With four theater and concert halls, a conference center, a large number of public spaces and two catering establishments, Amare is a large culture and conference center. An institution for the performing arts and at the same time a secondary school and a conservatory for music and dance. A building where up to 6600 people can be present at the same time for various activities.
A new cultural hub of the city is emerging in the center of The Hague, on Spuiplein. Amare, the new home of the former Zuiderstrandtheater, Nederlands Dans Theater, Residentie Orkest and the Royal Conservatoire, will open its doors at the beginning of September 2021 for guided tours and introduction performances. From 19 November there will be a festive opening program to kick off the first season in the largest art building in the Netherlands.
At the heart of the programming is the work of the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Residentie Orkest. Amare therefore presents a high-quality program of dance, music, music theatre, circus, cabaret and community art of an international level for a wide audience. At the same time, the theater exuberantly celebrates cultural holidays and festivals with local communities.
The large theater in Amare is a size bigger than the Zuiderstrandtheater with almost 1,300 seats. This offers new opportunities to bring major musicals to The Hague. The concert hall is also used as a pop hall with a capacity of no less than 2500 people, for which Amare is entering into a partnership with pop stage PAARD.
Amare is always open and wants to be a House for the whole of The Hague. Together with local partners, Amare organizes a diverse range for everyone in the various public areas of the building. Amare will experiment with one of the foyers as a sanctuary, a large public rehearsal space based on the inspiring example of Centquatre in Paris, where everyone can practice their own arts.
“In the morning there are dance lessons and classical music is played, in the afternoon there are lunch concerts and performances, in the evening performances by brass bands, choirs and jazz bands. You can visit exhibitions and installations continuously. The whole city is more than welcome at Amare.”, city programmer Joost Heijthuijsen.
Purest sound experience
Each of the four rooms in Amare is placed separately in the building. In this way the sound vibrations remain within the hall and the halls are not hindered by each other. For the purest sound experience, acoustic facilities such as ceilings, panels and curtains have been installed in all rooms, which at the same time determine the atmosphere in the rooms due to the special finishes. Each room has a special, recognizable finish on the outside. For example, the finish of the Danstheater (the theater hall) is made of bamboo, the Concert Hall has a gold-coloured metal finish and the Conservatory Hall is covered in concrete. The foyers are located next to the halls.
Study and teaching rooms
Amare has several study and teaching rooms for music and dance students of the Royal Conservatoire, private studios for the dancers of the Nederlands Dans Theater and a private rehearsal room for the musicians of the Residentie Orkest
On the ground floor of Amare, a covered, freely accessible space runs from Spuiplein all the way to the Turfhaven side. The ticket office, the Kunstenplein and a catering facility with a terrace are located here. Under the building is a public parking garage and a public bicycle shed
Amare is located on Spuiplein, in the center of The Hague. It can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes from The Hague Central Station. Walk down the Turfmarkt for this. It is about a 10-minute walk from Holland Spoor station. A detailed route can be found on this site.
By bus or tram
Get out the door? Then take the bus or tram.
There are several bicycle parking facilities in the vicinity of Amare. You can park your bicycle for free in an unguarded shed near a bicycle rack. This can be found in front of Pathé Spuimarkt. Prefer guarded stables? Here you can find Biesieklettes in the center of The Hague.
The center is easier to reach by public transport. Still by car? Current information about various parking garages in the center can be found here.