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This unique classical music event is one of the most popular festivals in Amsterdam, much loved by Amsterdammers. From its beginnings in 1997, it has grown to become an Amsterdam institution, and now offers a week-long programme of chamber music, opera classics, music from around the world as well as master classes. Recitals are performed by established musicians, ensembles, renowned soloists as well as the best of new young talent. This year the Grachtenfest offers an impressive number of concerts in exciting and unique locations throughout the city.
This includes national monuments such as the Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk as well as beautiful private gardens. The highlight is, of course, the floating barge open air concert on the final Saturday evening.
The festival culminates in the magical (and enormously popular) Prinsengrachtconcert on Saturday evening – 23rd August 2014. It has now become a yearly ritual that practically every boat in Amsterdam squeezes onto the Prinsengracht canal, while thousands line the bridges and canal sides to watch and listen to the performances from the open air stage-pontoon outside the Pulitzer Hotel (Prinsengracht 315-331) located in the heart of the charming Nine Streets
district of Amsterdam.
This year’s programme is expected to begin at 20.00.
Prinsengracht concert: What to bring
The Prinsengracht concert is free of charge but you should come early to secure the best canalside viewing spots. Bring blankets to sit on, and ideally some drinks and a picnic... It is worth the wait - you won’t be disappointed.
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Open air classical music concerts at the Grachten Festival of Amsterdam
A raft-up like you've never seen before!
Thousands of Amsterdammers and their boats fill the canal, before the concert
More Grachtenfestival information? For the full agenda, details of tickets, and more information, visit the Grachtenfest website…
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