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Carpe Noctem (Seize the Night): Open Air Cinema in Amsterdam

“Pluk de Nacht” (Seize the Night) is an annual outdoor film festival held at the Stenen Hoofd, a man-made beach at walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station.

Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam

The fourth edition of the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam will take place from August 9 till August 19th under a beautiful starry sky. Every day one can enjoy the best films that haven’t been screened in the Dutch cinemas. We have a superb film programme, interesting art projects, a cosy bar, comfortable beach-chairs and bon fires. Free entry for everyone!

All movies have successfully been screened on film festivals internationally, nevertheless the cinemas in Holland didn’t screen them. This year we screen more films than ever, with films originated in Iceland, South Africa, Ireland, Austria, Sweden, UK, Holland and Swiss.

No need to make reservations, but you’ll want to arrive long before 20:30 (that’s 8:30 PM for Americans) if you want to park on one of the 500 beach chairs.

The location, bar and restaurant open at 18:00 (6:00 PM). Movie shorts are shown at dusk. Screening of the main feature commences at sundown, which is typically somewhere between 21:30 and 22:00 (9:30 PM – 10:00 PM).

You won’t get cold. Camp-fires will be lit, and blankets are for rent at a small fee. In case of inclement weather, the whole show — minus the fires — moves inside.

Incidentally, all films are English spoken or English subtitled.

Art Exhibit

There’s an open air art exhibit at the same location. Several artists have rebuilt four caravans, creating installations, photo exhibits and shoebox theatre.

Food, DJs, Music

Het Stenen Hoofd sports a well-stocked bar (no spirits, though), and the Pizza Laboratory.

After the screening, stick around for music and dancing. Punk, soul, funk, Klezmar…

Program Guide

A guide to the movies.

Getting There

There’s no parking at the Stenen Hoofd, but there is paid parking in the area: € 2,10 each hour from monday till Saturday 09.00 – 24.00.

You can walk from Central Station (10-15 minutes), or take bus 48 or 49 from Central Station to Barentszplein. You can also take tram 3 the Zoutkeetsgracht and walk for 5 minutes over the Realengracht.


Westerdoksdijk 40
1013 AE Amsterdam [Google Map]

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