Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Prinsengracht Concert 2013

The Prinsengracht Concert 2013


Canals play a huge part in Amsterdam daily life. Amsterdammers live on them, the eat and drink on them, and they play on them. Last night my Amsterdam friends and I decided to participate in the latter and attended the annual Prinsengrachtconcert which takes place on the canal at the Pulitzer hotel. For the 32nd year running, a floating stage is set up in the middle of the Prinsengracht or Prince's Canal, right in the centre of town so Amsterdammers can enjoy some open air classical music. As it's a floating concert many attendees do so from the comfort of their private boats ranging from Miami vice style speedboats to what can only be called bathtubs with a motor.

The Prinsengracht Concert 2013

 It's quite a sight to see the canal clogged with boats carrying people sipping wine and nibbling on cheese. As did we. We'd packed some quality Dutch wine, Gouda cheese and other nibbles and spread out our blanket on the quay. Ready for some Puccini, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.

The Prinsengracht Concert 2013

As this is a very popular concert attended by many a music lover, we'd arrived two hours ahead of time in order to secure a good spot. We found one on the side of the canal, just one bridge over. We spread out our blanket, unpacked our food and drink and made ourselves comfortable, ready for our culture filled evening.
The Prinsengracht Concert 2013

Before the music started the cheese and the wine bottle were opened and so were the skies. We huddled together like penguins under our umbrellas trying desperately to keep the rain out of our drinks and food. When the olives and Gouda cubes started to float away in a large puddle we figured that that was our cue to seek shelter in a nearby brown cafe. Unfortunately we did miss most of the concert.

The Prinsengracht Concert 2013

Like the canals the rain is also omnipresent in Amsterdam daily life so if you ever do decide to go and watch this wonderful outdoor classical concert, be aware that it could turn into a classic Dutch water ballet.


The Prinsengracht Concert 2013



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