Grachten Festival is a Dutch translation for Canal Festival. Grachten festival is a music festival with classical music from young and talented local music artists.
The festival is held in the centre of the city at different and special locations in various neighbourhoods, easily reached from every Yays location. With more than 200 music concerts this festival has more than 50.000 visitors.
The beautiful canals in all corners of Amsterdam are the perfect backdrop for classical music. The Canal Festival's concerts are performed on stages by or even on the water, as the musicians stand on pontoons while the audience listens from the canal side or from their own personal boats. Drawing in thousands of lovers of classical and contemporary music from all over the world, the ten-day festival is a highlight of Amsterdam’s cultural agenda.
One of the highlights during the Grachtenfestival is the Prinsengracht Concert, taking place on the pontoon by the Pulitzer Hotel and drawing in huge crowds each year. The concert is free and it is broadcast live on Dutch TV. Another highlight is the junior canal festival, so this event is suitable for anyone, from families to couples and business visitors on a night off!
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