Vondelpark Festival

by Tanja
Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival

Every summer the Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival hosts a program of music, theatre, dance and cabaret set in the beautiful open air theatre, the Vondelpark Openluchttheater. The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival takes places from Sunday 2 June to September in 2019. Entrance is free, but donations are much appreciated. Food & drinks available on the beautiful terrace with a view.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dutch established and upcoming dancers, artists, musicians, bands take the open air stage at the Amsterdam Vondelpark. About 75% of the performances is language no problem. The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival is a perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday in Amsterdam. The program is suitable for all ages and a happy mix of people attends the show.

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Vondelpark Festival 2019

The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival starts off every Friday evening at 20.30 with a contemporary and modern dance performance. Saturday afternoon there is a theatre performance by and for children. From 15.45 it’s time for Club Vondel: groovy and laid-back musical performances from Dutch talents.

Saturday evening, from 20.30 there is standup comedy and often live music afterwards. Sunday morning at the Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival there are classical music performances. At 15.00 there is live music. Find out more about the program at https://www.openluchttheater.nl/.

Special dates at the Vondelpark Festival 2019

Special dates are 19 May 2019 when the Kwaku Summer Festival takes over the Vondelpark open air theatre with food and live music. On Sunday 26 May, you can dance the day away. Enjoy live music and dance salsa, bachata, kizomba and zouk from 13.30 till 18.00.

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Pride at the Park

Saturday 27 July 2019, Pride Amsterdam has its kick-off at the Vondelpark. From Dam Square a colourful crowd of LGTB walk to Vondelpark during the Pride Walk. At Vondelpark there are many activities, like a market, spoken word, sports and games and performances. Find out more at: Amsterdamgaypride.nl.

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

The Vondelpark dates back to 1865. It was set up by a group of private people. From 1954 the Amsterdam Vondelpark is taken over by the Amsterdam council for €1 guilder and opened up to all the inhabitants of Amsterdam.

Hippies in the Vondelpark

Vondelpark Openluchttheater

In the 50s the Vondelpark festivities started with music performances. During the 1970s the hippies found their home in the Vondelpark, making music, smoking marihuana, sleeping and celebrating peace.

At one point in time, there were 1500 to 2000 young people among which many young Americans, camping in the park. The Amsterdam people head into the park to witness their colourful display.

In the little musical chapel next to the the present Open Air Theatre there were the famous Happenings.

In 1974 the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre (Vondelpark Openluchttheater) was fonded, combining the Vondelpark feasts with the Happenings.

Up to this day, the Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival is a great chance to enjoy the greens of the park, have a drink and watch a show.


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