Dive into the weird and wonderful world of art icon Louise Bourgeois, as the Rijksmuseum very kindly display 12 of her whimsical works in their gardens this June — for free, too! Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with her large-scale, surrealist sculptures and installations, including works spanning across her entire career, from 1940 to 2003. Just don’t get a fright when you come across the giant 30ft spider… it’s actually an ode to Bourgeois’ mother!
From laid-back, acoustic folk tunes to grand, gospel ballads, Kevin Morby’s diverse sound is sure to impress anyone worth their Blonde on Blonde vinyl. Inspiration from Gods of rock like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen radiate from Morby’s music, and on his latest solo album “Oh My God,” the Kansas City musician has combined this with his incredible songwriting talent to produce something uniquely his. Last year, the Great Hall in Paradiso was Morby’s favourite venue of his entire tour, so he is as excited to return as we are to have him here!
Where: Park Frankendael
With the Holland Festival now in full swing throughout Amsterdam, we will be seeing many performing arts events popping up around town. One of the highlights every year is Holland Festival’s Opera in the Park - when a production of the Dutch National Opera is broadcast on a huge screen in the beautiful Frankendael Park. This year, Debussy’s heart-wrenching Pelléas et Mélisande will be shown. It’s all free, so bring a picnic, find a good spot on the grass and get some culture in ya!
We know our Lost in Amsterdam milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, but this Wednesday, Bols will be bringing some of the worlds best cocktails to the street! The famous Reguliersdwarsstraat will be transformed into Bols Cocktail Street for one night, when six of the worlds best bar teams descend on six of Amsterdam’s top bars to compete in the final heat of this years Bols Around the World Cocktail Contest. Tickets start at €7,50 and include a delectable sample from each bar. Plus, all sales are donated to non-profit organisation Dance4Life, so you can sip with a clear conscious. You don’t want to miss seeing these world-class mixologists shake it up, baby!
Independent Hip-Hop/Soul duo OSHUN describes their music as “the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism”. After their dreamy, bass-driven, genre-bending beats sweep over you, it is easy to see why. Their name is taken from the Yoruba deity Oshun; a goddess of love, beauty, sexuality, and destiny. OSHUN use a seductive mix of both complex digital and acoustic sounds, layered with ambient harmonies to produce ethereal hip-hop tracks which, in their own words, “connect with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.” Don’t sleep on this one friends, it’s gonna be out of this world.