Grachtenfestival 2014

Festivals / Amsterdam
August 15-24 2014, Various

Various locations around Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 421 4542
€: Various prices, many free

Now in its 17th year, the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival returns to the historic waterways, canal-sides and surprising venues around the city, transforming them into stages for the angelic sounds of classical music performances.

Amsterdam canals & classical music

Beloved by Amsterdammers, the Grachtenfestival is certainly one of the city's finest moments.

The beautiful canals fill with boats and passers-by to listen to classical music from stages set on or near the water and in inspiring venues including the Rijksmuseum and IJ waterfront. 

Each year the festival organisers avoid limiting themselves to any one instrument or tendency and offer a mix of young talents and established artists from classical and jazz backgrounds. 

The concerts feature pieces that are previews of the upcoming classical season, favourites from previous years and of course renditions of compositions by renowned composers. 

Looking to appeal to a wider audience, the Junior Grachtenfestival segment includes productions that are suitable for a wider variety of age groups and showcase the beauty of classical music to spark the interest of a younger crowd. 

This year's theme is "Upside down" and with more than 240 concerts at 90 different venues around Amsterdam, they surely have many surprises in store!


grachtenfestival 2014
Photo by Ronald Knapp

grachtenfestival 2014
Photo by Ronald Knapp
Thumb photo by Michel Schnater

Photo by Ronald Knapp

Prinsengracht concert

One of the most romantic moments and annual highlight of the festival is the Prinsengracht concert. 

Taking place this year on August 23 at 8pm, the Prinsengracht concert sees the portion of the canal outside of the Hotel Pulitzer built up into a beautiful podium. 

As the orchestra plays, boats crowd the area in front of the stage while people hang out of the canal-house windows and assemble on the bridges for one of the most picturesque free concerts in the world.

This year the concert will feature violinist Lisa Batiashvili and her husband, oboist François Leleux, along with the backing of an international ensemble.


To view the full programme and times, see here.
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