positioned within Amsterdam’s hugely popular Vondelpark, the delightful Open
Air Theatre attracts the crowds with its entertaining performances of music,
theatre and comedy, all of which are completely free of charge. Offering something for everyone, the Open Air
Theatre hosts its events over the weekends of the summer months and is an
attraction not to be missed when visiting the city.
in the west of Amsterdam, not far from the vibrant city centre, is Amsterdam’s
largest city park, the magnificent Vondelpark.
Spanning over an impressive 120 acres and visited by a staggering 10
million people every single year, the park boasts a wide array of fantastic
facilities including children’s playgrounds, picturesque gardens, a tranquil
lake and of course the famous Open Air Theatre.
year, starting at the beginning of June and continuing through to the end of
August, the Vondelpark’s Open Air Theatre provides spectators with access to
free of charge, entertaining performances every Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. A variety of productions can be
viewed, ranging from modern dance and cabaret shows to children’s theatre and
pop music concerts.
Vondelpark has always had a connection with music and entertainment, especially
in the early 1970s when the ‘Flower Power’ era took place. In 1974 the Open Air Theatre began offering
its free of charge performances, which quickly became popular with tourists and
locals alike. Today, many renowned
artists perform at the event, including the fabulous Dutch Philharmonic
Orchestra who offer a breath-taking production of fine classical music. Prior to the main event, each show is opened
by young people eager to show off their up and coming talents.
Air Theatre is fully equipped to seat hundreds of people, together with
spacious areas for those who wish to stand.
A collection of cafes and bars also provide refreshments for spectators,
however a pre-pared picnic is also welcomed within the park and is what many
people tend to do. Performances usually
take place whatever the weather, either in glorious sunshine or a heavy
downpour, all of which adds to the lively, friendly, festival atmosphere which
the theatre emits.
The Open Air Theatre is definitely worthy of a
visit and is an event which is highly recommended for all ages. Although free of charge, donations are much
appreciated in order to maintain this impressive attraction. More information can be found on the official
website, which is in Dutch but can easily be translated using various browser
translators – www.openluchttheater.nl.