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Culture in the Netherlands: A Guide to the Top Ten Events in Autumn 2013
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Culture in the Netherlands: A Guide to the Top Ten Events in Autumn 2013

Picture of Bethan Morgan
Updated: 9 February 2017
From the artistic genius of Rembrandt to the largest celebration of electronic music, the Netherlands may be small, but it is bursting with cultural events. This autumn and winter are no exception, and with literary, film and design events appearing on its cultural calendar, we have selected ten of the best festivities taking place in the latter part of 2013.

Film | Netherlands Film Festival

Utrecht: 25 September – 4 October 2013

Once a year Utrecht becomes the cinematic hub of the Netherlands hosting the prestigious Netherlands Film Festival. Screening feature length films, shorts, animation, arthouse and analog films, the festival is a reflection of creative diversity on both a national and international scale. Open to the public as well as industry professionals, the Netherlands Film Festival encourages intellectual engagement through its talks, workshops and debates. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to learn about film as an artform.

Art and Design | PAN

Amsterdam: 24 November – 1 December 2013

Pictura Antiquairs National, more commonly known as PAN, is an established art and antiques fair with 26 years of experience. Dealers and gallery owners congregate to sell paintings, antiques, modern and contemporary art, photography, design furniture and ancient artefacts, and with a set price range between €500 and €500,000 the fair caters for a range of buyers. PAN also host tours, where guides explain the core concepts around the diverse collection of pieces on sale.

Art | Teylers Museum, ‘The 100 most Beautiful Rembrandts’

Haarlem: 28 September 2013 – 19 January 2013

Rembrandt is one of the most revered Dutch artists, loved for his portraits and prints, and Teylers Museum is celebrating his genius with an exhibition titled ‘The 100 most Beautiful Rembrandts’. Bringing together some of his most stunning work, the exhibition will display his drawings and etchings including his self-portraits, Biblical scenes and portraits of his wife. Teylers Museum presents a rare opportunity to view these pieces altogether in Rembrandt’s home country.

Music | Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam: 16 – 20 October 2013

An integral part of Dutch culture, the Amsterdam Dance Event celebrates the genre of electronic music. The colossal festival runs on an unparalleled scale, featuring 350 events in 75 clubs over 5 days. International DJs, artists and emerging talent gather to attract 200,000 visitors who make the annual pilgrimage to sample the world’s best electronic offerings. The festival dips into electronic sub genres and engages with the overlap between dance, film and art in their ‘Playground’ activities. These creative events are held on rooftops, shops, cinemas and in other tucked away locations, the perfect way to discover the city and culture of Amsterdam.

Design | Dutch Design Week

Eindhoven: 19 – 27 October 2013

As the leading design event in the Netherlands, Dutch Design Week showcases contemporary design produced from 2012 to 2013. The festival’s criteria ensures all submissions experiment with innovation, creativity, functionality and aesthetics to create a unique and progressive display of work. The week long festival is spread across 80 locations, and the events take different forms including presentations, exhibitions, workshops and lectures for audiences to truly understand the depth and breadth of modern Dutch design.

Art | Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam

Amsterdam: 31 October – 3 November 2013

In its 8th year, the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam is the sister fair to the original, held in Battersea, London. The fair aims to include affordable art to benefit both the buyer and artist. Without inflated prices, the visitors can expect a high quality of art at reasonable prices, as well as guidance in buying from the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam team. With national and international galleries exhibiting work from a broad spectrum of contemporary artists, the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam provides a great opportunity for individuals to build up a well loved collection of art.

Culture | Museum Night

Amsterdam: 2 November 2013

Organised by Stichting Museumnacht Amsterdam (N8), Museum Night is one of the largest interdisciplinary events on Amsterdam’s cultural calendar. The evening of November 2nd will see over 50 museums opening their doors to invite the public in. Each museum holds a unique programme of activities based on their collection or exhibition as well as workshops and lectures. This event playfully incorporates art, photography, film, fashion, music and dance into an accessible form suitable for a range of artistic backgrounds.

Art | Glow

Eindhoven: 9 – 16 November 2013

Artificial lights transform the Southern city of Eindhoven on an annual basis during the week long festival, Glow. Starting in 1996, the festival illuminates Eindhoven’s position as a leader in design, technology and creativity, with the festivities including installations, performances and events open to the public. This visual spectacle gives artists, designers and architects the opportunity to interact with the city and experiment with the capabilities of light on a large scale.

Literature | Crossing Border

The Hague: 14 – 16 November 2013

Crossing Border celebrates the interdisciplinary nature of music and literature with writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and artists gathering to explore and engage with the overlapping of these creative fields. Since its inception over twenty years ago, the festival has grown to feature revered names in both the literary and musical fields such as Ghostpoet, White Denim and Dimitri Verhulst, author of the bestseller The Misfortunates. The festival also takes place in Antwerp (17 November) and Enschede (14-15 November) with different line ups between the three festival locations.

Film | International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Amsterdam: 20 November – 1 December 2013

For the past 26 years, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has played an integral role in the development of documentary film. Pioneering the filmic genre, the twelve day festival delves into its various components and includes categories such as ‘DocLab’ which explores new media forms and ‘Panorama’ a category that focuses on current social problems. The festival is also reputed for showcasing documentaries of a high standard from students and emerging film talent.

By Bethan Morgan