Dec 22 2014

January in Amsterdam – a new chapter waiting to be written

January means a new fresh start for everyone – a fresh start and a new chapter waiting to be written. Why shouldn't you start writing in Amsterdam? The city has so much to offer. Have a look at all the events coming to the city in January! Check it out, and start writing!

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam lit up by the light festival

Body worlds permanent exhibition  “The Happiness Project” marks an entirely new chapter in the already impressive series of international BODY WORLDS exhibitions. It is an interactive exhibition exploring what happiness is and the science behind it. The Happiness Project is open daily welcoming hundreds of visitors. The exhibition is located right in the heart of the city, at Damrak 66, within easy reach of many popular Amsterdam sights.
Gunther von Hagens’ exhibitions exploring the human body have already attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide. 
BODY WORLDS (also known by its German name "Körperwelten") is the only exhibition ever of the human anatomy to use a donor programme! After the success of the travelling BODY WORLDS exhibitions in Rotterdam (2010/2011) and Amsterdam (2012), Dr Gunther von Hagens has decided to open a permanent exhibition in the centre of Amsterdam.

CoBrA is an avant-garde art movement of European artists from the 1940s and 1950s who originated from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam – hence the acronym CoBrA.The artists originally developed the movement in Paris before taking their work to a wider audience in New York.
The popular Cobra museum in Amstelveen (south of Amsterdam) highlights paintings and sculptures from the movement and also holds frequent exhibitions of other modern artists.
The Cobra collection contains various works from renowned Dutch Cobra artists such as Karel Appel, Constant and Corneille; and also from Danish, Belgian and French Cobra artists. This abstract style of art has child-like quality with bright colours, bold brush strokes and distorted human figures.
The museum is located in the centre of Amstelveen, a satellite town to the south of Amsterdam. It can be reached by tram 5 (stop: Amstelveen Binnenhof) or metro 51 (stop: Amstelveen Centrum) and walking 5-10mins towards the centre. Alternatively, take buses 142, 170 or 172 from Amsterdam Central or Museumplein to Amstelveen bus station which is just across from the museum.

National Tulip Day is an annual event in January that begins the tulip season in the Netherlands. The event has been held each year on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam since 2012. During this day a special garden of 200,000 tulips covers the square. In the morning people can view the tulips from a gangway and in the afternoon people can pick the tulips for free. The tulips are from North Holland.

This winter, Amsterdam will light up once again during Amsterdam Light Festival. This is the third edition of the winter light festival and for more than fifty days the historical center of Amsterdam will be the unique décor for this international festival.
The city will be complemented by light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary artists. The boat route, Water Colors, will take visitors past artworks along Amsterdam’s canals and the Amstel. The walking route, Illuminade, winds through the city center. During the festival, light will play a central role in the city as museums and institutions organize light-related activities, introducing visitors to innovations in light art. 
The theme for this year’s festival, ‘A Bright City’, challenges artists to create a tribute to life the city. The resulting artworks present a unique take on the modern city of Amsterdam.

The Kooks
As well as all these other great opportunities, on the 31st January the famous band the Kooks are in Amsterdam playing a concert. So, if you like the Kooks or you like Indie music, then make sure not to miss them! You can buy tickets for the Kooks concert here.

Are you planning on coming to Amsterdam and haven´t yet found somewhere to stay? Have a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find some lovely apartments at great prices. Below is the lovely Multatuli Apartment in Amsterdam.

Multatuli amsterdam

Photo of light festival by KeesKrick.com

 

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