Amsterdam Weekend Guide (23-25 February)
When the purple crocus flowers start peeking out through the grass, it means that spring is in the air. But we haven’t left the winter showers behind just yet, so escape the downpour and check out a new photography exhibition, hop on a vintage tram for a crocus ride through the city, or catch one of this weekend’s many film screenings.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Foam Talent Opening
Foam, an international photography museum in the heart of Amsterdam, launches its newest exhibition, Foam Talent. A platform for photography from lesser-heard voices across the globe, this exhibition features images taken by 20 international artists dealing with urgent societal themes. Chosen from thousands of entries, these works investigate pressing contemporary issues such as personal identity and its place in larger cultural narratives.
In 2022, the picturesque Weesp became an official part of Amsterdam. Unprecedented: Weesp, hosted by Museum Weesp, explores what it means to be a part of this community. It tells intimate stories about the inhabitants of Weesp through multimedia installations featuring visual artists and photographers. In October of this year, Amsterdam will celebrate its 750th birthday, and this exhibition reflects on the city’s history and honours the diverse lives of its residents.
SHOPPING & MARKETS
Creative Lab Pop-Up Market
Explore the Creative Lab Pop-up Market, where 40 local artisans showcase their handmade fashion, arts, ceramics, and more. Nestled in West's De Hallen, this market includes live DJs and interactive workshops that reflect Amsterdam's creative essence and community spirit. After 19:00, the market transitions into a relaxed atmosphere, inviting visitors to unwind and enjoy a drink.
Winter Market at Muiderslot
Medieval castle and open-air museum Muiderslot, only a 20-minute bus ride from Amsterdam Amstel station, transforms into Muiderslot Winter Market, with creative workshops and stalls selling various hand-crafted goods. Indulge in castle chef Siebren's culinary treats, sample raclette sandwiches, and quintessentially Dutch 'poffertjes' (small Dutch pancakes). On Sunday, enjoy live music and a wine-tasting session in collaboration with wine bar Bottleshop Amsterdam.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Crocus Tram Rides
Journey back in time on a vintage tram ride through the city. Operated entirely by volunteers, these beautifully restored streetcars date back to pre-war. As you travel past Amsterdam's renowned landmarks on the Crocus Ride, keep an eye out for the purple crocus flowers, the first sign that spring is on its way. It’s the best way to see the city in style.
CINEMA & FILM
- Catch Lab111’s themed film screenings this weekend, including Galvanised: The Films of Jonathan Glazer, on Friday and Sunday, for a spotlight on the seminal director.
- Dive into the work of the versatile Nicholas Cage at Nicholas Uncaged, with multiple screenings of his films throughout the weekend at Lab111.
- This Saturday, get ready for When the Full Moon Rises, a marathon of the Twilight saga at Kriterion, for what is sure to be a night of blood-thirsty entertainment with €4 Bloody Marys to boot.
CONCERTS & GIGS
Sonic Acts Biennale: Festival Weekend
For almost 60 hours, Sonic Acts Biennale will host an international line-up of musicians, performers, thinkers and artists at prominent music and arts venues across the city. This smorgasbord of creative acts includes a musical presentation at the Muziekgebouw, a symposium at the Stedelijk, and a 12-hour cinematic trance event at Paradiso, to name a few. Sonic Acts, an interdisciplinary arts organisation, is known for its experimental Biennale programs that present exciting new developments in technological art forms, and this year will be no exception.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Full Moon Party at Wolf Atelier
Dance under the moonlight this Saturday at Wolf Atelier. Enjoy classics like oysters, tartare and truffle risotto, as well as bites by celebrated chef Jaimie van Heije, who brings unexpected flavours to the menu. When the moon is full, so are the glasses at Wolf Atelier. Award-winning bartender Andrei Talapanescu will shake and stir his signature cocktails, such as the ‘Phiz’ with lychee and orgeat (a sweet syrup made from almonds) and the ‘Zette’ with strawberry and mezcal.