For all of you culture vultures out there who are looking for something a bit different there are so many events going on in Amsterdam in February including Chinese New Year, `A taste of Something Raw’, the Homemakers’ fair and `This is not a Reading Series: Chocolate’
Chinese new year is coming up, which for those of you who are clued up will know that this year is the year of the snake. Celebrations will take place on Saturday the 9th February in the Niewmarkt area (even though the Chinese New Year actually falls on the 10th February this year, the celebrations will take place a day early) with a whole host of stalls selling delicious food and drinks, so make sure you arrive hungry. It just wouldn’t be Chinese new year without and dragon dance or fireworks, which you can also expect. If you want to do something a bit different then you can go to the temple on the Zeedikjk where they will be holding a New Year morning service at midnight, and later on in the day they will also be hosting their homage to 1,000 Buddha’s ceremony. Events at Nieuwmarkt will start at 13.00pm onwards.
However, if shopping is more your thing, then you will be able to shop until you drop at the Homemakers’ fair at the Amsterdam RAI. With a big focus on fashion, beauty and home there are over 400 exhibitors. There is also an interactive part of the fair called `Festival Fantastique’ where you will be able to take part in workshops, listen to Dutch singers and wander around some sample shops. This exhibition is on between the 16th and 24th February and tickets start at €14.50
`A Taste of Something Raw’ showcases international dance and performances from young choreographers. A joint collaboration between Fresian arts centre `De Bakke Grond’ and Frescati, it will include visual art, literature, dance and theatre, music, performance, film and new media. This controversial dance and performance event is a little teaser of what will come up in their main event in October. Plus, there are plenty of performances where English is no problem. Running from the 14th February until the 16th February, individual perfomances cost in the region of €15-17
If you can’t get enough of chocolate, and you enjoy a bit of poetry then this is the event for you. Combining chocolate and poetry, Chocolatl and Versal Journal are collaborating for the event `This is not a reading series: Chocolate.’ Instead of bog-standard poetry readings, this event is set to deliver poetry, music, video installations, and anything else they can fit under their roof all around the theme of chocolate. Featuring poets Lynne Xu, Joshua Edwards and many more, there will also be a presentation about the process of making chocolate by Rodney from Chocolate Makers, so you can expect some amazing chocolate too. This event is taking place at the Chocolatl boutique store on Hazenstraat 25-A, Amsterdam, February 20th, at 19:30.