Het Grachtenfestival (‘Canal Festival’) is an annual festival of classical music held at special locations around Amsterdam. It annually attracts about 56.000 visitors from all over the world. In 2018 it will be held from August 10 – 19 (And in 2019 from August 9 – 18.)
Over a period of 10 days, the Grachtenfestival provides a stage for young musical talent, choosing an appropriate and often historical setting for each musical event on or beside Amsterdam’s numerous waterways.
Grachtenfestival covers a broad spectrum and makes a conscious decision not to limit itself to a particular instrument or musical tendency. This method makes it possible to follow the development of young talent over the years, and to offer these new talents a stage that reflects their development. This enables the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival to present a yearly overview of talented classical musicians in the Netherlands and their musical progression.
Every year, renowned soloists and ensembles come together in unprecedented combinations, inspired by a different theme, especially for the festival’s programme of concerts. The Grachtenfestival also features previews of programmes from elsewhere in the country that will begin later in the year.
The Grachtenfestival’s combination of location and repertoire means that classical music is performed to the highest levels, but presented in a way that is accessible to all. This is what makes the festival unique in the world.
There is also the Junior Grachtenfestival, which includes productions for all age groups, from babies and toddlers right up to teenagers. New performance locations are added every year, and many concerts are free and where there are entry fees, these are kept as low as possible.
Over 60,000 visitors come from all over the Netherlands and abroad to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Grachtenfestival, and 2016 will be its 19th year – testament to the festival’s remarkable success.
The kick-off of the Canal Festival 2017 is a sensational opening concert on the pontoon in front of The Compagnietheater. Theme ‘Bridging’ will be presented in a variety of ways. The Kloveniersburgwal will transform into a wonderful internship with a leading part for the young musicians. Under the direction of Annechien Koerselman, they will perform a marvelous preview of all coming attractions of this festival.
Many people will visit this concert with a (private) boat. So we expect a traffic jam on the canals this day!
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