Opening of Dutch cultural season a success

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The 33rd edition of the Uitmarkt, the opening of the Dutch cultural season, in the capital Amsterdam has been a success in spite of heavy rain. In the last weekend of August, Dutch theatre groups, musicians and stars give previews of their performances for the coming season.

A spokesperson for the event said the Uitmarkt drew many visitors although “we can’t pretend the weather hasn’t caused problems”. On Friday, Museum Square had only just been pumped dry in time for the event. Mats and planks had to be laid on the soggy ground.

Not surprisingly, the capital’s theatres and concert halls were particularly popular, as visitors sought sheltered from the bad weather. The organisation says the museum stage, on which 50 museums presented themselves, was one of the weekend's highlights. The book programme with signing sessions by well-known Dutch authors was also popular among visitors. For the first time, a Junior Uitmarkt for younger theatre-goers was organised in the Vondel Park.

The event usually attracts around 500,000 people, it is thought that the figures may be lower this year. Friday and Saturday were busy as usual, but Sunday was quieter.

The annual Uitmarkt ends this evening with a traditional Musical Sing-along on Museum Square.



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