Celebrate a new Leidseplein in Amsterdam
A huge event will help celebrate the redevelopment of Leidseplein in Amsterdam city centre. The square will be filled with music, dance and performances to launch the new-look square, which is now completely car free after the taxi rank was moved to nearby Leidsebrug. Over the last 18 months, more than 250,000 natural stone tiles and 1,500 meters of new tram rails have also been laid, sprucing up one of the city’s main squares.
Fun-filled activities and performances
The array of free family-friendly activities will take place from 13:00 to 18:00 this Saturday (25 November). Highlights include the chance to take a photograph with the Johan Cruijff scale on the Stadsschouwburg's famous Ajax-balcony, performances by the ‘Dutch Frank Sinatra’ Tjerk Laan and DJ Vrijmoed, canal cruises and guided tours which trace the history of this unique area of the city. Historical GVB trams will also run across the neighbourhood throughout the day.
The perfect family party
A host of activities for children will also take place during the day - including the chance to see the famous Dutch puppet show ‘Poppenkast op de Dam’, games, face-painting, glitter tattoos and dance workshops. The festivities have been organised the City of Amsterdam, along with entrepreneurs, cultural institutions and contractors operating in the city. The redevelopment of Leidseplein is one part of a project which will also see the complete redesign of the Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen in 2018, which will create an underground bicycle parking space with 2000 places for bikes.
See the full program for the day (in Dutch).