Every summer the Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival hosts a free programme of music, theatre, dance and cabaret set in the beautiful open air theatre, the Vondelpark Openluchttheater, in the middle of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival takes places from June 4 to September 10 in 2017. Every weekend Dutch established and upcoming dancers, artists, musicians, bands take the open air stage. 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 Vondelpark.
Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival
Performances start between 12.00 and 14.00 till 16.00-17.30, depending on the program. The program is suitable for all ages and all people and a happy mix of people attends the show.
The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival start off on Friday evenings with contemporary and modern dance performances. On Saturday afternoon there are theatre performances by and for children. After that, Dutch talents take the stage for Club Vondel.
On Saturday evening there is standup comedy and live music.
Sunday morning at the Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival there are classical performances, from modern and post-modern to contemporary music. Some well known Dutch artists take the stage on Sunday afternoon.
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
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.
Find out what performances you can see at the Vondelpark Festival at the agenda of the Vondelpark Openluchttheater.
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.