Netherlands Festivals

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Festivals in Netherlands

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5 Days Off

5 Days Off

Inspired by Belgium's 10 Days Off, Amsterdam's 5 Days Off Festival is the first multi-day indoor dance event in the Netherlands. 5 Days Off attracts more than twenty thousand visitors annually and provides the capital with five days of top-line clubbing, live shows and performances. Since 2001, the programme has featured a diverse mix of acknowledged names and up-and-coming talent from the Netherlands and abroad. After a few hours sleep, set the alarm and head for the festival's art programme in De Balie — a diverse offering that gives a platform to art disciplines such as film, photography, media art, graphic design, fashion, and lifestyle.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals March
Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event

For five days and nights in October, Amsterdam is the undisputed capital of dance as 360,000 devotees of electronica descend upon the Dutch capital. The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) hosts 450 events and 2,000 DJ's over five days in 100+ clubs and venues across the city. The ADE attracts some of the biggest names in the industry as well as handing over the decks to a bunch of fresh, upcoming talent. But not all the action is in the clubs. The ADE Playground can be found all over the city centre during the event. The ADE Playground is a unique, dance-related lifestyle program offering five days of film screenings, music hardware presentations, art shows and exhibitions, exclusive fashion offers, interactive talk shows, promotional activities and pop-up musical performances at 25 creative hotspots around the city, including roof-top terraces, clothing shops, and art galleries, as well as outdoor exhibitions and cinemas.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals October
Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

It's little wonder that Europe's most progressive city hosts one of the world's most eagerly anticipated pride celebrations. For nine days each summer, Amsterdam Gay Pride permeates Amsterdam's bars and clubs with celebrations building to a crescendo of colour on the water for the famous Canal Parade on Saturday. Eighty pre-selected floating floats take to the city's waterways in a gay parade like no other. Smaller craft line the sides of the canal, whilst thousands of spectators take up every vantage to watch the water-based party pass.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Pride Festivals Street Parades July
Amsterdam Halloween Parade and Party

Amsterdam Halloween Parade and Party

Freaks take over the streets during Amsterdam's annual Halloween Parade and Party. Come All Hallows' Eve or Day of the Dead, a disfigured band of the undead, ghosts, goblins, pirates, vampires and zombies slash a swathe through Amsterdam, stopping only to suck the blood of spectators. Plot your plan of attack or download the parade route from the parade's website. For survivors, there's an after-party in the downright spooky, Westerpark. Tickets sell out early, so be prepared to sell your soul to get your hands on some. Either that, or plan ahead a little.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Halloween Street Parades October
Amsterdam King's Day

Amsterdam King's Day

Amsterdam's streets, squares and canals come to life in a sea of orange — the colour of the Dutch Royal family — each 27 April for King's Day, or Koningsdag in the local lingo. Partying up a storm with friends is the royal order of the day (and the night before) as live music, DJs and spontaneous parties pervade the city's public spaces. Wearing orange is more than preferable, it's almost mandatory. If that ain't enough, the whole city becomes a huge, car boot sale for the day whilst street trading rules are relaxed.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam National Festivals Street Parties April
Amsterdam Museum Night

Amsterdam Museum Night

Free on the evening of the first Saturday of November? Then get cultural at the Amsterdam Museum Night! Pick up a ticket to gain entry to 50 of the capital's finest Museums. Usually an entertainment aspect has been added to the regular exhibits making for a fun (yet educational) night out. Doors open at 7pm and many of the museums remain open until 2am. Ticket prices include free bus, tram, and metro travel.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Museum Nights Cultural Festivals Family Festivals November
Amsterdam Open Air Weekender

Amsterdam Open Air Weekender

Pack your tent and make your way to Amsterdam this June for one of EDMs biggies; the Amsterdam Open Air Weekender. Revellers can expect two days and nights of dancing under the stars to some of Amsterdam and Europe's best known DJs. Eight stages ensure a wide mix of styles from deep house, dubstep and electro through to hip-hop, tech-house and techno. When you just can't dance no more, re-charge with a little kip at the Weekender's camp ground. For those with a little life left in 'em, check out the silent disco or slump out at the Theatre of Music Lounge.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Festivals June
Eurosonic Noorderslag

Eurosonic Noorderslag

An immensely popular event on the European music industry calendar, Eurosonic Noorderslag presents showcases by more than 350 acts alongside a conference programme featuring 150 panels, keynote speakers, interviews, and workshops, as well as dinners, pitches, parties and meetings covering the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries. Taking place over four days each January in Groningen, Eurosonic Noorderslag has a proven track record for helping to break new acts on to the international live music scene.

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Europe Netherlands Groningen Indie Rock Festivals New Media Festivals January
Holland Dance Festival

Holland Dance Festival

For three weeks in January and February, the Holland Dance Festival provides a stage not only for big, internationally famed dance companies, but for smaller groups and individual dance artists who have carved out their own niche in the world of dance. The range is unlimited; all styles are programmed, from urban to classical ballet, from tango to modern dance.

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Europe Netherlands The Hague Dance Festivals January
Imagine Film Festival

Imagine Film Festival

It's been near enough to three decades since the first 'Weekend of Terror', laid the foundations for the current Imagine Film Festival. In those early days, the WoT was as much a meeting place for film fans who could feast on Italian zombie flicks to the point of collapse, as for those who were in unanimous agreement that the work of David Cronenberg deserved to be taken seriously. Since that first Weekend of Terror, the 'fantastic' offering has become a great deal more diverse, and the public's taste has likewise become a little more sophisticated. Today, Imagine presents in the region of 50 feature films and 25 shorts, a masterclass, a symposium and lots of Q&A's with directors, writers and actors. 'The Night of Terror', keeps the memory of the WoT alive with a midnight marathon of four horror films, for an audience of about 500 in Amsterdam's extravagant art deco Tuschinski theatre.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Horror Festivals Film Festivals Short Film Festivals April
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

For twelve days each November the Netherlands capital becomes the focus of the documentary film-making world, during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The IDFA is the world's largest documentary film festival, screening more than 200 titles and attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors to cinemas across Amsterdam. On top of the festival's seven competition programmes, there's a bunch of non-competition screenings as well as a programme of debates, forums and workshops.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Documentary Film Festivals Film Festivals November
International Film Festival Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Renowned for its unique atmosphere and loyal following, the International Film Festival Rotterdam does things a little differently to its contemporaries. Rather than red carpet events, the festival encourages film-makers to mingle with attendees. The festival focuses on alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the cinema of the Far East and developing countries.

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Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Film Festivals January
Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair

Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair

More than 30 antiquarian booksellers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany gather in Maastricht for three days in March for the annual Antiquarian Book and Print Fair. Running concurrently with Maastricht's renowned TEFAF — the worlds largest Antiques and Art Fair — for lovers of antiquities, the emergence of the Antiquarian Book and Print Fair is the icing on a very old cake.

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Europe Netherlands Maastricht Book Fairs Collectors Festivals March
Motel Mozaique

Motel Mozaique

Rotterdam's annual Motel Mozaique Festival offers up a unique mix of pop music, dance, theatre and visual arts for two days each April. But it's a fest with a twist. Pack your pyjamas and spend the night in specially designed artworks or other remarkable locations in and around Rotterdam. Past editions have seen guests grab 40 winks in tree huts, churches, shop-windows, construction-sites, hospitals and on the rooftop of a national monument — all with breakfast included of course.

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Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Popular Music Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals April
North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

Since its inaugural edition in 1976 when the Nederlands Congresgebouw in The Hague welcomed jazz royalty in the shape of Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, the North Sea Jazz Festival has grown to become one of Europe's premier jazz festivals. Since 2006, the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam has taken over hosting duties and today the North Sea Jazz festival welcomes more than a thousand musicians who put on 150 performances across 13 stages for 70,000 visitors. From American jazz to European avant-garde, for three days each August, Rotterdam is the place to be for an all-you-can-eat jazz smorgasbord.

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Europe Netherlands Rotterdam Jazz Festivals July
Oerol Festival

Oerol Festival

Since its inception in 1982, the Oerol Festival has grown to become a ground-breaking performing arts phenomenon. For ten days each June, the Waden Sea island of Terschelling is transformed into a unique natural stage for all manner of performing arts, from theatre and dance to music performances and interactive art installations. Each of the shows have been created or adapted specially for the exceptional locations in which they are performed. The island becomes a stage with performances on the beaches and in the dunes, in the woods and on the dykes.

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Europe Netherlands Terschelling Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals June
Pinkpop

Pinkpop

Join lovers of pop and rock for a three-day smorgasbord of world-class musical entertainment at Pinkpop — the oldest and longest running annual festival dedicated to pop and rock, certainly in the Netherlands, and possibly in all of Europe. Since 1988 Pinkpop has set up shop at Megaland, in Landgraaf, where it attracts in the region of 60,000 revellers on each of her three days. Take your tent, set up camp and prepare your plan of attack for some of the biggest names in popular music. Past acts have included Metallica, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, The Prodigy, The Cure, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and The Rolling Stones. Get your tickets early as Pinkpop often sells out.

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Europe Netherlands Landgraaf Popular Music Festivals Rock Festivals June
Redhead Days Festival

Redhead Days Festival

Redheads rejoice! For a weekend each September the Dutch city of Breda celebrates the world of the crimson-topped at the annual Redhead Days Festival. More than 5,000 redheads make their way to Breda for a packed programme that features fashion shows, a photo shoot, lectures on the background of red hair, an art exhibition and a movie night. Blondes, brunettes and the black-haired are also welcome.

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Europe Netherlands Breda Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals September
SAIL Amsterdam

SAIL Amsterdam

Every five years since 1975 millions of annual visitors have lined the Oostelijke Handelskade for what has been dubbed, "the world's greatest nautical event." Join the waterside throng and take in dozens of tall ships and literally thousands of not-so-tall ships, music, art and a wide selection of food.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Nautical Events Family Festivals August
STRP

STRP

For ten days in March the STRP biennial fuses art, technology, experimental pop culture and science and links them to a wide and diverse audience; people with a curious mindset who are open to new experiences. Any discipline that displays a sense of the future will find a platform at STRP, from electronic music to dance, from performance to installation art and design, and from robotics to film.

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Europe Netherlands Eindhoven Art Festivals Design Festivals March
Unseen Photo Fair

Unseen Photo Fair

Amsterdam's Unseen is a four day international photography fair that provides new photographers a platform and an audience that is often difficult to find. It brings together galleries that focus on new developments in photography, young talent and known photographers with new works. Unseen takes place in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, a former gasworks site that dates back to 1885 and houses numerous creative spaces, restaurants, bars and a cinema.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Photography Festivals Art Festivals September
Ventureland

Ventureland

Not far from Utrecht, which means not far from Amsterdam, idyllic Henschotermeer, with its glistening lake, birch forest and sandy beaches, has been a favourite destination for Dutch day-trippers for decades. For a day each September the peace of that tranquil lakeside setting is shattered by the thud of a thousand bass-lines during Ventureland (formerly Brothers Open Air). Since 2013, Ventureland has been offering up some of the biggest names on the Dutch EDM scene to electronica fans from all over Europe. Pack light, arrive early and prepare to dance.

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Europe Netherlands Henschotermeer Electronic Dance Music Festivals September
World Press Photo

World Press Photo

Since 1955 (well before you had that fancy schmancy digital camera) the World Press Photo competition has kicked off it's global tour in Amsterdam. See a selection of 200 often confronting images from some of the very best clickers in the business. Annually in April at Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Photography Festivals April

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