Uitmarkt draws over 500,000

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28 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The 29th edition was the best attended Uitmarkt in years despite the bad weather, organisers say.

28 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — The 29th edition was the best attended Uitmarkt in years despite the bad weather, organisers say.

Organisers of the preview of the cultural season in Amsterdam said it was a "success in all respects". "It was the best attended Uitmarkt in the last few years," a spokesperson said.

The royal concert hall (Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw) brought the three-day event to an end on Sunday with a concert in Dam Square. The orchestra, under the baton of chief conductor Mariss Jansons, played Mahler's First Symphony.

The largest ever Uitmarkt festival took place in the city centre rather than Museumplein for the first time in six years. There were seven outdoor and twenty indoor stages this year.

Saturday was the busiest day, with long queues forming outside the theatres and concert halls.

Mayor Job Cohen made his debut as conductor on Saturday as he led the Willem Breuker Kollektief though Beethoven's 'Romance in F' in the Muziektheater. He received a rapturous applause at the end, even though the musicians appeared to spend more time looking at their sheet music than at him.

"It was really difficult," Cohen said. "But it is just like my work: if you are dealing with good people, you don't have to do too much."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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