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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

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.

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

Sniester Festival (Music, Theatre and Food) @ Various locations
May 24 – May 26 all-day

The 3-day long Sniester festival takes place from 24 to 26 May around in 11 different locations in The Hague. The centre of the city’s music scene will be turned into a summer paradise for fantastic live music and theatre with 80 mind-blowing acts.

The word ‘sniester’ comes from the Middle Dutch word for explosives and organisers are using the warning texts on the packaging ‘Lay on the ground. Light Fire. Get ready!’ to introduce this summer festival. Sniester will be about an explosion of great vibes, enthusiasm, adventure and artistic expression.

Great music talent
Well-known international and home-grown talent as well as up-and-coming local talent will all feature on the indoor and outdoor stages.

In addition to loads of music the highly-accessible programme offers a wide spectrum of activities and shows, including exclusive solo performances in the Sniester bus and the pop-up gay café De Pink.

Sniester Junior
Children aged 4 to 12 years can enjoy the special Sniester Junior Sunday from 13.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Sunday, 26 May with a skelter race, tattoo shop, cooking class, a huge sand dune and loads of other activities. This day is free of charge.

More info
The 3-day festival takes place starting at 17.30 hrs. on Friday, 24 May and 14.00 hrs. on Saturday, 25 May in the Popdistrict in The Hague. Participating locations include Paard, Paardcafé, Bleyenberg, Het Magazijn, September, de Zwarte Ruiter, Rootz, Humanity House, de Gekke Geit, Grey Space Basement and café Zèta: de Slèta

A day ticket costs € 17.50 while an all-inclusive weekend pass costs € 27.50. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sniester.nl/tickets.

For more information about the programme go to www.sniester.nl.

909 Festival @ Amsterdamse Bos
May 25 all-day

The 909 Festival is all about sun and beats at the Amsterdamse Bos. Get set for a full day of the world’s best techno in this forested park in Amstelveen, just south of the capital.

The 909 Festival is the place to be for top tunes and cracking beats. This festival in the forest attracts big name Speedy J and Ame and so much more. From 11 – 23h



Amsterdam Pizza Festival @ Rembrandtpark
May 25 – May 26 all-day

The most delicious festival in the Netherlands for the whole family! Imagine yourself in southern Europe and treat yourself to delicious pizzas and fine wines.

Come on 25 and 26 May and taste and experience the best of Italy in the Rembrandtpark in Amsterdam. Coziness with only top pizzerias. La Dolce Vita has never been so close!

Everyone loves pizza. Large, small, young and old!

That is why The Pizza Festival lets you enjoy the best pizzas this summer, such as: the classic pizza margarita, pizza frittata, pizza tartufo or a completely vegan pizza. Together with pizzerias, caterers, wine specialists and Italian beer brewers, The Pizza Festival ensures that you can eat your belly with your favorite food!

Which pizzeria’s are there?

Michel-Inn EAST
Pomorosso pizzeria.
Mangia Pizza
Pizzeria DOPE
Toni Loco
Wilde Westen Marnixstraat
S Lo Sbrano
Want to try all the pizzerias? Check out the website and take a chance to win great prizes. In addition to fun activities for the whole family (bake your own pizza, workshops, ball pit, silent disco, games, etc.), it is also recommended to bring your dancing shoes; Dancing is done in the evening!

Come along for: pizza workshops by Fietseria (for children and adults), mini open air cinema, silent disco by Stille Disco and main stage by Radio De Koperen Hond.

The Amsterdam Pizza Festival is a pin-only event. This means that you can easily pay with your debit card anywhere.

Bauhaus Festival @ Boijmans van Beuningen
May 25 all-day

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is organizing a closing weekend with a true Bauhaus festival full of music and performances. Piece by piece founded in the Bauhaus principles. This weekend is also your last chance to visit the museum before the large-scale renovation starts.

On Saturday evening you can dance at the Bauhausfest, where the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum is transformed into a festive gathering.
For the large-scale renovation, the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum unveils one more time with the exhibition “the netherlands ⇄ bauhaus – pioneers of a new world”. More than 800 works of art, furniture, ceramics, textiles, photos, typography and architecture give you insight into modern design from Germany and the Netherlands, from 1919 to 1968.

Closing weekend
Fr 24 to Sun 26 May
During the festive closing weekend, the museum is open on Friday and Sunday until 7 p.m., on Saturday evening there will be a true Bauhaus festival full of music and performances, you can follow a yoga class in the Bauhaus exhibition on Sunday morning and there are numerous other activities. All current exhibitions can be visited during this closing weekend.

Keep an eye on the museum’s website for more news about the program.


Bicycle Race: Ronde van Katendrecht @ Katendrecht
May 25 – May 26 all-day

This cycling race has a real festival vibe. Register to participate or simply enjoy the bands, DJ’s and attractions surrounding the race.

Even if you’re not a fan of cycling, there’s still fun to be had at this festival! Live music, DJ’s, theater and kids’ attractions offer plenty to do for everyone.  Music performances will differ from Soul by Georgina Peach & the savoys to Jukebox  music by the Groovy Gents and make this a versatile day for everyone. Keep an eye on the festival website and facebook page for the latest updates.

It starts on Friday night.

Please find the programme here

And see the different races here

Bunker Open Day @ Various Places at the seaside
May 25 all-day

The Hague is organising an open day for the city’s bunkers on Saturday, 25 May. Come and discover these fascinating concrete giants which are normally closed to the public. With 14 locations in The Hague.

The Hague and Scheveningen were literally turned into a fortress during the German occupation. The bunkers remain silent witnesses of this period. The construction of the Atlantic Wall coastal defence and fortification had other radical repercussions. Entire neighborhoods had to make way for an anti-tank ditch 8 km long and 300 meters wide. In addition 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes and find refuge elsewhere.

A day of activities
During the Bunker Open Day you will discover the stories of the German occupation and the destruction of The Hague and what it meant to live in a city at war.

Watch a re-enactment of the Able Compagnie or Company West, take a guided walking tour along the bunkers of the ‘Hauptkampflinie’ in Benoordenhout or visit Commandobunker V149 in the Belvédèrepark which will be excavated especially for this day.

More info
Bunker Day in The Hague is from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Saturday, 25 May. An all-inclusive ticket costs € 6.00 for adults and € 3.00 for children 4 to 12 years old. Tickets can be purchased online until Monday, 20 May or at nearly every bunker on Bunker Open Day.

You are then entitled to the entrance to all the bunkers, guided tours and museums in the participating towns and cities along the North Sea coast.

More information is available at www.bunkerdag.nl.

Swan Market Schiedam @ Stadspark de Plantage
May 25 – May 26 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.

From 13 to 19 h on Saturday and Sunday in Stadspark Schiedam


Verborgen Tuinen – Hidden Gardens @ Various Places
May 25 – May 26 all-day

Discover the city’s many lush green nooks and crannies during Hidden Gardens. Dozens of garden owners open their hidden outdoor paradise to the public for a whole weekend. Hidden Gardens is all about enjoying unexpected green oases, exchanging experiences, gaining garden inspiration and admiring outdoor sculpture. The gardens are scattered across the entire city: from Vreewijk to Prinsenland and from Delfshaven to Kralingen, all sorts of fun activities are planned in these hidden green spaces!


Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 17.00


Tickets are 5 Euro for the entire weekend and can be bought online https://www.verborgentuinen.nl/kaartverkoop/.

Aircooled Scheveningen – Beetles and VW vans @ Scheveningen Boulevard
May 26 all-day

More than 300 classic Volkswagen Beetles and vans can be seen on Sunday, 26 May on the Scheveningen boulevard during Air Cooled Scheveningen. VW fans can enjoy perusing the range of Beetle models ever built during the free vintage car show.

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially called the Volkswagen Type 1, is an economy car produced by the German auto maker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform anywhere in the world.

Air-cooled engines
Aircooled Scheveningen refers to the air-cooled engines of the old-timers. Nearly all the VW Bug types ever built can be seen, such as Baja Bug, California Look, Oval, Cabriolets, Rat Look, Custom Built, Campers and Pick-ups. Unique models, such as a fire engine and an ambulance, can also be seen.

Workshops and activities for kids
A surfing workshop given by professional surfers from Surfles.nl is also available for € 7.50 (instead of € 40). Participants must be at least 8 years old and be able to swim. You can register for the workshops through the contact page of Surfles.nl.

There will be a public choice award for the Favourite Aircooled; you can turn in your voting form at the information stand. And don’t forget to buy lottery tickets for the raffle.

This year you can try out longboards and take a lesson http://surfles.nl/contact/

More info
The vintage car show takes place from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Sunday, 26 May on the Scheveningen boulevard. Admission is free of charge.

More information: http://www.aircooledscheveningen.com

Day Cruise to Maasvlakte 2 @ Near Spido Office
May 26 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

Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael
May 26 all-day

Pure Market on last Sunday of the month

Pure Markt features 90+ 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.


Expat Arthouse: The Wild Pear Tree @ Kino Rotterdam
May 27 @ 21:00 – 23:30

For the expat community KINO regularly screens brand-new non-English arthouse movies with English subtitles. On May 27th we will screen Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Ağacı) with English subtitles.
Returning home from college, Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) must re-enter a difficult family situation with a father who is restless and intransigent, and whose gambling addiction has Sinan’s mother and sister at their wits’ end. He struggles to reorient himself within the family dynamic while trying to come to grips with the next phase of his life. He is planning to become a teacher like his father, but first wants to complete an experimental novel. Sinan’s search for meaning and direction provides the basis for a number of extensive and penetrating conversations that form the emotional and intellectual framework of The Wild Pear Tree.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Hazar Ergüçlü, Murat Cemcir, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercüment Balakoglu

Praatcafe – Language Exchange Event – Cancelled @ De Leeszaal
May 29 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.

Rollende keukens festival – Rolling Kitchen @ Westergasfabriek
May 29 – Jun 2 all-day
The Weekend of the Rolling Kitchens brings an annual dose of outdoor mobile food fun to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The event returns for its tenth edition from 29 May until 2 June 2017.

Mobile delicacies

During a (long) weekend, dozens of mobile kitchens descend upon the park in the west of Amsterdam to create an enormous open air restaurant! Food to suit every appetite is on the menu, with everything from fresh Italian pizza to sophisticated seafood dishes on offer.

Hunt around for your favourite dish(es), pick up your order and relax under the sun (or later in the evening, stars) as you enjoy your food. There’s no entrance charge for Rolling Kitchens and the food is designed to tickle the most culinary of taste buds without breaking the bank.

More information

Rolling Kitchens is open from 13:00 to 23:00 on all 5 days of the event. The Westergasfabriek is about 30 minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Central Station or tram number 10 stops nearby.

Entrance is free

For more information, check the Rolling Kitchens website.

Family Festival Hemeltjelief @ NDSM Werf
May 30 all-day
This family festival steals the show every Ascension Day with an enormous musical and theatrical line-up and plenty of events and activities. Hemeltjelief takes place  on Thursday, 30 May 2019.

Music, theatre and family festival – Theme Space
The main and DJ stages are traditionally located along the River IJ and play host to acts including up-and-coming Amsterdam bands and stacks of Amsterdam DJs. There’s always a packed programme of art, theatre & crafts to keep the family entertained the entire day.

Tickets, info & afterparty
The Hemeltjelief Festival is tradtionally open from 11:00 until 23:00, festivalgoers under 12 get in for free. And if you haven’t had your fill of the fun, there’s usually an afterparty at the Noorderlicht Café.

Check the Hemeltjelief website for more information.

Mals – Vegan Food and Music Festival @ Heemraadsplein
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

Vegan food festival with exclusively vegan food trucks and market stalls, in addition to workshops and music performances.

This summer, the second edition of MALS – Vegan Food & Music Festival will take place in Heemraadsplein.
Browse through the market stalls and let your taste buds get acquainted with a variety of vegan delights. From vegan Asian to old-fashioned comfort food and roti: over 40 food trucks are ready to provide you with the tastiest snacks. Enjoy a variety of musical performances while enjoying delicious craft beers and natural wines, or participate in a workshop.

Keep an eye on the festival’s website for the latest news.

Rotterdam Rooftop Days (Rotterdamse Dakendagen) @ Various Rooftops
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

The Rotterdam Rooftop Days (Rotterdamse Dakendagen) offer a weekend-long access to the upper city. During these days you can visit twenty open rooftops and experience an extensive program of tours, concerts, art, nature and dinners at great height.

Visit one of the twenty open rooftops during the Rotterdam Rooftop Days.
Enjoy spectacular views and new perspectives in the upper city.
An extensive program of tours, concerts, nature and dinners.
During the festival, about twenty Rotterdam rooftops can be visited  with a Dakpas (rooftop pass for 8,50 Euro) Special events and (guided) tours complement this program. On the Friday, kick off with Knowledge Day; a program for professionals (such as city developers and architects) who (want to) make use of rooftops in an unprecedented way.

The right-under-your-roof tour takes you to the unknown spaces of Rotterdam (at a height, but not outside). With a ticket, explore the hidden areas between ceiling and roof of the Central Station, the Laurenskerk and the Markthal.

For those who love beautiful views and are entirely ok with heights, there is a special tour along the highest rooftops of the city. A perfect chance to take in the vistas and make panoramic snapshots.

Culture on rooftops, the specials
The ‘Iftar on the roof’ (the Ramadan meal after sunset) is very popular. During the Rooftop Days you can book a rooftop table and enjoy a program full of music, sunset and delicious food. Visitors who do not fast are also welcome to experience this.

In addition, the quintessential Rotterdam Square Cinema will be adorned with an annex on the sloping parking deck of the Bijenkorf. Here, during the festival, films will be shown in the open air where special cityscapes play a starring role.

Visit the Rotterdam Rooftop Days
During the Rotterdam Rooftop Days, the open roofs can only be visited with a rooftop pass, which is valid for one day (on Saturday or Sunday). Tickets for tours or specials do not require a rooftop pass, but with a pass you get a discount on tour tickets. Rooftop passes are on sale via the Rotterdam Rooftop Days website, starting from April onwards. Ticket sales for tours and specials start in May.

Here you can find the rooftops you can visit:https://rotterdamsedakendagen.nl/plattegrond/

RYPP Wine Festival @ Drijvend Pavilion
May 31 @ 04:00 – Jun 2 @ 22:00

The Boulevard Edition

The Drijvend pavilion and the Kade is the location for this three-day event, offering delicious wines, culinary delights, and surprising acts.

RYPP guides you through the search for your favorite wine. Restaurants (pop-up and regular) and chefs from Rotterdam embrace the challenge of serving you the most delicious dishes to pair with your favorite wine!

At the foot of the Erasmus bridge with view on the water you can enjoy a good glass of wine and get into the summer mood.


Blues Festival @ Zoetermeer Centre
May 31 @ 18:30 – Jun 3 @ 09:30

Zoetermeer Blues Festival
This year there are a total of 25 bands taking part.
They will be performing at various locations in and around the village centre of Zoetermeer.

Friday 31 May starts in the evening with a Pubtour https://zoetermeer-blues.nl/pub-tour-2/

On Saturday 1 June there will be live music on two  stages in the centre from 12:00 to 23:30 on.
In addition, there are after-parties with live music.

Sunday, there will be a full program on Nicolaasplein from 13 – 20 h.

Apart from music there will be a cozy food market with stalls and rolling kitchens on Saturday and Sunday.

Le Marie Marché, French Market @ Het Plein
Jun 1 – Jun 2 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

Bouncy Castle Festival @ Herenstraat
Jun 2 all-day

Luchtkussen festival on the Herenstraat in Voorhout. Bouncy fun on the largest Street of the Netherlands. More than 25 attractions. Climbing, jumping and sliding. Remember to bring your swimming costume because there are so many awesome water rides that you should try it out.

IMPORTANT the event is for the youth up to 14 years, for the smaller children, there is a crazy children’s square where you can play under supervision.

There are 2000 wristbands for sale. OP = OP

Sale start 12.00h, price €5.00 per wristband, without wristband – NO participation.

Parents, counselors have free access.

While enjoying a snack and drink on one of the many terraces you can listen to the various fun bands. In short, a great day out for the whole family.
Would you like to know more, please contact info@luchtkussenfestival.nl