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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

Tulip Festival @ various locations in Amsterdam
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

The month of April will see tulips of various varieties blooming in beds and pots at 85 locations around the city of Amsterdam. For instance, there are tulips in the fountain on the Museumplein, alongside the roads on Van der Pekstraat in Noord, on the wharves outside the Eye film museum and Nemo, the science museum. One tulip bulb has been planted for every resident of Amsterdam, which comes down to 800.000!!

Various locations, Amsterdam, April 1 until April30.

A festival guide can be bought for 2 Euro at various informationpoints, you can find them on http://www.tulpfestival.com/

Kings’ Day Fair @ Malieveld
Apr 12 – Apr 28 all-day

The Hague’s King’s Fair
The King’s Fair (Koningskermis) is in town from 12 to 28 April. Come and celebrate King’s Day in The Hague at a traditional Dutch fun fair.

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You can enjoy traditional fairground entertainment on the Malieveld.

Among the 60 rides and attractions are the super fast rides Bugs & Bees, Breakdance, Discovery, Funhouse, the Booster Maxx, the Rainforest Labyrinth, the Wipp, the spinning octopus the Turbo Polyp, Thriller and good old-fashioned bumper cars.

Even small children will have plenty to do, like the mini motorcycles and the min cars. They can also take their parents along for a visit to the haunted house. Or they can try walking on water without getting wet in the inflatable water balls. This new attraction is a favourite among young and old.

Of course tasty fancy fair treats such as candy floss, cinnamon sticks, Dutch doughnuts (oliebollen) and poffertjes will be on sale.

Frederik Hendrikplein
There will also be a smaller fancy fair on the Frederik Hendrikplein from 19 April until 5 May.

Opening times
The Hague’s King’s Fair on Malieveld is open daily from 13.00 to 23.00 hrs. (until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 1.00 hrs. on 26 April) from 12 to 28 April. It will be open from 11.00 to midnight on 27 April.

There will also be a fireworks display every Saturday at 22.00 hrs.

For more information go to www.kermisdenhaag.nl.

The Hague Freedom Weeks @ Various Places in The Hague
Apr 12 – May 10 all-day

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 info
More information about the programme can be found at www.bevrijdingsfestivaldenhaag.nl.


Source: Gemeente Den Haag

King’s Day Fun Fair @ Schiehaven
Apr 13 – May 5 all-day

The annual King’s Day fun fair always guarantees fun for all ages, from exciting rides and rollercoasters, to stands with sweet and delicious treats, to merry-go-rounds that are sure to delight the children.

Location is Schiehaven, in Rotterdam

Motel Mozaïque festival @ Various Locations
Apr 18 – Apr 20 all-day

18 – 20 April 2019 ROTTERDAM

In 2019 the Motel Mozaïque Festival will take place on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April, in different venues in the amazing center of Rotterdam. The 19th edition of the festival will bring you exciting (new) artists in performance and art, but most of all a shitload of music!

Three days, all dedicated to new encounters. Some more awkward than others.

We’ll take you on a road to self-discovery. Your favorite music, art, interesting performances and street art. We dare you to get to know yourself, by doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Discover the beauty of opposites, the unknown.

Motel Mozaïque’s line-up is bursting with both new talent, and some more renowned names. We constantly aim for fruitful collaborations between music and performance. A Rotterdam based orchestra with a German techno DJ, a South-American percussionist with a Scandinavian singer-songwriter. Clashes that lead to a long-term memory and partnership.

Festival Paaspop @ De Molenheide
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

Paaspop is a three-day music festival that takes place every year during the Easter weekend in the Dutch Schijndel (North Brabant). In 1974  it was organized for the first time.

You can buy tickets for one day but also for the entire weekend and stay there on  the campsite.



Home-Made Easter Market @ Lange Voorhout
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

Home Made Market – Easter Edition on Lange Voorhout for 3 days during Easter weekend

The popular lifestyle market is returning to the center of The Hague during Easter weekend on 20-22 April.  Everyday open from 11 – 17 h, the lifestyle event features something for everyone including a wide range of homemade products from local artisans and designers, offline webshops, vintage and vinyl goods, live music, lots of great street food and of course the popular carousel for the kids. The original concept of the Home Made Market is intended to offer an entertaining community experience showcasing local artwork, handcrafted goods, of course delicious treats, music and a lot of fun! The Home Made Market concept was first launched in the hip neighbourbood of The Hague’s Zeeheldenkwartier. Since its inception, the Home Made Market has quickly become a household name in The Hague area.

Aside from shopping at the numerous creative stalls on the Home Made Market, there will be a ton of other things to do and see across the market. Be sure to check out the special stage set up in the middle of the Home Made Market which will feature several performances.  There will be a number of workshops and passionate sellers pitching and sharing stories about their craft products across the market throughout Easter weekend.


Pasar Malam Asia XL @ Ahoy
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

Every year during Easter weekend the Pasar Malam is organised. And this time it’s bigger than ever!
Tropical atmosphere at Pasar Malam : scents of delicious Oriental cuisine and sounds of Indonesian gamelan music …

A spectacular event filled with music, exotic scents, many cultural shows, and a wide range of bands and musicians from the Netherlands and abroad.
For the entire programme please click here
Trombone Festival Slide Factory @ Maaspodium
Apr 20 all-day

On April 20th, the New Trombone Collective organizes a Light edition of the Slide Factory Festival. Immerse yourself in the world of the trombone for 1 day and enjoy the concerts, recitals, clinics, witness master classes or get a lesson from one of the festival artists. We are proud to announce that Ian Bousfield and Mark Nightingale are attending the festival.


The festival takes place at 2 locations:

Batavierhuis, Pieter de Hoochweg 108 and Maaspodium, Sint-Jobsweg 3 in Rotterdam

Blijdorp x de Doelen Festival @ De Doelen
Apr 20 @ 17:00 – Apr 21 @ 03:00

Enjoy music from various dj’s at Blijdorp x de Doelen during Easter weekend.

After the winter edition at the Van Nelle Fabriek, Blijdorp Festival is taking over de Doelen. Enjoy music from various dj’s.
Denis Sulta, Tom Trago, Cinnaman, Stippenlift, Jeff Solo, Mr Nice Guy, De Likt, Kamaal Williams (live), Freddie Mercure, Elijah Waters (live), Frankie, Steven van Lummel.


Easter Egg Hunt @ Plaswijckpark
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day

Every year the Easter bunny visits Plaswijckpark in Rotterdam to hide lots of colourful eggs. This year it will take place on Sunday 21 and 22 of April! From 12 to 15 h. 

Plaswijckpark is a small family park with a big playground area, a pond with swan-shaped pedal boats, a small zoo and lots of green space to run or walk about. The Easter eggs are hidden in three different area for the various ages, so that also the little ones will have a chance. Every child will exchange the found plastic eggs for 3 chocolate eggs to take home (or eat there) Success is guaranteed!

And there are also 3 golden eggs hidden in every area one. The lucky finder will get a price 🙂

Only drawback is that it might get a bit busy with all the Easter-egg-crazy children…

If you prefer a quieter day out, then visit the park on a “normal” day. Especially early in the morning you’ve got most of the attractions to yourself!

Familiepark Plaswijckpark                            Entrance fees:
Address: Ringdijk 20                                             0 – 1 year:     free of charge
3053 KS Rotterdam                                              2 – 64 years: € 12,95
Tel.:    010 – 418 18 36                                           65+:                € 8, 70


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

Swan Market – Easter @ Parklaan
Apr 22 all-day

Swan Market is a lifestyle market where a 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, it runs together and make fun with each other.

Monday from 11 to 17 h on Parklaan in Rotterdam


Praatcafe – Language Exchange Event – Cancelled @ De Leeszaal
Apr 24 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 will host a language exchange Rotterdam event on every last Wednesday of the month, where everyone can speak the language(s) he or she wants to socialize in. Wednesday from 19.30-22h.

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.

Day Cruise to Maasvlakte 2 @ Near Spido Office
Apr 28 all-day

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.

Dates 2019

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

Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial service @ Kloosterkerk
Apr 28 all-day

Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial service
The Hague will organise a Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) memorial service in the Kloosterkerk on Sunday, 28 April. The service will commemorate the murdered Jews, Roma and Sinti during the Second World War.

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is the memorial day for the Jews murdered during the Second World War, established on the 28th of Nissan in remembrance of the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. Following the date for this commemoration in Jewish circles, Jews, Christians and other people annually come together in various cities in the Netherlands.

This year’s theme revolves around ‘Holding on to the tree of life’. The featured speaker will be Hein Griffioen, who will tell his personal story. Musical accompaniment will be provided by cantor Ken Gould and a choir. Students from local schools will also take part in the memorial.

Afterwards the memorial service will proceed to the Rabbijn Maarsenplein where flowers will be laid at the Jewish Children’s Memorial.

The commemoration is organised by the Community of Churches of The Hague.

More info
The Yom HaShoah memorial service will begin at 16.00 hrs. on Sunday, 28 April in the Kloosterkerk (Lange Voorhout 4) in The Hague. This event is free of charge.

More information can be found at http://jomhasjoadenhaag.weebly.com and on the Facebook page of the event.

Artis Zoo during the war – Tour @ Artis Zoo
Apr 30 – May 5 all-day

Look at a World War II zoo
During World War II, Amsterdam’s Artis zoo harboured many people who were hiding from the German occupiers. At the same time going to the zoo was a popular outing for German soldiers. Artis is organising an hour long guided tour around both the people and the animals that inhabited the zoo at the time. Until May 5

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

Festival Circusstad @ Center of Rotterdam
May 1 – May 5 all-day

Performers come closer than ever and invite you to join in during Circusstad Festival. Featuring a variety of workshops and shows.

Circusstad Festival takes over the center of Rotterdam and fills it with amazing stunts and bizarre skills!
Astonishing performances
The festival brings the most beautiful, heroic and spectacular performances to the city center, performed by (inter)national artists and acrobats.

Join the Circus
Wanna fly, balance of juggle a ridiculous amount of balls? They performers of Circusstad will teach you! Join a workshop or practice your circus skills on the playground. Then take a load off with a drink amongst the circus performers!

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.

Film screening: Soyalism @ Nutshuis
May 3 @ 19:30 – 22:30

‘Soyalism’ film screening
TransitieCinema will organise the screening of the film ‘Soyalism’ at the Nutshuis on Friday, 3 May.

How does the growing demand for meat in China affect the Amazon rainforest? And why are Brazilian farmers being lured to Mozambique to farm soybeans? These are some of the questions that this classic investigative documentary attempts to answer.

More information at https://www.elliotfilms.eu/soyalism

The film and event are in English.

18.00 hrs. TransitieCinema Dinner by Juni Café
19.30 hrs. Screening of ‘Soyalism’ by TransitieCinema
20.30 hrs. Q&A with experts
21.00 hrs. Drinks and discussion
More info
The programme will take place starting at 19.30 hrs. on Friday, 3 May in the Nutshuis (Riviervismarkt 5) in The Hague. Make sure to arrive on time; the doors will close when the film starts or the venue reaches full capacity.

The film screening and discussion programme are free.

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1214908931999475/

Home Made Market – On Tour @ Mariaplaats
May 4 all-day

Home-made market “On Tour”  in Utrecht, Mariaplaats 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.




Jewish History Boat Tour @ Mauritskade 10
May 4 all-day

The Hague Boat will organise The Jewish History Tour, an English-language boat tour on Saturday, 4 May.

The Jewish History Tour
Join The Hague Boat tour on Sunday, 4 May and learn all about The Hague’s Jewish history from your guide, art historian Remco Dörr. After the boat tour Rabbi Marianne van Praag will show the group around the synagogue.

The first Jews who settled in The Hague in the 17th century were Portuguese Jews. They worked in the diplomatic service and held prominent positions as doctors or merchants. A few centuries later the German occupation starting in May 1940 had a major impact on Jewish life in the city.

The boat tour passes a number of important spots important to the city’s Jewish past. The boat trip is organised as part of The Hague Freedom Weeks from 18 April to 5 May in the run-up to the Liberation Festival on 5 May.

More info
The English-language boat tour departs from Mauritskade 10 (terrace of Caesar Fitness + Spa Resort) at 11.00 hrs. The tour lasts 90 minutes. There is also a Dutch-language tour at 13.00 hrs.

The price of the boat tour is € 16 per person including a welcome drink.

More information at www.thehagueboat.com.

Jongerenherdenking – Commemoration for children and youngsters @ Nieuwe Luxor Theatre
May 4 all-day

A special commemoration for and by children and young people, to give new meaning to the theme ‘Pass on freedom’.

Free entrance

Each year in the Netherlands, we commemorate war victims by keeping two minutes of silence all throughout the country. For a lot of dutch children and young people it is generations ago that their family went through a war. Others have a lot of recent war experiences, or even lived in a war zone.

4 Degrees of Freedom
Conny Janssen Danst, Jeugdtheater Hofplein, Scapino Ballet en Lore Borremans will work together on a show during the Nationale Jongerenherdenking. Four choreographers entered into a dialoge with a child or teenager from Rotterdam, to develop a choreography based on the theme ‘Pass on freedom’.

Le Marie Marché, French Market @ Het Plein
May 4 – May 5 all-day

Inspired by the dreamy atmosphere of French markets, Le Marie Marché will be organised on the Plein on the first weekend  of each month. With many delicious and beautiful wares.

The characteristic market is all about discovering and enjoying.

Something for everybody
At this special market you will find inviting food stalls with fantastic strawberries, organic cheeses, sweet delicacies, quality breads, Mediterranean treats and much more. There will also be numerous lifestyle stalls where you will find seasonal lifestyle articles and antiques and collectibles.

There is no better spot to do your shopping this weekend.

About Le Marie Marché
The businesses at the market will be divided into 4 different categories: Sweet & Juicy, Spicy & Salty, To Have & To Hold and Land & Sea.

More info
Le Marie Marché will be held from 11.00 to 18.00 hrs. on Saturday and Sunday on the Plein in The Hague.

More information can be found at www.lemariemarche.nl

Bevrijdingsfestival – Liberation festival @ Het Park (Euromast)
May 5 all-day


The festival celebrates and promotes the value of freedom by a divers program of music, debat and theatre. Check the line-up on www.bevrijdingsfestivalzh.nl

Every year, three Dutch artists are named Ambassadors for Freedom. Using Army helicopters, these artists are flown from festival to festival, together hitting all 14 festivals in one day, forming the basic line-up of each edition of the Bevrijdingsfestival.

Chilling in the Park
Besides the musical line-up, there’s plenty of other fun activities in the park on the 5th of May. There’s a festival market, a food court, speed date sessions with veterans, and a kid’s area.

The festival is free of charge!

Free Belly Dance Classes @ Delft and Hillegersberg
May 6 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Do you want to learn something new, step out of your comfort zone, get in touch with your core muscles and have a whole lot of fun doing it? Come and try belly dance for free in Delft on Monday the 6th of May at 19:00! For more information, check out the Greenstone Belly Dance Website or click the links to register. Register for a free trial class or a full session here.

⏲ 19:00 – 20:00 hour
€ Free

Chamber Music Festival: Classical Encounters
May 8 – May 12 all-day

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).