The view down the Kloveniersburgwal on a late afternoon. See the Christmas tree in the bottom left corner? This week in Amsterdam…
- New exhibitions abound! Foam opens its doors on December 16th to welcome 3 exhibitions, “Joel Sternfeld: Color Photographs” (till March 14, 2012), “Stanley Greene: Black Passport” (till February 5, 2012) and “Sara-Lena Maierhofer: Dear Clark” (till February 5, 2012).
- Additionally, the Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401) has two new photography exhibitions opening December 16, “Siebe Swart: Land and Water” (till February 26, 2012) and “Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories” (till February 26, 2012).
- How is it Christmas in a week in a half? Get in the spirit over at the Leidseplein (hosting olliebollen and poffertjes stalls, Gluhwein and bradwurst, a Christmas market and an ice rink), the Rembrandtplein ‘Winterland’ (complete with a larger ice rink, a Christmas market and several food and drink stalls, including a Gluhwein cafe) or the Museumplein’s Ice*Amsterdam (the biggest ice rink of them all).
- Or go see the classical ballet performance, The Nutcracker, by the Ballet of the State Opera of Tatarstan the Schouwburg Amstelveen or a Dutch twist on the original ballet (The Nutcracker and the Mouse King) by ‘Het Nationale Ballet‘ at the Muziektheater Amsterdam.
- Did you miss the documentary film festival, IDFA, in Amsterdam last month? Well here’s your chance to watch one of the documentaries screened at the IDFA, Page One: Inside the NY Times. Kriterion (Roetersstraat 170) will be screening the film on December 18th at 3pm.
- Also this Sunday, the Funky Xmas Market at the Westergasfabriek. Sunday Markets are always a good time (see previous post) so this is an event you don’t want to miss. The market will take place from 12-6pm.
- Lots of markets this weekend… Puremarkt returns for a Christmas twist on its biological food market on Sunday, December 18 at the Park Frankendael from 11am-6pm.
- Need a break from the Christmas craze? Check out my recent post for ideas on how to avoid the crowds, Amsterdam Insights: Quiet Amsterdam.
- Or head out East and visit one of the quieter museums in Amsterdam, the Jewish Historical Museum – there’s a great exhibition on right now, ‘Saul Leiter: New York Reflections‘ (see my post here). More Amsterdam-Oost here.
- TEDx Amsterdam was a closed event, by invitation only. But now you can watch all the talks on Youtube. See the opening of TEDx by the Nationale Ballet here, and the TEDx talk by psychology professor Barry Schwartz.