Vondelpark Open Air Theater in Amsterdam

July 19, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Unforgettable Experiences

Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of cubanjunky via Flickr.

Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of cubanjunky via Flickr.

Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest and most visited park. As well as duck ponds, cycle paths and excellent cafes, many of them very kid-friendly, it has the city’s Filmmuseum and also an Open Air Theater.

During summer, the Open Air Theater holds performances from June through August. This year the season runs from June 3rd until August 19th, 2012 with performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. In addition from August 31st to September 2nd there will be three special dance projects on the stage.

Performances range from kids’ theater to comedy, pop, jazz and classical music. Friday evenings are generally dance performances, with comedy acts on Friday, August 10th. The program begins at 2pm on Saturdays running until around 10pm, and is a mixture of cabaret, jazz and kids’ theater. Sundays also have afternoon and evening programs, with classical and jazz in the afternoons and pop and world music in the evenings.

Amsterdammers flock to the Open Air Theater throughout summer. Unlike many of the other outdoor events, it has a rain or shine policy, so even if the weather is not favorable the crowds still come in their colored raincoats and rubber boots.

There’s a bar and hot and cold food kiosks, or you can make your own picnic. The feeling is relaxed, family-oriented and appreciative – most performances begin with a warm-up act of up-and-coming talent before the main act – often a world-famed band or singer takes to the stage.

All performances are free though donations are always welcome and you can become a friend and support the theater from only 15 euro. To guarantee a ticket you can book ahead for only 2.50 euro.

-Philippa Burne

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