The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the most prominent dance event in the world takes over the city once again. For five days, from 16 to 20 October the city of Amsterdam will become the greatest and biggest stage of electronic music. The ADE is indeed the moment of the year when this culturally loaded music phenomenon conquers the city and with more than 50 extra venues this year, the capital city underlines its status as the mecca of electronic music worldwide. This year’s ADE promises to be even better, bigger and stronger.
Since its inception back in 1996, the ADE has aimed big. This is surely no ordinary music festival, but the ultimate electronic music platform for business networking, for up-and-coming artists to learn from those pioneering the industry and for critical debate to be propelled internationally. What once started as a three-day event, has now become a full five-day happening with a whole range of sections and special events all dedicated to the electronic music scene and all its sub-genres.
The programme is indeed packed, ADE festival; the biggest international club festival event features the most renowned DJ and artists from all corners of the world next to an extensive list of emerging musicians who will soon take over the electronic global arena. Two thousand artists spread over a hundred locations covering the entire spectrum of electronic music: from electro, hip-hop and trance to techno, acid and house among other mesmerising sounds will make you shake until you drop.
On top of the festival music line-up, ADE organises a full programme devoted to sparking critical dialogues and debates all related to the field of electronic music and its industry. Forums cover topics for those al ready in the business to those climbing up the ladder and wanting to network – the extent to which this platform covers all facets of the electronic scene and most importantly, its business, makes the ADE underline its name as one of the most prestigious and important events in the field.
The idea is to propel this ever-growing platform for knowledge exchange. For visitors and dance lovers, ADE offers the ultimate experience spotting the latest in the music scene. For up-and-coming musicians and DJs to network and learn from those already in the field and for those pioneering the industry to showcase the best of their work. Topics cover from harder styles, to music and technology and from business and education. Everything emerging from these forums: plans, contacts and projects, will lead the arena of electronic music for the coming year.
After a successful launch in 2012, this year’s ADE embraces once again the ADE Playground, an added element meant to diversify the spectrum of activities. This year’s interactive programme includes a series of film screenings, documentaries, art exhibits, workshops and goodie shops spread over 20 locations dotted all over the city, from cinemas, clothing shops to rooftop terraces and urban deserted areas creating the biggest interactive electronic music playground on the planet.
With the festival, conference and playground, the ADE once again and for the seventeenth time becomes the gateway to the ultimate dance experience. By offering a great range of events for all kinds of visitors, it is during those five days in October that the city of Amsterdam becomes the epicentre of the electronic music culture worldwide.
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) takes place from 16 -20 October.
The Amsterdam Dance Event is organized by Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, an initiative of Buma.