Since its inception in 1996, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has grown into a global phenomenon, inviting attendees from around the world to immerse in a sea of electronic music and dance culture. But ADE 2023 is not just about music. Beyond the thumping beats and neon lights, there’s an entire world of experiences waiting for you. Dive into this guide and discover unique cultural experiences, immersive art, and electrifying events that define ADE beyond the stages.
1. Immerse in Our House Amsterdam
Date/Time: Choose when you book
Location: Amstelstraat 24-26, 1017 DA Amsterdam
Website: Our House
Our House Amsterdam is more than just a venue; it’s a universe of electronic dance music. Get transported into a realm filled with audiovisual shows, interactive installations, and exhibits curated by renowned DJs. As you journey through, each corner will offer a new sensory experience, making your visit unforgettable.
2. Explore ADE Exhibitions at NDSM
Date/Time: Throughout ADE 2023
Location: NDSM, Amsterdam
Website: ADE NDSM
NDSM, a former shipyard turned creative hub, becomes even more alive during ADE. Wander through the sprawling space, and you’ll discover unique rave culture exhibitions that embody the spirit of the festival. With no booking required and free entry, it’s a haven for art lovers and ADE enthusiasts alike.
3. Rijksmuseum Soundtracks: Art Meets Electronic
Date/Time: Exclusive for ADE Pro and Lab pass holders between 18-22 October 2023.
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Website: Rijksmuseum Soundtracks
Imagine walking through the iconic Rijksmuseum, not just seeing, but feeling the art through music. The Rijksmuseum Soundtracks offers you a chance to connect with art like never before. As Dutch DJs curate a musical journey, each masterpiece will come alive, merging visual grandeur with auditory brilliance.
4. Afro House History at Melkweg Cinema
Date/Time: Wed, Oct 18, 2023, 20:30 – 22:00
Location: Melkweg, Amsterdam
Website: Above & Beyond: Afro House Premiere
Melkweg, a cornerstone of Amsterdam’s culture, will not only pulsate with music but will also host the premiere of “Above and Beyond: The Global Rise of Afro House”. Dive deep into the origins of Afro house and explore its musical journey, all within the cosy setting of Melkweg Cinema.
5. Discover AMAZE by ID&T
Date/Time: Throughout ADE 2023
Location: Elementenstraat, Amsterdam West
Website: Amaze Amsterdam
Imagine a world where every step you take immerses you deeper into the heart of electronic music. At AMAZE, curated by festival giants ID&T, you’ll experience an incredible blend of state-of-the-art light, sound, and sensation. From the glittery reception to the grand finale, you’ll embark on an unforgettable journey, following the orange lifeline and being a part of the magic that ID&T has masterfully crafted.
6. Embrace the Dawn at Sunrise ADE
Date/Time: Fri, Oct 20, 2023, 06:00 – 10:00
Location: Parallel | Buiksloterweg 5C, Amsterdam
Website: Sunrise ADE
As the sky lightens, let the rhythmic beats of Sunrise take you from the serenity of night to the promise of a new day. Starting with a DJ performance, you’ll be led to a space where acoustic meets electronic. Afterwards, find inner peace in a guided meditation and savour a light, nourishing breakfast. Sunrise ADE is the perfect fusion of dance, serenity, and rejuvenation.
7. KITCHN KLUB: Culinary Rhythms with Chef Paul Delrez
Date/Time: Sat, Oct 21, 2023, 16:35 – 18:00
Location: W Amsterdam (Great Room & Kitchen) | Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam
Website: KITCHN CLUB
Dive into a gastronomic journey at KITCHN KLUB. Chef Paul Delrez collaborates with Calao, curating a menu inspired by the beats set for ADE. Attendees can prepare a before-party dish, an after-party delicacy, and a detox juice. This unique fusion of music and culinary arts promises attendees an indulgent experience, nourishing both body and soul.
8. DJ Workshop and More at Sexyland World
Date/Time: Fri, Oct 20, 2023, 12:00 – 18:00
Location: Sexyland World | Noordwal 1, Amsterdam
Website: Deck Interaction
Join a celebration of diversity at Sexyland World, honouring female and LGBTQ+ music artists. This immersive event features a riveting round table discussion, focusing on awareness in entertainment. Dive into a DJ workshop, tailor-made for beginners, fostering an environment promoting female music education. Concluding with electrifying DJ sets, this promises an immersive auditory journey.
9. Detox at ADE Hangover on the Last Day
Date/Time: Sun, Oct 22, 2023, 12:00 – 23:00
Location: NDSM | Tt. Neveritaweg 15, Amsterdam
Website: ADE Hangover
As ADE wraps up, NDSM-Wharf invites everyone for one last dance. ADE Hangover promises to be the perfect cure for any fatigue, rejuvenating attendees with food trucks, craft beers, art, a vintage market, and live music. Dance your heart out, enjoy the cosy ambience of campfires, and indulge in crafty creations. It’s an all-ages event, and it’s free!
10. Watch the Tomorrowland 2023 Aftermovie Avant-Premiere
Date/Friday, October 20, 2023
Location: Royal Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Website: Tomorrowland 2023 Aftermovie
Re-immerse yourself in Tomorrowland’s magical 17th edition with an exclusive premiere of the ‘Adscendo’ aftermovie during ADE. Held at the iconic Royal Theater Tuschinski, be among the first to relive the festival’s spellbinding moments. With 400,000 souls from 200 nations having celebrated in July, this screening promises to be a coveted rewind. Secure your experience now!
11. Master the Art of Vinyl Mixing at Zwart Goud
Date/Time: Fri, Oct 20, 2023 | 14:00 – 16:00
Location: Zwart Goud | Geldersekade 89s, Amsterdam
Website: Zwart Goud ADE Workshop
Step into the magnetic world of vinyl at Zwart Goud’s interactive workshop. Located in Amsterdam’s heart, Zwart Goud is renowned for its curated collection spanning genres from techno to ambient electronica. In this session, designed for both novices and aficionados, you’ll gain insights into vinyl mixing under the guidance of experts. Founded by the musician, Ilker Soylu, this workshop is an immersion into the true essence of vinyl culture.
ADE 2023 offers more than beats and parties; it’s a rich tapestry of experiences waiting to be unravelled. So, while you dance the night away, remember there’s a world of art, culture, and immersive events ready to enrich your ADE journey. Let this guide be your compass as you navigate the wonders of ADE beyond the music. Revel in the magic, make memories, and let Amsterdam’s dance culture captivate your soul.