100 Years of Frans Hals Museum
FRANS HALS: EYE TO EYE WITH REMBRANDT, RUBENS AND TITIAN; 23 March-28 July; Frans Hals Museum, Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem; +31 23 5115775; www.franshalsmuseum.nl *
March Classical music meets avant-garde pop and electronic music in this touring festival.
Various locations; www.cross-linx.nl
The prestigious European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) includes antiques, paintings, modern art, 20th-century design and more.
MECC, Forum 100, Mastricht; +31 43 3838383; www.tefaf.com
Untitled (1974), by Karel Appel
Photo: courtesy Gallery Delaive
Movies That Matter
An initiative of Amnesty International, this festival features wide-ranging films on human rights.
Various locations in The Hague; www.moviesthatmatter.nl
21 March-20 May
* The vast multi-coloured fields of tulips and countless other bulbs open once again. Also features flower shows, gardens and floral works of art.
Stationsweg 166a, Lisse; +31 252 465555; www.keukenhof.nl
Until 5 May
Based on the 1970s BBC series of the same name, this popular interactive ‘dinner show’ features the high jinx you would expect from Sybil, Basil and Manuel, performed by three Australian actors
Various locations; www.impactentertainment.nl
Le Chat Noir
Until 17 May
Once the epicentre of fin-de-siècle Paris, Montmartre’s cabaret Le Chat Noir is now the inspiration for this dance piece by Scapino Ballet’s resident choreographers, featuring music by Satie, Debussy, Brel and Piaf.
Various locations; www.scapinoballet.nl
Hand Made: Long Live Crafts
9 March-20 May
More than 500 objects – exceptional examples of artistic crafts – plus demonstrations of traditional techniques, documentaries, films, workshops and markets.
Boijmans van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, Rotterdam; +31 10 4419400; www.boijmans.nl
Until 1 April
A remarkable repertoire of installations, videos, sculptures, interventions, graffiti and paintings by versatile Dutch artist Marc Bijl (1970).
Groninger Museum, Museumeiland 1; +31 50 3666555; www.groningermuseum.nl
Vincent Is Back, Part 1: Native Soil
Until 1 April
Van Gogh’s Dutch period (1881-1886), in which he painted peasant life as a novice artist, is on display in the museum with the world’s second largest collection of his work.
Kröller-Müller Museum. Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo; +31 318 591241; www.kmm.nl
The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier
Until 12 May
With the subtitle From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, this multimedia exhibition affords a unique overview of the extensive oeuvre of the famous French couturier, with exceptional loans from Pedro Almodovar and Madonna.
Kunsthal, Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam; +31 10 4400301; www.kunsthal.nl
Walk the Moon
The Kyteman Orchestra
The Kyteman Orchestra
Paard van Troje (the Hague)
Info and tickets: www.livenation.nl
The 10th-anniversary edition of the world’s largest festival of international dance films offers feature-length films, shorts and documentaries, complemented by animations, commercials, fashion and music videos, and installations.
CINEDANS; 1-9 March; EYE, IJpromenade 1; +31 20 5891400; www.cinedans.nl
Annual Amsterdam Boat Show.
RAI, Europaplein 22; +31 20 549 1212; www.hiswarai.nl
Cheech & Chong
America’s cult comedy duo in the show Light up Europe.
Carré, Amstel 115-125; 0900 2525255 (NL only); www.theatercarre.nl
Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
Cirque du Soleil’s stunning tribute to the King of Pop.
Ziggo Dome, De Passage 100; 0900 3001250 (NL only); www.ticketmaster.nl
Pink Film Days
Amsterdam’s superb annual gay and lesbian film festival.
Various locations; www.rozefilmdagen.nl
Romeo And Juliet
14 March-1 April
Het Nationale Ballet pays tribute to former artistic director Rudi van Dantzig (1933-2012).
Het Muziektheater, Amstel 3; +31 20 6255455; www.het-muziektheater.nl
Head Of The River Amstel
Rowers aged from 15 to 70 compete in non-stop races all day in this prestigious rowing championship in the city.
River Amstel; www.headoftheriver.nl
23 & 24 March *
Theatres, museums, clubs and shops in eclectic East Amsterdam throw open their doors - and throw in some surprises – over a 24-hour period of culture and fun.
The Golden Age: Laboratory Of Our World
Until 31 August *
The story of the Dutch Golden Age vividly brought to life via the latest multimedia and historical masterpieces.
Amsterdam Museum, Kalverstraat 92; +31 20 5231822; www.amsterdammuseum.nl
Until 19 May *
The origin of Amsterdam’s 400-year-old Canal Ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
City Archives, Vijzelstraat 32; +31 20 2511511; www.boomingamsterdam2013.nl
Housed in a school dating from 1886, this spacious cafe/restaurant in Amsterdam East is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Service is friendly, the atmosphere is laid-back, and the prices are very kind on your purse.
Eerste van Swindenstraat 581; +31 20 6680680; www.ponteneur.nl
Two Door Cinema Club
Heineken Music Hall
Yo La Tengo
The Amsterdam metropolitan area celebrates a number of historical milestones in 2013. To celebrate, the Amsterdam 2013 organisation, sponsored by KLM, has organised a year of cultural events around the city.
For the latest information on events, visit www.amsterdam2013.klm.com