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11 days filled with premieres, special film events, parties, and more: that’s the Leiden International Film Festival. Founded in 2006 and currently one of the Netherlands’ most important film festivals. The 2019 edition will take place from October 31 to November 10, and will feature over 100 films from all over the globe, ranging from arthouse to mainstream, and everything in between.
The Rotterdam Pop Week: the only week with 10 days! The seventh edition of the Rotterdam Pop Week will be held from 1 until 10 November. The week will consist of a series of pop-related activities, turning the city into a bustling stage of performances and energy.
Over 160 bands/acts play at more than 65 locations during the Rotterdam Pop Week. Includes the Rotterdam Pop Quiz, Popronde and the finals of the Sena Grand Prize of Rotterdam.
Some events are free!…. Check out the programme here
Exactly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall KINO looks back at the city’s rich cinematic history through eight feature films, an epic television series and a riveting music documentary spanning over eight decades. Starting November 2nd we take a kaleidoscopic deep dive into a city that for better and for worse dictated the cultural agenda of a continent like no other city has done in the 20th century. In partnership with the Goethe Institute we bring you a selection of films that defined the many aspects of this sprawling metropole and its people.
All with English subtitles
The Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) presents the best recent films from East and Southeast Europe at the Filmhuis Den Haag from 6 to 10 November.
The ENFF strives to get the Dutch and international audience in the Netherlands acquainted with the cinema and culture of their eastern neighbours.
This edition of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival includes feature films, documentaries, short films and animations. Most of the selected films are Dutch premieres. Each year the film program is accompanied by several side events, designed to educate and initiate new partnerships. The presence of prominent guests, actors, directors, producers and their direct communication with the audience makes ENFF a worthwhile event for every participant and cinemagoer.
Through the screened films, organised classes and invited guests, the festival creates a cultural arena where people can come together, share positive messages and enjoy high quality cinema.
The Eastern Neighbours Film Festival takes place from 6 to 10 November at Filmhuis Den Haag (Spui 191) in The Hague.
Check the website of enff.nl for more information about the programme and tickets.
Norwegian Christmas Market 2019 Rotterdam:
Noorse kerk, Westzeedijk 300, 3016AP Rotterdam
Here you can find original Norwegian sweaters, Christmas decorations, food products and more..
From 7 – 17 November:
Friday 8 nov 10.00 – 18.00 uur
Saturdat 9 nov 10.00 – 17.00 uur
Sunday 10 nov 11.00 – 17.00 uurSaturday 16 nov 10.00 – 17.00 uur
Sunday 17 nov 11.00 – 17.00 uur
More information on www.noorsekerk.nl
or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2600787969984378/
Ubbink Doesburg Jazz is a jazz festival in the second weekend of November with jazz concerts in a variety of musical styles, and against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands, the Hanseatic town of Doesburg. All concerts are free of charge.
Please find the program here. There are various stages and you can find them here:
A TOTAL EXPERIENCE FULL OF (DANCE) PERFORMANCES AND ART INSTALLATIONS.
A sensational expedition through the former swimming pool De Nieuwe Regentes
After the extremely enthusiastic first edition in 2017, MEYER-CHAFFAUD presents the second HUBS Immersive Festival this fall: The Hague and international performing animals and artists take you on a sensational expedition through the former swimming pool De Nieuwe Regentes. Both before and behind the scenes of this special theater you will be immersed in a total experience full of (dance) performances and art installations.
The multidisciplinary HUBS Immersive festival welcomes a broad and curious audience. The makers focus on your sensory experience and the interaction with the works and their makers. Proven adventurous art installations and beautiful (dance) performances can be seen alongside brand-new works commissioned by the festival team. In collaboration with The Gray Space in the Middle, iii and ‘KABK Antenna’ Ludmila Rodrigues in The Hague you will get a very human art experience.
Buy a ticket for one of the three available time slots and let yourself be carried, transported and pleasantly surprised for about 2.5 hours!
Fri 8 Nov. | 8 p.m. | Tickets
Sat 9 Nov. | 4 p.m. Tickets
Sat 9 Nov. | 8:30 pm | Tickets
* Please note: due to the design of the festival, it is not optimally accessible for people in a wheelchair. Let us know that you are coming and we will provide a customized solution during your visit. After ordering your ticket, send an email to: email@example.com .
Shimmy Shake Festival invites you to experience the wonderful and fascinating world of Urban Fusion Belly dance, a modern and varied dance genre that integrates dance styles like Hip Hop, breakdance, Flamenco, modern jazz, Bollywood, Burlesque, with elements of the traditional belly dance.
Expect a varied programme with dance workshops for every level, shows, demonstrations and a cozy bazar with tasty snacks and free dance performances.
Watch the very best of the international fusion world at Shimmy Shake Festival. Stars like Ashley Lopez and the Nakari Tribe duo show their skills. Last year on Sunday there was an open stage with a great variety of dance styles and interpretations with vivid and colourful shows for the whole family.
After the performances last year, you could stroll around an atmospheric bazar with snacks, drinks and shops. What the programme this year will be like hasn’t been announced yet. Check out the website and facebook pagina for more information and the latest updates.
The American Women’s Club (AWC) of The Hague will be holding its annual Holiday Bazaar at the Marriot Hotel on 9 and 10 November. The AWC Holiday Bazaar is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers.
Santa and his elves have been busy organising a festive, fun-filled 2019 AWC Holiday Bazaar for the entire family. Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, we invite you to join us. A superb way to begin your holiday season. Why travel to other Christmas Markets when we have one right here in our backyard?
The Holiday Bazaar will feature a wide variety of international items and unique, handcrafted gifts galore. It will have a little of everything – baked goods, wine, essential oils, paintings, textiles, ceramics and jewelry to name a few.
More than 40 vendors will be on-site offering you many options for everyone on your gift list.
In addition to children’s activities, designed to keep your children entertained while you shop, there will of course be the opportunity to take a picture with Santa.
About the AWC
The American Women’s Club of The Hague is an all-volunteer organisation which is well known for its philanthropy, contributing over € 1 million to breast cancer research and diagnosis in the Netherlands and over € 100,000 to autism concerns. The AWC Holiday Bazaar dates back to 1932 when it was opened by the Queen.
The AWC Holiday Bazaar will be held from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Saturday, 9 November and Sunday, 10 November at The Hague Marriott Hotel (Johan de Wittlaan 30) in The Hague.
Admission costs € 2.00 per person. Children under 12 years get free admission and they can also join the activities for € 5.00.
This winter Scheveningen is again the place to be for the ultimate winter sport experience. From 09 November 2018 to 26 January 2019 The Hague’s beach resort will be transformed into a true winter wonderland called ‘Cool Event’.
Ice Expo Scheveningen
The ice sculpture exhibition is back again this year. You can come and admire the ice sculptures and also see how they are made. The Ice Expo can be found in the tent on the beach next to the Pier. From 7 December to 12 January. Admission costs € 10.00 for adults and € 650 for children.
Kurhausplein on Ice
In front of the famous Kurhaus Hotel you will find the beautiful 600 square metre covered ice skating rink. The skating rink is open every day from 10.00 to 22.00 hrs. There are other opening hours in effect during the public holidays on 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1 January.
Admission to the ice skating rink costs € 6.00. Skates are available for hire for € 5.00 a pair and you will also need to leave a deposit of € 10.00. Gloves or mittens are required.
A warm drink
Take a seat at one of the outdoor cafes (with heating) around the square and enjoy a delicious meal or glass of mulled wine or mug of hot chocolate. This winter the restaurants around the square are offering the Kurhausplein deal with meals and ice skating (including the skate rental).
For the complete programme and prices visit the website at www.cooleventscheveningen.nl
From 9 until 16 November 2019, Eindhoven will be all about Light Festival GLOW.
Saturday : 18:30 – 24:00 hrs
Sunday – Thursday : 18:30 – 23:00 hrs
Friday and Saturday : 18:30 – 24:00 hrs
GLOW is a light art exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 35 famous national and international light artists. The light artworks are connected by a walking route. Besides the light artworks and numerous side events created by international light artists, there are also innovative, unique works of art that are created by (young) Eindhoven talent.
Theme 2019: Living Colors
Tickets are available for guided tours and Specials.
VEERHAVEN GRAND OPENING
10 NOVEMBER PROGRAM
We’re so excited! Join us for a special day full of samplers of your favorite and our brand new classes. Check out the program below.
No need to book in advance, just stop by and join the class of your choice. First come, first served. After all your hard work we will be serving bubbles and bites from 15.00 till 17.00. Don’t miss it!
10.00 – 10.25 BOX
10.30 – 10.55 HIIT
11.00 – 11.25 HERO
11.30 – 11.55 HIIT
12.00 – 12.25 HERO
13.00 – 13.45 SCULPT
14.00 – 14.45 MOVE
10.00 – 10.45 POWER
11.00 – 11.45 FLEX
12.00 – 12.45 RESTORE
13.00 – 13.45 FLOW
14.00 – 14.45 HOT26
15.00 – 17.00 DRINKS!
From 11 Nov – 2 Feb
Add some magic to your winter at the dazzling Winter Efteling! Enter the enchanted kingdom and take in the breathtaking sights all around you.
Winter Efteling wonderland
The fairytale wonderland of the Efteling is a marvellous sight to behold during the winter days and the long winter evenings. Decorations with thousands of lights, heart-warming bonfires and special attractions add even more magic to the beautiful theme park.
Only during the Winter Efteling
Only during the Winter Efteling, the parks adds a 400-metre-long ice skating rink to its attractions. You can also catch Aquanura, the largest water show in Europe.
Every day, the Snow Princess and Fire Prince will pay a musical visit to the bonfires in their sleigh. Then they will return to their Ice Palace, where there’s a real snow slide. Wintry snacks, Belgian waffles, soups and hot chocolate milk can be bought in stalls all around the park.
In the evening, attraction Villa Volta changes into a giant optical illusion. Raveleijn, a park show with horses and ravens, becomes extra exciting with spectacular fires and lights. Around 200 fountains, scattered around the grounds, will bring attractions to life with music, fire and light effects.
Book your tickets
There are various different package deals available on the Efteling website, such as dinner deals and accommodation deals. Check out the Winter Efteling deals and book the package that best suits you and your family. Book your Winter Efteling tickets and let the magic begin.
Rotterdams Praatcafe is a social group for anyone interested in practising Dutch in a cozy environment. Any Dutch language learners can enjoy practising Dutch at ease and with fun. In order to do that, we bring into the group enthusiastic Dutch language learners, professional Dutch teachers, professional language coaches and other social Dutch native speakers. Together we will create creative and social events to make friends, have a lot of fun and practise speaking Dutch. Events will be held in Rotterdam.
They organize a regular “borrel” (drinks) on every second Tuesday of the month, from 19.30 to 22h. During the borrel the only language spoken is Dutch.
For a whopping month and a half Valkenburg, a small city in the hilly south, hosts multiple grand Christmas activities.
The multiple underground Christmas markets in the gorgeous caves of the Cauberg are without a doubt the main attraction of the Christmas City. The merchandise is not the most diverse, but their setting is unique in the Netherlands.
The most popular ones are the the Municipal and Velvet Cave. The newest addition to the Christmas market caves is Mergelrijk, where you can find brittle marlstone all around you.
Other activities include Santa’s Village, which is the main market above ground, the Christmas Parade, the delicious Route d’Amuse and Magic Sand, a collection of breath-taking sand sculptures.
The Christmas market in the Velvet Cave is more than just a Christmas market. A visit here immerses you in a wonderful Christmas atmosphere you can find nowhere else: iconic underground ambiance, a fairy-tale decor, and, of course, stall after stall of Christmas and gift items, from rustic to luxurious. In short, a great experience, with something for everyone. And all the while, the cave’s atmosphere, with its striking wall paintings and sculptures, brings the Christmas spirit and the old, nigh-forgotten Valkenburg legends to life.
For opening hours and entrance fees have a look here
Danish Christmas Market at the Danish Church in Rotterdam, Coolhaven 1
Friday from 10 to 19h
Saturday from 10 to 17h
Sunday from 10-16h
And on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, same times as above.
During the weekend of 15, 16 and 17 November the Grote Kerk will serve as the venue for the International Whisky Festival.
The festival is a unique opportunity to become acquainted with an enormous range of whiskies produced by the various distilleries in Scotland and Ireland and many other countries. Nearly all leading whisky importers will attend the festival with several hundred brands of whiskies.
If you would like to learn more about the distillation processes, whisky in general, or specific whiskies, a specific cask or the region which produces a particular whisky, you can join a Nosing and Tasting. You will taste 4 to 6 whiskies during a master class in the Nutshuis.
These tasting sessions are given by various Dutch and English-speaking whisky experts. You don’t need a ticket to the Whisky Festival to take part in a master class. You can book your class through the website of the Whisky Festival(externe link).
The HTM party tram will be transformed into a Whisky Tram during the International Whisky Festival. The Whisky Tram will ride a special route through The Hague on all 3 festival days. Enjoy 4 very special Scottish single malts while enjoying the beauty of The Hague during the 45-minute tram ride.
Tickets for the Whisky Tram cost € 27.50 and are available on the website of the Whisky Festival(externe link). You do not need a ticket to the Whisky Festival to hop on the Whisky Tram.
Tickets for the Whisky Festival itself cost € 45 and are available on the website of the Whisky Festival(externe link).
People under the age of 18 are not admitted to the festival. Make sure to take a valid ID with you so that you can prove that you are of a legal minimum drinking age.
More information: www.whiskyfestival.nl
On Friday evening, 15th November InterNations organises at Penthouse Cocktail Party at Restaurant The Penthouse in The Hague from 19.30-00.00 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:
For the last cultural event of the year, the Fundación Argentino-Holandesa de Solidaridad is pleased to present, on Saturday 16th November, the Argentinean guitarist Alvaro J. Rovira Ruiz, on a night of live music.
Alvaro will delight us with a modern interpretation of pieces from his repertoire of tango and Argentine folklore, such as “La equivoca” by Ariel Ramírez, “Volver” by Carlos Gardel, “Adiós Nonino” by Astor Piazzolla, and others of his own creation.
All this while we entertain you with a dinner that will not lack the traditional Argentine meat.
*Please note that places are limited – advance booking tickets only until 14 November*
Your participation in this event helps to raise funds to support MUCAR (Movement for the Unity of the Blind and Ambliopes of Rosario) and the Sarmiento Popular Library of Tandil, Buenos Aires (Project Part 2).
During the event, you will find Argentine products from LA DESPENSA
We hope to see you there!
Argentine-Dutch Solidarity Foundation
Every year in November the diverse international church community comes together to prepare and sell their own national food specialties, wines, pastries, books, handicrafts, Christmas goodies and raffle prizes..
Each country or region takes pride in decorating their booths with national flags and colours and working together as a team. There are activities for children, such as face painting, storytelling and other fun events.
Entrance to the International Food Fair is free of charge. The François Vatel School is located in Mariahoeve at Granaathorst 20 in The Hague behind the Mariahoeve/Het Kleine Loo shopping centre. The food fair takes place from 12-18.30h.
He might look similar to Father Christmas or Santa Claus, but ‘Sinterklaas’ (Saint Nicholas) is a very Dutch character loved by children and adults alike.
Every November, Sinterklaas travels from his home in Spain to the Netherlands, bringing presents and special treats for the children. He arrives by boat.
12:30 Beginn show Willemsplein
13:30 Route starts at Willemsplein
13:45 Arrival Vasteland
13:50 Arrival Schiedamsedijk
14:15 Arrival Meent
14:25 Arrival Hoogstraat
14:25 Begin Endshow Grotekerkplein
Please find more information here
This year, Sinterklaas will arrive on 16th november 2019 at 13:00 at the Rijnkade.
After the arrival and welcoming the Sint there will be a parade through the center of Arnhem. At the Rozet he will receive the keys to his accommodation in Arnhem.
On Saturday 16 November Sinterklaas arrives at the harbour in Wageningen at 13.oo.
Together with his helpers he will make the kids happy with lots of music and pepernoten.
From there they will continue to the municipality and there the party will start.
In the vicinity there will also be arrivals in other places:
- Opheusden (3.7 km) zaterdag 23 november 2019 om 14:00
- Bennekom (4.4 km) zaterdag 16 november 2019 om 14:45
- Zetten (5.1 km) zaterdag 16 november 2019 om 14:00
- Renkum (5.3 km) zaterdag 23 november 2019 om 13:00
- Dodewaard (5.7 km) zaterdag 23 november 2019 om 14:00
- Herveld – Andelst (6.5 km) zondag 17 november 2019 om 13:45
- Rhenen (6.7 km) zaterdag 16 november 2019 om 17:00
- Heelsum (7.0 km) zaterdag 16 november 2019 om 14:00
For the 72nd year in a row, Sinterklaas will make his annual grand entrance in the Scheveningen harbour on Saturday, 16 November and will continue his journey through The Hague’s city centre.
The programme kicks off at 10.30 hrs. in the Scheveningen Harbour and the good bishop’s steamboat, the Pakjesboot 070, enters the harbour at around 11.15 hrs. Once Sinterklaas and his helpers come on shore, they will be officially received and greeted by 35,000 parents and children.
From Scheveningen Harbour a procession will wind its way through The Hague starting at 12.30 hrs. in the Vissershavenweg and ending at the Plein at approximately 17.30 hrs. where families will be treated to a number of live performances. The entertainment on the Plein, including all kinds of circus acts, lasts from 16.30 to 17.30 hrs.
Pepernoten and Pieten
Some 135,000 spectators along the procession route will be treated to music as well as 8,500 kilograms of pepernoten, snoepgoed and tangerines (sponsored by local businesses). Sinterklaas will also be joined this year by more than 600 crazy helpers, the Pieten.
Keep in mind that parking in Scheveningen and the city centre will be difficult and that a number of streets in the city will be closed during the procession. Read the travel advisory for Sinterklaas in The Hague.
The Sint and his entourage will form a 1-kilometre long procession, which will wind its way through Scheveningen and The Hague over the course of 5 hours. The procession will travel along the following main streets: Vissershavenweg, Keizerstraat, Frederik Hendriklaan, Aert van der Goesstraat, Reinkenstraat, Thomsonlaan, Fahrenheitstraat, Weimarstraat, Prins Hendrikstraat, Piet Heinstraat, Denneweg, Grote Marktstraat and Plein.
Who is Sinterklaas?
Every November children in the Netherlands eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is the patron saint of children and, for as long as the Dutch can remember, he travels from Spain to the Netherlands to celebrate his name day here on 5 December.
Because he brings presents to all children, he is often compared to Father Christmas and Santa Claus. Unlike Father Christmas, however, he does not travel on a sleigh pulled by reindeer – oh no! Saint Nicholas’ preferred means of transport are a large steamboat (to make the journey from Spain to the Netherlands) and his horse called Americo (to visit all the cities, towns and villages in the Netherlands).
BIRD is launching its own festival this fall: BIRDfest! The ultimate place where different music styles merge.
Expect a musical blend of jazz, soul, hip-hop, disco, house, singer-songwriters, DJs, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. Live bands and DJs will be taking you on a journey of discovery along the sound of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The following artists will perform at BIRDfest: Jayda G, Black Pumas, Kojey Radical, Alfa Mist, Oscar Jerome, STEAM DOWN, Charlotte Adigery and Jarreau Vandal.
Starts at 18 h
Come and meet Sinterklaas, his horse Amerigo and over 400 “Pieten” during his arrival in Amsterdam on Sunday November 17.
Arrival Stoomboot 10:00-12:00 | Amstel River from De Omval to Scheepvaartmuseum
Grand Parade 12:30-14:30 | Parade from Scheepvaartmuseum over Waterlooplein, Rembrandtplein towards Dam Square
Extra music and entertainment events | @Scheepvaartmuseum, @Rembrandtplein and @De Dam
See details below.
Arrival Stoomboot 10:00-12:00 | Amstel River from De Omval to Scheepvaartmuseum
With more than a kilometer of floats and boats, Amsterdam hosts the largest Saint Nicholas parade in the world. Sinterklaas sails into town with 400 Pieten and plenty of pepernoten (small spiced biscuits), welcomed by 400,000 spectators lining the canals.
Sinterklaas traditionally makes his spectacular entrance into the city by sailing down the Amstel River and following a route through the city past the Nieuwe Amstelbrug, Torontobrug, the Hoge Sluis by the Royal Theatre Carré (around 11:00 o’clock) and the Magere Brug. The waterborne parade ends at the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) where Sint is welcomed by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema.
Sinterklaas arrives by boat via Ledig Erf and Oudegracht and will moor his boat at Weerdsluis. From here he will mount his hours Amerigo and ride in to the center to the Domplein.
There will be lots of acts and performances along the route. The theme this year is Circus.
Check out the program here: http://www.intochtutrecht.nl/programma/
Theater Rotterdam as one big stage for comics, cartoons and similar arts. With crossovers between images and art, politics, technology, science, media and philosophy.
A new edition of Cross Comix brings a mix of heroes, respected names and young talents. The festival is about cross-overs between images and art and different disciplines.
Every third Sunday of the month, the Museumplein will be filled with stylish stands full of design, in between the main museums around the pond you can meet the Dutch and International designers yourself, shop for their products and enjoy the great food and atmosphere.
On the last weekend of November the well-known Country Christmas Fair take place at & Kasteel de Haar near Utrecht. Once you go through the entrance gate you can imagine yourself in a fairytale land full of lights, Christmas trees and beautiful decorations. There are more than 220 heated stands were you can find exclusive Christmas gifts, decorations, treats and clothes. By visiting the stands, enjoying the music, relax on the lounge terrace with delicious snacks and drinks and a fantastic light and water show, you will fully get into the Christmas mood.
Open from 10 – 22 h on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 10-18 h.