What's On in July 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.
David Cronenberg: The Exhibition – EYE FilmMuseum, 22 June – 14 September
Started at the end of last month, but continuing until September, Amsterdam’s
EYE Filmmuseum (the fancy white building that can be seen across the water
from Centraal Station) presents an exhibition of filmmaker David Cronenberg.
The director’s uniquely dark and twisted style can be seen in classic works such
as Videodrome, Scanners and The Fly, which are just some of the films on show
during July. Props, set photos and costumes from Cronenberg’s films are also
on display during the exhibition. Tickets for the exhibition or the films can be
purchased via the EYE Filmmuseum website, with films starting at EUR 10.
Power Tool Race – NDSM Wharf, 5 July
Yes, you did read that correctly and no, this is not a race for people carrying
power tools; any wood shop teacher will tell you that is a bad idea. Instead, the
motley collection of racers set to gather at NDSM Wharf on 5 July will be racing
vehicles made out of power tools. Crazy contraptions based on everything from
belt sanders to circular saws will take to the specially constructed wooden track
under the supervision on their young inventors. The races kick off at 13:00, but
registration for new racers is open until 11:30. NDSM can be reached via free
ferry from behind Centraal Station.
RSD Free Tour – Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, 10 July
Real Social Dynamics is a group that attempts to teach people about the ways in
which we interact with each other... and use this knowledge to attract beautiful
women. Mostly aimed at guys, this free two-hour seminar promises to train
those interested in the art of seduction, building confidence and allowing them
to approach potential partners they would not have before. Registration for the
event begins at 18:00 in the hotel, with the seminar running from 19:00-21:00.
The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring – Royal Concertgebouw, 7-9 July
Fans of Peter Jackson’s excellent film adaption of J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic fantasy
book series are in for a treat, as the music of the first film, The Fellowship of
the Ring, comes to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw this month. The show is
part of the Concertgebouw’s Robeco Summer Nights programme, and is perhaps
the most accessible for those who are not already fans of classical music. The
dramatic score, which won composer Howard Shore a Grammy when the film
was released, is sure to keep you glued to your seat. Tickets start at EUR 42 and
can be purchased via the Concertgebouw’s website.
Monty Python Live (Mostly) – Pathé Tuschinski, 20 July, 6 August
The Monty Python crew needs no introduction, being some of Britain’s most
famous and influential comedians. Now, eager fans have a chance to watch their
reunion tour live (sort of). The beautiful Pathé Tuschinksi movie theatre offers
two shows in which the Pythons are beamed live to the screen from their sold
out performances in London. So grab your popcorn and settle in for an evening
of classic comedy from a team of living legends. Tickets start at EUR 12.50 and
can be purchased via the Pathé website. Lumberjacks welcome.
For details of more regular festivals and events in Amsterdam – check out our Events page.