Premiere 09th of August 2019, The Canalfestival Amsterdam

The Canalfestival 2019 starts on Friday the 09th of August with a stylish opening concert on the water in front of the Festival Centre Het Compagnietheater. On this special evening The Kloveniersburgwal will transforms in a beautiful concert hall where young musicians will be in the spotlight. Staged by Annechien Koerselman it presents a sample of all the beauty that is to be seen on the upcoming festival

The theme of the Canalfestival 2019 Women as Treasures  is also recognisable in the opening, which celebrates the woman, and in particular brings an ode to musical women, who not only are a great source of inspiration for many but whose spirit still lives on in the music.

During the opening concert you will meet some of the Canalfestival Gusicians. Including singer and Artist in Residence Raoul Steffani and one of the nominees for the Canalfestival Price 2019.

This festive opening of the Canalfestival is freely accessible and you can attend it both from the quay as visit it per (private) boat. Be in time and enjoy!


20MelleMeivogel GF opening 2019

Foto © Melle Meivogel

Credits Cast & Crew

Trailer © Nander Cirkel/ The Grachtenfestival Amsterdam


NRC, Rahul Gandolahage, 13th of August 2019

Unfortunately, the weather gods had other plans on the night of the opening of Amsterdam Canal Festival. Luckily the opening concert was already moved a few hours in advance to the Zuiderkerk. [...] Within an hour that musically covered all styles became clear that once again everyone will find a concert for his taste.


Noord-Amsterdams Dagblad, 13th of August 2019

Directed by Annechien Koerselman The Canal Festival presented this evening a sample of all the good things, which will pass in the coming days in review during the festival, in the style of the 2019 festival theme of Women's Treasures. [...] The Zuiderkerk transformed this evening in a beautiful concert hall where different art forms came together.