Comedy in Amsterdam: Summer International Summer Festival

When in Amsterdam...there is always something to do. Summer brings with it the Comedytrain International Festival. All the acts are in English. From 2 July to 2 August Wednesday to Saturday nights have a range of International acts at the Toomler Theatre.

Tickets are affordable at 18.50euro and can be purchased at their website here.

Don't forget that you can have dinner or snacks at the same venue. The shows start at 8:30pm and run until 10:30pm.

Toomler Lists the acts for 2014 as:

Wed 2 - Sat 5 July: Tony Law & Keith Farnan
Both Tony Law and Keith Farnan performed in Toomler before. They've been doing some pretty amazing stuff in the meantime, so we're very happy to have them back!
Watch Tony at Comedy Central UK's The Alternative Comedy Experience and Keith at Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
Wed 9 - Sat 12 July: Pete Johansson & Matt Kirshen
Pete Johansson is one of our favourites. And Amsterdam is one of his. Matt Kirshan has appeared in and written for numerous television shows in the UK, including a charity gala featuring Jimmy Fallon, which resulted in Jimmy himself requesting Matt to open for him in a college tour to promote his new Late Night hosting slot.
Pete on Russel Peters - Live from Amsterdam and Matt at Jimmy Fallon.
Wed 16 - Sat 19 July: Simon Munnery & Nina Conti
Comedy veteran Simon Munnery is famous for his experimental sets and stabs at the void between dead film and live theatre, in his latest fylm-tastic show.
Nina Conti is an Award-winning comedian, groundbreaking ventriloquist and acclaimed filmmaker.
Here's Simon's trailer for his new show. Nina at Russel Howard's Good News.
Wed 23 - Sat 26 July: Tom Rhodes & Hannah Gadsby
Tom Rhodes is a world traveling comedian known in all comedy clubs and luckily for us, a big fan of Amsterdam.
Hannah Gadsby's wonderful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny observations have delighted audiences all over the world.
Tom Live from Amsterdam and Hannah on the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Wed 30 July - Sat 2 August: Ophira Eisenberg & Brooks Wheelan
Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, storyteller and host. Her debut memoir was recently optioned for a feature film.
Brooks Wheelan is a name to watch and joined  the  cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player. Check out Ophira's stand-up on Ferguson. Brooks on SNL.

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Amsterdam's Pure Market: Artisan food and much more

When in Amsterdam...the Pure Market is for people who want to know from where their food is produced.

The Pure Market is an Artisan market of food and local products.

The market is guided by principles of:

  • Good Food and Drink
  • Sustainability
  • Creativity
  • Craftsmanship
  • Local and seasonal products
  • Health
  • Community
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When: Sunday
Cost: Free
Where: changing locations check their website here.

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Neighbourfood Market Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam visit a market. Today we visited the Neighbourfood Market at the Westergasterrein.
Neighbourfood Market Amsterdam

We arrived around 10am. The bad weather meant many stalls were still setting up so we walked to the nearby Bakkerswinkle for a cup of tea and a fresh juice.

The Neighbourfood Market is a new market in Amsterdam. The market is held on the third Sunday of every month in the Westergasterrein in the Westerpark complex. The market runs from 10am to 4pm.

Cooks, growers, bakers, and food lovers unite at this fantastic market. Many of the stalls hold organic produce. There was so much to try. The setting is wonderful. Full of light and warmth, world's away from the cold and wet that was outside.

Sunday 27 July 2014
17 August 2014
Cost: Free and an empty stomach helps
Place: Westergasterrein in Westerpark
More information:

Neighbourfood Market Amsterdam

Our pick of the market was the following:

Dolmas (Dolmades) from de Groene Griek (the Green Greek). This stall sold organic olive oil but it was the dolmades that caught my attention. Dolmades are grape vine leaves that are wrapped around a morsel of normally rice, pine nuts and fresh herbs.These were no tasteless tinned rolls that normally get around northern Europe. These were fantastic little morsels of flavour.

De Groene Greek Stall at the Neighbourfood Market Amsterdam

Tapas from Pintxo. This stall had a great selection of Northern Spanish Tapas. Pintxo does catering events. The sausage was a definitive stand out but all that we tried were wonderful.

Pintxo stall at Neighbourfood Market Amsterdam

There was so much to try. Cupcakes, freshly made cakes, English meat pies, gourmet toasted sandwiches fresh produce the list goes on. Thanks to the organizers. After a bit of exercise we look forward to next month's edition.

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Modern Hippie Market Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam....there are a range of markets. The Modern Hippie Market is a little different than most. Think retro, durable and vintage. Think feathers, beads, braids, natural fibers. Think long hair, relaxed music and healthy food. Guest are encouraged to look up from their phone and detox from their pocket computers for the day.

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The market has stalls among many things selling clothing, food and art. A great excuse to get out of the old city centre.

The next installment is Sunday 27 July 2014
Location: Amsterdam Roest (an inside and outside venue)
Address: Czaar Peterstraat 213 1018PL
Time: 12:00 to 1800hrs
Cost: Free but only with a smile.
For more information visit their website (in dutch)

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Amsterdam The Fault in Our Stars: the bench, film locations and TFiOS things

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When in July 2014 there has been a lot of media and concern about the missing bench on the Leidsegracht that featured the lovers' kiss in the movie The Fault in Our Stars. The Amsterdam City works office announced that it had been replaced not by one but two benches.

In November 2014, Fox studios opened a replica bench at their lot in Los Angeles. Both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elhort were present for the opening. Also, John Green and Director Josh Boone appeared for a few photos.

replica Amsterdam tfios bench at Fox Studios, Los Angeles
To be honest, yes it is an Amsterdam bench but it is Amsterdam that made the moment of their first kiss extra special in the movie. There is no romantic canal or beautiful architecture. The atmosphere is lost but that is just our opinion. What do you think?

For those of you who don't know about the book you are probably older. The Fault in Our Stars is the 6th book by writer John Green. The 4th book for young adults. The story is narrated by 16 year old cancer patient, Hazel. She is sent to a recovery clinic where she meets and falls in love with 17 year old amputee Augustus who is also dealing with cancer. The couple then takes Hazel's dream trip to meet a writer of a book she admires in Amsterdam. I won't spoil the ending for you.

The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for children chapter books. Since the book's release in 2011//12 the book has been translated in over 6 languages and over 1 million copies have been sold.

A movie adaptation was of the book was filmed during 2013 and released around the world in 2014. Shailene Woodley leads the cast as Hazel, Ansel Elgort plays Augustus and the movie is directed by Josh Boone.

A full list of Amsterdam film locations for tfios will follow during the week. So stay posted. As promised.:

If you are a parent with young fans visiting Amsterdam. Combine the famous bench from the movie, sightseeing, and history on this small group tour designed for families. The Early Amsterdam City Centre Tour.

Here is the theme song to the movie with much of it shot in Amsterdam.

When in Amsterdam....enjoy!

If you liked this post check out other things to do in Amsterdam with these posts:

Cool things for teenagers to do in Amsterdam

All Time Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam: a critical analysis

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Art in Amsterdam: Pip & Pop at Mediamatic Factory

When in Amsterdam...Australian Artist Pip n Pop is to showcase Candy Lab in the Mediamatic space.

Mediamatic reports 'That Pip n Pop will establish the Lightness Candylab. This will investigate the blissful effects of sugar through a live production of a sugary landscape built by the Australian Pip&Pop. Come visit throughout the Sugar Week, and watch Pip&Pop build a pastel dreamscape of crystalline sugar to feast your eyes upon and dive into its wonderment. With a festive Sugar Finissage at Sunday 6th. 15:00, when the landscape reaches is final stage. '

Mediamatic is a gallery, project space, aquaponics farm and cafeteria. In December 2011 they moved part of their activities to the Van Gendthallen on Oostenburg, an island east of the city center. In June 2013 they moved the rest of their programming and people to this location, a flexible space where thet can experiment with new ways of building, growing and programming. Mediamatic organize exhibitions, workshops, lectures, dinners and other events.

The Pip n Pop are at Mediamatic 1-6 July 2014.13:00 Mediamatic Fabriek, VOC–kade 10, 1018 LG Amsterdam