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Exhibition at Rijksmuseum: All the Rembrandts @ rijksmuseum
Exhibition at Rijksmuseum: All the Rembrandts @ Rijksmuseum

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.


Movies that matter – Film Festival @ filmhuis and theater aan het spui
Movies that matter - Film Festival @ Filmhuis and Theater aan het Spui | The Hague | South Holland | Netherlands

Every year the Movies that Matter Festival presents around 60 recent feature films and documentaries by passionate filmmakers, embedded in an extensive programme of debates and in-depth discussions. Films that stir the debate on human rights, peace and freedom. All films are in English or are subtitled.

Opening film
This year’s Movies that Matter film and debate festival will kick off with the screening of the colourful opening film Goldie by Dutch director Sam de Jong, about a headstrong, feisty teenager who fights to keep her sisters with her after their mother has been arrested.

Human rights and human dignity
The festival has 2 main components. The Activist competition programme shows special documentaries about the work and life of human rights defenders. Camera Justitia is the competition programme with feature films and documentaries on legal dilemmas, truth-finding, international law and the fight against impunity.

The new Dutch Movies Matter competition programme will screen feature films and documentaries from the Netherlands that open our eyes to human rights. In ‘Weapon of Choice’, 5 prominent Dutch people select a film of which they are convinced that everyone should have seen it.

There will also be a Best of #MtMF19 on Saturday, 30 March with 3 of the best festival films.

Debates and Q&A Sessions
Unlike other festivals, the Movies that Matter Festival provides extensive in-depth programmes for most film screenings, which allows members of the audience to interact with festival guests from all over the world in debates, Q&A sessions, workshops, talk shows, seminars and master classes. These programmes also inform the public about the background of the films and the choices that have been made during their shooting. The contribution of representatives from the world of theatre, politics, science and business often leads to surprising discussions that enable the audience to look beyond its own borders.

The week-long film and debate festival will include a number of festive award ceremonies. An international jury will award the Golden Butterfly Activist Documentary Award and Golden Butterfly Activist Human Rights Award on Wednesday, 27 March as well as the Golden Butterfly Camera Justitia Award during the festive Camera Justitia Night on Thursday, 28 March.

About the festival The Movies that Matter Festival is an initiative of the Dutch chapter of Amnesty International. The festival’s partners are Amnesty International and the Municipality of The Hague.

More info
Visit the website of the Movies that Matter Festival for the complete programme and to purchase tickets. Don’t wait too long because film screenings sell out quickly!

Festival Cement – Theatre Festival @ werkwarenhuis
Festival Cement - Theatre Festival @ WerkWarenHuis

Festival Cement is the go-to festival for theatre and choreography in the Netherlands. Nestled in various locations throughout the cosy city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch, the various events offer unique interplay between audience, artist and performer.

The scope of the festival is overwhelmingly broad. It is an important programme for the next generation of young creatives in theatre and dance from the Netherlands, Belgium and beyond.

Festival Cement programme 2019
The extensive programme includes many performances that do not require an understanding of any specific language or are English spoken. In other words: perfect for expats! Here is a handful of outstanding works that will be featured at this year’s Festival Cement programme:

[March 24-25] Andreas Hannes – The City: A Skipping Piece
Two performers enter the stage and start skipping. Pathways emerge and geometrical shapes become visible as the dancers move around inside an imagined city grid. With The City – A Skipping Piece, Andreas Hannes studies the notion of distance, focusing on the tension between bodies, principles and perspectives.

[March 26-27] Floor van Leeuwen – MUUR
A group of people is running into a wall without stopping. Each moves at their own speed, but ultimately they unite – like a single surging body. Rather than being a tragic metaphor for the insignificance of man, MUUR (Wall) is a joint effort to be hopeful against everything that threatens to make us lose faith.

[March 22-24] Hannah De Meyer – new skin
A young generation of anti-racist writers, climate activists and economists is on the rise. Young people, who were born into a world that is broken, who look around and ask: “Really? Is this what you’ve left us?” new skin is a monologue by the virtuoso Hannah De Meyer that deals with this indignation and the determination, energy and love that come with it.

[March 28-30] Jaha Koo – Cuckoo
In Cuckoo, the South Korean theatre maker / composer Jaha Koo shares the stage with three hacked, talking rice steamers. The steamers are Koo’s conversation partners in a series of excruciatingly funny dialogues about the lonely lives that young Koreans lead. Just how do you grow up in a hypermodern, achievement-oriented society troubled by social isolation, youth unemployment and high suicide rates?

[March 28-30] Marta and Kim – Engel
In Engel, we witness two performers – a circus acrobat and a dancer – working with body weight, momentum and direction. A physical duet about the inner battle inside each of us, between the different sides of our personalities and those things in life whose meaning is hard for us to fathom.

[March 27-30] Milou van Duijnhoven – Monumental Metamorphosis
For Monumental Metamorphosis, performer Milou van Duijnhoven has dedicated herself to studying the art of Japanese fencing. The show is about the human guts to recreate oneself. About relinquishing without compromise and the endlessly echoing hope for ongoing transformation.

[March 28-29] Piet Van Dycke & Annemijn Rijk – Lullaby
Lullaby is a contemporary cradlesong in dance that is sure to jolt you awake. An absurdist and acrobatic duet aimed at the one problem all millennials face: the idea that our lives should always be fun. Living like tinned sardines is not our ambition and hasn’t been for a long time.

[March 26-27] Compagnie Monica/ Sarah Bostoen – Poetic Machine
Choreographer Sarah Bostoen is shedding her light on the power of our brain, and its powerlessness. In Poetic Machine, we witness how the soul is cracked open in a number of dehumanized creatures. The audience is swept along on a sinister trip through a surreal world of movement. The arresting soundscape collides with breath and inner thoughts to create a dance that is powerful and psychologically charged.

The Festival Heart
Festival Cement also acts as a meeting place for theatre directors, producers, playwrights, actors, dancers and choreographers. The Festival Heart, or Festivalhart in Dutch, in the WerkWarenHuis, offers a temporary home for artists and audiences alike, and an ideal setting to meet, chat with the artists, have a drink or enjoy a meal.

As well as performances, there will be talks, debates and reflection sessions. Many of the events are expat-friendly, being either in English or without any spoken word. The festival programme has conveniently labelled such performances as “language no problem”.

Book your tickets
The ticket sales have started. The most convenient option is to buy your Festival Cement tickets online. Online tickets are available until one hour before the show. During the festival tickets are also available from the box office at the “Festival Heart”, opened daily from 3pm to 10pm. Payment can be made by card only.



Source: IamExpat

ARAB Film Festival @ lantarenvenster
ARAB Film Festival @ LantarenVenster | Rotterdam | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

This festival takes you into the wonderful world of Arab cinema! Featuring movies from all countries, languages, and cultures of the Arab world.

Movies, music, debates, and video art teach you all about the Arab world, showing you things you knew and things you didn’t, in a beautiful, intense, and compelling way.
The Arab Film Festival goes beyond the truth of many media outlets and shows us that there are many truths. War, sorrow, terror: all true, but what brings it forth and where does it lead? Nuance is key. But above all else, the festival adds a positive note to a sea of negative reports and shows us the bright side of the Arab world, which is very much present: humor, pride, and, despite all else, hope.


Terrace Festival @ janskerkhof
Terrace Festival @ Janskerkhof

Utrecht Terrace Festival is back. Time to kick off Dutch terrace season on March 29 and 30: the terraces of Utrecht will be bustling with festivities, food, music performances and, most importantly, people relaxing and enjoying themselves.

Friday from 16-1 am

Saturday from 14 – 1 am

Terraces in the heart of Utrecht

The “terrace season” of Utrecht kicks off nicely with the striking cherry blossoms all over the terraces of the Janskerkhof. That’s why the theme is “Japan”, the land of the rising sun. From cherry blossom to sushi and sake, you can take a virtual trip to Japan on these festive spring days in Utrecht.

Utrecht Terrace Festival bars and cafes

Utrecht Terrace Festival kicks off at 4pm on Friday, March 29 until 1am and goes on the following day from 2pm until 1am. Celebrate at a bar near you.

The participating bars and cafes include:

.>Café Hofman
>De Jans Bar
>‘t Pakhuis
>De Oude Tijd

Besides these, there will also be drink trucks and food trucks, including a wine bar truck, a speciality beer truck and a pop-up cocktail bar.


There are a few more participating food trucks and bands that will be announced in due course. Keep an eye on the Utrecht Terrace Festival website for the most up-to-date information.

Source: IamExpat

Home Made Market @ kerkplein
Home Made Market @ Kerkplein | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Home Made Markt on Kerkplein, Saturday and Sunday 11-17h

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.

For more information:


Noordeinde Nocturne @ various locatation on noordeinde
Noordeinde Nocturne @ various locatation on Noordeinde | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Noordeinde Nocturne
‘Noordeinde Nocturne’ on Saturday, 30 March stands for a cultural spectacle in The Hague lasting until deep in the night. A romantic evening filled with beautiful music, art, fashion and food.

You are invited to this special evening when Noordeinde will be festively illuminated by torches. You will be swept away by the musical sounds produced by a variety of musicians while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine.

Musical treats

The evening begins at 17.00 hrs. when the The Hague Youth Symphony Orchestra performs a lively opening concert in the Waalse Kerk. Throughout the evening you can enjoy performances by different ensembles made up of members from the Residentie Orkest and students from the Royal Conservatoire. They will perform classical and jazz music at various locations on Noordeinde.

The Residentie Orkest will close the evening with a concert in the Waalse Kerk (Noordeinde 23/25) beginning at 22.00 hrs.

More information
Noordeinde Nocture begins at 17.00 hrs. and lasts until midnight with the participating art galleries and design stores staying open until 22.00 hrs. All of the concerts are free of charge.

The restaurants will be serving a special menu during Noordeinde Nocturne.

The complete programme for Noordeinde Nocturne can be found at the participating galleries and on


Garden activities for kids @ de sleutelbloem
Garden activities for kids @ De Sleutelbloem

The Kindertuin “De Sleutelbloem” in the Delftse Hout offers all sorts of activities from 10:00 to 14:00, such as searching for worms, sowing star cherry and much more. You can also get information about gardening at a children’s garden. Experience an unforgettable garden day with your kids.

Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ scheveningen

The Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen feature several original German bunkers from the Second World War. The figurehead of the Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen is the command bunker in the complex Widerstandsnest 318 (Verteidigungsstab Badhuisweg). A man-bunker has also been set up in this complex and a toilet bunker has been made accessible. On regular open days it is possible to visit the command bunker, and there are volunteers ready to provide information and answer questions.

Widerstandsnest 318 Scheveningen
The primary museum location of the foundation is an authentically furnished command bunker of the type 608 (Bataillons-, Abteilungs- oder Regiments-Gefechtsstand). From this bunker and nearby villas in the Second World War the military command of Stützpunkgruppe Scheveningen was conducted by the occupying forces. The bunker is largely original and gives you the unique experience of a tangible past. There are also original historical objects of German, British, Canadian and American forces on display.

Man’s bunker
In the adjacent man-bunker bunker of the type 622 (Doppelgruppenunterstand) on the Badhuisweg there is a ‘time capsule’: one of the two lounges is furnished with exclusively unrestored objects. You get the impression that the bunker has remained untouched since the end of the Second World War. In reality, most bunkers in the Netherlands were looted after the war and stripped of all valuable parts. The other room is an exhibition space for photographs, art and historical objects.

The bunkers on the Badhuisweg are located at numbers 119-133, next to De Boshut coffee house. The museum is accessible by tram line 9. Get off at the Cremerweg stop, from there it is a two minute walk to the bunker. Car is free to park within walking distance of the museum

Entrance is 4 Euro (cash) and 2 Euro for children until 12 years.

Day Cruise to Maasvlakte 2 @ near spido office

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

Sand motor Run @ coast by the hague and monster
Sand motor Run @ Coast by The Hague and Monster  | The Hague | South Holland | Netherlands

The Sand Motor Run is a running competition on Sunday, 31 March on the Sand Motor on the coast by The Hague and Monster. You can choose between a run of either 5 or 10 kilometres on the sand. There is also a KidsRun of 2 kilometres.

The course
You can find a map of the 5K and 10K races on the website. The races will be held completely on the sand, which can be quite loose. It will be a tough race so be sure that you are well-trained. You will not need to wade through the water.

It is also possible to take part in a morning walk starting at 8.00 hrs.

About the Sand Motor
Both distances take place on the beach and on the Sand Motor. The Sand Motor is a hook-shaped peninsula created by sand replenishment operations. The Sand Motor is an example of building with nature. By depositing a large amount of sand in a single operation, we can avoid repeated disruption of the vulnerable seabed. Nature will take the sand to the right place.

The Sand Motor was created in 2011 by Rijkswaterstaat and the Province of Zuid-Holland. Since then the peninsula is changing the form of the coast, creating new currents. Over a number of years the Sand Motor will be totally absorbed by the coast and will have done its job.

Anyone 12 years and older can sign up for the 5K race and people 16 years and older can sign up for the 10K race. The registration fee is € 10.00 (€ 2.50 for the KidsRun).

You can collect your bib number at the secretariat by the starting line on the day of the race. The 5K and 10K runs start at 11.00 hrs. and the KidsRun starts at 12.30 hrs. If there are still bib numbers available, you can sign up for the race on the day itself.

All the money from the registration fees will go towards Roparun, a big running event which raises money for cancer patients and their families.

More info
To register for the race and for more information, go to


Tulip Festival @ various locations in amsterdam
Tulip Festival @ various locations in Amsterdam  | Amsterdam | North Holland | Netherlands

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

Delft Moves Festival @ theater de veste
Delft Moves Festival @ Theater de Veste

The annual Delft Moves festival is coming, and the Theater de Veste is going to be all about dance. A large number of partners, including Delft voor Elkaar, House of Styles and Dance Project, have joined forces to get young Delft moving during the festival, beforehand in the neighbourhoods and at the schools.

World Cup breakdance heroes come to Delft

The Ruggeds will open the Delft Moves festival on Friday 5 April. These breakdance heroes mix music, acrobatics, humor and dance into a stunning show. The international press is also enthusiastic: “Quite a rush to experience,” says The Guardian. “Kept topping their energy,” praised The New York Times. Tip: go to the special workshop before the festival which will be given as a warm up by the group’s dancers on Saturday 30 March in Theater de Veste.

Participate, watch and enjoy

Saturday afternoon April 6 is the stage for young Delft during the “Local Talent Stage”. You can participate in cool dance workshops, an “open floor” and there are a series of battles. Including the Peanut Battle for little ones between the ages of 4 and 7, the Kids Battle and the Junior Battle. As icing on the cake at the end of the afternoon more than a hundred children from seven different Delft neighborhoods perform. The dance party is concluded with performances by top dancers Shane Boers (among others, finalist Red Bull BC One) and Justen Beer (among others winner of “Everybody Dance Now”).

“A Bengali firework of pointed variations” – de Volkskrant

Meet the stars of the future in a program that combines classical ballet at the highest level with works by the idiosyncratic choreographers Daniela Cardim, Wubkje Kuindersma and Milena Sidorova. On Sunday 7 April we will close the Delft Moves festival with the Junior Company of the famous National Ballet. Prior to the performance “Unboxing Ballet” the company shows a peek into the kitchen; you can attend a ballet class for free.

Jump, run and especially dance (!) To Theater de Veste. Order your tickets now for the different parts. For the first two days (5 and 6 April) it is possible to purchase an attractive combination ticket for young people at € 17.50. You can find more information on the website.

Biggest Flea Market @ ij hallen

Great sales and a great atmosphere at the Ij Hallen Flea Market

The IJ-Hallen is the biggest and most unique flea market in Europe and is located in the most densely populated area of The Netherlands. Because of the size of the market, supply and demand are perfectly balanced and you will have a great chance of finding what you are looking for. The IJ-Hallen is recommended to anyone who loves flea markets and great bargains.

Free parking
There is a free parking opportunity opposite to Papaverweg 50, 1032 KJ Amsterdam. From there you can go to the IJ-Hallen via the bridge by foot. It will be appoximately a 3-minute walk. Another option is parking closer to the market. However, parking fees are required there for visitors, which cost from 9am € 1,30 per hour and €7,80 a daycard. The choice is yours. The free NDSM-ferry from Amsterdam Central Station makes your visit definitely worthwhile.
Entrance fee is € 5,00 and only € 2,00 for kids aged 11 or younger.

Duinenmars – Hike through the Dunes @ kijkduin
Duinenmars - Hike through the Dunes @ Kijkduin | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Experience The Hague’s spectacular nature and get some exercise during the 68th annual Duinenmars on 6 and 7 April.

Participants in the Duinenmars can choose to walk 5, 10, 15, 25 and 40 kilometres. You can walk these distances on Saturday and/or Sunday. Proceeds from the Duinenmars go to Scouting in South Holland and to handicapped children.

Distances and starting times
Distances Starting times
5 km * 9.00 to 15.00 hrs.
10 km * and 15 km 9.00 to 14.00 hrs.
25 km 8.30 to 11.00 hrs.
40 km 8.00 to 10.00 hrs.
Distances Starting times
* Also suitable for participants with baby buggies and wheelchairs.

The start desk closes on both days at 17.00 hrs.

All participants who complete a walk for the first time or who are back for an anniversary walk (for example, for the 5th or 10th time) will receive a medal. All other participants receive a number corresponding to the number of times they have taken part in the event. Groups with a minimum of a 12 people are eligible for a group’s prize.

Route booklets
Booklets with the various walking routes will be on sale and can be used to collect stamps for the various distances. For distances of 10 kilometres and more, an I.V.V. stamp will be given.

More info
All of the various walks begin and end at the car park on the Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan in Kijkduin. This start can easily be reached by public transportation with Bus 23, 24 and 26.

The cost to participate is € 4.00 per person with a medal and € 3.00 per person without a medal.

For more information about the annual walking event, please visit the website of the Duinenmars.

IamExpat Fair @ westergasfabriek
IamExpat Fair @ Westergasfabriek | Amsterdam | Noord-Holland | Netherlands

We are pleased to announce the IamExpat Fair Amsterdam 2019, which will take place on Saturday April 6 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek.

The meeting place for expats and local businesses
The IamExpat Fair is designed to support internationals in the Netherlands, providing them with everything they need in one location, on one day!

Running from 10am to 5pm in the Zuiveringshal West at Westergasfabriek, this free single-day event will host stands from dozens of companies and organisations working in housing, careers, education, expat services, health & leisure and family needs.

Free workshops and presentations will be happening throughout the day at Het Ketelhuis, North Sea Jazz Club and the Werkkamer.

At the IamExpat Fair in Amsterdam you can:
– Get assistance to find a rental property or understand Dutch mortgages
– Meet with recruiters and companies that are hiring
– Attend workshops about living and working in the Netherlands
– Learn about advancing your career through professional development
– Benefit from many special offers
– Find local health and lifestyle organisations
– Bring the whole family; there’s a play space for kids provided by Hestia Kinderopvang
– Connect with like-minded locals and expats from around the world

Sponsors of the IamExpat Fair Amsterdam 2018 include:
ABN AMRO International Clients,, Nyenrode Business University, Expat Mortgages, UvA Talen, Lassus Tandartsen, Projob, Poundwise and Voorma & Millenaar.

Hipfest Pop Festival @ scheveningen
Hipfest Pop Festival @ Scheveningen  | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

HipFest pop festival
The free pop music festival HipFest takes place in Scheveningen village on Saturday, 6 April. The Keizerstraat will be bursting at the seams when nearly 30 mainly local bands take to the stage.

HipFest is back with live music at 6 venues in the Keizerstraat in Scheveningen village. Organisers of the HipFest have 1 big goal: to bring more live music to Scheveningen. Both established names as well as up-and-coming bands and young talent will take to the stage.

The programme is broad and should appeal to all kinds of musical tastes from indie rock, alternative rock and garage rock to reggae, Americana, folk and singer-songwriter.

More info
The HipFest will take place from 19.00 to 3.30 hrs. on Saturday, 6 April at participating venues in and around the Keizerstraat in Scheveningen.

Entrance is free of charge.

More information can be found at and the Facebook page of HipFest.

Children’s Book Fair @ london bridge kids center
Children's Book Fair @ London Bridge Kids Center

Discover a world of literature with a charming children’s Book Fair at the international children’s centre here in The Hague!

The mission of London Bridge Kids Centre is to provide and promote high quality early learning and child care international programs to meet the needs of children and international families in The Hague.

Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ scheveningen

The Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen feature several original German bunkers from the Second World War. The figurehead of the Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen is the command bunker in the complex Widerstandsnest 318 (Verteidigungsstab Badhuisweg). A man-bunker has also been set up in this complex and a toilet bunker has been made accessible. On regular open days it is possible to visit the command bunker, and there are volunteers ready to provide information and answer questions.

Widerstandsnest 318 Scheveningen
The primary museum location of the foundation is an authentically furnished command bunker of the type 608 (Bataillons-, Abteilungs- oder Regiments-Gefechtsstand). From this bunker and nearby villas in the Second World War the military command of Stützpunkgruppe Scheveningen was conducted by the occupying forces. The bunker is largely original and gives you the unique experience of a tangible past. There are also original historical objects of German, British, Canadian and American forces on display.

Man’s bunker
In the adjacent man-bunker bunker of the type 622 (Doppelgruppenunterstand) on the Badhuisweg there is a ‘time capsule’: one of the two lounges is furnished with exclusively unrestored objects. You get the impression that the bunker has remained untouched since the end of the Second World War. In reality, most bunkers in the Netherlands were looted after the war and stripped of all valuable parts. The other room is an exhibition space for photographs, art and historical objects.

The bunkers on the Badhuisweg are located at numbers 119-133, next to De Boshut coffee house. The museum is accessible by tram line 9. Get off at the Cremerweg stop, from there it is a two minute walk to the bunker. Car is free to park within walking distance of the museum

Entrance is 4 Euro (cash) and 2 Euro for children until 12 years.

Prins Hendrik Spring Festival @ prins hendrikstraat
Prins Hendrik Spring Festival @ Prins Hendrikstraat  | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Prins Hendrik Spring Festival

Sunday the 7th of April is the first party of the year in the Prins Hendrikstraat! We celebrate the spring, live music, good food and drinks, merry-go-round and old Dutch games and, of course, a local market.

Mega flea market @ nordplein

Flea market on Noordplein in Rotterdam on Sunday 7 April from 9 – 10 am.

National Museum Week @ 400 museums
National Museum Week @ 400 Museums | Netherlands

About National Museum Week 2019

During National Museum Week 2019 over 400 museums throughout the Netherlands participate in a celebration of the country’s rich cultural capital by offering special entry fees and organising various activities.

During this week, many museums choose to grant access at a discount or even for free.

This year’s theme

This year’s theme is “Our real gold”, inspiring museums to show off their true treasures and showpieces. Museums revive the past by storing and exhibiting the world’s treasures, offering us an escape from our daily fast-paced routines.

Throughout the museums, seven real golden treasures are flaunted as this year’s grand attraction.

Museum card

If this week leaves you hungry for more, you may be interested in purchasing one of the many useful cultural cards and passes the Netherlands has to offer; the museum card. This card costs 64,90 Euros per year for adults, and allows you free access at a large number of museums in the Netherlands.



Praatcafe – Dutch Borrel (Speaking Dutch event) @ citizen m

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.



Sport Film Festival @ lantarenvenster
Sport Film Festival @ LantarenVenster | Rotterdam | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam from Thursday April 10th till Saturday April 14th, 2019, it is the fifth edition of the Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam taking place in LantarenVenster.

Sport and culture are two of Rotterdams most important departments. The Sports Film Festival is a great example of how the two can be combined.

During this film festival, you can spend the weekend enjoying beautiful films and documentaries about professional and amateur athletes.
The AD Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam uses an artistic and cultural program to expose the essence of sports. Featuring stories shown on the silver screen, talk shows and more.


Kings’ Day Fair @ malieveld
Kings' Day Fair @ Malieveld | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

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

The Hague Freedom Weeks @ various places in the hague
The Hague Freedom Weeks @ Various Places in The Hague | The Hague | South Holland | Netherlands

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


Source: Gemeente Den Haag

World Press Photo Festival @ westergasfabriek
World Press Photo Festival @ Westergasfabriek | Amsterdam | Noord-Holland | Netherlands

The World Press Photo Festival 2019 takes place at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek on Friday 12 and  Saturday 13 April from 10:00-22:00 daily.

You can expect a vibrant program of presentations, meetups and workshops featuring special guests including award-winning visual journalists.

Your ticket will also give you access to our partner locations De Nieuwe Kerk, Foam, Huis Marseille and Het Ketelhuis.

Find out more at

Spring Beer Festival @ grote markt
Spring Beer Festival @ Grote Markt

As lovers of tasty, expertly brewed specialty beer, the Dutch must be looking forward to the Lentebier festival at Grote Markt. Twelve high-quality brewers from all over the country are on tap to present their most impressive brews to the public. It promises to be a great event with specialty beers that simply cannot be found elsewhere!
Specialty beer tasting is done from 15cl glasses. so that guests can properly assess the different brews, because it’s all about discovering and experiencing special Dutch barley beer. This is accompanied with delicious food and classic vinyl records. In short: all the ingredients for a great start to spring!

Participating brewers

Kompaan Bier | vandeStreek beer Frontaal Brewery | De Molen Brewery | DAVO Brewery Deventer | Jopen | Two Chefs Brewing | Bird Brewery Oedipus Brewing Owl Brewing Company | Brouwerij Troost

Tasting glass: 5 Euro and coins 2.5 Euro

Friday from 14 – 23 and Saturday from 13 – 23

There are various restaurants and cafés on Grote Markt, including De Zwarte Ruiter, Zèta, Boterwaag and Vavoom Tikiroom and around the corner from Rootz. In the summer, the square turns into a large terrace that is visited by many. On the Grote Markt, however, you can not only enjoy cozy food and drinks: in the Pop District , especially in the summer months, many free performances by bands and acts are given.

Day of The Hague History (Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis) @ plein
Day of The Hague History (Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis) @ Plein  | Den Haag | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

History of The Hague Day
The free History of The Hague Day (Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis) takes place on Saturday, 13 April. Take part in one of the many activities and discover the rich history of The Hague.

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More than 30 museums, historical institutes and volunteer groups are participating in the History of The Hague Day. Participating organisations will highlight The Hague of the 17th century. They will organise all kinds of activities such as city walks, guided tours, lectures, boat trips, driving tours and workshops.

Golden history
This year’s theme is ‘gold’, inspired by Rembrandt and the Golden Age. This year special attention will be given to William of Orange. As Father of the Nation, William has been standing on his pedestal on the Plein since 1848. An enormous platform during the Golden History of The Hague Day will allow everyone to gaze into the statesman’s eyes.

English programme
This year organisers are making an effort to include non-Dutch speakers, with an extensive programme for English-speaking people. Meanwhile children can take part in all kinds of fun activities on the Plein like playing old Dutch games such as marbles, stilt walking, spinning tops and shuffleboard.

All English-language activities can be found on the website of the event.

Plein: main location
The main location for the day is the Plein where you can visit a historical market, pick up tickets for activities, enjoy a snack and listen to live music.

The participating organisations will present themselves there in the information market. Starting at 11.00 hrs. you can collect your tickets at the various booths to take part in some of the (mostly) free events on a first-come first-served basis.

The organised walks and (boat) tours take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Check the programme for exact details.

More info
The day’s programme lasts from 11.00 to 16.00 hrs. on Saturday, 13 April.

The day is mostly free of charge, but some activities will charge a small fee. Make sure you pick up your tickets at the stands of the participating organisations on the Plein. For the children’s activities you can pick up a free ‘strippenkaart’ at the information booth of The Hague Municipal Archives or at Cafe Het Kippenhok in the big tent.

Take a look at the full programme on

Flowerparade @ bollenstreek
Flowerparade @ Bollenstreek | Lisse | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Flower parade
Enjoy the bulb growing area’s unique flower parade! Colourful floats covered in bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils will parade past you. The theme for the 2019 flower parade is: ”Changing World”.

On Saturday 13 April, the 72nd edition of the Bollenstreek [bulb growing area] Bloemencorso will follow a 40 km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Around 15:30 the flower parade will pass Keukenhof along the road on the main car park side which will have been rechristened the Keukenhofboulevard. You can view the bloemencorso along the road that passes Keukenhof’s main entrance. After which you can continue your visit to Keukenhof.

Please note it will be very busy in and around Keukenhof and roads will be closed from approximately 13h00 to 17h30. You will not be able to access or leave Keukenhof’s parking during this time. We recommend that you arrive at Keukenhof before 11h00.

More information on the Bloemencorso at