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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.
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.
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.
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).