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1
Jun
1
Fri
Blues Festival @ Zoetermeer Centre
Jun 1 @ 05:00 – Jun 2 @ 23:45
Blues Festival @ Zoetermeer Centre | Zoetermeer | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

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

Friday 1 June starts in the evening with a Pubtour http://www.zoetermeerbluesfestival.nl/1-juni-de-kroegentocht-van-zoetermeer-blues-festival/

On Saturday 2 June there will be live music multiple stages (spread over the village centre) from 12:00 to 23:30 on.
In addition, there are after-parties with live music.

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

 

Please check out the program here 

Jun
2
Sat
Leiden Museumnight @ 8 Museums
Jun 2 @ 20:00 – 23:45
Leiden Museumnight @ 8 Museums | Leiden | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

10th edition of Leiden Museum Night

See ten museums in Leiden through the lenses of interactive projects, music, new media, theatre and various other night activities.

During the Museumnacht the following locations will be open: Naturalis, Hortus botanicus Leiden, Old Leiden Observatory, Museum  Het Leids Weverhuis, Museum Volkenkunde, Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Corpus “Journey through the human body”, Museum van de Oudheden , Millmuseum de Valk, Museum Boerhave and Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken.

See full programme here

http://www.museumnachtleiden.nl/en

Jun
9
Sat
Bunker Day @ Various Places at the seaside
Jun 9 all-day
Bunker Day @ Various Places at the seaside | Netherlands

The Hague will participate in this year’s Bunker Day on Saturday, 9 June. Come take a look at spots you never knew existed. With an all-inclusive ticket for German bunkers, museums, walking tours and boat rides.

Bunker Day
Many traces of the Second World War can still be found in The Hague. The most noticeable remnants are the bunkers which formed part of the Atlantikwall system of coastal fortifications. Normally these fascinating concrete giants are closed to the public but they will be open for just 1 day in June.

The Hague and Scheveningen were literally turned into a fortress during the German occupation of the Netherlands. The bunkers bear silent witness to this time. But the construction of the Atlantikwall had even more radical repercussions. Entire neighbourhoods had to make way for an antitank ditch stretching 8 kilometres long and measuring 300 metres wide. And more than 100,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes and find shelter elsewhere.

A day of activities

Come to Bunker Day and not only visit the bunkers but hear the unknown stories about the impact the occupation and demolition had on The Hague and what it meant to live in a city at the frontline.

Crawl through a hatch with your torch and helmet to visit the bat tunnels (limited places), nose around the trenches behind the Atlantic Hotel, gaze at the enormous maps of Europe in the Hospital Bunker or watch a re-enactment by Men of Honour.

Participating locations in The Hague include 7 German bunkers, the Historical Museum of The Hague and Museon, plus guided walks, poetry recitations, a concert in the Haagse Bos, film screenings and boat tours.

More information
Bunker Day will be held from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Saturday, 9 June. An all-inclusive ticket costs € 6.00 for adults and € 3.00 for children aged 4 to 12 years.

The pass gives you admission to all participating bunkers, guided tours, boat rides and museums in The Hague, Den Helder, Dishoek, Dordrecht, Egmond aan Zee, Hellevoetsluis, Hoek van Holland, IJmuiden, Katwijk, Kornwerderzand, Middelburg, Noordwijk, Oostvoorne, Ouddorp, Rijswijk, Schiermonnikoog, ‘s-Gravenzande, Terschelling, Wassenaar and Wijk aan Zee.

More information can be found at www.bunkerdag.nl.

Jun
14
Thu
UEN Event : Summer BBQ @ Labtap Vlaardingen
Jun 14 @ 17:00 – 22:00

The Unilever Expatriate Network is happy to invite you and your family to our
UEN Summer BBQ PARTY

LAST BBQ AT THE LABTAP IN VLAARDINGEN
FRIENDS, FUN AND FOOD
This will be our last BBQ Labtap in Vlaardingen, so we want to make it a great (farewell) BBQ party!
With so many different nationalities within the UEN and your help we aim to give the BBQ a truly International character. For our potluck buffet, please bring a side dish, like salad, dip etc or a dessert from your home country.
The BBQ (meat, fish and veggies) and drinks will be courtesy of the UEN.

Date: Thursday, 14th June

Program:
Welcome drinks from 17h00
BBQ dinner
Last orders at the bar 22h00

Venue:
Labtap in Vlaardingen, Olivier van Noortlaan.
Children of all ages are welcome to the party. There will be entertainment!

In order to be able to organize a great BBQ, we would like to know that you are coming by Monday, 11th June and what you are bringing. Please reply by mail to monika.voster@unilever.com.

If you are a keen BBQ-er please let us know. We are looking for someone who is willing to help us with grilling the meat, fish and veggies.
Looking forward to enjoying a great BBQ party with you.

Kind regards,
Your UEN BBQ Team

Jun
15
Fri
International Jazz Festival Middelburg @ Various cafés and street
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day

Jazz musicians from around the world take over the stages in the centre of Middelburg for one of the summer season’s nicest festivals. Among the line-up this year are Tommy Moustache, Steffen Morrison, Gallowstreet and many more…

Cafes and streets of Middelburg, June 15-17

International Jazz Festival Middelburg @ Various cafés and street
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day
International Jazz Festival Middelburg @ Various cafés and street  | Middelburg | Zeeland | Netherlands

Jazz musicians from around the world take over the stages in the centre of Middelburg for one of the summer season’s nicest festivals. Among the line-up this year are Tommy Moustache, Steffen Morrison, Gallowstreet and many more…

Cafes and streets of Middelburg, June 15-17

Oerol Festival @ Terschelling
Jun 15 – Jun 24 all-day
Oerol Festival @ Terschelling | Friesland | Netherlands

Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music.

Terschellings Oerol festival has a reputation as one of the most fun, most exceptional theatre festivals in Europe. From its roots as a small festival in 1982, Oerol has grown to become a true phenomenon. Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music. The shows are created or adapted specially for the exceptional locations where there are performed. From theatre spectacle to mime, from intimate musical theatre to hilarious circus shows, from Westerns to interactive installations: you will find all of this and more in the dunes, on the beaches, in the woods, on the dikes, in sheds and barns and simply on the streets.

With 130.000 tickets sold each year Oerol is a big theatrefestival that bridges the gap between emerging artists and a large audience. Hundreds of (inter)national programmers scout new work here. Besides this significant contribution to promoting mobility, Oerol also creates a temporary society in which artists and audience meet for several, consecutive days over which relationships deepen. With 75% of revenues coming from non-governmental bodies Oerol is a true cultural entrepreneur.

We are delighted to be your guide to the next edition of the Oerol festival – a fascination born from the passion of one man, and since then transmitted to tens of thousands. It is a great privilege to be able to share this fascination with so many others. Each year, the energy the festival generates attracts hundreds of artists to the island, and thanks to the endless curiosity of all the visitors, they feel the freedom to create new works, to experiment, investigate and present these.

PinkPop Pop Festival @ Megaland Landgraaf
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages.

Highlights are:

Friday: Pearl Jam

Saturday: FooFighters

Sunday: Bruno Mars

 

There are still tickets available.

Landgraf in Limburg  June 15, 16 and 17

 

PinkPop Pop Festival @ Megaland Landgraaf
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day
PinkPop Pop Festival @ Megaland Landgraaf  | Landgraaf | Limburg | Netherlands

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages.

Highlights are:

Friday: Pearl Jam

Saturday: FooFighters

Sunday: Bruno Mars

 

There are still tickets available.

Landgraf in Limburg  June 15, 16 and 17

 

Jun
21
Thu
Leiden Lakenfestival @ Various Locations
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all-day
Leiden Lakenfestival @ Various Locations | Leiden | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

From 22-25 June you will be able to enjoy the Leiden Lakenfeesten once again! During the Lakenfeesten there will be a host of activities to choose from. What about the SportCity Peurbakkentocht (crazy decorated boat race), dragonboat races, Leiden Culinary, the Summer funfair, the Leiden Beer Festival, the children’s village and lots of live music. On 24 June, many residents of Leiden will climb into a “peurbak”. This parade of extravagantly decorated boats through the Leiden canals traditionally draws a huge crowd. The 2018 edition of the Lakenfeesten will, as always, equal a four days’ straight party!

Friday, June 22
› The Peurbakkentocht, city centre (starts at the Beestenmarkt), 7pm – 9pm
Saturday, June 23
› Dragon boat races, Apothekersdijk and Boommarkt, 11am – 5pm
› Leiden Beer Festival, Hooglandse Kerkplein, 2pm – 10pm
Sunday, June 24
› Leiden Golden Age Fair, van der Werfpark, 11am – 5pm
› De Gouden Pet, street musicians’ concours, Hooglandse Kerkgracht, 1pm – 7pm

 

Please find entire progamme here

Jun
23
Sat
Romanian Days @ Park Hoge Veluwe
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

To mark the 100 Centenar, 100th anniversay of the Romanian Union, Romania is coming to Park Hoge Veluwe on the weekend of 23/24 June.

On both days there will be top artist from Romania and on Sunday it is the universal day of the Romanian blouse. Women wearing the traditional blouse will have free entrance to the park.

Furthermore:

Market
Including 25 traditional craftsmen from Romania, more than 30 stalls with food, drinks and Romanian folk products.

Films
A variety of films and documentaries will be shown. Sunday première: “Between Earth and Heaven on the Path of Souls” about sculpture Constantin Brâncuși.

Workshops
Romanian flower workshops by Anca Ungureanu and Ella Fodor.

Exhibitions:

Colours of Romania’ – photo exhibition
Flower show by Anca Ungureanu and Ella Fodor, ‘Romanian traditions in the art of floral arrangements’
photo exhibition by Ana Negru, ‘More than Bread’
Romanian Clothing exhibition ‘From Red to Black’

Music:

Saturday 23 juni

12.00 uur – Dana Alexe with Mihai Scarlat Ensemble

13.15 uur – Giani Lincan Ensemble

14.30 uur – Mariana Stanescu

15.45 uur – Ioana Marin

17.00 uur – Ensemble Rapsodia Valceana

Zondag 24 juni

12.00 uur – Giani Lincan Ensemble

13.15 uur – Mariana Stanescu

14.30 uur – Giani Lincan Ensemble

15.45 uur – Ioana Marin | play time

17.00 uur – Ensemble Rapsodia Valceana

Jul
1
Sun
Dordtse Boekenmarkt – Book Market @ Historical Center of Dordrecht
Jul 1 all-day
Dordtse Boekenmarkt - Book Market @ Historical Center of Dordrecht | Dordrecht | South Holland | Netherlands

Sunday 1 july the 22nd bookmarket will be held in Dordrechts’ historical centre. From 10 – 17.00 you can stroll along 500 book stalls, enjoy a drink on one of the many terraces and enjoy the musical and literary entertainment.

 

Jul
13
Fri
Big Rivers Music Festival @ City Centre of Dordrecht
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day

Three days of Big Rivers Music in Dordrecht. There will be 10 stages (indoor and outdoor) in the city centre of Dordrecht.  Have a beer and something to eat and enjoy the music of Big Rivers.

Please find the programme for the three days here

 

Jul
14
Sat
Rastaplas Reggae Festival @ Noord AA Lakes
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day

On Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 July, the Rastaplas Reggae Festival will hold it’s 15th annual festival with artists from within The Netherlands and overseas bringing unique vibes to the Noord AA beach in Zoetermeer.

Please find the line up here: http://rastaplas.nl/lineup/

Children are also most welcome, with special activities to keep them entertained.

Come and enjoy some great reggae music with your bare feet in the water, chill out on the sand, or relax on the grass with a drink and a snack. There is lots to do at the 2018 Rastaplas Reggae Festival.

Rastaplas Reggae Festival @ Noord AA Lakes
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day
Rastaplas Reggae Festival @ Noord AA Lakes | Zoetermeer | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

On Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 July, the Rastaplas Reggae Festival will hold it’s 15th annual festival with artists from within The Netherlands and overseas bringing unique vibes to the Noord AA beach in Zoetermeer.

Please find the line up here: http://rastaplas.nl/lineup/

Children are also most welcome, with special activities to keep them entertained.

Come and enjoy some great reggae music with your bare feet in the water, chill out on the sand, or relax on the grass with a drink and a snack. There is lots to do at the 2018 Rastaplas Reggae Festival.

Jul
20
Fri
Stompwijkse Paardendagen (Horse Days) @ Stompwijk
Jul 20 – Jul 23 all-day

During Stompwijkse Horse Days the equestrian sport is the central focal point, but there is more entertainment for all. For the kids there will be a fun fair for four days, with a wide number of attractions. On Saturday afternoon, there is the Stompwijkse country living FAIR and Saturday night there will be WhipeOut competition.

On Sunday the popular pony racing will take place. The little ones can already prepare for a career in pony racing, because during the break they can practice on donkeys.

The absolute highlight of the Stompwijkse Horse Days is the Harness Racing (horses race at a specific gait and they usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky), loved by owners, pikeurs and spectators.

There will be fireworks at the end of the 4 days!

Jul
25
Wed
Hortus Festival (Classical Music) @ Botanical Gardens of Amsterdam, Leiden, Rotterdam, Utrecht
Jul 25 – Aug 11 all-day

This festival of classical music takes place in the Netherlands’ most beautiful botanical gardens in Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, Wageningen and Rotterdam .  On the programme there is music by Schumann, Chausson, Schoenberg, Listz and Mendelssohn from the Hortus String Ensemble.

Locations:

Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam; De Oude Hortus, Utrecht; Hortus Botanicus, Leiden; Hortus Haren, Belmonte Arboretum Wageningen, Swedish Church in Rotterdam

July 25  until August 11. www.hortusfestival.nl

Hortus Festival (Classical Music) @ Botanical Gardens of Amsterdam, Leiden, Rotterdam, Utrecht
Jul 25 – Aug 11 all-day
Hortus Festival (Classical Music) @ Botanical Gardens of Amsterdam, Leiden, Rotterdam, Utrecht | Netherlands

This festival of classical music takes place in the Netherlands’ most beautiful botanical gardens in Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, Wageningen and Rotterdam .  On the programme there is music by Schumann, Chausson, Schoenberg, Listz and Mendelssohn from the Hortus String Ensemble.

Locations:

Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam; De Oude Hortus, Utrecht; Hortus Botanicus, Leiden; Hortus Haren, Belmonte Arboretum Wageningen, Swedish Church in Rotterdam

July 25  until August 11. www.hortusfestival.nl

Sep
2
Sun
Flower Parade Zundert @ Zundert
Sep 2 – Sep 3 all-day
Flower Parade Zundert @ Zundert  | Zundert | North Brabant | Netherlands

Every year, scores of volunteers bundle their efforts to build the most dazzling floral floats full of gorgeous dahlias to participate in the Zundert Bloemencorso, or Flower Parade. If you’ve got a soft spot for flowers, this is one event you do not want to miss!
The world’s biggest flower parade.
The Zundert Flower Parade dates all the way back to 1936.
Visit the Zundert Flower Parade and marvel at the magnificent floats.

The Zundert Flower Parade has been turning the town upside down since 1936. Around twenty hamlets build the best floats they can in order to establish their name at the flower parade of Zundert. The flower parade uses only dahlias. After a whole year of work and preparations, the parade is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. The colorful creations of the Zundert Flower Parade attract tens of thousands of visitors every year.
Music and celebration
During the Zundert Flower Parade, the town pulls out all the stops. On Sunday and Monday, there are all kinds of music and theater performances for your enjoyment. The local bars and restaurants join in with special offers and activities. Zundert is on the border with Belgium, so the flower parade is a wonderful outing for both Dutch and Belgians

Sep
7
Fri
Strandwal Festival – Music Festival @ Rijswijk Centre
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
Strandwal Festival - Music Festival @ Rijswijk Centre | Rijswijk | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Strandwal Festival in Rijswijk from 7 to 9 September. A weekend filled with the sound of musicians and joy. Art, culture and sports come together in a great three day programme. This is a chance for local musicians, dancers and theatre groups to meet and perform on several stages in Rijswijk.

The  10th edition of annual Strandwal Festival will be held on 7, 8 and 9 September. The festival aims to showcase Rijswijk at its best. During the Strandwal Festival you can be acquainted with the many activities that many Rijswijkse organizations offer in the field of (international) culture, art, sport and social support.

On Saturday, the Van Vredenburchweg converts into Strandwalboulevard with a festival market. On Saturday evening, is “Strandwal by night” a big party in the Rijswijkse bos and the festival concludes on Sunday with a family day at the children’s farm Het Akkertje.

All free of charge!

For more information and timings of the events please visit: www.strandwalfestival.nl

Sep
15
Sat
Pick your own appels @ Olmenhorst Apple Farm
Sep 15 – Oct 28 all-day
Pick your own appels @ Olmenhorst Apple Farm | Lisserbroek | North Holland | Netherlands

Olmenhorst is an apple farm located just 40 minutes from The Hague. For six weeks per year, they open their doors to the public to pick their own apples and pears (kilo price is 2,25 Euro). You can also enjoy lunch and fresh Dutch apple pie in their cafe while the kids play in the playground. It’s always a fun activity for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. For more information visit their website

 

Opening hours until 28th October:

Wednesday from 13.00-17.00

Saturday from  10.00-17.00 uur

Sunday from 10.00-17.00 uur

During the autumn holiday (13-21 October) it is open every day between 13-17.00 and in the weekends 10:00 – 17:00.

And for the other part of the country 20-28 October it is open everyday from 10-17.00

Sep
28
Fri
Living Statues by night @ City Center Ede
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day
Living Statues by night @ City Center Ede | Ede | Gelderland | Netherlands

 

Statues By Night Ede – September 28 | Living statue performances by some of the world’s greatest, together with street artists, local artists, children and amateurs. This is a magnificent spectacle with amazing light and sound.

Oct
1
Mon
Leiden’s Ontzet (Leiden’s Deliverance) @ Leiden
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day

On 1,2 and 3 October, a huge festival will be held in Leiden, celebrating the liberation from the Spanish siege, now 434 years ago. Some historical background: In the 16th century the Dutch rebelled against the authority of Spain. Most of the fighting took place in the south of the Netherlands; the northern part could consider itself liberated towards the end of the 16th century. Before that, though, battles took place and the Siege of Leiden was an important event. Leiden was besieged for nearly a year in 1574. The Dutch army, led by William of Orange (nicknamed “the Silent”), deliberately flooded the fields around Leiden, breaking the dikes, to force the Spanish armies to end their siege. The Spanish tried to lure the citizens into surrender with promises, but the people of Leiden decided to stick it out in spite of a terrible shortage of food which brought them to the verge of starvation. Finally, the Spanish withdrew and the siege ended on October 3, 1574. The Dutch army entered the city with food: bread with cheese and herring. The date on which the siege ended, 3 October (Leidens Ontzet or Leiden’s Deliverance), is still celebrated every year with large scale festivities, parade, fun fair, market and spectacular fireworks on Tuesday night and…. with bread and herring. (source: tourist office Leiden).

https://3october.nl/programma?date=2018-10-03

 

Oct
5
Fri
Furieade Maassluis – Harbour Festival @ Maassluis Harbour
Oct 5 @ 16:00 – Oct 7 @ 18:00
Furieade Maassluis - Harbour Festival @ Maassluis Harbour | Maassluis | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Furieade is a harbour festival that features historical boats in the harbour of Maassluis and takes place from  Friday 5 to Sunday 7 of October.

Ships, steam boats, steam train, conviviality, artists, demonstrations, a big outdoor market  and much more is going on around the inner harbour and the historical centre.  Have a look for the entire programme on:
Oct
20
Sat
17th Dutch Design Week @ Various locations
Oct 20 – Oct 28 all-day

Dutch Design Week (DDW) is a nine-day long celebration of Dutch design during which interesting works and projects are showcased in the city of Eindhoven spread across 110 venues.

Dutch Design Week offers a vast programme including exhibitions, presentations, experiments, seminars, lectures, workshops, meet ‘n greets, parties and food and drinks.

For 9 whole days, DDW boosts 110 locations, presenting the processes, experiments and ideas, answers and solutions thought up by 2600 designers. Come and be amazed, surprised or astonished. Ask yourself new questions, draw inspiration for your own answers and allow the power of design to convince you.

The theme: “If not us, then who?”

› Strijp Area
Open daily from 11am to 6pm
At the Strijp-S terrain talented and renowned trade and industry designers, as well as numerous educational institutions present themselves in an industrial setting with a strong business character.

› Central Area
Open daily from 11am to 6pm
The inner city of Eindhoven hosts conceptual and innovative design, dazzling designer collectives and various cultural institutions that showcase their works.

East Area
Open daily from 2pm to 9pm (from 12am in the weekend)
On the outskirts of the city, up-and-coming designers and dynamic collectives take on the unique design enclave “Sectie C”.

 

17th Dutch Design Week @ Various locations
Oct 20 – Oct 28 all-day
17th Dutch Design Week @ Various locations | Eindhoven | North Brabant | Netherlands

Dutch Design Week (DDW) is a nine-day long celebration of Dutch design during which interesting works and projects are showcased in the city of Eindhoven spread across 110 venues.

Dutch Design Week offers a vast programme including exhibitions, presentations, experiments, seminars, lectures, workshops, meet ‘n greets, parties and food and drinks.

For 9 whole days, DDW boosts 110 locations, presenting the processes, experiments and ideas, answers and solutions thought up by 2600 designers. Come and be amazed, surprised or astonished. Ask yourself new questions, draw inspiration for your own answers and allow the power of design to convince you.

The theme: “If not us, then who?”

› Strijp Area
Open daily from 11am to 6pm
At the Strijp-S terrain talented and renowned trade and industry designers, as well as numerous educational institutions present themselves in an industrial setting with a strong business character.

› Central Area
Open daily from 11am to 6pm
The inner city of Eindhoven hosts conceptual and innovative design, dazzling designer collectives and various cultural institutions that showcase their works.

East Area
Open daily from 2pm to 9pm (from 12am in the weekend)
On the outskirts of the city, up-and-coming designers and dynamic collectives take on the unique design enclave “Sectie C”.

 

Nov
22
Thu
Thanksgiving Day Service @ Pieterskerk
Nov 22 all-day

Each year Overseas Americans Remember (OAR) organises a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day Service in the historic Pieterskerk in Leiden. This year’s service will be held on Thursday, 22 November starting at 11.00 hrs.

The area surrounding the Pieterskerk is where the Pilgrims lived and worked for 11 years from 1609 to 1620. From Leiden, they talked about a new continent that was ‘fit for habitation’. Many of the Pilgrims who landed on the site of Plymouth in the year 1620 knew Leiden. In fact, descendants of Moses Fletcher, a signer of the Mayflower Compact, still live and work there. They are the only non-American members of the Mayflower Society.

The Service
The Thanksgiving Day Service lasts approximately 1 hour. There will be a Catholic priest, Protestant ministers, a rabbi and a cantor. Dutch friends and friends from all nations and of all faiths are welcome. This is a service for everyone.

Music by American singers and the hymns ‘Let Us Break Bread’, ‘God Bless America’ and ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’ will be performed.

Mayor Henri Lenferink of Leiden will welcome you and United States Embassy representative will share excerpts from the President’s annual Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. The Scouts and ‘The Little Pilgrims’ will also play an integral part of the service.

Short reception
After the service, people gather briefly for coffee and cookies before they go home and cook. We say that being in Leiden on Thanksgiving is like ‘being home’ or more correctly, ‘the home of our nation’s beginnings’.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Thanksgiving Day Service and contribute cookies to the reception. Please carpool to Leiden or use public transportation as parking is limited. Click here for the website of the Pieterskerk in Leiden.

More info
The Thanksgiving Day Service begins at 11.00 hrs. on Thursday, 22 November in the Pieterskerk (Kloksteeg 16) in Leiden. The doors open at 10.00 hrs.

The Thanksgiving Day Service is sponsored by Overseas Americans Remember (OAR). For further information send an email to oarinnl@yahoo.com; tel. 070 – 511 84 09.

Jan
11
Fri
This Is Jackson’s Thriller @ Gebr. de Nobel
Jan 11 @ 19:30 – 23:45

In 1982 the album THRILLER! An icon in pop music, groundbreaking in all areas. The album catapulted MJ to unprecedented fame. In January and February 2019, THRILLER will take center stage during the This Is Jackson club tour.

The nine-piece band will play this iconic album live. No minute is lost, all the stunners like Billy Jean, Human Nature, PYT, Beat It and Thriller come over. But there’s more. The stage is completely decorated in the spooky halloween style of the Thriller video, supported with custom-made visuals. In that setting the band plays all the songs of THRILLER, interspersed with a series of big hits from the rest of Jackson’s career.

THIS IS JACKSON
Since 2016, the club has been paying tribute to The King Of Pop. Armed with an international nine-piece live band with Monty Wells (USA – montywellsmusic.com) on vocals, supplemented by four top dancers and twofold finalist of Turkey’s Got Talent – Fatih Kilci as Michael Jackson dancer.

Jan
26
Sat
Culture Night @ 45 locations in Breda
Jan 26 @ 19:00 – Jan 27 @ 01:30

Head to Breda on the night of January 26, for Culture Night.

Cultural programme
More than 75 participants will present a special cultural programme in more than 45 locations. The night’s extensive programme takes you all around the inner city, and gives a unique insight into what the city has to offer in the cultural field.

Disco Floor- The Grote Markt will be converted in a huge disco floor in Saturday Night Fever Style.
Performances of belly dancing group Nalija.

Church bells of Breda will be ringing in a spectacular performance.
And so much more….Check out what you might find.

The Culture Night starts at 19.00h.

 

Mar
22
Fri
Festival Cement – Theatre Festival @ WerkWarenHuis
Mar 22 @ 17:00 – Mar 30 @ 22:00

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.

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Source: IamExpat