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Come escape the cold, dark winter. Join other expats for some friendly conversation and drinks on the warfside under the landmark Erasmus bridge. This month we are back at Cafe Prachtig with a panoramic view of the Maas river.
When? Friday, February 8th, anytime after 19:00
Where? at Café Prachtig (on the Maas river under the Erasmus bridge north end)
How to get there? 3 minute walk from Leuvenhaven metro station, or Erasmus Bridge parking garage
Cost? No admission or membership fees, pay as you go for own food and drinks
Whether you have attended one of our informal drinks before or it will be your first time, be sure the atmosphere will be friendly and relaxed. We’ll be there to meet you starting at 19:00.
The Expats Lounge Rotterdam Team
Are you looking for a good way to keep your swing in shape or have you ever wanted to start playing Golf?
This winter TheHagueOnline is organizing a series of Golf Clinics with Sombroek Golf Academy where you can work on your golf game with PGA qualified Golf Instruction.
You might think that the winter is not the right time to golf, but the clinics are taking place at Golfin’ the City, the indoor Golf center in The Hague where you can practice 365 days a year. So working on your golf game is no longer only a summer activity.
We offer different clinics and dates for beginning and advanced golfers. Check out the dates below and reserve your spot in preparation for the 2019 Golf season.
Beginners Golf Clinics
Saturday 12 January 10:00-12:00
Thursday 14 February 18:00-20:00
Saturday 9 March 10:00-12:00
Advanced Players Clinic
Thursday 17 January 18:00-20:00
Saturday 9 February 10:00-12:00
Thursday 14 March 18:00-20:00
The price for a Golf Clinics is €29 per person. The maximum number of persons for the beginners clinic is 6 and for the advanced clinic is 4 players to guarantee a high level of instruction. Golf clubs and balls are included in the price of the clinics.
Reservations can be done directly via emailing billy@TheHagueOnline.com or call 06 28067635.
For more information about the Sombroek Golf Academy visit www.sombroek-golf.com
The Maastunnel is transformed into the Tunnel of Love by studio Vollaerszwart.
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 English-language theatre performance ‘Perfect’ features puppetry and an original score. It will be performed in Het Paradijs theatre of the Koninklijke Schouwburg on 15 and 16 February and is presented by STET The English Theatre.
A young boy waits for the birth of his baby sister. He can’t wait to tell her all about the swifts which nest not far from the top window of their pointy house. It’s nearly time, she’s nearly here. Perfect is an innovative adaptation of the beautiful illustrated book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher about a young boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time.
A remarkable story of anticipation and disappointment, acceptance and love, and the power of nature in all our lives.
The play will feature stunning animations inspired by the book’s illustrations, 2 talented performers, puppetry and an original score composed by Matt Huxley.
Perfect will be performed at 19.00 hrs. on Friday, 15 February and 15.00 hrs. on Saturday, 16 February in Het Paradijs studio theatre in the Koninklijke Schouwburg (Korte Voorhout 3) in The Hague.
Tickets cost € 16.95 for adults and € 12.85 for children under the age of 12 years. Tickets can be booked online in the STET Ticket Shop.
More information is available at www.theenglishtheatre.nl.
Celebrate love together during the Valentine’s Jam in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall on Friday, 15 February. A fun evening of dance workshops, live performances and roller skating organised by WereldDans WerkPlaats.
During the evening all sorts of dance styles will pass by. You can come with or without (dance) partner, take part in workshops and watch the demonstrations and performances including African percussion, Argentine tango and belly dancing. You can also have your fortune told by the puppet Nikolayevna Popova.
The programme will feature the following dance styles:
Urban / Afro
Tribal Fusion belly dance
Couple & Duo Rhythm roller skating
The Valentine’s Jam will take place from 20.00 to 23.00 hrs. on Friday, 15 February in Atrium of The Hague City Hall (Spui 70).
Single tickets cost € 5.00 and tickets for couples cost € 7.50. You can reserve your tickets through the website of WereldDans WerkPlaats or buy them at the door during the event. Reserved tickets can be picked up at the cash desk in the Atrium as of 19.45 hrs. You can pay in cash as well as by bank card.
More information can be found at www.werelddanswerkplaats.nl.
The Februari Festival, held this year from Wednesday 13 until Sunday 17 February, intends to broaden and heighten listeners’ experience of classical music. The aim of the festival is to appeal to a new audience, while offering a programme that will be equally enjoyed by connoisseurs of classical music. The festival wants to demonstrate how alive and inspiring classical music is today. The concerts will be given by established musicians and young, talented performers.
Each edition will shine a spotlight on a composer or a theme in the history of music. The next edition will focus on composer Johannes Brahms. This year’s Februari Festival will therefore be given the subordinate title ‘Conservative or ahead of his time’. The main festival venue will be the Nieuwe Kerk, the primary concert stage for chamber music in The Hague. Additionally, films and lectures will be presented in ‘het Nutshuis’.
Amsterdam RAI hosts the Homemakers’ Fair every February. With hundreds of exhibitors lining up to show off the latest products on the market, this annual event is a household and shopping feast!
Having sprung into life in 1950 as an opportunity to sell various homewares to Dutch house wives, the modern-day version of the Homemakers’ Fair has thankfully diversified beyond vacuum cleaners and kitchen aids. These days, fashion, beauty, food and drink and entertainment all play leading roles at this huge event.
We are very happy to invite you to our UEN painting workshop.
The workshop will be given by Jeanette Ruigrok-Greeve. She loves to paint with lots of happy colours but also Defts blauw see below. She has been giving painting and drawing lessons and workshops for many years now.
The workshop will be given in her home in Bergschenhoek, Oosteindseweg 32, 2661 ED Bergschenhoek
What: Painting Workshop
When: Saturday 16 February at 10.00h until apprx 14.30h
Duration: approx. 3 hours until painting is finished
Costs: 27,50 Euro per person to be paid beforehand into UEN account. Canvas, paint and coffee/tea are included.
The workshops are for a maximum of 4 persons! And will definitely take place when 4 persons are signing up.
Valentine’s Breakfast at the Palace
Enjoy a tastefull breakfast in the former kitchen of Queen mother Emma.
The breakfast is served between 9:15 and 10:15, after which you get exclusive acces to the exhibiton before opening times. Water that streams upwards, fish that morph into birds and hands drawing themself… Impossible?
Not at Escher in Het Paleis! Step into the magical world of the famous Dutch artist M.C. Escher and experience his phantasy where optical illusions and perspective play the main part. Travel trough Italy, discover Delft as you have never seen it before and experience perspectives that play with the laws of gravity.
Workshop for children
For the children the special workshop starts at 10:15 in the Escher Atelier. Under the guidance of our teacher you get to work and make your own Escher work! Of course you can take your work with you after the workshop.
(suitable for children from 3 till 15 years old. For children younger then 6, we ask for a parent/attendant to join the workshop)
A diverse selection of fresh bread & rolls, croissant, sweet and savory fillings, a fresh hard boiled egg, yoghurt with a selection of cereals. Fresh orange juice, coffee, tea and milk.
Sunday February 17
Price including entry ticket
Breakfast adults € 27,50
Breakfast children 7 till 15 € 17,50
Breakfast children till 6 € 10,00
For more information please contact our reservations department 070 42 777 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: If it should be the case that their are not enough participants Escher in Het Paleis reserves the right to cancel the breakfast max. 5 working days before the day. In this case you will off course receive a full refund.
‘Whores, saints and other women’ concert
The Haagse Kunstkring will present the fifth multidisciplinary concert in the ‘Whores, saints and other women’ series on Sunday, 17 February.
Stories of whores and witches will be interwoven with music with an esoteric character by Erik Satie, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Simeon ten Holt. The concert will be performed by mezzo-soprano Debora van Straaten and pianist Hans-Erik Dijkstra.
Whores and witches
Women who have embarked on the esoteric or mystical path have often been denounced in history for whores and witches. Sometimes they were later rehabilitated or even declared sacred, but usually only after their (violent) death. Examples include mystical fighters like Joan of Arc and Anna Göldi.
Author Margreet Hofland has written an exciting book entitled Thousand lives (2006), inspired by the mystic Beatrice Cenci. Hofland discovered that Beatrice killed her father, who regularly raped her, on 11 September 1598. She was beheaded a year later on the same day. Margreet weaves this story with the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001.
The ‘Whores, saints and other women’ concert series is an initiative of Anne Woodward.
The concert starts at 16.00 hrs. on Sunday, 17 February in the Haagse Kunstkring (Denneweg 64) in The Hague.
Admission is free but donations are highly appreciated.
More information is available at www.haagsekunstkring.nl.
Closer to Jazz
In order to get closer to Jazz the Doelen is hosting a weekly concert and jam session at the Stadsbrasserie.
A recently established platform for public, musicians and young talent where making music is the main focus.
Founders Thijs Nissen and Mitchell Damen, two Rotterdam jazz musicians, sole purpose is to bring their beloved jazz to a wider public. Thus ‘ Closer to Jazz ‘ was established. Audience and musicians get together at the Stadsbrasserie Rotterdam and have a chance to see the (inter) National Jazz top in action. After an opening concert the jam session will start and you will have the opportunity to share the stage together with the jazz heroes.
Cooperation with Benjamin Herman, Rembrandt Frerichs, Peter Beets, Maarten Hamann, John Marshall, Joe Cohn and many others.
Challenge Cup figure skating event
The country’s top figure skaters will make their way to the ice rink in De Uithof when The Hague hosts the Challenge Cup from 21 to 24 February.
Top skaters from all over the Netherlands will come to The Hague to show off their talent and compete for national skating titles. With competitions in single and pair figure skating as well as ice dancing.
The Challenge Cup is a competition for talent ranging from young, upcoming talent to seniors to get the chance to measure themselves against their peers.
Events take place from 10.00 to 21.00 hrs. from Thursday, 21 February to Sunday, 24 February in De Uithof (Jaap Edenweg 10) in The Hague.
Tickets can be purchased at the sales counter in De Uithof during the event. A day pass for adults costs € 5.00 and an all-inclusive pass costs € 10.00. Children under 12 years are free of charge.
Check the website www.schaatsen.nl for competition information, results and practical information.
Sonic Acts Festival happens every two years in Amsterdam and explores the intersection of music, science, art, culture and technology. The 25th year of Sonic Acts, entitled “Hereafter”, takes place across many locations in Amsterdam.
Sonic Acts celebrates 25 years
The festival celebrates its 25th year with a special festive edition. Sonic Acts has grown from a small festival into a renowned hub for research, development and unveiling of cutting-edge art, science, music and technology. It incorporates art, installations, live music and a conference created to trigger the senses and explore the boundaries of knowledge.
Heavily influenced by recent scientific developments, “Hereafter” joins scientists, artists, musicians and composers teaching us to embrace the unknown and guide us through the dark universe. The festival will use its 25-year history to reflect on the massive changes in our cultural and artistic relationship with technology and all the associated hopes and concerns.
Participating Sonic Acts venues
De Brakke Grond
Arti et Amicitiae
Get your Sonic Acts tickets online.
In February, the blues will once again reign in Delft during the 21st edition of the Affligem Blues Festival Delft 2019. On Friday February 22nd until Sunday February 24th the festival continues with over 50 live performances in 30 participating cafés. The festival is sure to deliver the best intimate blues performances.
For program and locations please go to
Enjoy the work of a new generation of choreographers during Moving Futures Festival in Rotterdam! From 20-22 February this festival for contemporary dance presents itself for the fifth time in Theater Rotterdam – location Schouwburg and the Pauluskerk with three premières. You can also join workshops, aftertalks and take a look behind the scenes.
Tickets are available at the various venues.
On Friday evening, 22nd of February InterNations organises a Get-together Event at Publiek in Rotterdam from 19.30-01.00 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:
Can you imagine a world without chocolate? No? But will it always be available and what are the challenges the makers face today? And did you know, just like wine, the taste of your chocolate varies depending on where the cocoa comes from? You can learn about all of this at Chocolate Festival. Chocoa Festival is the place where you learn the process from bean to bar, discover the wide variety of flavours in good cocoa and better chocolate, taste many food pairings while being guided by your favourite chocolate makers.
A two day Chocolate Festival in the heart of Amsterdam! Tasting, enjoying and discovering new flavours with wine, coffee and craft beer at the more than 85 stands. Take a journey through the cocoa chain and learn how chocolate is being made from bean to bar. A full day programme of tastings and presentations given by experts.
Yardbird and Confetti Club present on Saturday 23 February the second edition of the indoor festival: Confetti Winter Fest! Join the adventure at one of Rotterdams most legendary locations and dive into a world full of music, art and performance.
Krokus Kabaal children’s theatre festival
Children in The Hague can enjoy the Krokus Kabaal theatre and art festival during their Spring break from Saturday, 23 February to Friday, 1 March. Upbeat, accessible, interactive, diverse and cool performances, films and activities for children of all backgrounds.
Children 12 years and younger can attend performances and take part in all kinds of activities such as music, dance, felt making, film and games at 10 different locations. The theme this year is ‘Colour’ and all the locations will decorate their halls and rooms in an extra colourful way.
Workshops and other activities
Circaso will teach you how to become a real circus artist and you can also show off your new skills. Is there an actor in you? NT Jong will give the ‘I feel blue!’ workshop to children aged 7 to 10 years. The Rabarber theatre school introduces you to theatre and will make a short presentation.
You can also dance in the Giant Dance Workshop or come and swing in the disco of DJ Funky Fran. Perhaps you prefer painting or doing crafts? You can join in the Krokus painting workshop, the Colour Cooking workshop, the Underwater Wonderworld printing workshop or Free Birds in the spring of Art-s-cool.
Each location will offer something fun to do with a lunch, songs, a concert, dancing and plenty of surprise performances.
The Krokus Kabaal festival takes place from Saturday, 23 February to Friday, 1 March at the following locations: Laaktheater, Theater De Vaillant, Theater De Nieuwe Regentes, Diamant Theater, Theater Dakota, Nieuw Waldeck library, Leidschenveen library, Ypenburg library and Muzee Scheveningen.
All performances, films and activities cost € 3.00 unless stated otherwise. The programme in the libraries is free.
For tickets and more information go to krokuskabaal.nl.
Day Cruise Maasvlakte 2
Experience a whole new part of the Netherlands and a port under development, Maasvlakte 2!
We will start the day with a cup of coffee or tea and apple pie, which will be served by our friendly crew.
After a welcome by our captain, we will set sail towards the Maasvlakte 2.
Around noon you can enjoy a buffet with a variety of cold and hot dishes.
Upon arrival at the Maasvlakte an experienced guide of the Port authorities will come aboard. Along with this guide we will make a tour through this new part of the port where the guide will tell you all about this area.
After this interesting tour there is the possibility to disembark and visit the official visitors centre of the Maasvlakte 2, FutureLand.
FutureLand offers the visitor an experience of the port in an interactive environment. After the visit to FutureLand, we will set sail again towards Rotterdam.
From the home port of Spido we will sail downstream the river, Nieuwe Maas, towards the Botlek area, the well-known port and industry area of Rotterdam.
Along the way we will pass the city of Schiedam, famous for its Dutch Gin ‘Jenever’ and the city of Vlaardingen mostly known in the Netherlands for its Herring.
Further along the way we will pass the town Maassluis, an historic town on the Waterway, and the spectacular construction of the storm surge barrier the Maeslantkering, which is very important for the protection against high floods coming from the North Sea.
Upon arrival at the famous coastal town of Hoek van Holland we will cross the river towards the Calandkanaal, where we will arrive at the Maasvlakte 1, here you will see the largest container terminals like ECT, Maersk and Euromax.
Through the Yangtzekanaal we will eventually arrive at the Maasvlakte 2.
After the visit to FutureLand we will sail back towards Rotterdam where we will pass several highlights along the way like the town of Rozenburg and Pernis.
At the last part of this trip we will also pass the former cruise ship ‘SS Rotterdam’ and of course the beautiful Rotterdam skyline.
Note: Spido offers the explication in English and German on sheet.
Sunday 24th of February
Sunday 31st of March
Sunday 28th of April
Sunday 26th of May
Sunday 23rd of June
In Juli and August every Tuesday and Sunday 2, 7 ,9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30th of July and 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27th of august.
Saturday 28th of September
Saturday 19th of Oktober
Sunday 24th of November
Saturday 28thof December
10:00 hours Embarkation at Willemsplein near the Spido office
10:30 hours Departure and reception with coffee and applepie
12:00 hours Lunchbuffet
13:00 hours Tour with guide of FutureLand through the new port area
14:00 hours Arrival at Futureland with possibility to visit the visitors centre
15:15 hours Return on board, following departure towards Rotterdam
±17:30 hours Arrival at Spido, following disembarkation
* Depending of nautical and meteorological factors the timetable may be changed if necessary.
Adults € 59,50 p.p.
Children 4 – 11 years € 31,50 p.p.
Included in the price:
– one cup of coffee or tea and applepie and cream
– Lunch buffet with a variety of cold and warm dishes
– Visit to FutureLand, the visitors centre of the Maasvlakte 2.
Please note: Drinks are not included
Swan Market is a lifestyle market where very diverse creative offerings can be found. Fashion, jewelry, vintage, accessories, affordable art, etc. are well represented at Swan Market. Besides all the shop-fun you will be spoiled with fair-trade and live musical performances.
The coziness at Swan Market is created by the variety of visitors; a good mix of young and old, couples and families with children.
From 11 to 17 h at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam
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 will host a language exchange Rotterdam event on Wednesday 30th January, where everyone can speak the language(s) he or she wants to socialize in. Wednesday from 19.30-22h.
The Amsterdam Coffee Festival celebrates Amsterdam’s exciting local coffee and artisan food scene. With over 10,000 visitors expected to this event, following on the success of The London Coffee Festival, this promises to be an unmissable event for all coffee lovers, urban foodies, and of course, key industry professionals.
Come and be inspired by champion baristas from some of Europe’s best espresso bars, see all the latest products and trends. Learn about the science and art of coffee.
Experience the fun and vibrant atmosphere, full of art, music and good energy. Taste amazing coffees, delicious food and exquisite cocktails.
Fiets en Wandelbeurs’ the event for cyclists and walkers, Utrecht 2019
This event claims to be “the best event for cyclists and walkers” delivering information on:
– super destinations for the sports,
– agencies with walking and cycling trips/holidays,
– information stations for seasoned walkers and cyclists,
– compelling stories from sporting professionals,
– a variety of bikes such as e-bikes, mountainbikes, and trekking bikes,
– stands selling outdoor clothing and equipment,
– three cycle courses for visitors to test out,
– a kids adventure track, and
– free entry to the ‘e-bike Xperience’.
The event will be held on Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March in halls 1, 2, and 3 at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht:
The event is open from 10am to 5pm.
– Adults EUR 15
– Children (13 – 24 years) EUR 7.50
– Accompanied children (up until 12 years) free
*Buy a ticket now and get EUR 2,50 discount
Feel like a tropical winter? We got some good news for you!
After a couple of successful editions, the winter garden is back in early February.
The location is still secret, please check out the website.
A nice cultural program with dance, performance, vj’s, art and music.
1 3 3: Fri 16.00 – 23.00 h, Sat & Sun 13.00 – 23.00 h
The Pasar Malam in Rijswijk is a journey through India. During the weekend you can get to know this warm Asian cultur or if you are Indian you can enjoy a little bit of home away from home.
Enjoy the oriental market with a variety of exotic foods and lots of Indian ware. There will be live entertainment, you can follow workshops and/or have a massage. A wonderful experience for young and old.
For boat owners and water sports enthusiasts, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is a great introduction to the new season. Even if you don’t consider yourself a sailor, this impressive expo is still worth a visit when it returns to RAI Amsterdam in March.
Experience a new HISWA with everything in the field of water sports, lifestyle and recreation.
From maritime accessories to maintenance workshops, from navigation equipment to exhibition offers, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show has everything one could need to prepare for the next watersports season. Visitors looking for a new vessel will find a wide array of launches, open sailboats, daysailers and speedboats, most of which are ready to immediately hit the water. And HISWA Funsports offers everything in the field of windsurfing, kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddling, wakeboarding and much more besides. From Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 March 2019, RAI Amsterdam will be the place to be for all watersports fans.