Vondelpark Open Air Theatre: a rich history

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre is a typical Amsterdam tradition. The festival was first launched in 1974 and will this year celebrate its 40th anniversary as well as the 150-year existence of the Amsterdam Vondelpark. During the 70’s, the Amsterdam Vondelpark was a popular hangout for hippies and their music. The Muziekkoepel (in English: music pavilion) provided accommodation for organised performances. These happenings quickly boasted more visitors than the Vondelpark Parties. In 1974 they merged and together they formed the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre. The past few years Vondelpark Open Air has hosted Dutch pop artists like De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig and Waylon. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Nederlands Dans Theater (Dutch Dance Theatre) have also performed in the Vondelpark, as well as comedians like Jan Jaap van de Wal and Micha Wertheim.

Programme Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 2014

This year’s programme is again expected to be a versatile one. There will be a lot of music – from classic to pop – and let’s not forget about dance, theatre, cabaret and stand-up comedy. Every programme consists of a supporting act and a main act. During the supporting act there is room for young and new talent to show what they got, while the main act is always a famous artist or group. Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 2014 runs from June until August. During these summer months you can catch a performance three times a week: on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The complete programme of Vondelpark Open Air Theatre was announced in end of April. There will be a lot of different artists, like the winner of “Holland’s Best Singer Songwriter”  Douwe Bob, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and the New Cool Collective. Take a look at the website for the complete programme.

Entrance and visit to the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 2014

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 2014 has free entry as always, however a € 1, – voluntary donation is greatly appreciated. By donating this small contribution, you are helping improve the programme, the organisation and the communication of the event. It’s also possible to become Guest of Honour. Guests of Honour will be the first to receive the programme and are invited to attend a special coffee concert. You can become Guest of Honour for € 35, – a year or by paying a single contribution of € 100,-.

It’s no wonder that these free performances attract a lot of visitors. Want to make sure you get a hold of a nice spot? You can reserve one for € 2.50,-. The Vondelpark Open Air Theatre is situated near the entrance of the Vondelpark at the Van Eeghenstraat, at a walking distance from from ‘t Blauwe Theehuis (“Blue Tea House”). Buses and trams to the Vondelpark are departing every 5 minutes from the Amsterdam Zuid train station. It is a 2-minute walk from this station to Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC. Keep in mind a 15-minute travelling time. Feel like walking? It takes about half an hour to get from Qbic Hotel Amsterdam to the Vondelpark.

Staying the night in Amsterdam during Vondelpark Open Air

Have a comfortable and low-budget stay at Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC during Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 2014. Visit our website and make sure to book a room early. You’ll find best rooms rates on our site, starting from €38, – per night.
We hope you have a good time!

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