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Apr
12
Fri
Kings’ Day Fair @ Malieveld
Apr 12 – Apr 28 all-day

The Hague’s King’s Fair
The King’s Fair (Koningskermis) is in town from 12 to 28 April. Come and celebrate King’s Day in The Hague at a traditional Dutch fun fair.

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You can enjoy traditional fairground entertainment on the Malieveld.

Among the 60 rides and attractions are the super fast rides Bugs & Bees, Breakdance, Discovery, Funhouse, the Booster Maxx, the Rainforest Labyrinth, the Wipp, the spinning octopus the Turbo Polyp, Thriller and good old-fashioned bumper cars.

Even small children will have plenty to do, like the mini motorcycles and the min cars. They can also take their parents along for a visit to the haunted house. Or they can try walking on water without getting wet in the inflatable water balls. This new attraction is a favourite among young and old.

Of course tasty fancy fair treats such as candy floss, cinnamon sticks, Dutch doughnuts (oliebollen) and poffertjes will be on sale.

Frederik Hendrikplein
There will also be a smaller fancy fair on the Frederik Hendrikplein from 19 April until 5 May.

Opening times
The Hague’s King’s Fair on Malieveld is open daily from 13.00 to 23.00 hrs. (until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 1.00 hrs. on 26 April) from 12 to 28 April. It will be open from 11.00 to midnight on 27 April.

There will also be a fireworks display every Saturday at 22.00 hrs.

For more information go to www.kermisdenhaag.nl.

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

Spring Beer Festival @ Grote Markt
Apr 12 @ 02:00 – Apr 13 @ 23:00

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

Participating brewers

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

Tasting glass: 5 Euro and coins 2.5 Euro

Friday from 14 – 23 and Saturday from 13 – 23

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

Apr
13
Sat
Day of The Hague History (Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis) @ Plein
Apr 13 all-day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a look at the full programme on dagvandehaagsegeschiedenis.nl

Flowerparade @ Bollenstreek
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day

Flower parade
13/04/2019
Enjoy the bulb growing area’s unique flower parade! Colourful floats covered in bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils will parade past you. The theme for the 2019 flower parade is: ”Changing World”.

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

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

More information on the Bloemencorso at www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl.

Secondhand Book Fair @ Anglican Church St John and St Philip
Apr 13 all-day

Secondhand book fair at Anglican Church
A secondhand book fair will be held at the Anglican Church of St John & St Philip on Saturday, 13 April.

A huge selection of secondhand books will be on sale at bargain prices in a wide variety of languages including English, French, German and Dutch. Categories of books available include, travel, cooking, fiction and gardening as well as hobby and technical books on a variety of subjects.

A good selection of children’s books will also be on sale as well as videos, CDs, etc. Coffee, tea and cakes and homemade jams will also be available.

All proceeds of the Book Fair will be credited to the general budget of the church, which in addition to funding the general running expenses of the church is also used for supporting local and international charities.

More info
The book fair will be held in the Church Hall from 10.30 to 14.30 hrs. on Saturday, 13 April. The church is located at Ary van der Spuyweg 1/Riouwstraat 2 (close to the Scheveningseweg). Admission is free.

For more information, please phone tel. (070) 355 53 59 or visit the website of the Church of St. John & St. Philip

Apr
14
Sun
Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
Apr 14 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.

https://atlantikwallmuseum.nl/wp-content/uploads/Folder-ENG.pdf

Apr
19
Fri
BonFire Beach Fest @ Scheveningen Beach
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day

The Hague, the only large Dutch city at sea, celebrates the summer with BonFire Beach Fest, a large multiple day event that will put Scheveningen on fire. From 20 til 22 April, the beach changes into a large open and free festival area. Young and old will be entertained with several cultural, musical, culinary and sport activities. Next to the Pier there wil be a Music Stage with awesome performances. Near beach club WIJ you will find Festival Village with different sport and game activities. On the Zwarte Pad there will be Campfire Sessions by Night by singer-songwriters.

 

Festival Paaspop @ De Molenheide
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

Paaspop is a three-day music festival that takes place every year during the Easter weekend in the Dutch Schijndel (North Brabant). In 1974  it was organized for the first time.

You can buy tickets for one day but also for the entire weekend and stay there on  the campsite.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Farm Ezelsbruggetje @ Children's farm Het Ezelsbruggetje
Apr 19 @ 03:30 – 05:00

Easter Egg Hunting is a tradition at children’s farm ‘t Ezelsbruggetje in Bleiswijk. Every year on Good Friday children from 0 -10 years old can enjoy this festivity and get into the Easter mood.
In order to make it enjoyable for all ages, there will be different starting times. Children from 0 to 3 years and their parents/grandparents will start at 15.30h. Children from 4-6 years old will start at 16.00 and the older kids from 7 – 10 will start at 16.30h.
Please bring your own basket for the found eggs. We will make sure that none of the children will go home empty handed. There will be fresh eggs as well as Easter bread (from a local bakery) for all children.

 

Source of photo: De Heraut

Apr
20
Sat
Home-Made Easter Market @ Lange Voorhout
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

Home Made Market – Easter Edition on Lange Voorhout for 3 days during Easter weekend

The popular lifestyle market is returning to the center of The Hague during Easter weekend on 20-22 April.  Everyday open from 11 – 17 h, 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. The original concept of the Home Made Market is intended to offer an entertaining community experience showcasing local artwork, handcrafted goods, of course delicious treats, music and a lot of fun! The Home Made Market concept was first launched in the hip neighbourbood of The Hague’s Zeeheldenkwartier. Since its inception, the Home Made Market has quickly become a household name in The Hague area.

Aside from shopping at the numerous creative stalls on the Home Made Market, there will be a ton of other things to do and see across the market. Be sure to check out the special stage set up in the middle of the Home Made Market which will feature several performances.  There will be a number of workshops and passionate sellers pitching and sharing stories about their craft products across the market throughout Easter weekend.

 

Apr
21
Sun
Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
Apr 21 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.

https://atlantikwallmuseum.nl/wp-content/uploads/Folder-ENG.pdf

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
28
Sun
Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
Apr 28 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.

https://atlantikwallmuseum.nl/wp-content/uploads/Folder-ENG.pdf

Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial service @ Kloosterkerk
Apr 28 all-day

Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial service
The Hague will organise a Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) memorial service in the Kloosterkerk on Sunday, 28 April. The service will commemorate the murdered Jews, Roma and Sinti during the Second World War.

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is the memorial day for the Jews murdered during the Second World War, established on the 28th of Nissan in remembrance of the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. Following the date for this commemoration in Jewish circles, Jews, Christians and other people annually come together in various cities in the Netherlands.

This year’s theme revolves around ‘Holding on to the tree of life’. The featured speaker will be Hein Griffioen, who will tell his personal story. Musical accompaniment will be provided by cantor Ken Gould and a choir. Students from local schools will also take part in the memorial.

Afterwards the memorial service will proceed to the Rabbijn Maarsenplein where flowers will be laid at the Jewish Children’s Memorial.

The commemoration is organised by the Community of Churches of The Hague.

More info
The Yom HaShoah memorial service will begin at 16.00 hrs. on Sunday, 28 April in the Kloosterkerk (Lange Voorhout 4) in The Hague. This event is free of charge.

More information can be found at http://jomhasjoadenhaag.weebly.com and on the Facebook page of the event.

May
1
Wed
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
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.

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.

https://atlantikwallmuseum.nl/wp-content/uploads/Folder-ENG.pdf

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).

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)

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

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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Yoga and Vegan Festival @ Klokgebouw,
May 12 all-day

At Eindhoven Yoga and Vegan Festival, you can participate in yoga and meditation sessions, enjoy some tasty plant-based food, try out henna body art, have a relaxing massage or attend talks on diverse topics.

Taking place at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, this is the first edition of this event. The festival is organised by Yogific, who organise yoga and vegan events all across Europe and have previously held their Dutch editions in Nijmegen.

A yoga and vegan event suitable for expats

As all the sessions are in English, with instructors hailing from Ireland, the UK and Poland, this event is ideal for expats. Each 45-minute yoga and meditation session can accommodate up to 200 participants and the venue will be fitted with professional speakers and screens so that your instructor can be heard and seen throughout.

Each yoga and meditation class costs only 4,50 euros (excluding booking fees) and you can book as many sessions as you like. There is free entry to the stall area and talks. All participants are required to bring their own yoga mats.

A child-friendly festival

Admission is free for children under 14 years old. There will also be free yoga sessions for children. Visitors are required not to leave their children unattended during the event.

Book your yoga sessions

Information for booking the yoga sessions will be available on the Eindhoven Yoga and Vegan Festival event page in due course. Keep an eye on the page for important updates before the festival

 

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May
14
Tue
Free Expat Housing Seminar @ British School
May 14 @ 18:30 – 21:00

All you need to know about the legal, financial, tax and practical matters of buying a home in the Netherlands.

Next seminar: Tuesday 14 May, British School, The Hague

Curious to see what you can expect at one of our Expat Housing Seminars?

The program:
18:30 Registration, welcome drinks and snacks.
19:00 The mortgage advisor will outline the rules for taking out a mortgage loan for your home.
19:15 The estate agent will explain how the house hunting process works and how an estate agent can prevent you from making costly mistakes.
19:30 The civil law notary specialized on the diverse property market will explain all the legal aspect of buying a property in the Netherlands.
19.45 The tax advisor will explain the tax implications and advantages related to finance your primary residence as well as the 30% ruling.
20:00 Question & Answer session with all the speakers.
20:30 Refreshments and the possibility to mingle with the speakers

Please sign up here: http://www.expathousingseminar.nl/

 

May
16
Thu
Dutch Beer Tasting Festival @ Grote Kerk
May 16 – May 18 all-day

Dutch Beer Tasting Festival – 16, 17 & 19 May 2019
From Thursday 16 May until Saturday 18 May the 8th edition of Nederlands Bierproeffestival, the Dutch beer tasting festival will take place. During the festival beer lovers enjoy the greatest possible variety of beers in a relaxed atmosphere. The festival takes place in the unique setting of the Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague and is the opening event of the Dutch Beer Week.

43 Dutch breweries present more than 250 beers during the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival. Visitors have the possibility to talk with brew masters about their beers and the brewing process and can sign up for interesting masterclasses given by beer experts to, for example, learn more about the various beer styles. Most importantly, visitors can also enjoy delicious beer and food combinations.

Tickets for the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival can be purchased in the ticketshop. Tickets cost € 13.00 on Thursday and Saturday, and € 15.50 on Friday. At the entrance visitors receive a tasting glass and a festival guide. We welcome everybody above the age of 18 years!

The organization of the Dutch Beer Tasting Festival advises visitors to use public transport. The Grote Kerk (church) is situated in The Hague city center and is easy to reach by public transport from stations The Hague Central station and The Hague Holland Spoor. For more information, please visit the website of 9292.nl and/or the city of The Hague (). If you decide to come to the festival by car, we advise you to appoint a designated driver to drive you back home safely. Alcohol-free beer and soft drinks are also available at the festival. Alcohol and traffic do not mix.

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May
17
Fri
Joy Asian Streetfood Festival @ Lange Voorhout
May 17 – May 19 all-day

Sushi lovers, Asian Street Food, karaoke and relaxation massages can indulge in Asian delicacies in May, marvel at the richly decorated grounds and enjoy the accompanying entertainment and a DJ who entertains in the evenings. This year, dozens of food trucks serve a varied selection of the tastiest Asian Street Food dishes on the Lange Voorhout for three days. Sushi & Asian Street Food Festival JOY is free and suitable for all ages.

This spring, the JOY festival will transform Lange Voorhout into a vibrant open-air restaurant with an Asian touch. At the kaitensushi – sushi on the assembly line – visitors can show their chopstick skills. The mobile food trucks also serve tasty Asian Street Food including Yakitori, Bao Buns, Poké Bowls and Japanese poffertjes. The dishes are served on colorful plates and in sizzling steam baskets. The beverage range consists of refreshing drinks, cold beers, a good glass of wine and exotic creations from the cocktail bar. The playful decor with a colorful collection of cheerful lanterns and Japanese umbrellas fits in with the bustling atmosphere.

Visitors can play their singing qualities during a karaoke session, challenge friends to nostalgic arcade games in the game room, relax at a wonderful yoga class or relaxation massage and learn the intricacies of Japanese cuisine at a sushi workshop. A DJ closes the evenings musically. A children’s program has been prepared for the youngest guests, with cooking workshops, craft activities, theater and games such as mikado and sumo wrestling.

After The Hague, the festival will also visit the Griftpark in Utrecht from 6 to 8 September.

Sushi & Asian Streetfood Festival JOY is free of charge. When ordering the first drink you pay a one-off fee of € 2.50 for your festival glass. This contribution saves tens of thousands of plastic cups & you contribute to a clean Lange Voorhout. There is a “pin-only” policy in the field.

Friday Expat Drinks @ Buena Vista Beach Club
May 17 @ 21:00 – 23:45

FED  Beach Friday Expat Drink & Dance

We are back after the opening party! What a great crowd and atmosphere. Thank you all for that!
Beach, sand, sea…

Meet, chat and dance with free entrance! The DJ will play dance tunes for all ages. Let’s celebrate the weekend together, let’s celebrate life!

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