Find a spot amongst the fairy-lit trees as you enjoy spoken word, poetry, musical acts from around the world and some tasty street food by way of Turkey, Iran and Bhutan at this open-air mini-festival. The central theme of this year’s edition is ‘freedom’ which extends even to your wallet as entrance is free of charge!
Volle Lucht (website in Dutch) | Friday 24 - Sunday 26 September | Gerbrandy Park, Nieuw West
Jazz Talents at the Plantage
This Saturday is your last chance to catch some atmospheric live music from the up-and-coming jazz talents fresh outta Amsterdam Conservatorium’s Sweelinck Academy. These special open-air concerts unfold in the stunning courtyard of The Hermitage.
Jazz Talents in the Plantage | Saturday 25 September | Hermitage Amsterdam
Humans of Film Festival
What started as a street photography blog about the personal stories of Amsterdam’s residents has now developed in a full-blown film festival with screenings in both Het Ketelhuis Cinema and Podium Mozaiëk. The focus is on real people and their experiences, giving a platform to voices that are not often heard in society today.
DRIFT Philosophy Festival | Saturday 25 September | Hear some of the brightest thinkers of our time discuss all manner of interesting topics at various locations in Noord, all within walking or cycling distance of one another.
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Food and drink
This plant-based pizzeria is proving to the world that our favourite Italian import doesn’t need to include meat or dairy to be downright delicious. Choose from a wide variety of healthy and fresh toppings including a colossal selection of vegan cheeses - all loaded onto a hybrid dough that falls somewhere between Neapolitan and Romano pizza-base styles.
Mastino | Open from 16:00 - 22:00 | Eerste van der Helststraat 78, De Pijp
There’s no better way to upgrade an autumnal stroll through the Albert Cuyp than with an authentic bánh mì courtesy of Anam. This new hotspot specialises in Vietnamese sandwiches, stuffed with pulled chicken, beef, pork or tofu and some finger-licking herbs, pickles and aromatics.
Anam | Open from 12:00 - 18:00 | Albert Cuypstraat 48, De Pijp
More recent openings:
Cafe de Parel | Westerstraat 266 | This former brown bar, complete with retro stained glass and original furnishings, has been transformed into a hotspot for natural wines and exquisite Scandinavian-Japanese inspired small plates.
Foer | Cruquiusweg 9 | Tuck into seasonally determined dishes with largely foraged ingredients at this exciting new restaurant in the city’s Eastern Docklands area (Oosterlijke Eilanden).
Stay up to date with the latest restaurant and cafe openings in our New in Town blog
Westelijke Eilanden Open Ateliers
Discover established names and up-and-coming talents during the oldest open artist studio walking route in the Netherlands. A group exhibition will also take place in the Walvis at the start of the route.
Westelijke Eilanden Open Ateliers | Sat 25 - Sun 26 September | Various locations
Shigeru Onishi: The Possibility of Existence
Japanese photographer Shigeru Onishi tore up the darkroom rule book (1928-1994) for this extraordinary body of work, now on display at Foam. The artist integrated mathematical principles into his image-making, breaking away from the idea of a photograph as a flat image taken from a single perspective.
Join the exhibition tour by curator Mirjam Kooiman on Thursday 23 September to get an in-depth look at this powerful series.
Open now until January 2022 | Foam
Lydia Ourahmane: Survival in the Afterlife
The first solo exhibition of the Algerian-born artist in the Netherlands comprises photographs, moving images and oral documentation from Ourahmane’s community and family in relation to the Algerian civil war (1991-2002). The artist brings these moving archival materials into the public light for the first time, investigating belief systems of religion, geography and politics from fascinating new angles.
Open now until 23 November | De Appel
June Crespo – Am I an Object, part III | Until 24 October| P/////AKT | Crespo explores the relationship between the body and its representation in an age when visual culture is dominated by over-stylised ideas of perfection.
Johfra Bosschart | Until 30 September | Pathos Gallery | A selection of works by the Dutch godfather and pioneer of surrealism and fantastic realism.
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Love Revolution | Closes 26 September | Cobra Museum | Learn about the love between the world-famous artist couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, illustrated with intimate photographs of them both, before this exhibition closes at the end of the month.
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