From classical music to the latest dance sounds, and from insightful perspectives on art to big laughs, Amsterdam has come to the party by providing a range of online activities for you to enjoy from home. Use this time in quarantine to expand your cultural horizons. You could be an opera aficionado or classic pianist fanatic in the making!
In place of the usual free Wednesday lunch concerts at the Concertgebouw, browsers can now experience online concerts as part of the Empty Concertgebouw Sessions. Join well-known musicians as they showcase their talents in this beautiful hall renowned around the globe for its unparalleled acoustics. Pianists Anna Fedorova and Iris Hond and singer Edsilia Rombley are just a few of the all-star participants.
The Mahler Festival was set to return to Amsterdam this year with a bang. Sadly it was cancelled but in its place comes an enticing digital programme where you can catch symphonies one through nine online, among other performances.
A trip to the opera
If you’ve ever fancied dipping your toes into the wonderful world of opera, now is your chance. The Dutch National Opera are presenting two operas online. Catch Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitesj, both of which will be available for about three months. They’re also streaming highlights of previous operas so you can relive your favourite moments or open your eyes to the magic of opera. No wonder May is opera month.
Keep on dancing
The Dutch National Ballet’s response to COVID-19 is one we’re enjoying. Relive some of their most beautiful performances over the past fews in a series of streams that will have you in awe of their troupes’ talent. Enjoy works by resident choreographer Hans van Manen including Sarcasmen and Two Gold Variations. Keep an eye on the programme to see what’s currently showing. Don’t miss Swan Lake! It runs to 23 May.
House music, all lockdown long
We’re the first to admit how difficult it is to recreate that feeling of being in a pumping club full of sweaty punters dancing to the sounds of awesome acts mixed by deft DJs. So we welcome De Marktkantine’s livestream series taking place on Friday nights from 21:00, to, at the very least, hear great music. Past acts include Colyn, Joris Voorn and Dimitri. Relive their sets at home with added percussion from the neighbours banging on the wall next door.
While many of Amsterdam’s galleries are set to reopen on 1 June, quite a few of them have taken to providing insights into their exhibitions and collections online.
Both the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum are making special content available online. Join curators from the Rijksmuseum as they share stories about their favourite works from their homes in short video clips or get up close to works by Vermeer and Rembrandt on the museum’s new platform, Masterpieces Up Close. At the Stedelijk, Watch and Listen Online is a series of audio tours and minidocs sure to give you a unique perspective on contemporary art.
Rembrandt House Museum brings you Museum from home, an online tour of the museum plus an opportunity to delve into their current exhibition. The Van Gogh Museum also has an extensive selection of online activities experience. Foam’s Instagram series presents curators perspectives, sneak peeks and also talks to photographers. It’s part of their #foamathome series.
If architecture is more your thing, take an online amble around some of Amsterdam’s iconic buildings courtesy of ARCAM’s captivating online tour.
Laughter as medicine
Boom Chicago is the place to see top comedy in Amsterdam. And that hasn’t changed with the lockdown; it’s just moved online where you can enjoy comedians relaying their funny anecdotes while you roll around on the floor in hysterics. With prices starting at €5, it’s a bargain. Of course you can always sneak in YouTube’s back door and watch for free but then you’d miss out on supporting top talent, and that would be a shame.
Film nights in
While Netflix may be getting a workout, there’s another great way to catch a movie or two. For a reasonable fee, PICL provides access to recent arthouse releases and classic films. Watch Pedro Almodovar’s latest or the Oscar-winning Parasite through to inspiring cinema from across the world. This one is for all the film buffs out there.
We’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. In the meantime, keep on eye on the Amsterdam Weekend Online Guide where you’ll find other events that you can join online.