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Winter De Efteling
Nov 11 2019 – Feb 2 2020 all-day

From 11 Nov – 2 Feb 

Add some magic to your winter at the dazzling Winter Efteling! Enter the enchanted kingdom and take in the breathtaking sights all around you.

Winter Efteling wonderland
The fairytale wonderland of the Efteling is a marvellous sight to behold during the winter days and the long winter evenings. Decorations with thousands of lights, heart-warming bonfires and special attractions add even more magic to the beautiful theme park.

Only during the Winter Efteling
Only during the Winter Efteling, the parks adds a 400-metre-long ice skating rink to its attractions. You can also catch Aquanura, the largest water show in Europe.

Every day, the Snow Princess and Fire Prince will pay a musical visit to the bonfires in their sleigh. Then they will return to their Ice Palace, where there’s a real snow slide. Wintry snacks, Belgian waffles, soups and hot chocolate milk can be bought in stalls all around the park.

Evening specials
In the evening, attraction Villa Volta changes into a giant optical illusion. Raveleijn, a park show with horses and ravens, becomes extra exciting with spectacular fires and lights. Around 200 fountains, scattered around the grounds, will bring attractions to life with music, fire and light effects.

Book your tickets
There are various different package deals available on the Efteling website, such as dinner deals and accommodation deals. Check out the Winter Efteling deals and book the package that best suits you and your family. Book your Winter Efteling tickets and let the magic begin.

Source: IAmExpat

World Press Photo Exhibition @ Laurenskerk
Jan 18 – Feb 8 all-day

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the annual World Press Photo contest.

The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.

 Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10:30 am – 18:00 pm

Sunday 13:00 pm – 18:00 pm

Adjusted opening hours
January 19th open from 13:00 pm to 16:00 pm


General admission: €5.50
CJP: €4.50
Children under 12 years: free

Event Location
Laurenskerk Rotterdam , the Netherlands

Holland Dance Festival @ Various theatres
Jan 22 – Feb 8 all-day

 The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival takes place in January and February 2020. For three weeks, The Hague will be completely dedicated to international dance. During this period, a total of some fifty performances from all over the world will be shown in the theatres in The Hague, which together underline the universal character and the enormous richness and versatility of dance. A growing number of festival productions can also be seen in Amsterdam and Delft, and this coming edition also in Tilburg for the first time.

International Film Festival Rotterdam @ De Doelen, Lantaren Venster and other venues
Jan 22 – Feb 2 all-day

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and other Industry activities.

IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience and 2.538 film professionals. The festival’s Official Selection includes some 252 feature films and 225 short films out of 50 countries. It aims to organise and stimulate film-related activities in Rotterdam.

This year it starts Wednesday 22 January till Sunday 2 February.

Chinese New Year Celebration @ around Westkruiskade and Park Oude Westen
Jan 27 – Feb 2 all-day

Rotterdam celebrates the Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Rat

From January 27th till February 2nd we celebrate the Rotterdam Chinese New Year 2020. On Saturday February 1st the Wijkpark Oude Westen will be transformed into a cultural festival. In the week before there are all different kinds of activities throughout the city. Go and find out about all the amazing parts of Rotterdam Chinese New Year 2020.

Visit the park ‘het Oude Westen’ for Chinese style shopping and dining. Learn about the customs and traditions of the Chinese New Year. You’ll soon begin to understand that it’s all about spending time with your loved ones and of course: enjoying great food together!

Check here for the programme please

At the Markthal the Year of the Rat will also be celebrated on Saturday 1 Feb, with the traditional  lions and dragon dance.


Exhibition: Volta at Electriciteitsfabriek @ Electriciteitsfabriek
Jan 30 – Mar 22 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor volta den haagThis winter, the artist Oscar Peters is showing a vibrant world in the Electriciteitsfabriek in which popular entertainment and macabre spectacles are celebrated. Peters shows 2 large kinetic installations in the more than 4000 m2 industrial factory. During the exhibition, the artist continues working in a temporary workplace where he creates new works of art that are integrated into the installations.

Nest and the Electriciteitsfabriek work together on large-scale solo presentations by kinetic artists.

Opening: Thursday January 30, 19:00 – 22:00

Openingshours exhibition:
31 Jan – 22 Mar 2020
Friday: 16.00 – 20.00 hrs
Sat and Sun: 12.00 – 17.00 hrs

Combi-ticket Nest & EF:
Regularr: €8,00
Reduced (student, museumjaarkaart, CJP): €5,00
Kids <12: €2,00
ICOM, Ooievaarspas: Free

Application OPEN CALL

Want to see your artwork on the 130 m long rollercoaster ‘The Savage’? Apply with a proposal and send it at info@nestruimte.nl stating ‘Open Call’ or bring a (sketch of your) work to the factory to discuss it with Oscar Peters.

A few practical details: the art work should have maximum weight of 10 kilo and needs to fit within an imaginable cube of 50x50x70 cm. Come and join the opening of VOLTA to experience the first works of art on the rollercoaster.

LatinXpress (A bachata and salsa party) @ Grounds
Feb 1 @ 22:00 – Feb 2 @ 03:30

Every first Saturday of the month…..LatinXpress it is!
We start at 22.00h with a great line up.

Salsa room with DJ’s Donnie & Rojo
Bachata room with  DJ’s El Ché & Brian K
Catering: Huize Wekker (Surinam food)
Entree: € 10.-
Locatie: Grounds, Pieter de Hoochweg 125, Rotterdam
Parking freee after 18.00h

UEN Coffee Morning in Rotterdam @ Backyard Rotterdam
Feb 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

We are very happy to invite you to our UEN Rotterdam coffee morning on Tuesday 4th October. (also if you are not living in Rotterdam :-))

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

We will welcome you at Backyard at 10.00h. 


You can just turn up, no need to register!

Looking forward to meeting there!

Kind regards,

Sona and Monika

UEN committee

TEC ART – Creative technology @ Worm @ Boomgaardstraat 69
Feb 5 – Feb 9 all-day

5 days and nights of exhibitions, robotics, symposium, talks, techno- clubnight and parties. 

 This year’s theme is Quantum Supremacy, a technological breakthrough that paves the way for supercomputers that are fast and powerful beyond comprehension. Will it become a dream or a nightmare?

international highlights and talents from the intersections of art and science, exploring the fusion of infotech and biotech, from raging robotics, to oral sex, to post-truth-digital-dictatorships and the end of liberalism.


TEC ART 2020 5-9 feb. Location: WORM Boomgaardsstraat 69 + 71 & outdoor public space

TEC ART Expo, tickets 7,50€ students 5€

Art Rotterdam @ Van Nelle Factory
Feb 6 – Feb 9 all-day

 A week in which the city opens its doors and offers you the best in art, design and architecture. Throughout the week, the city bustles with special openings, exhibitions in museums and art institutions, lectures, guided tours, performances, debates, pop-up shows, musical events and various fairs.

For the first time, performance art is represented as a destination, an initiative of Art Rotterdam. The Performance Show, curated by Zippora Elders, offers more than 12 non-stop performances, including performances by students from the Rotterdam academies, and can be seen in the building complex of AVL Mundo/Atelier Van Lieshout.

At Art Rotterdam, Projections, the video art department, has been completely redesigned by main sponsor citizenM, and the prize winner of the fourth NN Group Art Award will be presented in the booth where the work of the four nominees is on display.

Rotterdam Photo @ Deliplein
Feb 6 – Feb 8 all-day

Seacontainers are the decor of this photo festival with talented creators from the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world.There are presentations on the Deliplein of talents in photography. Expect also music, food trucks and workshops.


The sea containers can be visited for free every day. Grab a bite at one of the foodtrucks, warm yourself at the campfire and admire the work of several amateurs and professionals.

Art Rotterdam Week
In collaboration with the exhibions at the Duych Photography Museum and art fair Haute Photographie, Rotterdam Photo makes the ‘photography triangle’ at Kop van Zuid during the Art Rotterdam Week.

UEN Drinks at the Axe Bar @ Axe Bar, Weena Office
Feb 6 @ 18:00 – 20:00

We are happy to invite you and your partner to a UEN Drinks Get-Together at the AXE Bar (Weena Office, 1st floor ) on Thursday 6 Feb 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 Tuesday 4 Feb.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Cristina, Shiqiang and Monika
UEN Axe Bar Team 🙂

English theatre for Children: The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean @ Het Nationale Theater - Het Paradijs
Feb 7 – Feb 8 all-day

This Friday and Saturday, The English Theater presents a  wonderful performance in Het Nationale Theater, The Hague. It’s called ‘The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean’. Children 7+
7 February 19.00
8 February 11.00 & 15.00
Het Nationale Theater – Het Paradijs The Hague

“A truly sensory and thought-provoking piece –
a great piece of children’s theatre that is not just for children”

Everything is flat, pressed, squished.
A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal a hidden door.
Slowly, page-by-page, the scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us. Who was Josephine Bean?
Look closer because the clues are in its pages.

Tickets and more info: www.theenglishtheatre.nl


STET The English Theatre


Grauzone Festival @ Paard van Troje and other locations
Feb 7 – Feb 8 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor grauzoneGRAUZONE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LAST LIVE ACTS

With a.o. Marissa Nadler, Shortparis, Rakta, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Özgür Baba, Panther Modern, Bragolin, Blurt en DJ’s Parrish Smith, Job Sifre, Pasiphae en Ofra.

Grauzone Festival announces the last names of their music program: Marissa Nadler (US), Shortparis (Rus), Rakta (Bra), Lee Ranaldo (US), Ozgur Baba (Tur), Panther Modern (US), Los Bitchos (UK), Bragolin (NL), Blurt (UK), ET Explore Me (NL), Deutsche Ashram (NL), Tousch (NL) en Wild Classical Music Ensemble (Bel). There will also be DJ’s like Parrish Smith, Job Sifre, Pasiphae en Ofra. The opening of the Graukunst exhibition will take place sunday february 2, curated by Belgian artist Johan Tahon, the name of the participants will be announced beginning of january.

Grauzone festival takes place friday 7 and 8 february 2020 which will be the 4th time in The Hague and the 1st time two days, using locations such as : Paard, het Koorenhuis, The Grey Space In The Middle and Het Magazijn. Among the names earlier announced were Thurston Moore Group, Shame, The Murder Capital, Damo Suzuki, Linea Aspera and Jozef Van Wissem. Grauzone aims for a 50/50 gender balance and has reached this balance with more than 50% female acts/acts with females on this upcoming edition.

Dark hypnotising gothic folk comes from Marissa Nadler from Boston who on her latest album (on Sacred Bones) collaborated with Angel Olsen and Velvet Undergrounds’ John Cale. With her mesmerizing voice she will perform her songs in their most stripped-down purest form. Shortparis from St Petersburg are hailed as the ‘’best Russian live act’’ and made a big impact at the recent Le Guess Who festival with their theatrical industrial post-punk noise. Their live shows are a must see!

Turkish folk musician and singer Özgür Baba plays the saz, a traditional Turkish string instrument music. With his enchanting, minimalist interpretation of old, traditional Turkish folk songs he recently was invited by Amenra to play two sold out shows in Belgium. Poet, puppeteer, singer and saxophone player Ted Milton and his legendary band Blurt were one of the first bands on the infamous Factory label (Joy Division, New Order). Their avantgarde, post-punk, funk, free jazz reminds of Captain Beefheart, The Pop Group en No Wave.

Brazilian all female act Rakta plays a mix of psychedelic post-punk death rock influenced by Crass, BThe Birthday Party and X-Mal Deutschland. Lee Ranaldo, known as Sonic Youths guitarist, returns to Grauzone and collaborates with Belgian post-punks Wild Classical Music Ensemble, compromised of mentally handicapped people.. Panther Modern is Sextile’s Brady Keehn’s new synthpunk band. Los Bitchos from London brings us surfy psychedelic garage cumbia.

Dutch bands Bragolin, post-punk from Utrecht, garagerockers ET Explore Me from Haarlem, Tousch from The Hague and shoegazers Deutsche Ashram finalize the music line-up.

There will also be several DJ’s including Amsterdam DJ Job Sifre, mixing wave and industrial, Parrish Smith mixes EBM and techno. Other DJ’s are Pasiphae from The Hague/Greece, and Ofra from Rotterdam, founder of Operator radio. Dj Dorien and Jelly will focus on dark sounds at Het Magazijn

Graukunst exhibition Besides music, there will be a full program with films, a symposium and a Graukunst exhibition from 2-16 february at The Grey Space In The Middle. More information of this packed program will follow early january.

Grauzone Festival Fr. 7 february -Sat 8 february 2020

Locations: Paard – Grote zaal, kleine zaal, Paard Cafe, Het Magazijn (Grote markt 10), The Grey Space In The Middle, Het Koorenhuis

Dayticket: €37,50 weekendticket 67,50 inclusief servicekosten




OBJECT Rotterdam 2020 @ HAKA Building
Feb 7 – Feb 9 all-day

OBJECT Rotterdam 2020
OBJECT is thé fair for contemporary design and is held February 7-9 2020 in the HAKA Building Rotterdam.

The fair is a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and various materials. OBJECT is thé place where the cutting edge between design, crafts, fashion, architecture and art becomes evident and a must see for collectors, professionals and other design minded people.
During the fair there is a free shuttle service that connects you to the other art events in town. Easy does it.

Vierhavensstraat 38-42 Rotterdam
Opening hours
Friday 7, Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 February
From 11h – 19h
Entrance fee
12,50 euro
Children under 12 for free

– Tickets for sale at the HAKA building only, no online ticketing.

FREE – Shuttle service between Van Nelle, HAKA, Euromast and Rotterdam centre.
Art Rotterdam Week
The fair is affiliated to the Art Rotterdam Week.

Little Italy – Culinary Italy Event @ Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
Feb 7 @ 14:00 – Feb 9 @ 18:00

Little Italy, the event dedicated to Italy and its famously fantastic food, will be at the helm of Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam for three days in February 2020.

Travelling and tasting are the themes of this Italy-centred celebration. Organised by the editors of the magazine De Smaak van Italië, there will be plenty to spark your imagination: Italy-themed workshops, tasting sessions and travel organisations, to give you insights into planning your future travels to Italy.
An Italian marketplace in Amsterdam

There will be exhibitors present, including travel providers and holiday accommodation promoters, to help you plan your next trip to Italy. There will be a food market, live entertainment, an abundance of food from different regions of Italy, as well as Italian design and fashion stands. Good coffee will also play an important part at the event, from espresso to cappuccino, from mocha to macchiato.

Over three days, visitors can join the tasting tables, from olive oil to Italian delicacies. At the cooking theatre, chefs will be giving cooking demonstrations, so you can take home some new skills and inspiration to last a lifetime.

The Little Italy three-day event is growing rapidly: due to the success of the previous editions, the event is expanding to include the Machine Hall, alongside the already familiar Zuiverings Hall.

Little Italy tickets cost 12,50 euros online and 15 euros at the door.

Source: IamExpat

Internations Friday Evening Drink @ Stadsbrasserie Rotterdam
Feb 7 @ 19:30 – 23:45
Internations Friday Evening Drink @ Stadsbrasserie Rotterdam | Rotterdam | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

On Friday evening, InterNations organises a get-together at Stadsbrasserie  in Rotterdam from 19.30-24.30 h. Entrance is 12 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:


Splash – Latin/Carribean Dance Party @ Café Loburg
Feb 7 @ 22:00 – Feb 8 @ 03:00

It’s time for the 3rd edition of Splash!

#TeamSplash and Lafrique Dance are bringing you the Carnival craziness you have been waiting for!!

What to expect???

Reggaeton Dance workshop at 22h
The hottest Latin/Caribbean AND international hits by DJ Ryzen
More colorful feathers than a peacock on steroids!!!
Glitter decoration station
Best outfit awards

See you on February 7th at Café Loburg

DATUM: vrijdag 7 februari 2020
TIJD: 22:00 uur
ENTREE: 5 euro

Week van Amateurskunst (WAK) Music and Art Street Festival @ Center of Wageningen
Feb 8 all-day

Wageningen Center will be exploding with activity. There will be musical stages and acts, street theatre a poetry workshop and so much more in various locations in the center of Wageningen. Check out the programme here: https://wakwageningen.nl/programma/

Sunday Salsa @ Cafe Loburg
Feb 9 all-day

Sunday Salsa at Cafe Loburg, Wageningen. Every second Sunday of the month from 16-19h. Free Entrance


Gluren bij de Buren – music event @ various locations The Hague and surrounding areas
Feb 9 @ 13:00 – 17:30

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor muziek bij de buren arnhemThere is a brand new edition of Gluren bij de Buren The Hague on the doorstep! On Sunday 9 February 2020, living rooms will be transformed by the entire municipality into temporary venues for local talent to allow you to ‘Peep at the Neighbours’. The Persian carpet is bombed into a stage and the corner sofa into a stand. Between 12:00 and 17:00 there are performances from rap formations to theater makers and from comedians to 30-person choirs. In short, something for everyone and also free of charge.


Check out the programme here: https://glurenbijdeburen.nl/den-haag/programma

Praatcafe – Dutch Borrel (Speaking Dutch event) @ Citizen M
Feb 11 all-day

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.



UEN Events: Painting Workshop @ Bergschenhoek
Feb 11 all-day

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: Tuesday 11 February at 10.00h until approx 14.00h
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 6 persons! And will definitely take place when 4 persons are signing up.

Dutch Language Cafe @ Thuis Wageningen
Feb 12 @ 19:30 – 21:00

19:30 – 21:00 Dutch Languagecafé
Do you want to practice talking Dutch? During the Language café, we practice having conversations in Dutch. We talk about different themes and play games to learn the langueage. Once every two weeks this café is organised by volunteers at Thuis. Participating in the language café is free and you can always walk in. Bing some coffee/ tea and bring along all your friends who want to learn Dutch!

Castle Hernen – Experience the 17th century @ Castle Hernen
Feb 13 @ 12:30 – 13:30

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor hernen kasteelIn the weekend of 15 and 16 February  you will be able to experience life of the early 17th century at Castle Hernen.  
Musketeers, pikemen, cavalry and a small artillery will do battle exercises, and their folks will be busy with the daily business in their winter camp. You find yourself four centuries back in time.
“Mars Compagnie te voet” presents an infantry company from the early 17th century as truthfully as possible. If you like more information you can check out  www.dutchrevolt.nl

Of course, it is also possible to visit the castle.
Time: Saturday 15 and Sunday, February 16th between 13:00 and 17:00 pm

Admission: Adults € 9.50 Children € 5.00

Museum card holders free of charge on presentation of card.

Address: Castle Hernen, Dorpsstraat 40, 6616 AH Hernen.
More information: tel (0487) 531976 or. Kasteelhernen@glk.nl



UEN Pub Quiz – Wageningen @ Tbd
Feb 13 @ 18:30 – 22:30

We are happy to invite you and your partner to our first UEN Pub Quiz in a Pub in Wageningen!
Please join us on Thursday 13 February from 18.30 in Wageningen.

Patricia Bernardo and Gloria Keicher will be there to welcoming you.

Please let us know that you are coming until Wednesday 5 February, so we can book the space according to the number of participants. 

We will communicate the location asap after the 5th.
Looking forward to meeting you!

Gloria and Partricia
UEN Pub Quiz Team 🙂

Blues Festival @ Various locations
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor blues festival delftIn February, the blues will once again reign in Delft during the 22nd edition of the Affligem Blues Festival Delft 2020. On Friday February  14 until Sunday February 16, 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 http://www.delftblues.nl/

Free of charge


There all also some specials, for some you need to pay entrance https://www.delftblues.nl/specials

Frank Borrel – Valentine’s Edition @ Cruise Terminal
Feb 14 @ 18:00 – 23:45

Friday 14 February is the next Frank Borrel Valentine’s Edition at the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam  from 18h-24.00 h

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InterNations Red Carpet Event @ Hilton The Hague
Feb 14 @ 19:00 – 23:45

Internations Event:

InterNations Den Haag Event! 


Join us this February for our next exclusive event and let’s celebrate in style at the official InterNations Red Event!

On Friday, 14 February, we will be hosting an official event at the exclusive Hilton Hotel SPARK Bar!

Dress code: Something Red! (All Welcome)

Salsa aan de Haven @ LantarenVenster
Feb 14 @ 21:30 – Feb 15 @ 01:00

SALSA aan de Haven on Friday 14 February (Valentines Day) 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,-