As Amsterdam’s clear blue skies and mild days return, springtime also brings an exciting selection of Candlelight concerts. Piano music, anthemic hits, and traditional compositions are coming to enliven Rode Hoed and Felix Meritis—two breathtaking venues imbued with a sense of wonder.
The Candlelight series invites everyone to enjoy some of their favourite music in a new light surrounded by beauty and the intimate glow of flickering candles. From Vivaldi to Queen, these classical renditions offer a musical experience unlike any other.
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Rode Hoed: Music at a Clandestine Church
This hidden former church became a political, cultural, and religious center during the 1980s; Huub Oosterhuis, a famous theologian and poet was a co-founder and named it ‘De Rode Hoed’ (the Red Hat). The 17th century building is the largest of its kind in The Netherlands and is adorned with authentic woodwork, wooden pillars, and balconies. From popular tv shows to debates to congresses and parties, the unique venue in Amsterdam has hosted an array of events and special occasions.
Felix Meritis: Intellectual Freedom
In 1788, Felix Meritis (‘Happy by Merits’) opened for a society of scientists, artists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs. Today, it continues to symbolise a spirit of intellectual curiosity and inspiration. Housing several stately spaces, Felix Meritis is a theatre, recital hall, conference room, and so much more. Following the designs of i29, the award-winning interior design firm, Felix Meritis underwent a three-year renovation project to restore the venue’s charismatic interior and showcase its rich history.
Rode Hoed and Felix Meritis are already awe-inspiring; however, add the glow of a sea of candles and classically trained musicians, and they transform into another dimension of beauty. You don’t want to miss out on these one-of-a-kind Candlelight performances illuminating Amsterdam.
Note: For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.