EVENTS

The Reckless Shakespeare Company: As You Like It

Chuckle at the capers of Rosalind and Celia as they journey into the Forest of Arden in pursuit of their very own hot girl summer. The o.g. romcom, As You Like It will be performed by The Reckless Shakespeare Company - known for their spontaneous light-hearted and semi-improvised shows.

As You Like It | Friday 20 May - Saturday 21 May | Badhuistheater

London Calling

What started in 1992 as a springboard for British bands to get their music off the island has now grown into a major showcase festival for acts from all over the world. Previous editions have seen names like Tame Impala, The Libertines, Blur, Florence + The Machine, Franz Ferdinand and Mac DeMarco take to the stage of Amsterdam’s most seasoned gig venue. Don’t miss this year’s incredible two-day lineup.

London Calling | Friday 20 May - Saturday 21 May | Paradiso

Strand IJburg Opening

The official opening of IJburg’s beach season is packed with festive opportunities for you to get sand stuck in places that haven’t seen the sun for a while. Check out the jam-packed agenda with surfing, puppet theatre, singing, Zumba workshops, art exhibitions, volleyball, football, rollerblading and a beachwear fashion show. Snacks, drinks and music to be provided by De Japanner Strandeiland - but you can read more on that below!

Strand IJburg (in Dutch) | Saturday 21 May, 13:00 - 16:00

Don't forget to see our What's On agenda for more events

FOOD & DRINK

Snack Flags for Ukraine

We love initiatives with a good cause as much as Amsterdammers love fried food. Snack Flags for Ukraine is simple but brilliant: replace the Dutch flag that’s planted in a platter of bitterballen with a Ukrainian one. There’s a QR code printed on the back for punters to donate to the Nederlandse Rode Kruis (Dutch Red Cross).

Participating venues (so far) include cafes: De Nieuwe Lelie, Wester, Nel, Eddy Bar, Laurier Boom, De Prins, Oosterling, De Huyschkaemer, Bouwman, De Oranjerie, De Doffer, De Tuin.

De Japanner Strandeiland

Beer, sake cocktails and finger food on Amsterdam’s best beach? - that’s Strand IJburg to you and I. It doesn’t get more heavenly than De Japanner Strandeiland, the newly-opened Japanese-inspired izakaya on the beach.

De Japanner Strandeiland | Pampuslaan 505, IJburg

Live jazz and dinner at Zoku

Zoku Hotel terrace view

With its funky architecture and voluminous plantlife, Zoku is undoubtedly the king (or queen) of Amsterdam’s hidden roof terraces. And to make things better, every Friday you can take in the views with dinner and free live jazz courtesy of some talented local musicians. Enjoy the music with a few drinks from the Kindred Spirits Bar and food from the Living Kitchen.

Zoku live jazz Fridays | 105 Weesperstraat

Discover more places to eat and drink in our May New in Town guide.

EXHIBITIONS

Dark Moon: Tales of the Afro-Turkish Diaspora

We love our contemporary photography, and we love it free to visit, in the sun and surrounded by some cool architecture. Ahmet Polat’s work sheds light on the lives and history of the Afro-Turkish diaspora with the selection of images put together by a team of young curators from Amsterdam West. The open-air exhibition at Galerie Mercatorplein is free to visit, with a series of QR codes providing viewers with further context.

The exhibition is part of Kısmet, a multi-year project organised by Studio Polat and Foam which explores how young Dutch-Turkish image-makers and that same generation of image-makers in Turkey give shape to the worlds they live in.

Dark Moon: Tales of the Afro-Turkish Diaspora | Galerie Mercatorplein, De Baarsjes

Fashion Week: A New Era

Fashion for Good’s new exhibition examines the impact of fashion weeks on the fashion industry. Are major entertainment shows still relevant today? What does the future look like? Discover this and more and view the looks of Ronald van der Kemp, BOTTER and digital fashion house The Fabricant and photographer Bill Cunningham.

Fashion Week: A New Era | Fashion for Good

Art Tasting at Zuidas

In response to the exhibition Time and Eternity in CIRCL (a series of monumental paper sculptures by Annita Smits), The Biblical Museum has joined forces with various art initiatives in Zuidas. Viewers are invited to spend an afternoon hopping different exhibitions including the ABN AMRO and AkzoNobel art spaces and the VU Art SCIENCE gallery.

Art Tasting at Zuidas | Friday 20 May, 12:00 - 17:00 | CIRCL and other locations

More recent openings:

  • Molly Palmer: Password - Molly Palmer transforms AKINCI’s gallery space into a series of sensory, evolving interiors that are so tactile you’ll want to touch them (but please don’t).
  • Jen Liu: ELECTROPORE / Juan Parada: Geometric Reliefs - Upstream presents two exhibitions with Jen Liu delving into the process of genetic engineering to produce altered beef cells and Juan Parada working with graphic sculptural forms.
  • Michel Lamoller: Anthropogenic Mass - The first solo exhibition of the German artist at The Ravestijn Gallery comprises unique, photographic relief works that make visible the mass of our man-altered world.

Check out the seasonal exhibition guide for more, or discover the best independent art galleries in Amsterdam and the city's contemporary art spaces.