Wow, April in Amsterdamhas lots to offer with so, so many amazing events – we had trouble choosing which of all these great activities should be talked about. In the end we nailed it down to the Top 4 happenings taking place in the Netherlands capital in April.
King’s Day: This is probably one of the most important dates of the Dutch holiday calendar. In April Holland’s inhabitants celebrate the King’s Day to worship their royal leader. Actually, people will celebrate the King’s Day for the very first time in 2014, since it formerly was the Queen’s Day. After the resignation of now Princess Beatrix and the inauguration of her son Wilhelm Alexander, that special celebration should be hold on the King’s birthday. But since the 27th of April in 2014 happens to be a Sunday – and this day is traditionally not celebrated on a Sunday – the first King’s Day will be April 26th. Especially Amsterdam is known for throwing an amazing feast, including the biggest street party of the year. From parades, over citywide street markets to festivities at night – the King’s Day is one huge party! Join in 🙂
Imagine Film Festival: Movie addicts won’t be able to resist that event. The Imagine Film Festival, which was formally known as Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, celebrates its 30th edition in 2014. From April 9th to 18th interested spectators are welcome to populate the EYE Filmmuseum to celebrate the art of filming. The festival basically screens movies of all different genres. While in the past just international horror films were shown, the fair has extended its offer to more categories such as anime, cult, science fiction and fantasy. But it’s not just about snacking popcorn and watching movies – ambitioned directors have the opportunity to discuss their passion in symposiums. Tickets can be bought online.
Meibock Festival: For beer lovers in the Netherlands, this event might ring the real beginning of spring. The Meibock Festival is just around the corner to delight men and women longing for a tasty, cold sip of the famous hop drink. Having set its focus on a rather strong lager, the festival features a wide range of bigger and smaller bock brewers giving the opportunity to taste more than 40 different types of beer especially created for spring. How it works? At the entrance you get a special glass to be yours throughout the whole festival which is meant to be filled at the different beer stands – so better watch out for that precious cup. To sum it up: event – Meibock Festival, location – Posthoornkerk, date – April 13th, entrance fee – 7€. Be there and be thirsty.
SOTU Festival: Finally we can also offer something to our beloved music fans! The SOTU Festival is a great tip for people always searching for something special and new off the general mainstream track. SOTU actually stand for Sounds Of The Underground and describes the mood of that five-day event perfectly. From April 16th to 20th various independent and alternative bands can be enjoyed in locations all over Amsterdam. Being described as one “glorious underground experience” visitors definitely can expect the finest music of genres like indie, rock, psychedelia, avant-garde, improve jazz and underground dance. Tickets are available from 12€ to 25€ and are therefore luckily quiet affordable. For line-up information and Co. just visit the SOTU website.
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