Not only do we have a perfect venue for the conference, we also choose a perfect time to visit Amsterdam!

Here we share what’s on in Amsterdam during our conference and the Eastern Holidays.


World Press Photo

The winning images from the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest begin their world tour in Amsterdam from 15 April until 9 July 2017.

Each year, professional press photographers, photo agencies,newspapers and magazines from all over the world are invited to submit their top news-related pictures from the previous year. The best works are assembled into a travelling exhibition of over 200 images, creating an overview of how press photographers tackle their work around the globe and how the press relates news through images

A reflection of trends and developments in photojournalism, it not only presents the (at times gruesome) reality of news and current affairs and events on the world stage, but also the beauty of life, sports, art, science and nature.

It’s not uncommon to see guests with a tear in their eye or goose bumps on their skin as they’re immersed into the images and the moments, both saddening and wonderful, before them.  The exhibition at the Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square is only an easy 5 minute walk from our Conference Venue, theTobacco Theater.

Imagine Film Festival

The Imagine Film Festival (12 – 22 April) is screening an all-encompassing selection of imaginative films. Whilehthe festival still screens the very best international horror releases, it has broadened its taste to include fantasy, cult, animé and science fiction.

Imagine isn’t only about watching movies. In addition to more than 50 features and 40 short films, both domestic and international directors are invited to discuss their work in symposiums, you can take in a lecture, or, for hardcore horror fans, there’s the annual Night of Terror at Amsterdam’s Pathé de Munt.

The festival’s theme programme in 2017 is ‘Fantastic Fashion’, looking at the importance of costumes and styling with the goal creating of fantastic illusion. This theme was one of the inspirations for The Surrealist Ball, which is an evening of deviant artistry, surreal costumes, absurdist theatre and eccentric fashion. The event takes place on 15 April 2017 at Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin.

Head to the Imagine Film Festival website for more information.


Amsterdam Tulip Festival

The tulip is one of the most enduring symbols of the Netherlands and Amsterdam. Originating from the Ottoman Empire and introduced to Dutch merchants at the beginning of the 17th century, it has had a lasting economic impact from the Golden Age to the present day.

Despite their fame, it takes a bit more effort to track down tulips in the streets and gardens of Amsterdam nowadays. But there can never be enough tulips, and so, each spring , the festival celebrates the famous flower and ensures it blooms all over Amsterdam. All through the first half of April, more than 500,000 colourful and occasionally rare tulips can be seen in the gardens of museums, private homes and other city institutions.

Participating locations include EYE Filmmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Hortus Botanicus, Museum Van Loon, Rijksmuseum and many public spaces throughout the city. A festival guide will be available from many of the participating locations as of 1 April.

Visit the Tulp Festival website for more information.