Amsterdam - Holand festival

International theatre, music, dance, opera, film, art - from the West and abroad.  Every year, June is reserved for an extraordinary programme.

Since 1947, Amsterdam has been offering a wide variety of extraordinary and stimulating artistic projects from all over the world thorugh the month-long celebration of the arts - the Holland Festival.


Holland Festival also aims at bringing artistic events which would be popular with wider public (as pop music concerts) and braking the barriers between so called Low art and High art. The future is with impure art - states its program. Holland Festival organizes interesting meetings, conferences and issues its own publications. The festival offers a heady mix of theatre, music, dance, opera, film and visual arts, as well as Western and non-Western performance pieces in a variety of languages. Its programming consistently emphasises discipline crossovers and always includes pieces of the highest artistic standards.

Since 2005, the festival has been headed by artistic director Pierre Audi. Under his direction, it has maintained its influential role as a leading international platform for innovation in the performing arts. The festival has particularly been a frontrunner in supporting modern and non-classical contemporary music and new forms in musical theatre. Holland Festival has also shown itself as a pioneer in introducing audiences to experimental theatre and international artists.

The festival graces the stages of some of the city's most exciting theatrical locations, such as Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ on the IJ River, Carré Theatre on the Amstel, centrally-located Muziektheater and Stadsschouwburg and Westergasfabriek in the hip district of Westerpark.

Some highlights of the Holland Festival:

Mea Culpa

The official opening performance of the festival is the last work by German avant-garde theatre-maker and artist Christoph Schlingensief, a multidisciplinary, 'readymade' opera about life, death and mortality that documents the last stages of Schlingensief 's fight against cancer, which he lost in 2010.

Birds with Skymirrors

A theatre and dance performance in which the Samoan director choreographer Lemi Ponifasio questions our disturbed relationship with the earth. Rather than preaching environmental politics, Ponifasio addresses the issue with a rich and solemn sense of dignity.

Un Tramway

Isabelle Huppert stars in this new production that's based on the stage classic A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Director Krzysztof Warlikowski examines what Williams' themes of sex, desire, death and madness can mean today.

Before I Sleep

Taking place in an office block in Amsterdam's business district, this interactive performance lets the audience wander through various rooms in small groups and led by an actor, thereby closely experiencing the mix of film and live performance created by the English company dreamthinkspeak and its artistic director Tristan Sharps.

Laurie Anderson - Delusion

New York-based singer, violinist and performance artist Laurie Anderson presents her latest work, a series of short mystery plays alternating between reality, dream and myth.

Yevgeniy Onegin

Traditionally, the Holland Festival stages one of its performances in the open air. This year, it's Tchaikovsky's lyrical opera Yevgeniy Onegin (Eugene Onegin) that will be beamed live from the Muziektheater onto a big screen in Amsterdam's Oosterpark. It's free! But don't forget to bring your picnic.

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