What's On in March 2014
Amsterdam is a city that always has something going on. From music festivals to museum exhibits, theatre nights to street parties, you can be guaranteed to find something on the horizon that will be fun to visit during your trip to the city. This section lists the events to look out for this month. For more regular events, our Annual Events page lists the major festivals and holidays that come around every year in Amsterdam.
M&M Stand Up Paddling – Amsterdam RAI, 02 March
A sport that has its origins in techniques developed by Hawaiian surfing instructors, stand up paddling is a fun and healthy way to get wet. The sport has been on the rise in the Netherlands for a short while, and this month a seven-kilometre circuit through Amsterdam’s historic central canal district has been organised as part of the run-up to the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. The tour leaves from Amsterdam RAI and wends its way through the city before looping back to the event venue. While registration for the tour is closed, the participants should make for some interesting photo ops as they pass through the city.
Ballet for Life: an ode to Freddie Mercury– Royal Theatre Carré, 13–16 March
Who doesn’t love Freddie Mercury? Certainly not Béjart Ballet Lausanne. This ballet company from Switzerland brings its tribute to the late great lead singer of Queen to Amsterdam’s majestic Royal Theatre Carré this month. It will come as a surprise to nobody that this takes the form of ballet performances set to some of Queen’s better-known rock classics. Interludes from classical composers will also be a part of the show, as will the stunning costumes designed by Versace. Doors open at 20:30, with a 14:00 matinee on the final day, tickets can be purchased via the theatre’s website.
The Four Tops & The Temptations – Heineken Music Hall, 14 March
Two of the biggest-name acts from the era of Motown are coming to Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall for one night this month. Little needs to be said about these musical legends, whose hits include Papa Was A Rollin Stone (The Temptations) and Loco in Acapulco (The Four Tops). Tickets to see both of these acts take the one stage can be bought through the Heineken Music Hall website. Unfortunately, there is no standing room available, so visitors will have to be content to groove in their seats.
Apartheid & After – Huis Marseille, 15 March – 08 June
This powerful and moving photography exhibition comes to the Huis Marseille gallery on Keizersgracht. Twelve different photographers present a view of Apartheid in South Africa through their lenses. The photographers include Paul Alberts, David Goldblatt (who had the idea that formed the basis of this exhibition), Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni and Guy Tillim. The focus of this exhibition is how photographers who used their work to oppose Apartheid continue to interact with post-Apartheid South Africa; and to bring this to the Netherlands, with whom South Africans have shared so much culturally.
Ashton Brothers: Treasures – Royal Theatre Carré, 21–23 March
The beauty of slapstick comedy is that it pays no mind to language barriers. This is well known by the Dutch “punk rock variety act” of the Ashton Brothers. Their high-octane brand of comedic theatre comes to the Royal Theatre Carré at the end of March, showing just how respected this comedy act is in the Netherlands. While not really brothers, the Monty Python-inspired comedy is really funny for visitors of any age or background. Doors open at 20:00 with a 14:00 matinee on Sunday 23 March. Tickets can be booked via the theatre’s website.
For details of more regular festivals and events in Amsterdam – check out our Events page