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Bollywood Dance lessons

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Hello there,

I was recommended by one of my friends to send a mail about my workshop.

I give Bollywood dance workshop for all ages/men/women/kids. No previous dance experience required.

Will be nice if you can let me know if you interested in having the workshop for your team. Its fun and lively. I have been giving workshop for last 4 years now in Amsterdam for all Europeans and have regular classes every week.

If you need more information about the workshop please feel free to send me a mail with your questions.

You can also check my website and Face book page links before to get a glance of the workshop pics.

Look forward to your reply.

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Amsterdam 2013 – Celebrating International Families

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You’re invited.

Amsterdam 2013 – Celebrating International Families

On the 15th of September 2013 you are invited to join the Expatcenter and Stichting Amsterdam Mamas for a day at the zoo as we celebrate international families in Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam 2013.

Join us for a fun packed event full of music, performance and activities for young and old as we celebrate the different nationalities that make up our multicultural city, in the beautiful surroundings of Artis Royal Zoo.

15 September, 2013
09.00 – 13.00
Artis, Amsterdam

Tickets are 7.50 euros per person (children under 36 months are free).

  • Date: 9/15/13
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Where: Netherlands Amsterdam Artis Royal Zoo Map
  • Host: Amsterdam 2013
  • Category: Expat events

More details on the Amsterdam Mamas website

Weather Gods save the Prinsengracht Concert

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At first the umbrellas were up and the rain came down
It looked set for the night, but the rain gods were on our side. After two hours huddled under our red brolly, the jolly rain gods took pity on us and it stopped at the precise moment the musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra took their seats under the huge canopy. And so the festivities began. Read more

Airport Schiphol Big Wave Goodbye App

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Wave goodbye across the globe

Schiphol launches English version of its Big Wave Goodbye app

Following the successful Dutch version of the ‘Big Wave Goodbye’ app, Schiphol recently launched an English version of the app. The ‘Big Wave Goodbye’ app can be used to wave goodbye to friends and loved ones using the webcam of a desktop or laptop computer.

How does the app work?
Simply go to, upload your video and select the person to whom you wish to wave goodbye. Next, fill in his or her date of departure and invite other friends to join you in waving goodbye. Upon departure from Schiphol, not only will the passenger be able to watch your video on their smartphone, but it will also be broadcast on the big screens at Schiphol Plaza plus the screens at the departure gates!

Since its launch in October 2012 over 10,000 people have used the Big Wave Goodbye app to wave goodbye to passengers digitally.



Roger Waters The Wall Live. Amsterdam Arena Sept 08, 2013

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Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the historic production of “The Wall” to Europe in 2013. His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in its entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production.

For these large open air stadiums, Roger Waters has re-designed and scaled up The Wall show to create the ultimate stadium event, bringing The Wall experience even closer to fans wherever they are sitting and making the production even more encompassing in large venues.

Waters’ first reinvented his iconic stage production of “The Wall” in 2010 utilizing modern day technological advances and special effects which have been embraced by audiences around the globe with countless sold out performances and multiple-night stands including a record-breaking 9 sold out shows at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “The Wall” remains one of the most influential albums in the history of recorded music with a profound effect on pop culture, resonating with multiple generations of music fans.

Prior to 2010, “The Wall” show was simply too large to contemplate a tour, but new arenas and advances in touring technology have solved that dilemma. Waters has updated the look and feel of the show to ensure it matches the astonishing theatrical extravaganza that The Wall’s live incarnation became so legendary for – thus allowing yet another generation to be inspired by the grandeur of the breath taking visual and aural spectacle.


Leonard Cohen. Ziggo Dome. Fri 20 Sep 2013

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Leonard Cohen actually turns 79 years old the day after this performance, yet he’s hardly showing signs of slowing down. Catch the Canadian troubadour live at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on Friday, 20 September 2013.

Cohen in Amsterdam
Following sold out shows at Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium and the release of his 12th album Old Ideas in 2012 – some 44 years after releasing his debut – he’ll once again demonstrate how to make performing in a cavern feel like an intimate experience as he revisits classics like ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Bird on the Wire’ and ‘Suzanne’.

Head to the Ziggo Dome website for tickets and more information.

De Passage 100

Opening Hours
Friday 20 September 2013, 19:30 hour

West Beach Film Festival. 6 to 28 Sept

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The Nieuw-West District of Amsterdam gets in on the outdoor cinema action with the West Beach Film Festival from 6 to 28 September 2013.

Film in Nieuw-West
For four weekends, a selection of top films are screened outdoors next to the Sloterplasbad swimming pool. For free! Grab a drink and a snack and settle in for some movie magic, whether it be a silver-screen classic or a blockbusting new release.

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Prinsengracht Concert 2013

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One of the annual highlights of the Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) is the Prinsengracht Concert, a spectacular classical extravaganza on the canal.

The 32nd edition of the Prinsengracht on 24 August is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Amsterdam canals and the 125th anniversary of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

This open air classical music concert used to be called The Pulitzer Concert, because it is staged on pontoons floating on water just in front of the Pulitzer Hotel. This year’s event is on 24 August 2013 and is headlined by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, who are midway through their 125th jubilee celebrations.

Classical greats
Teaming up with the orchestra is the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, who is sure to enrapture audiences with a number of well-loved arias, including the celebrated ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot. The orchestra will also be performing Tchaikovsky’s always-spectacular 1812 Overture. The concert will be conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Read more about Grachtenfestival 2013.

Related: Weather Gods save the Prinsengracht Concert

The Pastel Princes: From Man’s best friend to Manmaids.

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A portrait of Artist Juliet Kearns.

Two men in PastelAll my paintings are pastels on pastel paper, as this is by far my preferred medium and I love the effect that pastels produce. I also love the direct contact with the paper and using the paper as the palette. Pastel paintings can last as long as oil paintings if looked after properly, so they can be passed on from generation to generation. Read more