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Feb
15
Fri
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.

SELFIES
‘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.

SKIRT
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

Apr
1
Mon
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/

Apr
12
Fri
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

Apr
13
Sat
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

Apr
21
Sun
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

Apr
27
Sat
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.

History
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.

Fragile
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.

Apr
30
Tue
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

May
1
Wed
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.

May
3
Fri
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.

Programme
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/

May
4
Sat
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

May
5
Sun
Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
May 5 all-day

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

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

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

Accessibility
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.

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

Bevrijdingsfestival

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!

May
6
Mon
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

May
8
Wed
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).

Free Belly Dance Classes @ Delft and Hillegersberg
May 8 @ 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

May
9
Thu
Food Truck Festival Trek @ Vroesenpark
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Vroesenpark transforms into a large open-air restaurant with dozens of mobile kitchens where food, drinks, live music and theater are combined.

There’s plenty to see while savoring the most delicious snacks. There’s a stage for music and performing arts in the ‘BurgeRmeester’, a theater convoy moves through the park to entertain the audience, and crowd-pleasing carnival classics are set up for some good, old-fashioned fun. As the night falls, the best funk, soul and ‘80’s songs fill up the dancefloor.

Entrance to the park is free!

 

It is advisable to go on your bike!

Opening hours 10-13 May:

Thursday 10 from 14- 23 h

Friday 11 from 16 – 23 h

Saturday 12 from 14 – 23 h

Sunday 13 from 14 – 21.30h

May
10
Fri
English Theatre: The Amazing Bubble Man @ Koninklijke Schouwburg
May 10 – May 11 all-day

Be a bubble head
The English Theatre has a treat in store for audiences young and old at the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, is forever blowing bubbles and not just any bubbles but ‘square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines and people inside bubbles’.
Pearl likes to engage the audience so don’t be surprised if he turns you into a bubble head. He is accompanied on flute, voice, and accordion by musician Jetty Swart. May 10 and 11 (there are two shows on this day)

Festival “Aangeschoten Wild” @ Lijm & Cultuur
May 10 all-day

Festival Aangeschoten Wild is an accessible music- and culture-festival in Delft, that aims to invite their audience to discover and explore new forms of culture. The festival grounds – in and around an old glue factory – have ample room for over 40 artists, ranging from small-scale theatre performances to shows of tomorrow’s leading bands. Artists of national fame complement local and regional talents, from a wide variety of genres: pop, rock, ska, singer-songwriter and electronica. More than 200 students work together to make everything happen and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere seen at Festival Aangeschoten Wild – May 10th for the 11th time!

 

From 15.30 until 2 in the morning

 

Salsa aan de Haven @ LantarenVenster
May 10 @ 21:30 – May 11 @ 01:00

SALSA aan de Haven on Friday 10 May at 21: 30

Once a month LantarenVenster organizes a salsa evening in cooperation with Salsa aan de Haven. On these evenings  the lobby is taken over by professional DJs and a lot of dancing people and literally transformed into a Latin American Ballroom. With the best salsa, Bachata and Kizomba!

The salsa-evening starts at 21: 30 and lasts until 01: 00.

Come along and dance along!

Admission: € 5,-

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

ART Breda is the prime fair for art, antiques and design in the south of the Netherlands.

This event, taking place at Breepark in Breda, is the foremost event in the south of the country for anyone who admires intriguing and unusual works of art and design, and one-of-a-kind antiques.

Famous art dealers and collectors from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will exhibit their collections, inviting visitors to journey through European paintings from the 17th century right up to the 21st century, as well as exotic Asiatic art, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, jewellery, clocks and prints.

Special activities at ART Breda

A number of special exhibitions and activities are going on for the duration of ART Breda.

The Royal VHOK Pavillion

There will be daily art sessions run by the Royal VHOK, inviting you to experience art and antiques in-depth. The Royal VHOK is the Dutch society of antique dealers and is the oldest and most renowned organisation of antiques dealers in the Netherlands. The society aims to bring the highest standards, practical knowledge and discerning taste in exploring the field of art.

Daily tours

Twice daily, you can take a free tour of the fair, guided by art historian Marius van Dam. These tours take place at 12.30pm and 4pm each day and you can take part by signing up at the information desk.

 

Source: IamExpat

Funky Vegan Festival
May 11 – May 12 all-day

Are you vegetarian, vegan, concerned about the future of our planet or just passionate about eating well? Funky Vegan Festival in Amsterdam is not just for those who are fully committed to a sustainable, cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle – it’s an event to inspire you and welcomes anyone curious about veganism.

The go-to event for plant-based and vegetable-lovers.

For two days in May, Funky Vegan Festival takes Ruigoord by storm. Funky Vegan Festival is a haven of tasty animal-free comfort food provided by multiple local and international food stands and vendors. The impressive variety ranges from local dishes to Asian dishes and vegan roti – in other words: a medley of vegan delights from around the world.

As well as food, there will be various types of craft beers and natural wines to complement the vegan bites. This is the go-to event for plant-based and vegetable-loving expats in Ruigoord area of Amsterdam.

Open-air festivities for funky vegans

At the open-air Funky Vegan Festival, there will be bands and local DJs, a fire show and information booths. You can mingle with animal rights activists, share ideas on veganism or simply chill out with some delicious cruelty-free food. Pets are allowed and the event will be child-friendly, so expect a welcoming festival for all the family. Check out the Funky Vegan Festival event page for more information.

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

It’s cocktail o’clock this May in the International City of Peace & Justice with the first edition of The Hague Cocktail Week.

The premium bar and cocktail scene in the city has exploded over the past 18 months with the likes of The Five Points, Syndicaat and The Court, joining the established venues of VaVoom!, Spark and De Snoeshaen. From tiki style beach bars to hidden speakeasies, the city now offers an extensive and confident range of venues that are snapping at the heels of those in neighbouring Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

“Cocktail culture in The Hague is booming”, said Stephan Koese of Diageo. “We’ve seen a quality bar opening roughly once every three months over the past year, while the more established names in the city keep doing well”.

“It’s Diageo’s mission to educate bartenders and consumers in order to support fine drinking by using our World Class competition and portfolio. The Hague Cocktail Week is a perfectly timed initiative in line with that mission, which is why we jumped on the occasion to be a headline sponsor”.

From Grote Markt to Scheveningen beach, over 15 venues will be participating in the event this year, with each venue showcasing three cocktails for just €6 each from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 May. Mixologists and brand ambassadors will also be hosting a wide range of masterclasses, tastings and themed events, ranging from a celebration of 100 years of the Negroni via a Bloody Mary brunch through to a guest-chef and mixologist Mexican themed dinner at Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Basaal.

“The Hague Cocktail Week allows us to showcase our style, knowledge, art and passion”, said Eddy Trenidad of the recently opened Bricks and Meatcave venue on Prinsestraat. “We can promote the uniqueness of our tailor-made cocktails, and along with Meatcave bring food-pairing to the fore”.

A wide selection of leading liquors are joining the week including Casamigos tequila and mescal co-founded by Hollywood’s George Clooney, Talisker single malt whisky from the Isle of Skye, Monkey 47 gin from Germany’s Black Forest, Schiedam’s historic Ketel One vodka, English gin Tanqueray Number Ten, super-premium rum Zacapa from the mountains of Guatemala, award-winning Altos tequila, Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky, a wide range of vermouth’s from The Vermouth Company, Don Papa rum from the Philippines, liquors and jenevers from The Hague’s very own Van Kleef, and the exciting range of botanically brewed tonics from England’s Fentimans.

To get the best from The Hague Cocktail Week, consumers can buy a €12 wristband in advance from venues or the festival website which entitles them to buy cocktails at €6 each, plus significant discounts on tickets for events and masterclasses.

The Hague Cocktail Week runs at participating venues city wide from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 May, and is generously sponsored by Diageo, Fentimans, Hanos and Pernod Ricard, and supported by Van Kleef. For more information on participating bars, events and to purchase wristbands in advance please visit www.thehaguecocktailweek.com

The packed agenda can be viewed HERE – with over 30 different tastings, food pairings, deals, cruises and so much more, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you get your wristband! Please note this is an over-18s event.

May
12
Sun
Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
May 12 all-day

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

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

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

Accessibility
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.

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Home Made Market – On Tour @ Vredenburgplein
May 12 all-day

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

 

 

 

Pure Markt @ Amstelpark
May 12 all-day

Pure Markt features 80+ vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. Sunday from 11 to 17 hours. Every second Sunday at Amsterdamse Bos

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.