiso Orchestra and guests. With glühwein.

“Absolutely charming festive family concert” says @CathyCentral

31 Dec | 21:00–4:00

Great Gatsby Club NYE Party @ De Nieuwe KHL, Eastern Docklands

“A Vintage-, Retro-, & (Electro) Swing party for Hepcats and Kittens.” (Ed – not ‘swinging’ party which has a very different meaning. No this is all about the dancing.) With live ‘dixie’ music, DJs, and burlesque, cocktails and finger food. “Think Boardwalk Empire, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Boop, The Godfather” and you’re encouraged to dress the part.



‘A Dreary Night in November’

We filmed a pop-up play; an original, local drama,  ‘A Dreary Night in November’, a ghost story set in Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. A first for us!


In 1816, Lord Byron and his friends had a ghost story competition, which is when Mary Shelley dreamed up her classic gothic novel, Frankenstein.

200 years later, one dreary November night in Amsterdam, some gallery visitors stumble across Lord Byron, Mary Shelley & friends, and get a ghost story of their own.

Performed by Mulholland Academy and Dept of Acting (

dreary night november event

Logistics of a pop-up play: “We’d settled on the Library room at Foam as the perfect location, but shortly before our event the space was filled with an installation: a giant wooden structure filled with products from China. This left us with a dark corner under the stairs. The challenge I think paid off for the dramatic effects, but it did limit the size of the audience to max 15 people at a time; meaning that the actors had to perform the piece several times during the evening. It was a bit of a logistical nightmare for the whole event, limiting the number of guests. It would be nice in this case, with your film, to be able to share the little play with a wider audience. Karen Haggarty

Why? The pop-up performance of ‘A Dreary Night in November’ on 19 November 2016 was organised by Karen Haggarty and Claudio Tapia and raised €400 for the refugee charity, Stichting Vluchteling.

(‘A Dreary Night in November’ will also broadcast on Amsterdam’s Salto 1 TV channel on 16, 17, 23 & 24 November 2017 – see





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Amsterdam news | week 38, 2017

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.




week 38 | shared 21  Sept 2017 

The city of Amsterdam has seen an outpouring of gratitude and sadness as the Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan finally steps down due to his illness | From messages on the municipality’s website, to an organised applause outside his house; Amsterdammers let their feelings about their popular mayor known.  Van der Laan announced the news in a letter to all Amsterdammers and urged people: “Take care of our city and of each other.” The deputy mayor Kasja Ollongren will step into his role for now.

Eighteen childrens’ farms in Amsterdam have agreed new principles for the welfare of their animals | The city in turn, has made an extra €530,000 available to them, to be spent on housing, education and security.

As a judge upholds Geerte Piening’s fine for urinating in public, the feminist outcry continues | ‘Caught short’ one night in Leidseplein, after all the bars had closed Geerte said she had no option; in Amsterdam there are 35 public restrooms for men and just a few for women. The judge maintains that she could have used a men’s urinal. On Facebook nearly 8,000 people have shown an interest in protesting this idea, and Geerte is hatching her own plan to fix the situation. Expect a demonstration …

Not one but two Amsterdam office buildings have won international architecture awards | In Noord, the HQ of buggy company, Joolz, renovated an old industrial hall and in the Houthavens, the European HQ of Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger sits at the end of a pier.

The local green party, Groenlinks, have shared their draft election program, which includes some big asks | They want to ban cars from the city centre, including Mauritskade, Stadhouderskade, and Nassaukade. GroenLinks also says cars users should lose privileges, such as cheap parking and immense space. 10,000  parking spaces should be converted into bicycle parking spaces, they say. [Hang on, did they say “cheap parking”?] According to Het Parool, other eye-catching policies announced by the party include decolonising school books, banning Zwarte Piet from the city, allowing the city to buy the debt of those in financial need, and banning consumer fireworks.

Hotspots for bike jams have been documented by Het Parool | With up to 60 metres trailback on the bike paths up to Museumbrug where Centrum meets Zuid, 48 metres at De Clercqstraat and Bilderdijkstraat in West, and 20 metres at Czaar Peterstraat and Sarphatistraat in Oost, bike jams are a real headache at rush hour, the paper shows. One expert says simply making the cycle path wider will not solve the problem. So what will?

The new look Rokin is now open | After two years of construction work, the new boulevard was unveiled. More walking space has been added, new trees have been planted, and there are plenty of terraces for those sunny autumn days.

Research has shown that a bike bridge between Zeeburgereiland and Sporenburg would not result in many more motorists or tram 26 passengers changing to bike travel.  Het Parool reports that as most travelers head to the eastern and southern sides of the city, a new bridge towards Centraal Station would not make much difference. The €140m price tag was also felt to be too high and there would be an undesirable effect on the quiet area of Sporenburg (which faces KNSM-eiland). The municipality has said that further research is necessary and there may be other options to explore, such as a cycling tunnel to Sporenburg.

A top Amsterdam hotelier speaks out to defend the industry | Remco Groenhuijzen, the director of the luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand, has said to Het Parool that he is “disturbed” by the one-sided image locals have of the hotel industry. “It is in the interests of every hotelier that the city is alive” he says. He also believes that the sudden growth in the number of hotels may have affected the perceptions of Amsterdammers on the issue.

Speaking of which …

A new Asian-themed hotel on the Geldersekade gets the green light | A new hotel can only be built in the city centre if it has a unique new concept and local residents objected to Kin-Ping Dun’s plans. However, a recent ruling has found that the property owner’s dream for a asian-hotel, and studio for asian artists, meets this requirement.

Heads up | Some things in Amsterdam are destined to get sold out, so here’s a heads up for tickets you might not want to leave to the last minute.

  • Evanescence, the US rock band will play a live concert with orchestra on Sunday 25 March 2018, as part of their  Synthesis tour. It’s at the AFAS (formerly known as the Heineken Music Hall and tickets go on sale on Friday 22 September. 
  • Alt-rock band, Imagine Dragons, will play the Ziggodome on 19 February 208. Tickets also go on sale on Friday 22 September. 
  • And finally the annual Britsoc Bonfire Night will take place on Sunday 5 November from 16:00-20:00 at the Watersportscentrum Sloterplas. There will be food, BBQ, mulled wine and a Guy Competition, for what is also Guy Fawkes Day.

🌤 And here’s our latest weather outlook for Amsterdam courtesy of BBC weather and

Sunny intervals forecast for the weekend, and hardly a drop of rain. Expect a sunny day on Sunday when the temperatures may reach as high as 20 degrees.

For more on these stories and sources, see the links on our Pinterest News board below.


Amsterdam news | week 37, 2017

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.




week 37 | shared 14  Sept 2017 

The Deputy Mayor addresses the effects of tourism and expats on the city | Kajsa Ollongren, says in an interview with Het Parool that although the city is doing well, she wants it to be for everyone. “My greatest concern is affordability and accessibility,” she says and identifies the housing market as key to this. She’s particularly concerned for families and those on middle incomes. On expats, she says: “It’s good for the economy when companies come to Amsterdam, which creates jobs, also for Amsterdammers … this city is built on people who come here …”

Amsterdam budget could move to flights to Lelystad | The Deputy Mayor has also confirmed that her party strongly supports the development of Lelystad Airport. With the idea that budget flights and night flights could move to Lelystad while Schiphol keeps the high-value and business flights.

The massive Hudson’s Bay store is now open on the Rokin | The Canadian store offers mid range stuff, that may or may not fill the gap left by the V&D and OMG it’s open until 21:00 everyday. Even Mondays. Until 17 September there’s also “the Netherland’s first” pop-up Power Nap Station … The brainchild behind this literally says “We want to make people realise that you can do so much more on a mattress than just sleeping.” Uh huh! (It’s not just Amsterdam. The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden and Almere will also have a Hudson’s Bay.)

!WOON, a tenant support agency has opened a free helpdesk at the WTC Amsterdam | Their experts offer confidential advice on rental contracts, tenancy disputes, liaising with landlords and more. !WOON is funded by the City of Amsterdam and the helpdesk is based at the IN Amsterdam office (formerly known as Expatcenter Amsterdam), open on Fridays from 12:00 until 13:30. It’s a walk-in service, no appointment necessary.

Increase in international school places underway | Following the rising demand for access to international education, the City of Amsterdam has made some progress with three new schools and several expansions, within Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, ready for the new school year this September. The new international schools are in Amstelveen, Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer. Several existing international schools (in Hiversum, Almere and AICS in Amsterdam) are also now able to offer more primary or secondary school places. But this is just the start of what they call the “Delta Plan”.

Local photographer, Sam van Dam, aka AmsterSam, has sadly passed away | Known for his artistic photos of Amsterdam as caught in the reflections of puddles, mirrors and shop windows and an active supporter of new artists, our thoughts are with his many friends and family. An informal meeting in memory of Sam will take place this Sunday 17 Sept at Cafe Schuim on Spuistraat at 17:00.

Noord has two new skateparks | On 15 September, the Flipperkast skatepark opens on Buikslotermeer square and at the eastern waterside, near the ferry to Azartplein, you can now find the indoor Skatepark NOORD.

For more on these stories, see the links on our Pinterest News board.

And here’s our latest weather outlook for Amsterdam courtesy of BBC weather and

More rain this weekend, but some sunshine too. Expect dry mornings but some heavy showers in the afternoons. Sunday is the best bet to be clear. Temperature no higher than17 degrees.


🎁 On the 11th day of Christmas ▶︎ An Amsterdam rabbit outtake

On the 11th day of Christmas, Broadcast Amsterdam gives to you … an outtake clip about a special rabbit, an Amsterdam rabbit ▶︎

An outtake from our visit to the The Open Draw, at Cinetol on one of their Monday night drawing sessions.

See also our full feature interview on The Open Draw:


This outtake has been released online as part of our 12 Days of Christmas celebration.

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