over 60 years ago, the Holland Festival is Amsterdam’s oldest and most popular
festival of performing arts and is an attraction not to be missed whilst
visiting the city. Taking place in June
of each year within an array of locations across Amsterdam, the festival boasts
some truly spectacular productions of music and theatre.
fabulous Holland Festival was first showcased in Amsterdam back in 1947, making
it the city’s oldest and most popular performing arts festival. With a whole catalogue of events and
productions, many of which are performed in numerous languages, the festival
attracts visitors from all over the world.
In 2005, the Holland Festival’s new artistic director Pierre Audi
revamped the event, taking it back to its roots.
year in June, several venues throughout the city host this impressive
event. Many of the venues are already
renowned for hosting such high profile exhibitions, such as the Rijksmuseum and
the Concertgebouw positioned upon Amsterdam’s famous Museumplein, together with
the iconic Eye Film Institute in the north of the city. However, other locations such as the picturesque
Oosterpark and the Westergas Factory site are also used as festival venues.
heart of the Holland Festival are performances of music and theatre, together
with dance productions, operas and displays of visual arts. The festival effortlessly blends a mixture of
western and non- western events together with classical and modern
performances, ensuring that it offers something for everyone involved. As well as promoting the talents of up and
coming artists, the festival has also featured some of the world’s well-known
performers throughout its history. It
was this very festival that introduced the much loved Maria Callas to the
The festival is one of Amsterdam’s must see
sights and runs throughout the month of June.
Tickets for the Holland Festival can be purchased online and many
tickets include free public transport access to the various events across the
city. More information about tickets,
together with a full event programme can be found on the festival’s website www.hollandfestival.nl/en.