This time we’ve got a world record attempt, a new year concert which promises a whole load of Dutch cheese (and we're not talking Gouda), a celebration of the always amazing Studio Ghibli, amazing art and a Bowie tribute.

Guinness World Record Conga Line Dancing on Ice

 

Yes, you read that right. Let’s face it, everyone wants to take part in a world-record attempt, and maybe even manage to feature in the iconic tome that is the Guinness Book of World Records. Well now is your chance, as on Sunday hundreds of people come together to try and break the world record for most people dancing together in a conga on ice. Of course, you can also enjoy ice-skating in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful spots while you’re at it. What’s not to love?

Sun // Museumplein // 11:00 // Facebook page


Andre Rieu’s New Year Concert

 

Yes, we know it’s probably not cool to like Andre Rieu, but try to argue that there isn’t something inherently Dutch about celebrating one of it’s most famous contemporary composers (or, let’s face it, THE most famous contemporary Dutch composer). Likely to take cheese to whole new levels, we still guarantee that you’ll leave this concert with a smile on your face and feeling even more ready for a brilliant 2018.

Sat // Ziggo Dome // 20:00 // €55-99 // Website


Lab 111 celebrates Studio Ghibli

 

Throughout January the ever-brilliant Lab 111 cinema celebrates the magical world of renowned Japanese animation auteurs Studio Ghibli. For those who don’t know, the studio produces deeply original and wholly unique anime films that are almost all bonafide classics of the genre. This weekend sees the cinema show a number of Ghibli’s productions, but our pick would probably be its screening of Howl’s Moving Castle. Directed by the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki, it follows the adventures of Sophie and her incredible odyssey to lift a witch's curse. See it on Sunday at 21:15.

Fri, Sat and Sun // Lab 111 // Various times // Website // Photo: Lab 111 Facebook page


The Dutch in Paris 1789–1914

 

This weekend is the last chance to travel back to 19th-century Paris and discover the city through the eyes and hearts of eight Dutch artists at the Van Gogh Museum. Artists flocked from all over the world to be a part of the art scene in the French capital during this period and Dutch painters were no different. This exhibition looks at how these international talents mixed - French art influencing Dutch art, and likewise - showing major paintings from both nations, side-by-side, including Monet, Picasso, Boudin and, of course, Van Gogh himself.

Fri, Sat and Sun // Van Gogh Museum // 09:00 – 18:00 // Various prices // Website


Prof. Nomad Session: A Tribute to David Bowie

 

Nearly two years to the day that the world lost him, some of the best Dutch musicians around come together to pay tribute to David Bowie. Having already toured at festivals and venues in the Netherlands, this special show will see Professor Nomad run through Bowie’s incredible repertoire, so expect to hear favourites such as ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Starman’ and ‘Rebel Rebel’.

Sat // Poppodium P60 // 20:00 // €14 // Website