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Jun
7
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Jazz in Duketown – Jazzfestival @ Center of Den Bosch
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day

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.

Jun
14
Fri
Oerol Festival @ Terschelling
Jun 14 – Jun 23 all-day

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.

Jul
19
Fri
Stompwijkse Paardendagen (Horse Days) @ Stompwijk
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day
Stompwijkse Paardendagen (Horse Days) @ Stompwijk | Stompwijk | South Holland | Netherlands

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!

Sep
1
Sun
Flower Parade Zundert @ Zundert
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day

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

Our member Tomasz Kaminski has send me a link to a video he took last year: https://youtu.be/gdfWZ2OQ93A

Oct
1
Tue
Leiden’s Ontzet (Leiden’s Deliverance) @ Leiden
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day
Leiden's Ontzet (Leiden's Deliverance) @ Leiden | Leiden | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

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=2019-10-03