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Country and Region NetherlandsNorth Holland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Festival Contact Information

Stichting Grachtenfestival
Prinsengracht 583-2
1016 HT Amsterdam
Phone: (31) 20-4214542
Fax: (31) 20-3202730

Festival Description

The Grachtenfestival is an annual classical music festival, which takes place in Amsterdam in locations of particular architectural, historical and cultural interest. Renowned soloist and ensembles come together to create programmes especially for the festival, inspired each year by a different theme. The Grachtenfestival also provides a podium for avant premieres and previews of programmes to be performed later in the season elsewhere in the Netherlands.

The Grachtenfestival is a forum for young talent, and includes the Junior Grachtenfestival, which puts on a variety of productions for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. In the 10 years that it has existed, the Grachtenfestival has become firmly entrenched in the city of Amsterdam as well as on the international festival scene.

Festival Dates August 16 - 25, 2013
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Festival Story:

Top international musicians and new talent gather to perform in a unique musical experience. Concerts take place indoors and outdoors, including a floating stage in front of the festival centre on the Kloveniersburgwal. The Grachtenfestival creates concert halls where they do not exist— in people’s homes, in historic buildings we would otherwise pass by, in gardens or on rooftops. The music sounds different from anywhere else, the combination of music and surroundings provides an extra dimension for the listener and the musician. Productions are compiled exclusively for the festival—the combination of different art forms, special cooperation between the musicians whom all contribute to the very special mood that attracts large audiences every year. The Grachtenfestival keeps its admissions prices low - and most outdoor concerts are free of charge.


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