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Sketcher of selfies and etcher of Instagram stories – the first ever comprehensive display of Rembrandt’s work at the Rijksmuseum shows the ‘rebel’ 17th century artist in a new light.
The display, Alle Rembrandts, opens on Friday and runs until 10th June, and is predicted to be a blockbuster.
For the first time, the museum in Amsterdam is showing all of its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and the best prints of its 300 etchings by the Leiden-born artist Rembrandt van Rijn.
Many of these fragile pieces – which are displayed in a dramatic half-light– have been in storage waiting for the exhibition and will afterwards go back to recover.
Taco Dibbits, general director of the Rijksmuseum, predicts the exhibition showing Rembrandt’s keen observation of daily life as well as his power as a grandiose storyteller would strike a chord with the modern public.
‘The Rijksmuseum has the world’s largest and most representative oversight of Rembrandt’s work, and for the first time we are showing everything in the house,’ said Dibbits at a press viewing.
‘When you walk into this exhibition, you walk into Rembrandt’s life – Rembrandt the rebel, who does not follow the rules of art, who isn’t about beauty but about the raw reality. He draws all of us in our beauty, our ugliness, our imperfections, joy and grief.’
He said that he was personally most struck by the often tiny etches and drawings of Rembrandt, showing his bedroom, his wife Saskia in pregnancy and terminal sickness and – most of all – himself.
‘He draws himself like no other artist,’ said Dibbits, ‘with more selfies – if I could call them that – than you can imagine. He often “photographs” himself, and he was the first artist to put himself, his friends, and family, the landscape, even a shell, into an etching.’
Erik Hinterding, curator of the exhibition, said it aimed to display the engaging, personal quality of his work from quick sketches of funny faces to the human faces painted into imagined Biblical scenes.
‘He was a sort of Instagrammer,’ he said. ‘He made kind of snapshots of what was happening at home, with his wife Saskia [sick] in bed: no artist before him had let us into his bedroom, and it really touches you. It’s so personal.’
The exhibition is organised in two halves: the first, focusing on Rembrandt’s observations of people and everyday life from his father and mother to a random man, woman and child urinating in public. The second shows how he dramatised these real faces into grand scenes from the Bible and large-scale paintings.
His sketches and etchings – works needled into a copper plate, treated with acid and then printed – are often tiny. Some show him pulling faces, visages lined with wrinkles or salacious images – a man looking up a woman’s skirt, or a woman sitting naked with a man’s hat on the table beside her.
According to Dibbits, this mixture of observation of the ordinary plus extraordinary ability is what makes Rembrandt’s art so ‘recognisable’. ‘Rembrandt is for everyone – it’s for the world.’
The display is part of a series of exhibitions across the Netherlands in honour of the artist, 350 years after his death. The Rijksmuseum has also published its first biography, aiming to tell a fact-based tale of the life of the ‘rebel’ and miller’s son alongside his works.
Visitors can listen to an audio explanation of the new show in four languages via the museum’s app as well as through conventional devices.
The Hague Freedom Weeks
In the weeks leading up to the Liberation Festival on 5 May, The Hague will be filled with the spirit of freedom. The city will be organising some 50 activities during The Hague Freedom Weeks from Friday, 12 April to Friday, 10 May.
After all, our freedom is precious and must not be taken for granted. And it should be continuously safeguarded and discussed.
Some 35 Hague organisations, including the Humanity House and ProDemos, will be joining forces to provide an interesting programme during the Freedom Weeks. Activities will be organised around the themes of liberty, peace, justice, democracy and the rule of law.
Organisers will place the focus on the importance of freedom through a range of debates, walking tours and exhibitions to films, lectures, dance performances and concerts. Many of the activities are suitable for people who do not speak Dutch.
More information about the programme can be found at www.bevrijdingsfestivaldenhaag.nl.
Source: Gemeente Den Haag
Springsnow is the magical natural phenomenon that symbolises the true start of Amsterdam’s spring, when the elm trees unleash their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms, twirling down like confetti thrown to greet the sun.
The signature tree of Amsterdam
The elm is the signature tree of Amsterdam, much like the linden tree in Berlin, or the plane trees of Paris. With more than 75.000 elm trees throughout the city, Amsterdam could be called the elm capital of the world.
For centuries, elm trees have defined Amsterdam’s cityscape. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the canal district of the historical city centre.
Follow the elm route
You can follow the eight-km-long elm route, and catch the spring snow. The route starts at the elm arboretum, next to EYE, and runs through the Hortus Botanicus, one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens.
The Digital Poetree
If you want to feel like a part of the drifting experience, attach a message to a Springsnow seed at the Digital Poetree and track where the wind carries it!
The magnificent Japanese Garden will reopen its doors for 6 weeks only from Saturday, 27 April to Sunday, 9 June so you can admire the spring colours in their full glory. The garden will be open daily from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs. during this 6-week period.
The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy sailed off a number of times by ship to Japan and brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the pavilion, the little bridges and several plants. The original design with the serene pond, meandering brook and the winding pathways has remained intact all these years.
The Municipality of The Hague has always taken great care of the Japanese Garden because of its uniqueness and tremendous historical value. The garden was placed on the list of national historical monuments in 2001. Due to its fragility, the garden can be visited only during 2 short periods of the year.
You can find more information under Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park.
Tiny waists and (hence) corsets are on show at the Amsterdam Museum where the 18th and 19th century costume collection is given an airing. What are these clothes telling us about the conventions of the time and their effects on the wearers? And are our modern-day equivalents equally restrictive and prescriptive in their own way? A number of designers have taken the costumes as an inspiration and created their own. Fashion Statements is on until September 9
Free with museum card
Solo’s @The Sea
Talented choreographers, dancers and actors will present a solo or monologue in ‘Solo’s @The Sea’. The Hague-based dance company De Dutch Don’t Dance Division (DeDDDD) is organising another edition of this mini festival at beach pavilion De Fuut from 1 to 31 May.
A dancer or actor must have a strong personality in order to perform a good solo. A performance on the beach means there is no backdrop apart from the ever changing view of the sea, sky and dunes.
The concept behind ‘Solo’s @The Sea’ was initiated by artistic leaders Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong for the first time in 2008. It is now part of the annual programme of De Dutch Don’t Dance Division. Every solo piece is specially created for this location.
The audience will enjoy an ever-changing and intimate programme during a 3-course dinner. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere at beach pavilion De Fuut, it will be a very ‘light’ performance. A bit of Dutch may be spoken.
‘Solo’s @The Sea’ will be performed by De Dutch Don’t Dance Division from Wednesday, 1 May to Friday, 31 May at beach pavilion De Fuut on the Zuiderstrand (Strandslag 10) in The Hague. Take Tram 12 to the Markenseplein stop.
The evening starts at 18.30 hrs. Tickets cost € 42.50 including a 3-course dinner and can be reserved in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.
More information about the beach restaurant at www.defuut.nl.
For the 16th edition of this festival, the theme is ‘Music Never Dies’
The annual chamber music festival Classical Encounters makes The Hague and its surroundings sparkle with chamber music for five days this May. Classical Encounters (formerly the International Chamber Music Festival) offer an inspiring platform: a meeting place for chamber music lovers and a breeding ground for creative adventure, with well-known masterpieces and musical surprises by top international musicians and up-and-coming talent. There are 15 scheduled concerts at the most beautiful locations in The Hague (New Church, Lourdes Church, Museum COMM), Voorschoten (Kasteel Duivenvoorde) and, this year for the first time, Leiden (Aalmarktzaal, Leidse Huiskamers). Ticket sales have started already.
The Grim Reaper, the devil and the afterlife: the finitude of our existence has been a source of inspiration for composers and other artists since time immemorial. The artistic director and creator of the theme is Eva Stegeman, who in 2018 she received the city medal in The Hague for her achievements.
In the Murder, Myth & Mystery concerts, musicians will shed light on the mysterious endings of famous composers such as Tchaikovsky, Chausson and Schumann. Not everyone draws their last breath in bed, tired and tired. Some composers come to an end in a very unexpected or bizarre way!
The program features benchmarks from the chamber music repertoire such as Schubert’s Death and the Girl, by Gordon Nikolic and Eva Stegeman among others, but also the Piazzolla program Ángelos y Diablos by star violinist Isabelle van Keulen and her tango ensemble. Especially for the festival, Marijn van Prooijen adapted Mozarts (unfinished!) Requiem for a chamber ensemble in a unique line-up with basset horns, sackbut (Sebastiaan Kemner) and natural horn (Teunis van der Zwart).
Vroesenpark transforms into a large open-air restaurant with dozens of mobile kitchens where food, drinks, live music and theater are combined.
There’s plenty to see while savoring the most delicious snacks. There’s a stage for music and performing arts in the ‘BurgeRmeester’, a theater convoy moves through the park to entertain the audience, and crowd-pleasing carnival classics are set up for some good, old-fashioned fun. As the night falls, the best funk, soul and ‘80’s songs fill up the dancefloor.
Entrance to the park is free!
It is advisable to go on your bike!
Opening hours 10-13 May:
Thursday 10 from 14- 23 h
Friday 11 from 16 – 23 h
Saturday 12 from 14 – 23 h
Sunday 13 from 14 – 21.30h
Be a bubble head
The English Theatre has a treat in store for audiences young and old at the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, is forever blowing bubbles and not just any bubbles but ‘square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines and people inside bubbles’.
Pearl likes to engage the audience so don’t be surprised if he turns you into a bubble head. He is accompanied on flute, voice, and accordion by musician Jetty Swart. May 10 and 11 (there are two shows on this day)
Festival Aangeschoten Wild is an accessible music- and culture-festival in Delft, that aims to invite their audience to discover and explore new forms of culture. The festival grounds – in and around an old glue factory – have ample room for over 40 artists, ranging from small-scale theatre performances to shows of tomorrow’s leading bands. Artists of national fame complement local and regional talents, from a wide variety of genres: pop, rock, ska, singer-songwriter and electronica. More than 200 students work together to make everything happen and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere seen at Festival Aangeschoten Wild – May 10th for the 11th time!
From 15.30 until 2 in the morning
SALSA aan de Haven on Friday 10 May at 21: 30
Once a month LantarenVenster organizes a salsa evening in cooperation with Salsa aan de Haven. On these evenings the lobby is taken over by professional DJs and a lot of dancing people and literally transformed into a Latin American Ballroom. With the best salsa, Bachata and Kizomba!
The salsa-evening starts at 21: 30 and lasts until 01: 00.
Come along and dance along!
Admission: € 5,-
ART Breda is the prime fair for art, antiques and design in the south of the Netherlands.
This event, taking place at Breepark in Breda, is the foremost event in the south of the country for anyone who admires intriguing and unusual works of art and design, and one-of-a-kind antiques.
Famous art dealers and collectors from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will exhibit their collections, inviting visitors to journey through European paintings from the 17th century right up to the 21st century, as well as exotic Asiatic art, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, jewellery, clocks and prints.
Special activities at ART Breda
A number of special exhibitions and activities are going on for the duration of ART Breda.
The Royal VHOK Pavillion
There will be daily art sessions run by the Royal VHOK, inviting you to experience art and antiques in-depth. The Royal VHOK is the Dutch society of antique dealers and is the oldest and most renowned organisation of antiques dealers in the Netherlands. The society aims to bring the highest standards, practical knowledge and discerning taste in exploring the field of art.
Twice daily, you can take a free tour of the fair, guided by art historian Marius van Dam. These tours take place at 12.30pm and 4pm each day and you can take part by signing up at the information desk.
Are you vegetarian, vegan, concerned about the future of our planet or just passionate about eating well? Funky Vegan Festival in Amsterdam is not just for those who are fully committed to a sustainable, cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle – it’s an event to inspire you and welcomes anyone curious about veganism.
The go-to event for plant-based and vegetable-lovers.
For two days in May, Funky Vegan Festival takes Ruigoord by storm. Funky Vegan Festival is a haven of tasty animal-free comfort food provided by multiple local and international food stands and vendors. The impressive variety ranges from local dishes to Asian dishes and vegan roti – in other words: a medley of vegan delights from around the world.
As well as food, there will be various types of craft beers and natural wines to complement the vegan bites. This is the go-to event for plant-based and vegetable-loving expats in Ruigoord area of Amsterdam.
Open-air festivities for funky vegans
At the open-air Funky Vegan Festival, there will be bands and local DJs, a fire show and information booths. You can mingle with animal rights activists, share ideas on veganism or simply chill out with some delicious cruelty-free food. Pets are allowed and the event will be child-friendly, so expect a welcoming festival for all the family. Check out the Funky Vegan Festival event page for more information.
It’s cocktail o’clock this May in the International City of Peace & Justice with the first edition of The Hague Cocktail Week.
The premium bar and cocktail scene in the city has exploded over the past 18 months with the likes of The Five Points, Syndicaat and The Court, joining the established venues of VaVoom!, Spark and De Snoeshaen. From tiki style beach bars to hidden speakeasies, the city now offers an extensive and confident range of venues that are snapping at the heels of those in neighbouring Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
“Cocktail culture in The Hague is booming”, said Stephan Koese of Diageo. “We’ve seen a quality bar opening roughly once every three months over the past year, while the more established names in the city keep doing well”.
“It’s Diageo’s mission to educate bartenders and consumers in order to support fine drinking by using our World Class competition and portfolio. The Hague Cocktail Week is a perfectly timed initiative in line with that mission, which is why we jumped on the occasion to be a headline sponsor”.
From Grote Markt to Scheveningen beach, over 15 venues will be participating in the event this year, with each venue showcasing three cocktails for just €6 each from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 May. Mixologists and brand ambassadors will also be hosting a wide range of masterclasses, tastings and themed events, ranging from a celebration of 100 years of the Negroni via a Bloody Mary brunch through to a guest-chef and mixologist Mexican themed dinner at Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Basaal.
“The Hague Cocktail Week allows us to showcase our style, knowledge, art and passion”, said Eddy Trenidad of the recently opened Bricks and Meatcave venue on Prinsestraat. “We can promote the uniqueness of our tailor-made cocktails, and along with Meatcave bring food-pairing to the fore”.
A wide selection of leading liquors are joining the week including Casamigos tequila and mescal co-founded by Hollywood’s George Clooney, Talisker single malt whisky from the Isle of Skye, Monkey 47 gin from Germany’s Black Forest, Schiedam’s historic Ketel One vodka, English gin Tanqueray Number Ten, super-premium rum Zacapa from the mountains of Guatemala, award-winning Altos tequila, Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky, a wide range of vermouth’s from The Vermouth Company, Don Papa rum from the Philippines, liquors and jenevers from The Hague’s very own Van Kleef, and the exciting range of botanically brewed tonics from England’s Fentimans.
To get the best from The Hague Cocktail Week, consumers can buy a €12 wristband in advance from venues or the festival website which entitles them to buy cocktails at €6 each, plus significant discounts on tickets for events and masterclasses.
The Hague Cocktail Week runs at participating venues city wide from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 May, and is generously sponsored by Diageo, Fentimans, Hanos and Pernod Ricard, and supported by Van Kleef. For more information on participating bars, events and to purchase wristbands in advance please visit www.thehaguecocktailweek.com
The packed agenda can be viewed HERE – with over 30 different tastings, food pairings, deals, cruises and so much more, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you get your wristband! Please note this is an over-18s event.
The Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen feature several original German bunkers from the Second World War. The figurehead of the Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen is the command bunker in the complex Widerstandsnest 318 (Verteidigungsstab Badhuisweg). A man-bunker has also been set up in this complex and a toilet bunker has been made accessible. On regular open days it is possible to visit the command bunker, and there are volunteers ready to provide information and answer questions.
Widerstandsnest 318 Scheveningen
The primary museum location of the foundation is an authentically furnished command bunker of the type 608 (Bataillons-, Abteilungs- oder Regiments-Gefechtsstand). From this bunker and nearby villas in the Second World War the military command of Stützpunkgruppe Scheveningen was conducted by the occupying forces. The bunker is largely original and gives you the unique experience of a tangible past. There are also original historical objects of German, British, Canadian and American forces on display.
In the adjacent man-bunker bunker of the type 622 (Doppelgruppenunterstand) on the Badhuisweg there is a ‘time capsule’: one of the two lounges is furnished with exclusively unrestored objects. You get the impression that the bunker has remained untouched since the end of the Second World War. In reality, most bunkers in the Netherlands were looted after the war and stripped of all valuable parts. The other room is an exhibition space for photographs, art and historical objects.
The bunkers on the Badhuisweg are located at numbers 119-133, next to De Boshut coffee house. The museum is accessible by tram line 9. Get off at the Cremerweg stop, from there it is a two minute walk to the bunker. Car is free to park within walking distance of the museum
Entrance is 4 Euro (cash) and 2 Euro for children until 12 years.
Home-made market “On Tour” in Utrecht, from 11 – 17 h
A wide variety of consumer goods is offered; food, fashion, art, interior design, jewelry and accessories, vintage and even entertainment like workshops, life music and theatre, all having one thing in common: everything the market offers is unique, produced in limited quantities or handmade.
Pure Markt features 80+ vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. Sunday from 11 to 17 hours. Every second Sunday at Amsterdamse Bos
At the market you’ll find plenty of delicious food as well as everything from toys and furniture to candles and cosmetics.
The variety of stands and special activities make Pure Markt a great outing for the entire family.
Do you think you are ready to pull on your roller skates or rollerblades and cruise around The Hague to the jamming tunes of a DJ? Then come out and join in the roller skating tour.
The tour will start and end in Zuiderpark Sportcampus in het Zuiderpark (Mr P. Drooglever Fortuynweg22, 100 metres from Zuiderpark entrance Melis Stokelaan ). You can check in between 14.00 and 15.15 hrs. and the tour will begin at 15.30 hrs. and end at about 17.30 hrs. The tour is approximately 21 kilometres long.
It is possible to rent inline skates or roller skates and protection gear from Rollerwave (Badhuisstraat 118) in Scheveningen. There will be no rental equipment available at the event itself.
Participation in this sporting event is free of charge but there is a maximum of 1,250 participants. You will get a wristband when you check in. You will not be allowed to take part in the skating tour without the wristband.
All ages and abilities are welcome and participation is free of charge. You can register prior to the skating tour via www.skatetog.nl or on the day itself between 14.00 and 15.15 hrs. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available at www.skatetog.nl/skatetog.html
Sunday Market at the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
On 12 May 2019, you will be able to enjoy the Sunday Market and sample fashion, design, (organic) food and trinkets for children.
The market will be open all afternoon so you can enjoy the best of local wares and exclusive products from Dutch designers.
Artists and designers will be selling unique products such as fashion, illustrations, jewellery, ceramics, paintings and much more.
At Eindhoven Yoga and Vegan Festival, you can participate in yoga and meditation sessions, enjoy some tasty plant-based food, try out henna body art, have a relaxing massage or attend talks on diverse topics.
Taking place at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, this is the first edition of this event. The festival is organised by Yogific, who organise yoga and vegan events all across Europe and have previously held their Dutch editions in Nijmegen.
A yoga and vegan event suitable for expats
As all the sessions are in English, with instructors hailing from Ireland, the UK and Poland, this event is ideal for expats. Each 45-minute yoga and meditation session can accommodate up to 200 participants and the venue will be fitted with professional speakers and screens so that your instructor can be heard and seen throughout.
Each yoga and meditation class costs only 4,50 euros (excluding booking fees) and you can book as many sessions as you like. There is free entry to the stall area and talks. All participants are required to bring their own yoga mats.
A child-friendly festival
Admission is free for children under 14 years old. There will also be free yoga sessions for children. Visitors are required not to leave their children unattended during the event.
Book your yoga sessions
Information for booking the yoga sessions will be available on the Eindhoven Yoga and Vegan Festival event page in due course. Keep an eye on the page for important updates before the festival
Every month British expat Katie Crook programs and hosts KINO Expat Special. A monthly foreign language film with English subtitles with the added bonus of some networking drinks beforehand. From 20:00 onwards, you are welcome for drinks at the bar (stage area), followed by a film with a short intro at 21:00. For the next KINO Expat Special we will be screening the beautiful Chinese film Shadow by Zhang Yimou.
Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng
With Shadow, director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
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.
During Rotterdam Art Music Festival adventurous music lovers get the chance to meet the international vanguard of the innovators in classical music.
Expect sparkling concerts, crossovers and groundbreaking music by talented musicians who dare to make connections with other genres such as jazz and pop.
Opening evening ROAM
The festival will be opened on Tuesday evening 14 May with a performance by the indie-classical pioneers of ensembles in collaboration with American hip-hop artist Astronautalis, TEMKO and Rotterdam word artist Y.M.P.
On Thursday 16 May, the program will continue with more than twenty performances, spread throughout the city with the Doelen as a vibrant festival center. Join the interactive smartphone show by Arthur Wagenaar, dance to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by the Scottisch Ensemble and Anna Meredith, visit Monica Germino’s whisper concert MUTED in AVL Mundo or club in WORM on Thursday and Friday nights.
All you need to know about the legal, financial, tax and practical matters of buying a home in the Netherlands.
Next seminar: Tuesday 14 May, British School, The Hague
Curious to see what you can expect at one of our Expat Housing Seminars?
18:30 Registration, welcome drinks and snacks.
19:00 The mortgage advisor will outline the rules for taking out a mortgage loan for your home.
19:15 The estate agent will explain how the house hunting process works and how an estate agent can prevent you from making costly mistakes.
19:30 The civil law notary specialized on the diverse property market will explain all the legal aspect of buying a property in the Netherlands.
19.45 The tax advisor will explain the tax implications and advantages related to finance your primary residence as well as the 30% ruling.
20:00 Question & Answer session with all the speakers.
20:30 Refreshments and the possibility to mingle with the speakers
Please sign up here: http://www.expathousingseminar.nl/
We are happy to invite you and your partner to a UEN Drinks Get-Together at the AXE Bar (Weena Office, 1st floor ) on Wednesday 15 May from 18 to 20.00h.
Cristina Popescu, Shiqiang Lin and I will be there to welcome you.
To ensure we have enough to drink for everyone 🙂 please let me know that you are coming until Monday 13 May.
After the drinks, we would also like to invite you to go out for dinner to a restaurant in the vicinity.If you already know that you would like to join the dinner then please also let us know. (For groups bigger than 10 it is advisable to book a table and knowing the approx. number would help us choosing a restaurant and making the reservation) .Of course, you can also decide spontaneously on the evening itself.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Cristina, Shiqiang and Monika
UEN Axe Bar Team 🙂
Dutch Beer Tasting Festival – 16, 17 & 19 May 2019
From Thursday 16 May until Saturday 18 May the 8th edition of Nederlands Bierproeffestival, the Dutch beer tasting festival will take place. During the festival beer lovers enjoy the greatest possible variety of beers in a relaxed atmosphere. The festival takes place in the unique setting of the Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague and is the opening event of the Dutch Beer Week.
43 Dutch breweries present more than 250 beers during the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival. Visitors have the possibility to talk with brew masters about their beers and the brewing process and can sign up for interesting masterclasses given by beer experts to, for example, learn more about the various beer styles. Most importantly, visitors can also enjoy delicious beer and food combinations.
Tickets for the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival can be purchased in the ticketshop. Tickets cost € 13.00 on Thursday and Saturday, and € 15.50 on Friday. At the entrance visitors receive a tasting glass and a festival guide. We welcome everybody above the age of 18 years!
The organization of the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival advises visitors to use public transport. The Grote Kerk (church) is situated in The Hague city center and is easy to reach by public transport from stations The Hague Central station and The Hague Holland Spoor. For more information, please visit the website of 9292.nl and/or the city of The Hague (). If you decide to come to the festival by car, we advise you to appoint a designated driver to drive you back home safely. Alcohol-free beer and soft drinks are also available at the festival. Alcohol and traffic do not mix.
Sushi lovers, Asian Street Food, karaoke and relaxation massages can indulge in Asian delicacies in May, marvel at the richly decorated grounds and enjoy the accompanying entertainment and a DJ who entertains in the evenings. This year, dozens of food trucks serve a varied selection of the tastiest Asian Street Food dishes on the Lange Voorhout for three days. Sushi & Asian Street Food Festival JOY is free and suitable for all ages.
This spring, the JOY festival will transform Lange Voorhout into a vibrant open-air restaurant with an Asian touch. At the kaitensushi – sushi on the assembly line – visitors can show their chopstick skills. The mobile food trucks also serve tasty Asian Street Food including Yakitori, Bao Buns, Poké Bowls and Japanese poffertjes. The dishes are served on colorful plates and in sizzling steam baskets. The beverage range consists of refreshing drinks, cold beers, a good glass of wine and exotic creations from the cocktail bar. The playful decor with a colorful collection of cheerful lanterns and Japanese umbrellas fits in with the bustling atmosphere.
Visitors can play their singing qualities during a karaoke session, challenge friends to nostalgic arcade games in the game room, relax at a wonderful yoga class or relaxation massage and learn the intricacies of Japanese cuisine at a sushi workshop. A DJ closes the evenings musically. A children’s program has been prepared for the youngest guests, with cooking workshops, craft activities, theater and games such as mikado and sumo wrestling.
After The Hague, the festival will also visit the Griftpark in Utrecht from 6 to 8 September.
Sushi & Asian Streetfood Festival JOY is free of charge. When ordering the first drink you pay a one-off fee of € 2.50 for your festival glass. This contribution saves tens of thousands of plastic cups & you contribute to a clean Lange Voorhout. There is a “pin-only” policy in the field.
As part of the sixth hiphop and r&b music conference there’s free music shows at several stages in the city.
New Skool Rules is a hiphop and r&b music conference, where people from the music scene can share their knowledge and network. Besides the programme for professionals there are also free showcases to watch.
On Friday evening, 17 May InterNations will start the summer with a get-together at CitizenM Hotel in Rotterdam from 19.30-00.30 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:
FED Beach Friday Expat Drink & Dance
We are back after the opening party! What a great crowd and atmosphere. Thank you all for that!
Beach, sand, sea…
Meet, chat and dance with free entrance! The DJ will play dance tunes for all ages. Let’s celebrate the weekend together, let’s celebrate life!