From early May till late September, the Vondelpark hosts the annual Open-Air Theater (Openluchttheater) with a unique and diverse program, including one-day festivals, dance performances and music concerts, cabaret, children’s activities, stand-up comedy and so much more! The Vondelpark Openluchttheater is freely accessible, fun for all ages, and 75% of the performances are “language no problem” (LNP).
How’s Everything Organized?
The Vondelpark Openluchttheater takes place every year and kicks off with a few one-day festivals and a big opening event in May. Throughout the summer, the theater is out there on a weekly basis – on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Every day of the week has its own schedule. Fridays are dedicated solely to dance performances. Saturdays start with children’s activities that are followed by the young talent dance performances in the afternoon. On Saturday evenings, there is cabaret and stand-up comedy. Sundays are all about music: classical music at day and famous Dutch artists at night.
In addition to the main program, this year’s edition has a few specials, such as poetry and spoken word and open-air cinema organized in cooperation with World Cinema Amsterdam. All movies are shown in their original language with English subtitles.
What Makes It Unique?
“Not many theaters can boast of having green trees and blue skies instead of a black box. That’s what makes the Vondelpark Openluchttheater so special”, says Nina-Elisa Euson, the marketing and communications manager at the organization. And we couldn’t agree more!
It’s open air, it has all the genres, and it’s free. The idea behind it is to make theater accessible to everyone. While theater performances are usually expensive, the concerts in the Vondelpark are free, even when it comes to the big names.
Highlights of the Vondelpark Openluchttheater
Given the number and diversity of the concerts taking place in the Vondelpark during the summer season, it might be hard to choose which ones to attend. To make things easier for you, we asked Nina-Elisa to share the highlights of the Vondelpark Openluchttheater with us.
Cabaret (in Dutch)