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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.
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.
You can find more information under Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park.
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
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!
THE FORMER POST OFFICE AT THE COOLSINGEL
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.
TUE 4 UNTIL SUN 9 JUNE
Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival comes to Rotterdam! Discover and engage with a carefully honed selection of cinema from Spain and Spanish speaking Latin America.
This year, Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival will take you on an exciting and heart-warming journey through the world of Spanish cinema, music and gastronomy. Along the way, you will discover a handpicked selection of films from various genres.
What to expect
From engaging thrillers to entertaining comedies, from moving dramas and action movies to documentaries, this selection will once again demonstrate the dynamism and creativity of Spanish cinema today. Filmmakers and actors will join you at the festival to present their work and bring some extra background and insight to the screenings. Tasty food will follow most of the screenings: jamón ibérico and other Spanish nibbles will accompany Spanish drinks.
All films are in Spanish, with subtitles in English.
The Haagse Wereld Hapjes food festival takes place on the Lange Voorhout at Whitsun Weekend from Friday, 7 June to Monday, 10 June. Some 25 local Hague restaurants will present their ethnic kitchens during the food festival.
WELCOME at the site of Haagse Wereld Hapjes, thanks for visiting us. The Hague has so many restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, that’s why we bring those cuisines together from 7 June till 10 June on the Lange Voorhout.
How much fun is it to have well known and lesser known kitchens in one place to discover and taste their delicious food?
Friday the 7th of June the third edition of the festival Haagse Wereld Hapjes will start! For three days, enjoy all the delights and good music.
The festival for everyone! For young and old.
Whether you want a fun night out? To have a extraordinary lunch, or an afternoon to enjoy with the kids? Haagse Wereld Hapjes is the place to be.
In the afternoons there are activities for kids, the restaurants will have special menus prepared.
Friday, 7 June from 16.00 to midnight
Saturday, 8 June from 12.00 to midnight
Sunday, 9 June from 13.00 to midnight
Monday, 10 June from 13.00 to 23.00 hrs.
Entrance to the food festival is free of charge. You can pay for the food and drinks with tokens.
More information about the food festival can be found at www.haagsewereldhapjes.nl.
Jazz in Duketown in Den Bosch
A real tip, see another town, namely Den Bosch and enjoy a free Jazz festival at the same time. From Friday to Monday throughout the picturesque center of Den Bosch.
There is something for all: saxophones, jazz orchestra, Cuban rhythms and so much more…. you can walk from one stage to the other.
- Rrrollend means food, drinks and fun. Enjoy the diversity of performances by local heroes, try the best special beers and enjoy the food of your choice.
In short, lots of fun to be had at Rrrollend Rotterdam! Noordplein!
Friday from 17: 00 to 23: 00,
Saturday, from 14: 00 to 23: 00
Sunday, from 14:00 to 23:00
Monday from 12: 00 to 21: 00
It is a cashless event. You can pay with your pincard only!
The Art Nouveau Festival
Feel the atmosphere of the Art Nouveau movement
Friday 7 to Monday 10 June 2019
The Hague around the year 1900, a city that is overflowing with new knowledge and modern inspiration. This was reflected in all forms of art: literature, music, visual arts, theatre and architecture.
On the Second day of Pentecost, 10 June we will celebrate the World of Art Nouveau Day.
The Hague Pride
From 6 to 9 June the rainbow flag can be hung out everywhere in the city during the first Hague Gay Pride. Prepare yourself for a programme chock-full of cultural, social and sports activities and of course one big celebration of diversity including the Royal Rainbow Parade.
The theme of The Hague Pride 2019 is ‘Don’t be afraid to connect’. The slogan places its finger on the essence of Pride: creating unity, eliminating prejudices and entering into dialogue from a positive viewpoint. And not to be afraid of the unknown and to respect each other despite our differences.
Highlights of the weekend programme include:
Official kick-off of The Hague Pride in Filmhuis Den Haag
Royal Rainbow Parade from the gay monument (Koekamp) to the Buitenhof
The Hague Pride Walk from the gay monument (Koekamp) to the Buitenhof
Festivities on the Lange Vijverberg including entertainment on the main stage during the day and a party in the evening
Rainbow Beach Volleyball Tournament at Beachclub People in Kijkduin.
After party in the Paard
The Hague Pride takes place at various locations in The Hague from 6 to 9 June. The main festival location on the Lange Vijverberg along the Hofvijver is open from 15.00 to 23.00 hrs. on Saturday, 8 June and from 16.00 to 22.00 hrs. on Sunday, 9 June.
Most activities are free of charge but tickets to the after party in the Paard on Saturday, 8 June cost € 15. They can be purchased through the website of The Hague Pride.
This year for the 3rd time the Gin Festival will take place in Utrecht. On Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June prison Wolvenplein will be transformed into the Gin-temple of Utrecht. More than 100 great brands from home and abroad come together to present themselves. It can be tasted, that is included in the entrance price, different masterclasses are followed, but above all you can enjoy an ice-cold Gin-Tonic with good company!
The Cultural diverse Festival Werelds Delfshaven takes place on the 7, 8 and 9 of June 2019. The Festival is located at Coolhaven, and with a beautiful view over the city the festival showcases the cultural, artistic and culinary highlights of Rotterdam-West.
Werelds Delfshaven festival is a journey of cultural exploration! One weekend, filled with music, dance, poetry, storytelling, art and culinary specialties from all over the world.
For the first time ever, ROEF presents its biggest and best edition: the ROEF weekender! Celebrate the heights of the city of Amsterdam from Friday afternoon until Saturday night! Be prepared for ROEF takeovers on Amsterdam’s coolest rooftops.
Celebrate on rooftops in Amsterdam
ROEF explores the current possibilities and the future potential of the rooftop landscape of Amsterdam. It has lots to offer; from many sustainable solutions to breathing space for city dwellers. Let’s go out there on the roof and explore the future.
ROEF locations on Friday, June 7
>Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam
ROEF locations on Saturday, June 8
>NEMO Science Museum
ROEF musical line-up
How about live music, spoken word and a silent disco to get your feet moving? Not only that, but you can also expect cocktails with rooftop-grown herbs, refreshing beers and tasty food. Plus, you’ll be exploring Amsterdam’s new rooftops and never-seen-before views.
The line-up includes, among others, Vondel Disco, Duke Of Tokyo, Pop-Up City, Rob Manga, Juicy, AMP Amsterdam Music Project, DUS and Café Rouge Amsterdam. Check updates of locations and programme on the ROEF website.
ROEF is an initiative by We The City, Frank Lee, Springtide Studios & Programmeursgilde. ROEF is proudly part of the European Rooftop Event Network.
The local amateur theatre group AATG will present an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ in Het Paradijs theatre of the Koninklijke Schouwburg on 7 and 8 June.
The tragedy of King Richard III excitingly presents ‘the whole course of his detested life and most deserved death.’ As we now know, it is a biased account, blackening Richard’s name while glorifying the rebellious earl who defeated him in battle (and became the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I, during whose reign Shakespeare lived and worked).
Let the Narrator guide you through the historical background of this troubled and turbulent time. Come along and enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.
This abridged version by John Kearey has been specially designed for Het Paradijs studio theatre and focuses on the women affected and afflicted by King Richard’s evil career.
The AATG’s ‘Richard III’ will be performed at 20.15 hrs. on Friday, 7 June and 15.00 hrs. and 20.15 hrs. on Saturday, 8 June in Het Paradijs studio theatre in the Koninklijke Schouwburg (Korte Voorhout 3) in The Hague.
Tickets cost € 14.00 for adults and € 11.00 for 18 years and younger and 65+. Tickets can be reserved through the website of Het Nationale Theater.
For more information visit the website of AATG.
Dance festival with techno, house, hiphop en R&B. Line up: Derrick May, Ben Sims, Benny Rodrigues, Michel de Hey, Chuckie, The Partysquad, Lucien Foort and many more. From 13 – 23 h in Kralingse Bos.
Once again the loyal fans of Rotterdams biggest dance festival can count on a great party.
Go on a mini holiday in Rotterdam! Music, sunshine and the little beach at Kralingse Plas; what else can you ask for? Check out the website and facebook pagina for more info and the latest updates.
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Delft·Fringe·Fes·ti·val (the; plural: unique) 1. uninhibited cultural 2. connects young artist with enthousiasts; 3. public performance of theatre, art, dance, music, etc. 4. Delft transforms into an extraordinary multi-day stage.
Delft Fringe Festival is a leading festival where up-and-coming talents, old souls and free spirits provoke cultural goosebumps. The divers program connects musicians, dancers, theatre performers and other performing artists to enthousiasts, epicureans, connoisseurs and discoverers. Delft Fringe Festival will let you discover Delft in an exciting new theatrical way.
Enjoy your visit
Are you looking for performances where language is no problem? Or you don’t speak Dutch? No Problem! Look for the LNP-indication in the program for performances in English, visual theatre or dance performances.
Festival Opening Hours
Friday 19:30 – 23:00
Saturday 13:30 – 23:00
Sunday 13:30 – 23:00
Monday 13.30- 17.00
The Dutch Double Bass Festival is a music festival with a focus on the double bass and bass guitar.
Richard Bona, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Dominic Seldis and more
During the Dutch Double Bass Festival you enjoy more than twelve international bass acts. Classical, jazz or crossover; it is all covered.
The double bass festival is under the artistic direction of double bass player James Oesi. Expect a diverse composition of more than twelve (inter) national acts with the double bass and bass guitar in the lead. Both classical music, jazz, world and crossover are represented in the program.
Home Made Market (2 and 3 June) – This time as summer festival with foodtrucks and lots of music on 8 June on Regentesseplein.
The lifestyle event features something for everyone including a wide range of homemade products from local artisans and designers, offline webshops, vintage and vinyl goods, live music, lots of great street food and of course the popular carousel for the kids.
International Music Meeting Festival delves deep into the diversity of styles of music from all over the globe. Each year in Nijmegen, the festival, complete with camping and special activities for children, strives for adventure, spontaneity and quality.
International Music Meeting Festival – global diversity in music styles
As multi-faceted as the festival has come to be, its biggest talking point is its extraordinary music – a fine blend of jazz, roots and rock from all around the world.
International Music Meeting Festival, also known simply as Music Meeting, happens during the Pentecost weekend at Park Brakkenstein in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. On June 8-10, 2019, the picturesque park will turn into a haven of world music and an unforgettable festival location with an astoundingly diverse programme of styles of music from all across the world.
The festival has been going strong since 1985. It was initially known as Multicultural Dance and Improvised Music Meeting and has since evolved into the large-scale festival that it is today.
International Music Meeting Festival opening times
The International Music Meeting Festival is open at the following times:
>Saturday, June 8: 1.30pm until 12am
>Sunday, June 9: 1.30pm until 12am
>Monday, June 10: 11.30am until 11pm
Special activities for children
During International Music Meeting Festival, there will be child-centred musical workshops, creative activities and fun games for children.
Get your International Music Meeting Festival tickets
Get your Music Meeting tickets online. There are many types available, including camping tickets, three-day passes and day tickets. Admission is free for children under the age of 16. Browse the Music Meeting website for information in English and check out the Facebook event page for updates.
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.
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.
On Sunday 9th June, The Hague will be the centre for Boekids UP, a festival of children’s literature. Theatre Nieuwe Regentes is the place where it all takes place. Children and young people of all ages can enjoy literature, music and theatre. Tickets can be bought online here
For children from 4 to 14 years and adults
From 19.00 till 22.00h on Sunday
From 12.00 till 17.oo h on Monday
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.
Sunday Market at the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Every first Sunday of the months you will be able to enjoy the Sunday Market and sample fashion, design, (organic) food and trinkets for children.
The market will be open all afternoon so you can enjoy the best of local wares and exclusive products from Dutch designers.
Artists and designers will be selling unique products such as fashion, illustrations, jewellery, ceramics, paintings and much more.
On Monday 10 June from 10 – 16h 69 cow farmers will open their barn doors for the public! There will be lots to see and experience for young and old. The farmer will show you how the milk from grazing cows ends up in the glass on the table at home and there will be many other fun activities. A great day outdoors! Admission is free.
For farmers, it is helpful to know how many visitors they can expect approximately. Let them know which farm you like to visit here
You can find all participating farms on: https://www.campina.nl/nl/l/boerderijdagen/#section-8
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.
The Poetry International Festival Rotterdam will be 50 this year! It is the oldest festival in the city, one of the oldest in the country, with a wealth of history and highlights. Nobel prize-winning poets were on the Poetry venues as young talents, the festival being an example and founding father of poetry festivals worldwide. Poetry International celebrates this anniversary with an extra festive festival edition in the Doelen where the festival first took place in 1970.
Innovative poets bring versatile poetry to the fabric of time. Unique fusion of poetry with music, film and dance from appealing artists reinforce the power, beauty and personal impact of poetry, sometimes as an intimate recital or workshop, and sometimes as a multidisciplinary theatrical poetry spectacle. Right in the city, inviting, challenging, not to be missed.
Please check out the website of the festival to see the list of poets taking part and the programme.
Festival Classique in Scheveningen
From 13 to 23 June Festival Classique presents classical music on a grand scale in The Hague’s seaside resort of Scheveningen. The performances are all unique in their combination of theatre, dance and classical music and will bring to life the rich musical past of this historic location.
Festival Classique is a 10-day classical music festival which combines various art forms such as dance, theatre, visual art and film. festival attempts to lower the cultural threshold by taking a more contemporary approach, without lowering the high quality standards of classical music.
This summer Festival Classique will present dozens of performances and concerts at locations in Scheveningen, including the Kurhaus, Zuiderstrand, Scheveningen Pier and Lourdeskerk.
Festival Classique opens on Thursday, 13 June with ‘Aida at Sea’ on the Zuiderstrand. For this beach opera a project choir of more than 300 singers, talented dancers, wonderful soloists, Theatre Choir Dario Fo and a 12-piece orchestra join their forces.
Festival Classique has programmed a number of new performances for this festival edition, which will take place in the vibrant heart of Scheveningen. With a surprising partnership between singer Karima el Fillali and the Residentie Orkest conducted by chief conductor Nicholas Collon in the Kurhaus. The appealing music of Rimsky-Korsakov takes you along in the tales of the development of the love between the Sultan and Sheherazade from the book One Thousand and One Nights.
The festival will again feature the Ferris wheel concerts: an exclusive and extraordinary experience providing a superb panoramic view.
Music for all ages
Festival Classique offers a classical music experience for all ages. Naturally there will again be numerous free performances such as the new musical theatre show ‘Les Fauves’ as well as Sunset concerts in the various beach restaurants.
Festival Classique takes place this year from 13 to 23 June at various locations in Scheveningen including the Kurhaus, the Pier and the beach.
For more information about the festival, check the programme on the website of Festival Classique. Tickets can be purchased through www.festivalclassique.nl.
Thailand Grand Festival
Discover, or re-discover, the famous Thai hospitality and cheerfulness right in the heart of The Hague during the Thailand Grand Festival on 13 and 14 July on the Plein.
The festival is an ideal opportunity for the Thai community and Dutch public as well as people from other parts of the world to celebrate the arrival of summer in style. The event will feature Thai culture and traditions in various forms and will be a showcase of the world-renowned Thai culinary arts.
With a large selection of Thai street food – freshly prepared savoury Thai dishes as well as sweets.
This year’s theme ‘Sustainability, Design and Innovation’ offers a great opportunity for visitors to witness another facet of Thailand’s strength: a strong and thriving economy with forward-thinking industrial design while caring about the global environment and future generations.
The Thailand Grand Festival will be held from 12.00 to 20.00 hrs. on Saturday, 13 July and Sunday, 14 July on the Plein in The Hague. Admission is free of charge.
More information can be found on the Facebook page of the event.
The biggest Haringparty in The Hague where everyone is really welcome! Do you like herring and socializing? Then come to the Plein on Thursday 13 June between 5 pm and 8 pm and enjoy the Hollands Nieuwe and the various entertainment. But even if you don’t like herring, this is a party you don’t want to miss!
Anime multimedia festival
AnimeCon 2019 will take place from 14 to 16 June at Rotterdam Ahoy. The theme is “AnimeCon Goes South”. AnimeCon is more than anime! It’s an international festival for fans of anime, cosplay, games, manga and other modern Asian popular culture.
AnimeCon 2019 will be the 21st edition of AnimeCon, the largest and longest running Anime festival in the Netherlands, organized since 1999 by the volunteers of the J-POP Foundation.
We are open from Friday 12:00 to Sunday 20:00