Canal Festival

Banners for the canal festival

Banners for the canal festival

The “Grachtenfestival” (canal festival) has started. This festival of concerts and performances along the canals of Amsterdam is a summer highlight.

It culminates in the Prinsengrachtconcert, a free concert on the Prinsengracht, a pontoon is built outside the Pulitzer Hotel for the performers (and honoured guests), the concert starts at about 8pm, but Amsterdammers will park their boats across the canal and seats across along the canal quays from about 4pm. If it’s a nice evening it’s a trully gezellig way to relax with friends.

This year’s concert features the Storioni Trio playing Haydn and Dvorak, followed by soprano Daniele de Niese. If you can’t make it the concert,
the second part is broadcast live on Nederland 2 from 9.30pm.

There are a lot of events this week, during the day as well as in the evening. Some events are free, some are already sold-out! If you want to book tickets you can do so through the Grachtenfestival website.


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