FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN THE NETHERLANDS
The Holland Festival is The Netherlands' oldest and largest performing arts festival, and takes place every June in Amsterdam. The Holland Festival has been the trend-setting performing arts festival in the Netherlands since 1947, annually presenting exceptional work at the international level. The Festival has had an illustrious history, with every artistic director taking it in new directions that have again and again made the Festival a bespoke event for over sixty years. It comprises of theatre, music, opera and modern dance. In recent years, multimedia, visual arts, film and architecture were added to the festival roster. The festival was founded in 1947 and features some of the world's top artists and performers. Performances take place in Amsterdam venues such as the city theatre, the opera, the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw concert halls and the Westergas factory site. Each edition is loosely themed, and the program features both contemporary work and classical pieces presented with a modern edge.
Mail / Postal address:
Piet Heinkade 5,
1019 BR AMSTERDAM,
Netherlands Film Festival
The Netherlands Film Festival is an annual film festival, held in September and October of each year in the city of Utrecht. Initially the festival was oriented towards film makers only, but it gradually reached a broader audience. The 25th edition of the festival, in 2005, attracted more than 100.000 visitors. During the ten-day festival, all Dutch film productions of the previous year are exhibited. Besides feature films, the program also consists of short subjects, documentary films, and television productions. On the closing evening of the festival, the Golden Calves are awarded to the best films, directors, and actors. The popular festival is well known as the main screening venture and platform for the Dutch film industry. It always features a fantastic wide variety of film premieres that are made from both newcomers and seasoned film directors.
Mail / Postal address: Stichting Nederlands Film Festival,
3500 BN Utrecht
North Sea Jazz Festival
The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival held each second weekend of July in the Netherlands at the Ahoy venue. The first edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in the Nederland’s Congresgebouw in The Hague. In this very first festival year internationally renowned jazz legends performed, such as Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. In 1990 two sub-festivals were introduced: “North Sea Jazz Heats”, a free festival performed in pubs throughout The Hague, and the exclusive “Midsummer Jazz Gala”. Both take place on the evening before the actual festival. The North Sea Jazz Festival has grown to fifteen stages, 180 acts featuring 1500 musicians and about 25,000 visitors a day. The festival is known worldwide for the many music styles it presents, from traditional New Orleans jazz to Swing, bebop, fusion, blues, gospel music, funk music, soul music and drum n bass. The festival is widely acknowledged as the biggest jazz festival in the world, and has a strong reputation for showcasing many different areas of jazz from all eras.
Mail / Postal address: North Sea Jazz Festival,
P.O. Box 3325,
2601 DH Delft
North Sea Jazz Festival
Incubate is a multidisciplinary arts festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Incubate takes place all over the inner city of Tilburg. Incubate has grown over the years from a one day music event with a pre-party to a multidisciplinary art festival lasting more than a whole week. Incubate is the annual celebration of independent culture in Tilburg, the Netherlands. It is a festival exhibiting a diverse view on indie culture as a whole, including music, contemporary dance, film and visual arts. It brings more than 200 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Black metal next to free jazz. Street art next to academic dance.
Mail / Postal address: Incubate,
PO Box 327,
5000 AH Tilburg,
Le Guess Who?
Le Guess Who? is an independent music festival for independent music culture such as noise rock, indie rock, IDM, held in Utrecht, Netherlands. The festival takes place in the last week of November in various locations in the city of Utrecht. The line-up consists of more than sixty acts that rarely perform in the Netherlands. Because of the touring schedules of the bands, the line-up has a big overlap with other European festivals taking place in the same period. From Thursday November 29th till Sunday December 2nd, the sixth edition of international music festival Le Guess Who? will be taking place. Le Guess Who visitors will receive discounts at several shops and bars/restaurant when showing their festival wristband.
Mail / Postal address: Le Guess Who?,
3500 AT Utrecht,
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam. Since its launch the IDFA has been one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals, dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of ground-breaking creative documentaries. It has consistently served up the latest works of the world’s leading documentarians to a discerning and discriminating audience, and has dedicated itself to the task of devising innovative funding structures to ensure continuing production of top-level documentary films. It started as a small festival and has grown to an eleven-day festival, screening more than 200 documentaries and attracting nearly 120,000 visitors. Apart from its international film program, the variety of genres and the many European and world premieres featured each year, the festival also hosts debates, forums and workshops.
Mail / Postal address: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam,
1017 XN Amsterdam,
Mainstage of Pinkpop 2010
Photograph by Gianni Taranto
Pinkpop Festival s a festival held at Landgraaf, Netherlands. It is held annually on the Pentecost weekend (Pinksteren in Dutch, hence the name). In 1970, the first festival took place in Geleen, now part of municipality Sittard-Geleen and was held on the Monday following that weekend. Today, Pinkpop is a 3 day festival, from Saturday to Monday, and visited by approximately 60,000 people a day with performances on 3 separate stages. The festival currently has a capacity for 60,000 spectators. In 35 years, 1.5 million people have attended Pinkpop. More than 500 musical acts have played at the festival. 2007 saw a spin-off, later in the year, on 11 August, called Pinkpop Classic, for an older rock audience, with bands that previously performed there in past decades.
Mail / Postal address: Buro Pinkpop, postbus 117, 6160 AC Geleen