PRIDE EVENTS

Pride Amsterdam continues for the second week with a whole range of exhibitions, lectures film screenings and festivities taking place across the city. This year’s theme is 'My Gender, My Pride', shifting the focus from 'being allowed to love who we want' to 'being allowed to be how we feel'. Have a read of our top tips for Pride 2022 here and check out a few highlights for this weekend:

  • The Canal Parade will take over the city this Saturday with a boat procession that is bound to take your breath away. The parade will proceed from the Oosterdok to Westerdok. You can expect Herengracht and Prinsengracht to be especially busy with glittering and boa-wearing revellers, so get in make-up and in position early if you want to conquer a place along the water. Please remember that only boats with a Pride Vignette are allowed to be on the route. 
  • Step into Framer Framed this Saturday for a night of Queer Poetry and stories in a safe, welcoming space.
  • Don’t miss the Queer Landing concert at the Muziekgebouw terrace this Saturday: curated by the multidisciplinary artist Mini Maxwell of the International Queer and Migrant Film Festival in Amsterdam, the programme promises to be a festive and eclectic celebration of queerness.
  • Take a Queer Gaze Tour with Mala Badi who will introduce you to the past and present of Amsterdam's LGBTIQ+ communities. You will hear stories of inequality, injustice and oppression as well as stories of pride, collectivity and activism.

MUSIC & FESTIVALS

Kwaku Festival

3 women Kwaku

What started in 1975 as a small-scale football tournament for youths in the Bijlmermeer, grew into a big yearly festival in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Every July, the Nelson Mandelapark is filled with culture, music, dance and especially lots - lots - of good food. This closing weekend, Kwaku's programme is filled with debates, lectures, dance workshops and performances. Fancy some salsa dancing with a chicken roti roll in hand? Then you've come to the right place.

Kwaku Summer Festival | Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 August | Nelson Mandela Park, Zuidoost

ARTIS Zoomeravonden

Artis Sizzling Summer Nights Amsterdam Zoo + zomer (summer) + avonden (evenings) = a pun worthy of a top marketing award. As of this weekend, Amsterdam’s iconic animal hotel, Artis Zoo, will be open every Saturday until sunset for the Zoomeravonden (Summer Nights). Potential activities include taking an evening tour of the park, sitting down in the grass with a picnic basket and listening to live music over the hoots and squawks of the residents.

Artis Zoomeravonden | Saturday 6 August | ARTIS, De Plantage

Jazz at the Plantage: Alice Leggett Trio

Jazz Talents at the Plantage continues its series of concerts in the Plantagebuurt. This Sunday, enjoy a performance by the Alice Leggett Trio, a combination of saxophone, bass and drums, who will perform the American Songbook repertoire.

Jazz at the Plantage | Sunday 7 August  | Hermitage AmsterdamDe Plantage

Classical music in De Kas - James Oesi

Hortus Botanicus by night

Music is back in Hortus! The botanical gardens are organising a series of classical concerts in the Palmenkas Greenhouse. Bring your own rug, favourite cushions or ottoman and enjoy a relaxing listening session under the ancient palms. This weekend, enjoy a greenhouse concert by James Oesi on double bass.

Concerts in the Greenhouse: James Oesi | Sunday 7 August | Hortus Botanicus, De Plantage

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

FOOD & DRINK

Pride Brunch at Zoku

If you need a break from the festivities this weekend, a Pride brunch awaits at Zoku’s rooftop restaurant, the Living Kitchen. Expect brunch classics served with funny names, from ‘Born this way, eggs your way’ to ‘Blossom with Pride pancakes’.

Zoku | Saturday 6 August - Sunday 7 August | Weesperstraat 105 

INK goes PINK Bottomless Brunch

The INK hotel goes PINK in support of diversity and inclusivity this Pride week. Stop by this weekend for a lavish Bottomless Brunch in their glittering quarters.

INK Hotel | Saturday 6 August - Sunday 7 August | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67

Queen D

The queen of American soulfood expands from the World of Food to Bijlmerplein and beyond, where you will be able to enjoy a hearty portion of crab, lobster, and other irresistible classics. Keep an eye on it as a new location is coming to Jan Evertsenstraat soon.

Queen D | Bijlmerplein 561  

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

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Pride Photo

This year’s LGBTQI+ open-air exhibition revolves around the theme of ‘Celebrating the Unseen’. Explore the free display at Mahlerplein in the Zuidas to find 20 panels and interactive media information shedding light on the most unseen groups and communities across the spectrum.

Pride Photo | until 11 August | Mahlerplein

Anton Shebetko - To Know Us Better

Anton Shebetko (1990, Ukraine) portrays Queer Ukrainians living or temporarily staying in Europe. The series shows people who moved to Europe after Russia's occupation of Crimea, the war in the East in 2014 and Russia's full invasion in 2022. The portraits and heartfelt interviews in this exhibition document their experiences and hopes for a better future.

Anton Shebetko - To Know Us Better | until 31 August | FOAM

Sunday Market at Westergas

Shop funky and sustainable art, fashion and design this Sunday at the Westergas. This is the place to hunt for vintage pieces and handmade creations and when you’ve had your fill, you can expect plenty of music, dance, theatre and food at the Westerpark.

Sunday Market | Sunday 7 August | Westergas 

I went on a holiday to the country you fled from

Dutch cisgender documentary photographer Iris Haverkamp Begemann went on holiday to Mexico where Alejandra Ortiz, writer and transgender woman, fled. Mexico. Haverkamp Begemann visited the important places of Ortiz's childhood - places where she felt both safe and loved, as well as places where she felt extremely unsafe and unaccepted in this effort to create awareness. This joint multimedia project combines the visual story of Ortiz conveyed by Haverkamp Beggeman and the written and verbal commentary of Ortiz.

I went on a holiday to the country you fled from | until 21 August | Melkweg

Also check out our seasonal exhibition guide for your next arty fix.