Written by Megan Waters

Holland Festival

anna karenina matthias horn

The very best in opera, classical and world music, theatre, dance, ballet and art take over Amsterdam’s stages during the month of June. The country’s leading international performance arts festival has been providing Dutch and international theatregoers with the best productions from around the world every year since 1947.

7 June–1 July, various locations

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers Boom Chicago Amsterdam

Boom Chicago’s 25th-anniversary show features Emmy Award-winning comedian Seth Meyers and a special improvisation performance from the comedy club’s current cast and alumni. The star of ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ started his international career at Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago, where he performed for years and wrote many of the club’s sketches.

14 July, Royal Theatre Carre


Julidans  Jaap Scheeren

This festival for contemporary dance presents almost two weeks of ground-breaking performances from the great masters and impressive new talents from around the world. The annual festival also hosts an extensive programme of workshops, talks and presentations with the choreographers.

2–15 July, Various locations

Les Contes d’Hoffmann


Reality and fantasy overlap in this opera fantastique in which Romantic poet Hoffmann drunkenly remembers the important women in his life. It’s performed in French with Dutch and English surtitles.

Until 2 July, Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Lessons in Love and Violence


Inspired by the quick scene changes and the vulnerable, complicated characters of Elizabethan drama, George Benjamin’s opera centres around the question of whether the dangerous machinery of power leaves scope for love.

25 June–5 July, Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Sign of the Times

SIgn of the times Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove’s unique collage performance explores one of the most important social themes in contemporary society: identity. The performance travels through the history of theatre, literature and philosophy to address relevant identity questions.

2 June, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam