Concertgebouw, Amsterdam © PersianDutchNetwork
The Holland Festival is a yearly trend-setting and innovative presentation of the dramatic arts, and the highlight of the cultural season in the Netherlands. During the month of June each year about 30 productions take to the boards across the full spectrum of the arts including music, opera, theatre and dance. The programme includes everything from pop music to high drama. A street café on Leidseplein serves as the festival centre where bookings can be made. Famous authors, actors and musicians mingle with the crowds and Amsterdam's museums, galleries and theatres come alive with exciting performances and exhibitions. For details on the programme check the official website listed below. Unofficially, the festival also spawns numerous street performances and live music events, and many arts and crafts markets and the like. For culture-vultures there is no better time to visit the Netherlands, but as the Holland Festival takes place during the peak tourism season (summer) and is wildly popular visitors must book accommodation far in advance to avoid disappointment. It is also best to book tickets as far in advance as possible.
Venue: Information and booking at The Festival Centre, Stadsschouwburg, Leidseplein