The Netherlands’ long-awaited tulip season has had a surprisingly early start this year, and luckily so will Amsterdam’s Vondelpark Openluchttheater. May 5 marks the beginning of the “Vondel Park Open-air Theater” agenda for 2014.
Normally, Amsterdam’s famous green premises are astir with bikers, strollers, picnickers and, quite often, the community of New Yorkers living in Holland needing their Central Park fix. When summertime reaches Vondel Park, it brings along professional performances ranging from modern dance and jazz music to theater and cabaret, as well as Sunday afternoon concerts and classical lunches. And we can’t forget about the open-air film screenings!
Best part yet: Vondelpark Openluchttheater is gratis, and so great, that visitors willingly make a small contribution to ensure enjoyable summers ahead. Along with the free festivities are youth theater classes and Openluchttheater memberships that come with perks and a small fee.
For the past 150 years, Vondel Park has been an Amsterdam mainstay and, thanks to loyal Amsterdammers and tourists wanting to experience Coachella-like weekends all summer long, its beloved open-air theater has been around for the last 40, showcasing experienced, new and young acts each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the summer months.
Make sure to check http://www.openluchttheater.nl at the end of April for the highly anticipated Vondelpark Openluchttheater agenda. I’m hoping Het Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Het Nederlands Kamerorkest will make an appearance again this year.
Vondel Park is located nearby Museumplein and Leidseplein, and the Vondelpark Openluchttheater can be found at the Van Eeghenstraat park entrance.