Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (‘Canal Festival’) is an annual festival of classical music held at special locations around the centre of Amsterdam, with offshoots in other parts of town such as North of the IJ. Over a period of ten days, the Grachtenfestival provides a stage for young musical talent, choosing an appropriate and often historical setting for each musical event on or beside Amsterdam’s numerous waterways.
Grachtenfestival Amsterdam covers a broad spectrum and makes a conscious decision not to limit itself to a particular instrument or musical tendency. This method makes it possible to follow the development of young talent over the years, and to offer these new talents a stage that reflects their development. This enables the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival to present a yearly overview of talented classical musicians in the Netherlands and their musical progression.
Every year, renowned soloists and ensembles come together in unprecedented combinations, inspired by a different theme, especially for the festival’s programme of concerts. The Grachtenfestival also features previews of programmes from elsewhere in the country that will begin later in the year.
The Grachtenfestival’s combination of location and repertoire means that classical music is performed to the highest levels, but presented in a way that is accessible to all. This is what makes the festival unique in the world.
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