Preceding the Dutch Theatre Festival, the unconventional Amsterdam Fringe Festival is open to performers of any ilk. It’s not curated (acts apply via an open casting call), so anything goes: monologues and musicals, cabaret and slam poetry, and interdisciplinary avant-garde pieces are all welcome. Don’t speak Dutch? Check the ‘Language No Problem’ filter on 2018’s programme for English-language acts and wordless plays.
Sculptor and photographer Thomas Albdorf’s work skewers Instagram clichés, dwelling on the role of imagery in the internet age. His first solo exhibition at Foam Museum is an intriguing intro to his mind-bending compositions and sly wit.
This show charts radical and disruptive Dutch art from 1967 to 1970. Discover Eventstructure Research Group’s interactive sculptures, Ferdi’s furry Wombtomb and Fluxus figurehead Wim T Schippers (the Dutch voice of Kermit the frog).
Valtifest extends those feel-good summer vibes with an all-day dance party at NDSM Wharf. From punk to dubstep and hip hop, there’s something for every taste. The dress code this year is ‘grotesque carnivalesque’, so pack wisely.
Head to hip Amsterdam Oost for the 11th edition of this multi-cultural food fest. Javastraat transforms for one night only into a buzzy street party complete with smoking BBQ grills, street dancers and ice-cold brews.
Historic buildings open to the public for free for the weekend, with many hosting special events and talks. This year’s European theme examines the continent’s shared history and arts. Look for the ‘Open Monumentendag’ flags.
See incredible work by new and established photographers in the striking Westergasfabriek buildings. Attended by insiders and artists, the fair features talks, pop-up studios and a space for global collectives to display work.
Tokyo, Jakarta and Karachi are just some of the culinary capitals sharing the limelight at this food-truck festival in Oosterpark. Come for the irresistible snacks, stay for the sunloungers, Thai massages and body-paint sessions.