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Amsterdam Dance Event

With more than 2,000 different DJs performing throughout 300 different events, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the largest club festival in the world. In October, Amsterdam will host five days of dance music, art and film featuring thousands of national and international acts.

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The dance capital of the world

One of the most inspirational club cities in the world, Amsterdam cements its reputation once again during this year’s ADE, attracting over 365,000 music fans from all around the world. But the event is much more than just a great gathering of DJs and dance music; it also encompasses art exhibits, workshops and master classes. During ADE, Amsterdam’s city centre transforms into the ADE Playground: the area where it all happens. And you are sure to come across a number of unexpected venues.

19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 Oct 2016

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Playground

This dance-associated lifestyle programme offers a host of activities scattered around the centre of Amsterdam, including film viewings, art shows, pop-up performances and interactive talk-shows at more than 30 creative hotspots. How about a spontaneous rave in the Red Light District or a rooftop party with a breathtaking view?

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Festival

The heart and soul of ADE is the AMF Festival: 300 events featuring over 2,000 DJs performing in 130 clubs and other amazing locations. The biggest names in the industry will make an appearance but there is also room for up-and-coming talent. Want the full experience? Book your accommodation at the brand new ADE SLEEP/OVER at the NDSM dockyard. 

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“A secret rave in the Red Light District, a rooftop party with a killer view, or a temporary studio in a location you probably wouldn’t expect.”

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Five absolutely must-see acts

With so many artists, acts and workshops it can be hard to choose. We have highlighted five top attractions that are absolute must-sees.

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Awakenings

The beautiful Gashouder Factory will be packed to capacity with five evenings of top acts.

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Metropole orchestra

Music producer Henrik Schwarz will open this year’s ADE with the Metropole Orchestra at the event hall De Melkweg.

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Breakfast Club

For those who like to get an early start, this is your chance! RADION dishes out thumping beats from 7 am until 6 pm at The Breakfast Club.

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Dockyard Festival

Dancing in old warehouses and loading cranes: the industrial NDSM dockyard will again host the Dockyard Festival.

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AMF

A real crowd pleaser of ADE is the Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF), where the biggest names will be spinning their tunes at the hottest hotspots such as the Amsterdam ArenA.