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Activity Highlight: A magical Candlelight Concert you want to enjoy this winter

Ohhh what a magical evening this was: the Candlelight Concert with the Hans Zimmer special in The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Last January we went to the Candlelight Concert with the tribute to Queen and we absolutely loved it. So we thought, let’s go again and go for the Hans Zimmer candlelight concert.

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The beautiful National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam during the Candlelight Concert. You see the corner of the museum, a beautifully lit ceiling, where you can see stars (lights) in different colours. Loads of chairs and candles in the front
Candlelight Concert Amsterdam at the National Maritime Museum

What is a Candlelight Concert?

Well, you might have seen it on Instagram or on other social media channels: candlelight concerts are hot & happening! These 1-hour concerts are hosted in really cool and mostly accessible locations. The Queen-tribute we went to last year took place in a church, whereas the one we went to now (as per the video below) took place in The National Maritime Museum (Scheepsvaartmuseum). 

A big advantage of these locations is their acoustics, the sound is beautiful and it really makes you engage with the artists and the music. In terms of genre, I think it is very cool. They have a big range going from Vivaldi’s classical music, to AC/DC rock music to Christmas films music. There is something for everyone’s taste. Also, I love that they make classical music so accessible to a wider range of people. People who, at other times, might never get in touch with this genre. 

There are many different artists: by coincidence we’ve now seen The Hydra Quartet twice. This group of 4 amazing and talented violinists play the music of that evening’s theme. You also have different options with a pianist, singer, ballet dancers, a brass band and so much more. (Want to check it out? Click here!)

The location is beautifully decorated with hundreds of lit candles that flicker their light and create a beautiful and romantic atmosphere.

You see the corner of the room with the violinist playing in the dark, only lit with candles around them.
The violinists playing around the candles
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The accessibility of the Candlelight Concerts

All in all, I thought the accessibility of both locations was great. Obviously, when booking these types of evenings, the accessibility-search already starts at the moment you are checking out the website. Well, I can tell you. They make it véry easy for you, hence why I am a big fan.

On every events page, they immediately show information about the accessibility of the venue (so you don’t have to look for FAQ’s – it is just there). In some of the venues, there are certain levels (eg: balconies) that are not accessible, but again, also those intricacies are clearly stated on their website.

An extra great addition is that your carer/caretaker can get a ticket for free! So once you have booked your ticket, make sure to contact Fever and tell them that you are coming by wheelchair and they can add an additional ticket.

In some countries (like in the UK) they ask for proof of disability (this can be Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility or other paperwork). I know they are not allowed to ask for this in The Netherlands, so they won’t ask for paperwork there.

Video showing the accessibility of the Candlelight Concert in Amsterdam

The accessibility of the National Maritime Museum, where the Hans Zimmer concert took place

So for this specific event, if you ask me what the accessibility was like, I would say: Honestly? It was great. I think it is time to go and visit this museum during opening hours as well to write another Activity Highlight about this incredible museum.

There is a disabled parking bay right in front of the museum (Kattenburgerstraat), where you can park for 3 hours. Then there is a ramp taking you inside and that is basically it! You immediately enter the main room that is completely accessible. There is wheelchair accessible toilets as well so you also don’t have to worry about that.

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