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Exhibition at Rijksmuseum: All the Rembrandts @ Rijksmuseum
Feb 15 @ 12:15 – Jun 10 @ 17:15

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.

Source: dutchnews.nl

Walk along the Springsnow elm route of Amsterdam @ Amsterdam
Apr 21 – May 21 all-day

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!

Source IamExpat

Japanese Garden Open @ Clingendael Estate
Apr 27 – Jun 9 all-day

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.

More info
You can find more information under Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park.

Exhibition: Fashion Statements @ Amsterdam Museum
Apr 30 – Sep 9 all-day

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 at the Sea @ Beach Club de Fuut
May 1 – May 31 all-day

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.

More info
‘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 info@defuut.nl.

More information about the beach restaurant at www.defuut.nl.

Art Breda @ Breepark
May 11 – May 19 all-day

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.

Daily tours

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.


Source: IamExpat

The Hague Cocktail Week
May 11 – May 19 all-day

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.

Rotterdam Art Music Festival @ Doelen
May 14 – May 18 all-day

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.


Dutch Beer Tasting Festival @ Grote Kerk
May 16 – May 18 all-day

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.

Nederlands Bierproeffestival

Joy Asian Streetfood Festival @ Lange Voorhout
May 17 – May 19 all-day

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.

New Skool Rules – Free Hip Hop performances @ various places
May 17 – May 19 all-day

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.


Militracks (Military Technical Event) @ War Museum Overloon
May 18 – May 19 all-day

Featuring over 110 vehicles, presented by 58 teams from 12 countries, this year’s Militracks will be the greatest event for everybody who is interested in German car technology of World War II. At Militracks, mainly German Sd.Kfz. vehicles are in the spotlights during two great days (9AM-5PM). Even better, they drive around on our the 1-mile forest circuit. And you can drive along! Furthermore, the War Museum Overloon itself is open (entrance included in Militracks entrance fee).
Read more about the program on their website

Toffler Festival @ Roel Langerakpark
May 18 all-day

The fifth edition of the TOFFLER festival brings together great house and techno artists.

Line-up: Benny Rodrigues, Chris Stussy and many more, check it out here

Roel Langerak Park from 12 – 23 h

UEN Event: Boat Tour and Picnic at Biesbosch @ Biesbosch Visitor Center
May 18 all-day

Please join us (with your partner and/or family) for a fun Day Out at the nature reserve Het Biesbosch on Saturday 18 May.

We will meet at 13h at the Visitor Centre and then take a boat trip on the “whispering boat” Sterling for 1,5 hours.

Afterwards we will gather for a picnic at the recreation area. For this we would like you to bring some food to share.

Boat trip with the Sterling for 1,5 hours

Saturday 18 May at 13.00 h
(please be on time as we will go aboard the Sterling at 13.15)

Biesboschcentrum Dordrecht, Baanhoekweg 53, 3313 LP Dordrecht,

Please note that the Sterling has 40 spaces, a child also counts for a space. The Day Out is not limited to a number of persons however the boat trip is. So first comes first serves!

We have already reserved the boat and can only cancel against costs. Please let us know as soon as possible if you like to join. RSVP

It you are coming by car, there are plenty of parking places. If you are coming by Public Transport, you will have to take the train to Dordrecht Central Station, from there you have a direct bus connection.

Kaapse Brouwers 5th Beer Festival @ Fenix Food Factory
May 18 @ 12:00 – 23:00

It’s our birthday! We are celebrating this special occassion with many befriended brewers, great beers, delicious food and more!


– Kaapse Brouwers

– Austmann Bryggeri & Taproom

– Brouwerij de Molenn

– Brussels Beer Project

– Cerveses La Pirata

– Galway Bay Brewery

– Laugar Brewery

– Oedipus Brewing

– Beerbliotek Brewery

The rest of the program and info about the tickets will follow soon… Stay tuned!

As always: the entrance is €5 per person, which includes a festival glass (it’s a keeper). Fot this event, a token system has been put in place to purchase both beer and food. Each token is €2 and every beer costs 1 token.

From 12 – 23 h.

One-Man show: Sabich, the show! Eating While Jewish @ Theatre De Vaillant
May 18 @ 18:00 – 22:00

One-man show ‘Eating While Jewish’
Come for a wonderful evening of storytelling and food to Theater De Vaillant with ‘Eating While Jewish’ on Saturday, 18 May.

Israeli chef Yuval from the local restaurant Love & Peas will perform in thehi one-man show ‘Eating While Jewish’. The show challenges common perceptions of Jewish culture and identity. Yuval will take you on an adventure looking for the Jewish kitchen accompanied by stories, small bites and live music.

Yuval will be accompanied on the flute by Thomas Reyna and the first song is performed by British artist Laura Jacobs.

The event is in English.

Identity politics of food
According to Yuval: ‘The show seeks to challenge the audience rather than flatter as one would expect in the context of a restaurant. This is not a truth seeking mission but more a personal comment on the identity politics of food through intimate stories. The narrative transports us and the food allows us to be a part of the story.’

More info
‘Eating While Jewish will be held starting at 18.30 hrs. on Saturday, 18 May in Studio 2 of Theater De Vaillant (Hobbemastraat 120) in The Hague.

Tickets cost € 20.00 per person (€ 10.00 with the Ooievaarspas) and includes vegatarian food.

For more information and tickets go to www.devaillant.nl.

Leiden Museumnight @ 8 Museums
May 18 @ 20:00 – 23:45

The eleventh edition of the Museum Night Leiden takes place on Saturday 18th of May 2019: the night with a touch of gold. During the Museum Night Leiden ten museums will offer programs through which the visitors can experience all the museums fantastic collections in an exciting new manner. The Museum Night shows you the museums in Leiden illuminated by a glowing night light. Organised by students, for everyone.

The kick-off for this year’s edition will take place on the Beestenmarkt. Come collect your Museum Night wristband, after which it will be possible to visit all the participating museums. The Night Trail connects the museums. Forming a route between the exhibitions, performances, workshops and interesting lectures. To end with a bang, there will be an after party at the end of the Night. Tickets can be purchased via the website.

During the Museum Night the programs of the museums offer the visitors a different way of experiencing the collections. Visitors can enjoy among other things an explosive performance by the band Starfish, higher consciousness with beeryoga and the magical world of Alex Blackwood. You can find the entire program online.

The Museum Night Leiden is organised by the Museum Night Leiden foundation in cooperation with multiple museums 14 students of the student association A.L.S.V. Quintus will be responsible for all programming, publicity and acquisition. Together with the museums they will ensure a well-filled program. On the night of the 18th of May, the following museums will open their doors for visitors: Hortus botanicus Leiden, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Oude Sterrewacht, Museum Volkenkunde, Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Molenmuseum de Valk, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Taalmuseum and Museum Het Leids Wevershuis. In 2018 the Museum Night Leiden attracted 5000 visitors.

See full programme here


Eurovision Song Contest Party @ Carlton Ambassador Hotel
May 18 @ 20:30 – 23:45

Join the fun of the annual Eurovision Song Contest during an exclusive party for internationals in The Hague at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel on Saturday, 18 May.

Join other internationals during an evening of music, singing, dancing and of course chauvinist cheering for your country’s song. The party is being organised by The Hague International Network and ACCESS in the Rubens bar and lounge of the hotel.

Last year Israel’s song ‘Toy’ sung by the extravagant Netta Barzilai won the competition. This means that our attention will be focused on the finals in Tel Aviv this year.

You can win a number of prizes if you enter any of the competitions during the party. And you are very much encouraged to dress up in a campy outfit to let everyone know who you are backing. Finger food will be provided by the hotel. Drinks are at your own expense.

More info
The Eurovision Song Contest party will begin at 20.30 hrs. at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel (Sophialaan 2) in The Hague.

The tickets are free of charge, but please register your attendance so that we have an idea of how many people will be attending.

Please register using this link: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-eurovision-song-contest-2019-60818326251

Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
May 19 all-day

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.

Man’s bunker
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.


Museum Market @ Museumplein
May 19 all-day

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.

Pure Markt @ Amsterdamse Bos
May 19 all-day

Pure Markt features 80+ vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. Sunday from 11 to 18 hours

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.


Swan Market @ Markt Spijkenisse
May 19 all-day

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 Markt, Spijkenisse


Breaking the Walls Bike Tour @ Jacobahof
May 19 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Breaking the Walls bike tour
Local residents will introduce internationals to some lesser-known spots in The Hague’s neighbourhoods during the afternoon Breaking the Walls bike tour on Sunday, 19 May.

You will visit the lovely Jacobahof where a local resident will show the group around and describe the rich history of this place and the unique character of the community living there. You will visit the small scale city farm and exchange ideas about connecting different neighbourhoods and networks in The Hague.

The group will then go to the Hip Hop Centre of The Hague. The centre will talk about the initiative to help local youth who are interested in hip hop music, dance or street art (graffiti). The group will attend a rehearsal and take a peek in the recording studio.

The next stop is the lovely Van Ostade complex in the Schilderswijk and then on to the 125-year old Ladies’ Reading Museum in the Archipel district. The afternoon will finish with cake served with tea and coffee in a private home.

Take your own bike
This special bike tour is organised by the Stichting BBIS in cooperation with The Hague International Network for internationals living in The Hague. Normally the tours are done on foot, but this Breaking the Walls tour will be held on bike so that you are able to see more. You are advised to take your own bicycle!

More info
The Breaking the Walls bike tour will be held from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Sunday, 19 May and will start at the Jacobahof (Jacobastraat 266) in The Hague.

Tickets for this event cost € 22.50 per person and includes a lunchtime snack and cake with tea and coffee.

More information and tickets through this link: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-breaking-the-walls-tour-thin-network-sunday-19th-of-may-60834664118

UEN Coffee Morning in The Hague @ Anne and Max
May 21 @ 10:30 – 12:30

We are very happy to invite you to our UEN coffee morning on Tuesday 21 May.

Please come and join us for a relaxing morning with nice company and coffee 😊

We will welcome you at Anne and Max on the Fred at 10.30h. https://annemax.nl/vestigingen/den-haag-fred/

You can just turn up, no need to register! For questions please contact Eva Montuori, +31 6 15402401 or e-mail edo_eva@libero.it

Looking forward to meeting there!

Kind regards,

Ane, Eva and Mara

UEN committee

Third Culture Kids – TCK – Event: We’ve been there and done that! @ Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal
May 22 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Two experienced adult Third Culture Kids discuss what it means to grow up ‘amongst worlds’ and how belonging everywhere and nowhere has become an integral part of who they are. The term ‘Third Culture Kids’ was coined by American sociologist Ruth Hill Useem and refers to a child who has spent a significant part of their formative years outside their parents’ culture.

Audrey Mezas (born in the Netherlands but raised on 4 different continents) is the owner of Expat in Amsterdam® a relocation company whereby she specializes in guiding expats and their families (often all TCKs) from A to Z, while ensuring they make a ’soft landing’ here in the Netherlands. Audrey is also a parent of a 19 year old daughter and therefore has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to raise a child in the Netherlands.

Elise Adriaansen (born in the Netherlands but raised in 8 different countries) has worked extensively as a Coach with TCKs in her business ‘Coach for Internationals’, where she offers specialized life coaching to TCK teens & young adults seeking clarity on their identity and desired future steps.

Audrey & Elise both have strong ties to the Netherlands and explain what it means for TCK children to grow up in this liberal, direct and innovative environment. How could Dutch culture form a part of who they are and how could it enrich their identity?

Learn not only what it could mean for your children, but also how you can support them at home and help them navigate certain aspects of Dutch culture. Can I keep my children away from things I do not want them exposed to?

During the extensive Q&A you will have the opportunity to receive further expert advice from Audrey & Elise.

We end our evening with a network moment, whereby you get to talk to other parents or ‘parents to be!’

See you on the 22nd of May!

TONG TONG Fair @ Malieveld
May 23 – Jun 2 all-day

Visit the biggest Eurasian festival in the world and embrace music and dance from East and West. This year’s Tong Tong Fair will be held from 23 May to 2 June on the Malieveld. The event is a cultural festival, exhibition and food fest rolled into one.
The fair is held in an archipelago of tents and stands. One of the biggest attractions is the Tong Tong Festival, with hundreds of performances spread over 9 days. The daily entry ticket for the Tong Tong Fair also includes a theatre pass for the Tong Tong Festival.

Grand Pasar and Food Court
If you don’t have the time or money to travel all the way to Southeast Asia, come to the Tong Tong Fair in The Hague and imagine that you are in the East. The Tong Tong Fair comprises the immense Grand Pasar, the famous East-West exhibition with hundreds of stands offering Eastern merchandise and food.

Many of the exhibitors come all the way from Indonesia especially for the event; a growing number come from Vietnam and Malaysia. Equally famous is the Food Court with dozens of restaurants and ‘warungs’; it is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Theatre programme
Tong Tong Fair
The international Tong Tong Festival takes place in 4 theatres on the fair site. The Tong Tong Podium is where the major music, dance and fashion artists perform. The intimate Tong-Tong-Theater presents lectures, interviews (mostly in Dutch, but increasingly in English too), acoustic and theatrical performances.

In the Bengkel (studio) you are welcome to participate in all kinds of workshops: in music, dance, art, cooking and lots more. The festival has had the pleasure of welcoming artists, writers, lecturers and master chefs from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the United States in recent years.

Festival information
The festival will be open daily from 23 May to 2 June from 11.00 to 22.00 hrs.


Dutch Brewery Days @ Various places
May 24 – May 26 all-day

Dutch Brewery Days – 24, 25 & 26 May 2019
On 24, 25 and 26 of May hundreds of Dutch breweries open their doors for public. During these days brewers organize brewing demonstrations, beer tastings and presentations about their beers and the great variety of flavors that are brewed throughout the Netherlands. For more information and addresses click here.

54 breweries all over the country are taking part. On Friday 25 breweries are open, Saturday 45 and on Sunday 35. You can check it out here:


Open Doek Festival (Short Films) @ Lantaren Venster
May 24 – May 26 all-day

From 24 until 26 May the Rotterdams Open Doek Festival takes place. Three days filled a broad programme of short films.

About Open Doek

Rotterdams Open Doek is the place for Rotterdam short films. Only talent counts, there are no rules, no themes, no age limits and there’s no distinction between amatures and professionals. Discover new films by famous film makers and meet the stars of the future.

With dozens of premieres of national and international short films, an extensive masterclass program, talk shows, exhibitions, video installations and a bustling festival market the fourth edition of the Rotterdam Open Doek Film promises to be a spectacular festival! In addition to the award Best Short Film (season 2018-2019), this year there will also be an Audience Award and a Special Mention.


You can check the progamme here: http://www.rotterdamsopendoek.nl/


Rotterdam Architechture Month @ Post Office and other locations
May 24 – Jun 16 all-day

FRI 24 MAY UNTIL SUN 16 JUNE – Rotterdam Architechture Months

Exhibitions, debates, rooftop parties, excursions and sleepovers at an architects’ place: in May/June Rotterdam is all about architecture. With a fully loaded programme, there’s not just fun activities for architects, but for everyone else as well!

Post podium buiten
During Rotterdam Architecture Month (RAM) the former post office at the Coolsingel transforms into the stage for Rotterdam architecture: POST Podium.

At POST Podium you will find an extensive architecture program for a whole month! There will be lectures, debates, movie nights and music. During the weekends, the post office can be visited free of charge and is also the information point for the many excursions and events that take place during the Rotterdam Architecture Month.

Rrrollend Leiden – Food Festival @ Pieterskerkplein
May 24 – May 26 all-day

Rrrollend Leiden
Dozens of mobile kitchens will roll up on Leiden’s Pieterkerkplein. For 3 days you can enjoy trying exotic wraps, unusual grilled sandwiches, exclusive burgers, Dutch delicacies and much more.

In addition to the enormous open-air restaurant the event will be made even more colourful by an extensive musical line-up and extra entertainment for the kids. Rrrollend Food Truck Festivals are known for having no stages or sound amplification as well as for featuring one-of-a-kind musicians and acts.

Come and enjoy a drink, listen to the best singer-songwriters and try some of the newest culinary concoctions at one of the many hip kitchens.

More info

Friday, 24 May from 17.00 to 23.00 hrs.
Saturday, 25 May 12.00 to 23.00 hrs.

Sunday, 26 May 14.00 to 21.00 hrs.

Entrance is free of charge. The food trucks and bars work with PIN payments (no cash).

More information can be found on the Facebook page