What's On in May 2013
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, while our Amsterdam News page aims to keep you informed about the most exciting upcoming events in the near future. For more regular events, our Annual Events page lists the major festivals and holidays that come around every year in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum Opening – Museumplein, 01 May
One of the most famous and popular museums in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum houses the collection of perhaps the Netherlands' most well-known painter: Vincent Van Gogh. In order to celebrate 40 years of the museum's current location, as well as the 160 year anniversary of Van Gogh's birth, a special collection of more than 200 works has been arranged in the museum to show a special insight into the troubled artist's method; including his original sketchbooks, paint tubes and the only surviving palette that he used. Tickets can be bought at the door or via the museum's website.
Sound of the Underground – Occii, OT301 and Vondelbunker, 05, 09-12 May
This underground music festival is held across three different squat-style venues that form the heart of Amsterdam's alternative culture scene. Definitely not a pop festival, the music on offer is alternative to say the least, with psychedelia, avant-garde, underground dance and improvised jazz being prominent on the agenda. In addition to music, workshops will be held and art exhibitions, artistic performances and documentaries will be shown. The first night in the Vondelbunker is a collaboration with the Doek Festival and has free entrance, while tickets for the other nights can be bought on the festival's website or via Amsterdam record stores Concerto and Rush Hour.
Artzuid – Zuid Amsterdam, 22 May - 22 September
This unique sculpture exhibition transforms the avenues and streets of the Zuid neighbourhood into a wonderland of contemporary sculpture. Weird and wonderful works will be placed all throughout the neighbourhood, from the business district to the historic Churchill-laan. This year, the sculptures have been chosen by Henk van Os, professor of art and society at the University of Amsterdam. A walking route through the art works selected by the good professor can be obtained prior to the event's launch, or you can simply take to the streets and let each new discovery surprise you.
The International Golf Course, 24-25 May
The 2013 Deloitte Ladies Open is set to tee off at Amsterdam's The International Golf Course from 24 to 25 May. It will be the 8th stop on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the first professional tournament to be played on the newly-opened Ian Woosnam designed course, found between Amsterdam and Schiphol airport. This 18th edition of the competition offers visitors to Amsterdam the rare chance to catch a professional sports competition that doesn't involve Ajax football club. Christel Boeljon, winner of the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open and Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters in 2012, is to be the face of the Deloitte Ladies Open 2013.
Stripped Down Dance Salon – Theater Perdu, 25, 26 May
The Stripped Down Dance Salon is an opportunity to see some of Amsterdam's young and emerging dance artists in a casual salon atmosphere. Visitors can see newly devised performances, mingle, drink and explore work by some of the city's most exciting new choreographers. Participating companies include Gretchen Garnett & Dancers, Jagoda Bobrowska, Pony Collective and Svetlin Velchev. Performances are Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, beginning at 20.30 at Theater Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam. Tickets cost EUR10 and can be purchased at the door or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.