By Scott Roane
Muziektheater (Music Theatre) Open Day
21 May, 10:00-17:00
The Amsterdam Music Theatre is opening its doors for opera and ballet enthusiasts of all ages. Everybody is welcome to have a look backstage, attend workshops, debates and interviews. Visitors can also enjoy performances by dancers from the Dutch National Ballet and members of Het Koor van De Nederlandse Opera (National Dutch Choir). If you feel like performing on stage yourself, then sign up quickly via the website and the pianist will be ready for your performance on the day! Click here for further information.
Dragon Boat Race
21 May, 13:30-18:00 – Amsterdam IJHaven, Veemkade
Dragon boat racing is an ancient sport which originated in China, and is a great spectacle for all the family. This event will donate all proceeds to the Max Foundation charity. It’s also a great excuse to visit the new docklands area of Amsterdam.
Bootleg Dance Event (Secret Location!)
21 May, 21:30-05:00
‘The Bootleg’ will take place at a secret location in Amsterdam. Go to the website for the password and location (click here ), then once you’re there, knock three times and re-create the sass of the speakeasy by divulging the secret code! Live bands will transport you back in time at this rockin’ and rollin’ Roaring Twenties party.
20-21 May, Paradiso
This is a showcase for the best new bands and trends from the UK. Both the large and small auditoriums at Paradiso, one of Amsterdam’s finest venues, will be used over this two-day festival which has received rave reviews. Click here for further information