There are lots of art and cultural day- and nightevents organized by Hotel Arena. In this agenda, you can find all activities organized in  Hotel Arena ánd all events scattered around in city of Amsterdam. 

31 Oct Haunted Hotel Arena

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Halloween in Hotel Arena

On October 31st, Hotel Arena will be transformed into a Haunted Hotel. On this Friday night, the Halloweenparty 'The Underworld' will take place in the Church hall of the hotel. Besides, 20 hotelrooms will be completely decorated in Halloween-style and can be booked as the package deal called 'Room with a Boo' (sold out).  In the lobby of the hotel, a frightful exhibition will be exposed and a special Halloween menu & bloody cocktails will be served in ToDrink and ToDine. Buy your tickets to 'The Underworld' party here.


1 Nov Museum Night 2014

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On the first Saturday in November every year (this year, that's 1 November), about 50 museums in Amsterdam open their doors from 19:00 to 02:00 and organise special events including workshops, concerts, special tours and performances. Tasty food and drink is also on hand to help keep your energy levels up. Welcome to Museum Night, or, as Amsterdammers simply know it, the 'n8'!

Midnight museum magic
See Amsterdam's museums in a completely new light - after dark! Can't think of where to start? We don't blame you: the choice is immense. Head for a night at the Artis Planetarium, enjoy the Rijksmuseum's Night Watch, drink in hand and canape in the other, cycle over to one of the many music performances around the city and just imbibe that festive spirit.

Museum Night tickets (€18,50) include entry to all participating museums, free transportation on special trams and boats and discounted entry to one of the afterparties at Amsterdam clubs. Your Museum Night ticket typically also entitles you to free entry to one of the participating museums (except Artis) on a different day, valid until the end of the year.

*Please note that you cannot use your Museumjaarkaart (Museum Year Card) or I amsterdam City Card for free entry to Museum Night.

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9 Nov Storytelling Festival

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1-9 November

Tall tales, beautiful stories, old legends and touching recitals will all make an appearance at this year’s International Storytelling Festival. The festival looks set to return to Amsterdam late in 2014.

Seven years of stories in Amsterdam
Celebrating its seventh year in 2014, the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam has built up a solid name providing a stage for the best of the Dutch and international storytellers. The goal of the festival is to further develop storytelling in the Netherlands and increase awareness of the art.

Storytellers from around the globe
Events will be held at Pllek, Podium Mozaiek, the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), de Meervaart, Bijlmer Parktheater and Old School. The line-up includes Jan Blake, Katrice Horsley and Heidi Dahlsveen.

Check the Storytelling Festival website for complete programme information.


19 Nov IDFA

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The International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) had his first edition in 1988. IDFA is there to stimulate the international documentary culture. IDFA is the biggest documentary filmfestival of the world with more than 200.000 visitors per year. The festival takes place from the 19th until the 30th of November.


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30 Nov Amsterdam Art Weekend

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From 27 - 30 November the third edition of Amsterdam Art Weekend will take place! For one whole weekend the city will be bustling with contemporary visual art with an emphasis on young talent.

Programming for the Amsterdam Art Weekend 2014 is based on a number of fundamental aspects. These roughly involve:

  • Gallery Exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Screenings
  • Conversations
  • Residencies
  • Professionals Program


Check the website of Amsterdam Art Weekend for more information!


30 Dec Art in Redlight

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Between shopping the sales and spreading holiday cheer, don’t miss the 10th edition of Art in Redlight from 27 to 30 December 2014 at Amsterdam's Beurs Van Berlage. The eclectic art fair features visual art, design, dance, video, light installations and music.

Art in central Amsterdam
A range of exciting events and exhibitions will be spread throughout all the halls of the historic Beurs Van Berlage. Head to the great hall for an art fair featuring established and up-and-coming artists; there are great choices for first time buyers, allowing a bit of dabbling before committing to serious collector’s status. Refreshments will be on offer in the central hall to fuel your browsing and the concert hall will host artful debates.


31 Dec Christmas markets in Amsterdam

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The nights may be long and dark in winter but you can always brighten up any day with a visit to a Christmas market in Amsterdam. Whether you’re seeking shopping inspiration, ice-skating fun, or just a sweet snack under the fairy lights, there are seasonal treats to be found both in and outside Amsterdam.

City centre festive shopping

Located at either end of the Leidsestraat, both Leidseplein and Koningsplein are home to various festive market stalls. The ice rink and food stands are usually at Leidseplein until early January. Amsterdam’s neighbourhood markets run throughout the season and are a good bet for seasonal gifts and snacks.

Flower market

In December, Christmas trees – big, small, quirky, insanely green – are available in their dozens, making the floating Bloemenmarkt the ideal place to pick up your living room pine. And as a bonus, the Christmas Palace, Amsterdam's unique emporium of festive goodies, is located alongside the market.

Sunday markets

Already well on their way to becoming an institution in Amsterdam, the Sunday Markets get festive with the Funky Sinterklaas Market (30 November) and the Funky Xmas Market (14 December). The brand-new De Hallen complex, full of design and industrial charm, hosts a festive version of its fortnightly food and design market: the Local Goods Christmas Market on 20 & 21 December. For organic produce and sustainable gifts, head to the Pure Winter Market on 14 December (Amstelpark) & 21 December (Park Frankendael). And held right in the centre of Amsterdam, on the picturesque Beursplein and the neighbouring Damrak, the Winter Market Amsterdam is a great place to enjoy mulled wine and hunt for trinkets (check the Facebook page for dates nearer the time).


18 Jan Amsterdam Light Festival

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27 November - 18 January

This winter, Amsterdam will light up once again up during Amsterdam Light Festival. This is the third edition of the winter light festival for young and old. For more than fifty days, the historical center of Amsterdam will be the unique décor for this international festival.

Boat and Walking Route
The city will be complemented by light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary (inter)national 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.

For more information check here.