In the fall, the look of Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, turns gorgeous amber and orange. Days become cooler and shorter. Both locals and a trickle of tourists look for indoor entertainment – museums, music venues, dance floors… Here are some vibrant dance, music and theater festivals to cheer you up in the fall.
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), focusing on electronic music, is the biggest club festival of the world and major European electronic music conference. Seasoned and amateur exponents of electronic music will share and learn the latest trends. The 2010 play list comprises various beat-filled sounds, drum ‘n’ bass, hip-hop, house, trance, techno and acid besides electronic to make you dance. The 15th International Conference and Festival for Electronic Music, planned for October 20 to 23, 2010, will host more than 700 artists from around the world in 44 different clubs of Amsterdam.
The Dutch Theatre Festival, an annual jamboree, inaugurates a new theatre season in the city and marks the end of the current season. The festival, scheduled for September 2-12, 2010, will present the top ten performances of the current theatre season, discussions, master classes and entertainment activities. A number of theater related awards, including the Golden Cricket Award (children theater), the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award and the BNG Nieuwe Theatermakersprijs Award, would also be presented during the festival. This year the Amsterdam Fringe Festival will also be organized simultaneously in 25 venues across the city. The fringe festival presents “Language No Problem” programs and showcases works of 60 theater groups hailing from different countries such as Poland, Prague, South Africa, New York and the Netherlands.
Contemporary music lovers cannot miss the International Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Young composers present their latest creations. New trends and developments in the contemporary music are discussed.
The International Gamelan Festival Amsterdam (IGFA 2010), presents modern and traditional Indonesian dance and music performances. Highlights of the event, scheduled for Sep 2-11, 2010, include the best performances from Bali and Java. The Tropenmuseum will host the shows in two parts: Opera Java and Gamelan.
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