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Art and beauty are everywhere in Amsterdam, from its famous galleries to its colourful flower markets. There are also fantastic art and cultural events throughout the year, including many great shows and exhibitions to see in spring. If you find yourself in Amsterdam over the next few weeks, you could do much worse than tootling along to one of these events.
This LGBTQ film festival has been part of Amsterdam’s cultural landscape since 1996, taking place primarily at the Ketelhuis cinema. It’s become a well-respected film event both in the Netherlands and around the world, featuring a broad range of works including documentaries, short films, and full-length features.
From 23 March the The Van Gogh Museum will be exhibiting Van Gogh’s relationship with Japanese art. There will be over 40 pieces by Van Gogh on display, as well as a specially curated collection from Japanese artists, and Van Gogh’s own collection of prints.
If two dimensions just aren’t enough for you to appreciate a masterpiece, head to Madame Tussauds and step into the works of your favourite Dutch Masters and other artists. Wander round Van Gogh’s bedroom, become a figure in Rembrandt’s Night Watch, or meet Salvador Dali amid his famous melting clocks.
For diehard Bach fans (and regular classical music fans) Easter is a great time to visit the city, as Bach’s St Matthew Passion is played throughout its concert halls and churches. This epic oratorio leads the Easter-themed concerts, with plenty of world-class orchestras and choirs to enjoy.
This popular art fair focuses on up and coming Dutch artists and designers, helping to promote new graduates and bringing their work to the public. You can pick up a bargain that might turn out to be worth a fortune one day (no guarantees).
Everyone loves a bit of glamour, and this exhibition at the Rijksmuseum shows off some of the most glamourous and spectacular portraits from across four centuries of aristocracy. The collection includes work by Cranach, Gainsborough, Manet, Sargent, Munch, and Velazquez, with Rembrandt’s stunning wedding portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit at the centre of the exhibition.
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