Holland Festival

The Holland Festival is the oldest and largest art and music festival in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1947 and is held annually in early June in Amsterdam.

The focus is on classical and contemporary performances of theater, music, dance, opera and film. The joint project of the Dutch primarily orchestras, opera, theater and dance groups offered also always been a platform for foreign artists and thus also developed into an instrument of intercultural exchange in the field of performing arts.


The program is listed on the Amsterdam renowned cultural sites, such as the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, the Music Theatre (Musical Theatre), the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Music building on the IJ ), the Concertgebouw, the Royal Theater Carré, the Westergasfabriek.


The Holland Festival originated in the years following the Second World War in response to the growing need for cultural events in the population. The first performance at the festival, Pelléas et Mélisande, took place in the Stadsschouwburg on 15 June 1948.

Well-known productions and performances of international artists were, for example, the War Requiem (Benjamin Britten, Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, 1964), the Stockhausen - retrospective with the premiere of the Helicopter String Quartet (1995), and the Biblical Pieces ( Igor Stravinsky, directed by Peter Sellars, 1999).

Among the national works aroused in 1969 the performance of the anti-imperialist opera Reconstructie stir.

The mid-1990s came the Holland Festival due to declining attendance and financial problems temporarily in a crisis.

In 2005, the Holland Festival expanded its service offerings to program points EyeFuel and EarFuel - " fuel " for the eyes and ears that will primarily attract the younger crowd.