coming up #28 (amsterdam)

Just a relaxing afternoon on the Amsterdam canals. The weather is finally getting a little warmer, the birds are chirping and it’s starting to feel like spring. This week in Amsterdam…

  • Beautiful photographs of the newly opened The Conversatorium Hotel (Van Baerlestraat 27), right across from the Stedelijk Museum (Museumplein 10).
  • Speaking of the Stedelijk Museum, don’t forget to take a stroll through the Vondelpark, where Steve McQueen‘s (yes, the internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, known for his recent film Shame) installation Blues Before Sunrise is on display until Tuesday 27 March. All 275 streetlamps in the park will emit blue light instead of white, vividly transforming the nighttime experience of Amsterdam’s most well known urban “green space.” Here’s a preview!
  • On Friday night, 16 March, the organizers of Museumnacht, n8, will be hosting 2012’s first edition of the Nachtsalon, or “Night Salon” at the Tassenmuseum or “Museum of Bags and Purses” (Herengracht 573). Nachtsalon is an initiative of n8 that, in combination with the existing exhibition at the museum, in this case the Museum of Bags and Purses, creates an interesting program for just one evening. In this edition, young “inspired” Amsterdammers will be discussing their thoughts about the role of the ‘bag’ in the context of fashion and identity. Tickets cost €7 in advance and can be purchased here.
  • Finally! The Food Film Festival will take place this weekend from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March at Studio/K (Timorplein 62). The festival hopes to educate people about “wrongs in the food system” by screening interesting documentaries, inviting knowledgeable speakers and debating about current issues. There will also be a daily food market and other free events! Tickets will be available at the door for certain events, on Friday 16 March.
  • This Saturday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day! How will you be celebrating? At one of the Irish pubs in Amsterdam, maybe? There’s O’reilly’s (Paleisstraat 103), Mulligans (Amstel 100) and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (Oudezijds Kolk 9) to name a few.
  • De Appel arts centre (1e Jacob van Campenstraat 59, entrance Ferdinand Bolstraat) is moving to a new location which means that this weekend, Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March, they will be organizing a book sale! For one time only, all Appel publications are offered with discounts up to 50%. The book sale will take place from 12-6pm.
  • The third NeighbourFood Market is coming up this Sunday 18 March at the Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark. This “neighborhood” market is a platform for bio-farmers, top traiteurs, bakers, butchters, local chefs, fanatic foodies, barista’s… The list goes on. There’s a wonderful atmosphere and it’s is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, between 11am and 4pm!
  • The new exhibition at Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401; see previous post),  ‘Guy Tillim: Second Nature’ looks interesting! In this exhibition, “the images of the South African photographer display an analytical precision that never fails to stir up the emotions.”
  • If you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more!

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.

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