Living the Dutch life - July

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Amsterdam Roots Festival

Experience an exciting musical journey through the most diverse cultures and styles during the Amsterdam Roots Festival from 1 until 8 July. It is the leading festival of non-western music and includes fado, zouk dance, hip hop, Latin-jazz and rumba. In the 35 years of its existence it has grown in diversity and evolved from what used to be just the Africa Roots Festival. Now the performers come from all corners of the world, from the Caribbean and Cape Verde to South Africa and Mongolia. The highlight of the festival takes place in the Oosterpark where you will be able to enjoy over 40 performances. At other indoor venues, such as Carré and the Melkweg, there will also be a series of lectures and performances.

North Sea Jazz Rotterdam

Enjoy star-studded performances by the best international jazz, soul, blues, funk and pop artists at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam from 13 until 15 July. It is the largest indoor music festival in the world and known globally for its multitude of music styles and exciting line-ups. Although the number of visitors has reached up to 70,000 in recent years, each stage has an intimate atmosphere as the performances are spread across different floors in Ahoy. The event is a must for every jazz lover who wants to see internationally renowned jazz legends perform or discover upcoming talents.

Funfair Tilburg

Visit the biggest funfair of the Benelux region in the city of Tilburg from 20 until 29 July. This enormous fair, offering some 250 attractions and rides, covers the entire city centre to create a fairground of 4.5 kilometres long. It is a unique event with lots of festivities and spectacular fireworks on the last night of the fair. Pink Monday also takes place at the fair, one of the biggest gay emancipation and integration events in the country, attracting thousands of visitors and making it the busiest day of the fair.

Rotterdam Unlimited

Celebrate the summer with a five-day cultural and tropical festival during Rotterdam Unlimited taking place from 24 until 28 July. It is one of the biggest free street festivals in Europe offering a mix of live music, dance, theatre and carnival parades. The vibrant atmosphere will make the festival a trip to remember with a colourful and spectacular street parade and a battle of drums as the main events. Furthermore you will find music and food from all kinds of different cultures representing the cosmopolitan diversity of the city.

Gay Pride Amsterdam

Join Amsterdam’s celebrations around diversity and acceptance for all sexual orientations and genders during Gay Pride from 28 July until 5 August. It is a well-known event in- and outside the Netherlands and attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year. The festival offers a cultural programme with a range of exhibitions and movie events throughout the city. The biggest spectacle is the Canal Parade, with decorated boats sailing along the canals carrying costumed dancers and often statement-making messages. 

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