Monday, February 14, 2011

Wireless Stories

This free event about new media in public space - Thursday February 17th in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam - is organised by Sandberg & Mediafonds.

Some of the topics are:
  • how mobile media technologies shape the construction of personal and cultural identities, 
  • the MuseumApp, based on 7scenes, a community platform for multiuser real-time gaming and storytelling using mobile and location-specific technology,
  • design as the most ingenious, beautiful and consolatory science in its endeavours to understand human beings — from our molecular origins to our possibilities in the future,
  • mobile storytelling and interactive mobile film-game.
Sign in and
Location: Stadsschouwburg, Leidsestraat 26

Friday, January 21, 2011

Art in The House of God

Exhibition of fifty Gerrit Rietveld Academy students (this is the most famous art school in Amsterdam) who are going to graduate this year. The opening is Friday 21th between 5-9pm, and the finissage is February 5th at 7pm.
Entrance is free with Museumjaarkaart. Otherwise 5 euro.

Location: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Visit a 19th-century Riding School

This is one of these great locations in Amsterdam where you can place yourself  in the 19th century: de Hollandsche Manege (Royal Dutch Riding School) at the Vondestraat, just behind the Vondelpark. It hardly changed since it first opened its doors in 1882! The entrance is free, and on the balcony you have a rest and watch a student practice horse riding. If you want you can have a coffee as well in the cafe or visit the stables. For the last thing you must be able to read Dutch, though, to understand the security rules.

Hollandse Manege, Vondelstraat 140, Amsterdam

Saturday Farmers Market

Each Saturday morning you have this great Farmers Market at the Noordermarkt in Amsterdam. You can do your weekend shopping and buy natural made cheese, biological eggs, fresh fish, bread, honey, herbs, spices, nuts, and home made cakes. Yummy!

Open: 9am-3pm (Dutch)

The Chinese New Year

On February 5th you can visit the spectacular Chinese New Year on the Nieuwmarkt, that mark the Year of the Rabbit. The only Chinese you have to know when visiting is: Gong Xi Fa Cai, which means: Happy New Year!
This New Year spring feats is the most important feast of the Chinese people and they memorialize the beginning of the autumn. Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese moon month, that's why the date change every year, but it's always between January 21th and February 20th.

In China Town in Amsterdam there's a lion dance with a lot of firework. Afterwards the lion goes in China Town to bring luck to all Chinese people. On the Nieuwmarkt there are also shows of musicians and other artists.

Location: Nieuwmarkt & Zeedijk, between 11am and 5pm.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Weekly Techno Event

What is on your mind? This free weekly Techno Event on Tuesdays is hosted by InDeep'n'Dance Records Amsterdam, and brings the latest sounds from the underground. Styles: Minimal Techno, Techno. Detroid Techno, Acid Techno, Melodic Techno.

23pm - 3am
This is the January program:

Location: Korsakoff, Lijnbaansgracht 16,

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free Concert White Lies in Concerto

Saturday there's a free concert of White Lies in Concerto. This British, Indie band present their new album Ritual. Concert starts at 4pm, be on time to get in (Concerto is a small cd-shop).

Concerto, Utrechtsestraat 52,60, Amsterdam

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Free Missin'Link Comic Calender

From January 6th you can get a free Missin'Link Comic Hiphop Calender at sneaker store Patta in Amsterdam. It's a limited edition.

Patta, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 142

Free Hugs in Amsterdam

Regularly you can have free hugs in Amsterdam. This is the most viewed video about the free hug action, a real tearjerker! (We will let you know when there's a new session.)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Free travelling ICE & Highspeed in January (Dutch)

Voor iedereen die de komende maand naar Amsterdam reist: je kunt zonder toeslag de ICE, Fyra of NS Hispeed nemen. Wel heb je een gewoon kaartje nodig.

Dit is wat de NS erover heeft rondgestuurd:
Treinen rijden vanaf maandag 3 januari 2011 volgens de normale dienstregeling. Wegens defect materieel door de sneeuwperiode zijn treinen in ieder geval de komende weken korter dan gebruikelijk en zal het op een aantal trajecten drukker zijn in de spits. Om de drukte in de spits te verminderen, heeft NS een aantal maatregelen genomen.
- Om vaste reizigers meer kans op een zitplaats te bieden, herintroduceert NS het Zoutkaartje. Het Zoutkaartje  geeft reizigers vanaf maandag 3 januari tot en met maandag 31 januari 2011 doordeweeks 40% korting van 9.00 - 16.00 uur en na 18.30 uur met NS-treinen;
- Reizigers tussen Rotterdam, Schiphol en Amsterdam kunnen met een NS treinkaartje zonder toeslag in de Fyra van NS Hispeed reizen;
- Reizigers tussen Amsterdam, Utrecht en Arnhem kunnen met een NS treinkaartje zonder toeslag in de ICE reizen;
- Om drukte in stoptreinen te verminderen, stopt een aantal intercity's in de spits ook op de stations in Houten en Weesp om reizigers mee te nemen. De extra stops zorgen voor enige vertraging, waardoor het kan voorkomen dat aansluitingen niet altijd gehaald kunnen worden. In de reisplanner kunt u zien welke treinen extra stoppen.

Free Lunchconcert Thomaskerk

Want to have a break from your work? Go to the free lunchconcert in Thomaskerk (12.30, every Tuesday).
Today you can watch and listen to Neva Ensemble, a choir from Sint Petersburg specialised in Russian church songs.

It's worthwhile visiting the church for it's sixties architecture (designed by architect Karel L. Sijmons) as well. 

Thomaskerk, Prinses Irenestraat 36

Breakfast with a Book (Dutch)

Op 19 januari kun je gratis met je kinderen naar het Voorleesontbijt van de Nationale Voorleesdagen. In de Centrale Bibliotheek kunnen kinderen (en volwassenen!) luisteren naar het Prentenboek van het Jaar: Fien wil rennen van Bibi Dumon Tak & Noëlle Smith (10.30), dat wordt voorgelezen door een speciale gast. Daarna kunnen de kinderen aanschuiven voor het ontbijt.

In Bibliotheek Reigersbos leest burgemeester Eberhard van der Laan om 10.30 voor.

De illustraties van Noëlle Smith kun je op de jeugdafdeling van de Centrale Bibliotheek bekijken. Schrijver Harm de Jonge opent de expositie 19 januari om 16 uur.
Toegang van alle activiteiten is gratis. Reserveer wel van tevoren!

Meer informatie over het programma rond de Voorleesdagen (ook in andere bibliotheken in Amsterdam):

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday Match Bimhuis

Each Monday you can visit a free jazz and dance performance at Monday Match, where a musician and dancer choose each other and improvise through the evening. Afterwards you can dance to the eclectic mix of hidden treasures & crazy grooves with DJ Philippona's Jazz Lost & Found. 
8.30pm, Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam,
Foto: Ramon Frankfort (Flickr)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Woodwards at Coffee Company

Still groggy from New Years Eve? Have a big coffee at the Coffee Company, Waterlooplein 129 in Amsterdam, and listen to the acoustic session of The Woodwards (finalist of the Grote Prijs NL for the best Dutch bands in 2008). On January 2nd they will perform a full set including songs from the latest EP 'Burn Everything'. It starts from 1 pm and continues throughout the afternoon.

More information:

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 3 Best Free Things To Do in Amsterdam On New Years Eve

1 Watch the fire work at Nieuwmarkt
This is definitely the best place to watch the Dutch fireworks in Amsterdam. You have to be there just before 12 pm and you just have to say: WOW!

2 Party at Museumplein
The free party at Museumplein is also a good place to celebrate New Years Eve. This is the program:
21:00: Event begins
23:00: Show; start TV broadcast 
23:59: Countdown 
00:00: Spectacular fireworks show 

00:08: End of TV broadcast; after-party with DJs 
01:00: Event ends 

More information:

3 Walk or cycle through Vondelpark
This is number 3 on the list, but maybe it's the best tip! Nobody goes to the Vondelpark! Two years ago we cycled through the park just before noon, and YES, when the fireworks started, we were the only ones there. Try it, this is really marvelous!