Awakenings DJ ADE Amsterdam Gashouder Darryl Adelaar

Good news for fans of electronic music, Amsterdam Dance Event is going ahead this year, but in a new format. Along with the conference, which this year is geared to professionals and will be online, a number of Amsterdam’s venues will be hosting corona-proof concerts by leading lights of the genre.

Amsterdam Dance Event | various locations

Romeo and Julia


Even those who have never seen Shakespeare's most famous love drama on stage know the story of the great love between the star-crossed lovers and its fatal outcome. But in this version by Michiel van Erp, the tables are turned. Identity takes centre stage as roles are reversed. Performed with English surtitles on Thursdays.

ITA | 14 November to 4 December 2020

The print room collection

The Rijksmuseum’s print collection is rich with significant works of art by some of the great Italian masters. This exhibition features exceptional drawings by Raphael, Michelangelo, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Piranesi and others — with one special piece dating as far back as 1519.

Rijksmuseum | until 23 November

Photography exhibitions

Huis Marseille

It’s a bounty for fans of photography this autumn with a diverse range of exhibitions centred on the medium:

  • Huis Marseille: this beautiful exhibition by Jean-Luc Mylayne is all about balance in nature with birds as the stars
  • Foam Amsterdam: Alec Soth’s latest work, I know how furiously your heart is beating, is as poignant as it is charming. Remsen Wolff’s alluring Amsterdam Girls puts gender centre stage. And don’t miss Afropean Express: Travels in Black Europe by Johny Pitts or Foam’s off-site, open-air exhibition on Mercatoplein.
  • The Ravestijn Gallery: Patrick Waterhouse’s Restricted Images is well worth visiting for its handling of indigenous cultural beliefs
  • Cobra Museum of Modern Art: Claude Cahun’s compelling and winsome gender images
  • Het Scheepvaartmuseum: see Stephan Vanfleteren’s beautiful black-and-white photos of young orphans
  • Nieuwe Kerk: catch World Press Photo before it ends in November
  • Rijksmuseum: Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken’s personal work

Sunday nights at Mezrab

Good news. You don’t have to be in Amsterdam to enjoy Mezrab’s Sunday night storytelling session, My True Story. Tune-in at 20:00 on Sunday nights for 60 minutes of interactive storytelling around a theme. Got something to say? Join in online or just sit back and hear the experiences of like-minded souls. Even Barack Obama is in on this!

Mezrab | Online, first Sunday of the month through to 6 June 2021

John Constable

There’s a safe way to take in the English landscape: visit the John Constable retrospective at Teylers Museum in Haarlem. This British artist is regarded as one of the greatest landscape painters and was inspired by how old Dutch masters such as Ruisdael, Rembrandt, and Rubens depicted the landscape in the Netherlands. Fascinated by weather, he captured sudden changes and used light and form in an original approach to English landscape painting.

Teylers Museum | Spaarne 16, Haarlem

Vincent on Friday & Daily Paper

Over two editions, this programme will uncover the very essence of creativity through corona-proof workshops, discussions and guided tours. It considers the idea of the artist community, both past and present, looking at the success of Amsterdam fashion brand Daily Paper and its African founders. Workshops on offer focus on painting or spoken word options.  

Van Gogh Museum | 23 & 30 October 2020

Cello Biennale

The world’s biggest cello festival returns to Amsterdam, bringing an impressive line-up of international soloists, ensembles and orchestras to the city to perform everything from classical and contemporary music to pop, jazz, world and rock. Due to COVID-19 regulations, there is limited seating and concerts are likely to be shorter.

Online | 22-31 October

The Amsterdam Storytelling Festival

Storytelling Festival 2018 Marijn Vissers photo Raymond van Mil

The International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam has built up a solid name for itself over the years. It provides a stage for the best Dutch and international storytellers to share their tales. This year’s theme is ‘Rebirth’ with many of the stories told in English. So sit back, relax and light up your autumn nights with some heartfelt stories.

Podium Mozaiek | 28 October – 1 November


Amsterdam’s much anticipated International Documentary Film Festival is returning in November. Expect a solid selection of documentary films tackling life, love, politics and society along with workshops and various labs. As well as showing in cinemas around the city, there’s also on online component this year.

IDFA | 16-29 November and online screenings to 6 December, various cinemas