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Join the Rugby Sevens Party

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Join the Rugby Sevens Party


Last year we sent an elite team of die hard volunteers of the British Society to investigate the rumours of an outdoor party on the outskirts of Amsterdam West that included rugby, lashings of cold beer, a plethora of fit men and women in shorts and an amazing family atmosphere. You may also recall that we reported that the rumours are true and that the Amsterdam Sevens ticks all of those boxes.

Three days of May

In case you missed our publications last year, the Amsterdam Sevens is a well organised tournament that spans three days of May every year and really is an excellent way to spend a long weekend. The rugby itself is Sevens format, which for newcomers is rugby played by teams of seven (simple so far). The rules and play are easier to understand that the 15 a side version of the game, and the games are shorter and faster so it can and does get very exciting. It’s also ideal for younger family members with a shorter attention span, and an ideal way to introduce the family to one of the new Olympic sports for 2016.

IMG_3281-web Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th
The 2015 tournament will take place from Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th. The event is held on the playing grounds of Rugby Club AAC and Sportpark De Eendracht.  This year there will be at least 120 teams participating, coming from more than 30 different countries to battle for the prizes and highest honour.

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series
The ladies rugby is one of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series with top international team competing for honours, and this year there is the added significance that four female country teams can win their qualification for the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016. No quarter will be given by the ladies teams this year, including the Dutch team! For those of you that know something about rugby, the ladies event is equivalent to the Hong Kong or Dubai Sevens in terms of international recognition, and all on your doorstep. Top teams and players have known about the Amsterdam Sevens for years. Tim Visser, now playing in the Scottish national team, was scouted here.

IMG_3422-web Discount for the first 50 British Society members to buy tickets

With such a potentially exciting weekend of rugby ahead, we are pleased to announce that the organisers are offering a discount on the ticket price for the first 50 British Society members to buy tickets. To secure this discount you need to use this promotional code: A7SBRSMAG2015 when ordering tickets through the Amsterdam Sevens webshop.  The webshop can be found here

Buy Your Britsoc Member Promotional Tickets Here: Code: A7SBRITSOC2015



Members of the British Society will be attending and we hope to see you there. It’s a perfect way to become a part of the Amsterdam festival of rugby and have a wonderful time. The only thing that we cannot guarantee is sunshine, but it the weather repeats the 2014 conditions it will be a tournament to remember.





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Flanders and Swan | Lunchtime Music and Words

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Flanders and Swan |Lunchtime| Music and words from the 60s

Special guest

Dim van den Berge – French horn

A free lunch-time 30 minute concert containing music and words from the very popular ( in the 1960’s)

Flanders and Swann.

Amongst the numbers to be performed are;

Ill Wind, ( not what you would think these days),

also  I’m a Gnu (self explanatory J )  and

The Hippopotamus Song ( Mud, mud glorious mud).

All of this will be on the 28th April at 12.30 p.m.

in the foyer of the National Opera and Ballet on the Waterlooplein, Amsterdam

Opera gala in Amstelveen and Almere

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Opera gala in Amstelveen and Almere

Amstelveens Symfonie orkest

On Sunday 12th April at 14.30 in Almere Haven :

Kerkcentrum Goede Rede, Kerkstraat 60, 1354 AM

and also on

Saturday 18th april at 20.00 in Amstelveen;
Paaskerk, Augustinuspark 1, 1185 CN

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You are invited to come and enjoy your favourite arias, choruses and musical interludes in an opera extravaganza concert.

The programme includes the Hebrew Slave’s chorus from Nabucco, Baccanale (the drinking song) from La Traviata, Habanera en Les Toréadors from Carmen and so much more.

logoThe whole programme will be conducted by our new top conductor Rutger van Leyden.

Gala kleding/evening dress is niet verplicht but super if you feel up to a party effort.

At the Paaskerk this would mean reserved seats, waitor service and a VIP room in the interval.

Tickets cost €15,00 (€5,00 for children 5-12) and are available via the respective websites.

*** For the Amstelveen concert, groups of 4 or more can order tickets for 12,50 up until 11th April via the amso website.              12th April concert                       18th April concert

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