Amsterdam School of the Arts celebrates 25th anniversary

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The history of the AHK covers some 140 years, when the predecessors of the Theatre School, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Art in Education were established. In 2012 we celebrate that 25 years ago, the study programmes in the field of arts and culture in Amsterdam were joined in the Amsterdam School of the Arts.


The AHK was founded on 17 March 1987, following a merger between the Academy of Fine Art in Education, the Academy of Architecture, the Netherlands Film and Television Academy and the Reinwardt Academy. A year later the Theatre School and the Hilversum Conservatory joined. In 1994, the Hilversum Conservatory merged with the Sweelinck Conservatory and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam was established.

The AHK celebrates its 25th birthday throughout the year. In the summer, after the final exams, a 'zap Sunday' will be organized: a route for art lovers around the various locations of the AHK with graduation performances by this year's graduates. In addition, a special AHK prize will be awarded to the most outstanding graduation of the year.

For the occasion of the anniversary a special website has been set up. This site includes special footage of 25 years Amsterdam School of the Arts, and video messages from prominent members of the AHK community.

Visit the website 25 years AHK