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February is the hardest winter month for many people. We are all exhausted by the long, dark months. However, amidst this weariness, a glimmer of hope emerges as we discern the approaching end of winter. A few delicate snowdrops in the parks remind us that spring is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but when I see them, I get a bit of hope that winter is almost done. To add to the joy and get some extra energy this month, I’ve made a selection of cool events taking place in Amsterdam this February. I hope this list will inspire you to leave the house and explore the activities that Amsterdam has to offer!

  • Games in Concert: The Score, on 7 February in Royal Theater Carré. An interractive show where the audience can influence the live music played by an orchestra. A collaboration between The Smartphone Orchestra and Metropole Orchestra.
  • Lunar New Year on 10 February. The Chinese New Year celebrations take place in the Nieuwmarkt and Zeedijk area.
  • Chocolate Festival Amsterdam, 10-11 February at Beurs van Berlage. A chance to learn about the world of chocolate and taste products from more than 90 stands.
Chocolate festival amsterdam

  • Paint and Sip After Work: Abstract Self-portrait Workshop, 9 and 23 February, by Go Abstract Workshops at Café Restaurant Morlang. Connect with your inner child while exploring your feelings and hidden skills of painting yourself! And make sure to check out their other workshops as well.
  • Wild Garlic (Daslook) Ethical Foraging on 11 February in Frankendael Park. Learn how to identify, ethically harvest, craft, eat, grow, use and generally make the most of wild garlic or Daslook, with Livvy de Graaf, assisted by Lynn Shore, professional foraging teacher and herbalist.
  • Valentine’s Classic at the Movies, 14 February at Het Concertgebouw. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this concert featuring the most romantic classical pieces from well-known movies, by he Olten Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Murat Cem Orhan.
  • Amsterdam Burlesque Festival16-18 February. Amsterdam’s top burlesque producers are bringing you a weekend filled with sensational shows, wild parties, and exciting workshops.

  • Sustainable and creative pop-up market The Creative Lab, 24 February at De Hallen. This edition, 40 young, local and creative makers will present their handmade fashion, second-hand items, ceramics, interior design and works of art. There are also a few workshops that visitors can attend.
  • The Flying Dutchman at the Marionette Theater Amsterdam, on 17 February. A show for children and adults alike.
  • Sounds of the Center: music, stories, and food, on 17 February. An event by Red Light Arts and Culture Amsterdam. Enjoy a free lunch with the neighbours and a special concert that is co-created with the audience – share your personal stories (in either NL & EN) and be transported as the talented local musicians spontaneously transform your tales into enchanting musical pieces!
  • Museum Market at Museumplein on 18 February. A place to discover beautiful creations, meet friends, eat and socialise.
  • Diva’s – at the Wereldmuseum Amsterdam (former Tropenmuseum), until 3 March. The “Diva’s” exhibition showcases the global artistic and societal impact of female icons from the world of Arab cinema and music.
Divas. Photo-Rick-Mandoeng
  • The Great Indonesia Exhibition, until 1 April at De Nieuwe Kerk. This exhibition presents the history of Indonesia and it’s the result of a collaboration between historians, artists, students, museums and experience experts from Indonesia and the Netherlands.
  • Exhibition “Life of Plantsuntil 30 March at VU ART SCIENCE gallery. An exhibition that focuses on our relationship with plants, with works by artists Arja Hop and Peter Svenson, Elspeth Diederix, Špela Petrič and Oscar Santillán and talks about various researches into plant life.

I hope you have a lovely February month and I’ll see you in March!


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