Het Grachtenfestival (‘Canal Festival’) is an annual festival of classical music. Attracting visitors from all over the world. It is held at special locations around the city center of Amsterdam. It takes place over a period of 10 days; in 2019 it will be held from August 9 – 18.
The Grachtenfestival provides a stage for young musical talent. Often offering musical events with historical settings on or beside Amsterdam’s numerous waterways.
The Grachtenfestival covers a broad spectrum of music. Young talents are offered a stage to show their development. This enables the festival to present a yearly overview of talented Dutch classical musicians and their progression.
Renowned solo artists and ensembles come together yearly in unprecedented combinations. They are inspired by a different theme each year. The combination of the senic Amsterdam background and interesting repertoire, offers classical music at the highest levels. However still presented in a way that is accessible to all. This is making the festival unique in the world.
There is also the Junior Grachtenfestival, which includes productions for all age groups (from babies and toddlers to teenagers). New performance locations are added every year. Many concerts are free and others have relatively low entry fees.
Traditionally many people will visit this concert with a (private) boat. So we expect a traffic jam on the canals this day! Therefore we advise to make sure you book your VIP boat on time!
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