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An entirely Dutch phenomenon - Street Organ

In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs belongs to Amsterdam as much as its winding canals and its liberal attitude.
It is true that the organ tends to attract a more appreciative audience from tourists rather than locals. In the city the number of them had dropped to just three in the last couple of years.
They are typically found in the busiest shopping streets on a Saturday afternoon, or somewhere in the Red Light District. Although the music is free, their owners would not quibble at a contribution of a couple of Euro out of the hands of passersbys.

Following what has become a real Amsterdam tradition, Street Organ festival takes place on the Dam Square each year.
A collection of street organs you can visit in the National Museum From Musical Clock To Street Organ in Utrecht.

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Apr 04, 2011

Street Artists

Street Artist mainly can be found at the DAM and Leidseplein squares.

At the DAM you will see several living statues, a good¨promotion for Madama Tussaud´s Museum.

At the Leidseplein street performers of any kind will roulate+ some of them will perform at the DAM too.

Next to these two location you might encounter musicians at the Central Station.

Don´t be surprised you see performing artist at other spot. Each weekend has it own events throughout the city.

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Oct 25, 2009

Mimes and Poseurs

These individuals appear to be ubiquitous in tourist infested large cities. It is more entertaining than begging (and safer to the walker). Too many stand rigidly made up in silver simulating statues (whichis really begging). Of course you can take a picture of them (fee optional?). This old English chap was outside the Rijksmuseum. We had a pleasant chat with him about how to locate our missing wives. It was worth the fee.

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Sep 17, 2006

Street musicians

These guys were not from Holland but, I guess, from Mongolia. But, anyway, exotic music they were performed just in front of the Rijksmuseum three days in a row means they are entitled to get a local custom label.

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Feb 05, 2005
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Street performers are out in...

Street performers are out in force during the weekends. This guy was in Dam Square and was kind enough to pose for a picture with each member of our group, and there were 4 of us. Dam Square is a great place to hang out and relax, but it tends to get pretty crowded.

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Aug 25, 2002

Pictured here are a couple of...

Pictured here are a couple of street mimes who were performing in the town square. Their costumes were quite impressive which enabled them to deceive many passerbys. The sqaure is a good central location to begin your sightseeing in Amsterdam.

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Aug 24, 2002

Piano playing at the Central Station

Be a street artist yourself. In the main hall of the Amsterdam CS is a piano open to be played by the public.

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Apr 11, 2015

We really enjoyed the street...

We really enjoyed the street performers...we actually ran into some who had been performing in Paris when we had visited a few months earlier!

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Aug 25, 2002

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