News of: Thursday, August 11 2011,

Tomorrow start of Amsterdam Grachten Festival (Aug 12-21)

Tomorrow is the start of the 30th Canal Festival (Grachtenfestival) in Amsterdam, from August 12 to 21.

The festival consists of a long list of classical music concerts, during 10 days. The concerts are held at various locations throughout Amsterdam.

The main event of the Grachtenfestival is the Prinsengracht Concert on Saturday August 20. This concert is an open air concert in front of the Pulitzer hotel, on floats in the Prinsengracht Canal.
The event is free, and attracts thousands of viewers every year, many of whom come by boat.

The concert starts at 8pm, but it is advisable to come earlier if you want to have a good place.

The concert is opened by violinist Tim Kliphuis at 8 pm.
In the main programme of the concert: 30 years of Prinsengrachtconcert with top Dutch soloists Pieter Wispelweij on cello, Ronald Brautigam on piano and Eva-Maria Westbroek, soprano.

The open air concert is how it all started, and over the years the event has grown into the multi-day, multi-location festival that it now is.

See the Grachtenfestival website for more information, also in English.