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Exhibition at Rijksmuseum: All the Rembrandts @ Rijksmuseum
Feb 15 @ 12:15 – Jun 10 @ 17:15

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.

Source: dutchnews.nl

Tulip Festival @ various locations in Amsterdam
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

The month of April will see tulips of various varieties blooming in beds and pots at 85 locations around the city of Amsterdam. For instance, there are tulips in the fountain on the Museumplein, alongside the roads on Van der Pekstraat in Noord, on the wharves outside the Eye film museum and Nemo, the science museum. One tulip bulb has been planted for every resident of Amsterdam, which comes down to 800.000!!

Various locations, Amsterdam, April 1 until April30.

A festival guide can be bought for 2 Euro at various informationpoints, you can find them on http://www.tulpfestival.com/

National Museum Week @ 400 Museums
Apr 8 – Apr 14 all-day

About National Museum Week 2019

During National Museum Week 2019 over 400 museums throughout the Netherlands participate in a celebration of the country’s rich cultural capital by offering special entry fees and organising various activities.

During this week, many museums choose to grant access at a discount or even for free.

This year’s theme

This year’s theme is “Our real gold”, inspiring museums to show off their true treasures and showpieces. Museums revive the past by storing and exhibiting the world’s treasures, offering us an escape from our daily fast-paced routines.

Throughout the museums, seven real golden treasures are flaunted as this year’s grand attraction.

Museum card

If this week leaves you hungry for more, you may be interested in purchasing one of the many useful cultural cards and passes the Netherlands has to offer; the museum card. This card costs 64,90 Euros per year for adults, and allows you free access at a large number of museums in the Netherlands.



Sport Film Festival @ LantarenVenster
Apr 10 – Apr 14 all-day

Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam from Thursday April 10th till Saturday April 14th, 2019, it is the fifth edition of the Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam taking place in LantarenVenster.

Sport and culture are two of Rotterdams most important departments. The Sports Film Festival is a great example of how the two can be combined.

During this film festival, you can spend the weekend enjoying beautiful films and documentaries about professional and amateur athletes.
The AD Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam uses an artistic and cultural program to expose the essence of sports. Featuring stories shown on the silver screen, talk shows and more.


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

World Press Photo Festival @ Westergasfabriek
Apr 12 – Apr 13 all-day

The World Press Photo Festival 2019 takes place at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek on Friday 12 and  Saturday 13 April from 10:00-22:00 daily.

You can expect a vibrant program of presentations, meetups and workshops featuring special guests including award-winning visual journalists.

Your ticket will also give you access to our partner locations De Nieuwe Kerk, Foam, Huis Marseille and Het Ketelhuis.

Find out more at festival.worldpressphoto.org

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!
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

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.

King’s Day Fun Fair @ Schiehaven
Apr 13 – May 5 all-day

The annual King’s Day fun fair always guarantees fun for all ages, from exciting rides and rollercoasters, to stands with sweet and delicious treats, to merry-go-rounds that are sure to delight the children.

Location is Schiehaven, in Rotterdam

Motel Mozaïque festival @ Various Locations
Apr 18 – Apr 20 all-day

18 – 20 April 2019 ROTTERDAM

In 2019 the Motel Mozaïque Festival will take place on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April, in different venues in the amazing center of Rotterdam. The 19th edition of the festival will bring you exciting (new) artists in performance and art, but most of all a shitload of music!

Three days, all dedicated to new encounters. Some more awkward than others.

We’ll take you on a road to self-discovery. Your favorite music, art, interesting performances and street art. We dare you to get to know yourself, by doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Discover the beauty of opposites, the unknown.

Motel Mozaïque’s line-up is bursting with both new talent, and some more renowned names. We constantly aim for fruitful collaborations between music and performance. A Rotterdam based orchestra with a German techno DJ, a South-American percussionist with a Scandinavian singer-songwriter. Clashes that lead to a long-term memory and partnership.

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

Walk along the Springsnow elm route of Amsterdam @ Amsterdam
Apr 21 – May 21 all-day

Springsnow is the magical natural phenomenon that symbolises the true start of Amsterdam’s spring, when the elm trees unleash their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms, twirling down like confetti thrown to greet the sun.

The signature tree of Amsterdam
The elm is the signature tree of Amsterdam, much like the linden tree in Berlin, or the plane trees of Paris. With more than 75.000 elm trees throughout the city, Amsterdam could be called the elm capital of the world.

For centuries, elm trees have defined Amsterdam’s cityscape. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the canal district of the historical city centre.

Follow the elm route
You can follow the eight-km-long elm route, and catch the spring snow. The route starts at the elm arboretum, next to EYE, and runs through the Hortus Botanicus, one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens.

The Digital Poetree
If you want to feel like a part of the drifting experience, attach a message to a Springsnow seed at the Digital Poetree and track where the wind carries it!

Source IamExpat

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.

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.

More info
You can find more information under Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park.

Artis Zoo during the war – Tour @ Artis Zoo
Apr 30 – May 5 all-day

Look at a World War II zoo
During World War II, Amsterdam’s Artis zoo harboured many people who were hiding from the German occupiers. At the same time going to the zoo was a popular outing for German soldiers. Artis is organising an hour long guided tour around both the people and the animals that inhabited the zoo at the time. Until May 5

Festival Circusstad @ Center of Rotterdam
May 1 – May 5 all-day

Performers come closer than ever and invite you to join in during Circusstad Festival. Featuring a variety of workshops and shows.

Circusstad Festival takes over the center of Rotterdam and fills it with amazing stunts and bizarre skills!
Astonishing performances
The festival brings the most beautiful, heroic and spectacular performances to the city center, performed by (inter)national artists and acrobats.

Join the Circus
Wanna fly, balance of juggle a ridiculous amount of balls? They performers of Circusstad will teach you! Join a workshop or practice your circus skills on the playground. Then take a load off with a drink amongst the circus performers!

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.

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.

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/

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).

Food Truck Festival Trek @ Vroesenpark
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Vroesenpark transforms into a large open-air restaurant with dozens of mobile kitchens where food, drinks, live music and theater are combined.

There’s plenty to see while savoring the most delicious snacks. There’s a stage for music and performing arts in the ‘BurgeRmeester’, a theater convoy moves through the park to entertain the audience, and crowd-pleasing carnival classics are set up for some good, old-fashioned fun. As the night falls, the best funk, soul and ‘80’s songs fill up the dancefloor.

Entrance to the park is free!


It is advisable to go on your bike!

Opening hours 10-13 May:

Thursday 10 from 14- 23 h

Friday 11 from 16 – 23 h

Saturday 12 from 14 – 23 h

Sunday 13 from 14 – 21.30h

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)

Festival “Aangeschoten Wild” @ Lijm & Cultuur
May 10 all-day

Festival Aangeschoten Wild is an accessible music- and culture-festival in Delft, that aims to invite their audience to discover and explore new forms of culture. The festival grounds – in and around an old glue factory – have ample room for over 40 artists, ranging from small-scale theatre performances to shows of tomorrow’s leading bands. Artists of national fame complement local and regional talents, from a wide variety of genres: pop, rock, ska, singer-songwriter and electronica. More than 200 students work together to make everything happen and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere seen at Festival Aangeschoten Wild – May 10th for the 11th time!


From 15.30 until 2 in the morning


Salsa aan de Haven @ LantarenVenster
May 10 @ 21:30 – May 11 @ 01:00

SALSA aan de Haven on Friday 10 May at 21: 30

Once a month LantarenVenster organizes a salsa evening in cooperation with Salsa aan de Haven. On these evenings  the lobby is taken over by professional DJs and a lot of dancing people and literally transformed into a Latin American Ballroom. With the best salsa, Bachata and Kizomba!

The salsa-evening starts at 21: 30 and lasts until 01: 00.

Come along and dance along!

Admission: € 5,-

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.

Rotterdam Art Music Festival @ Doelen
May 14 – May 18 all-day

During Rotterdam Art Music Festival adventurous music lovers get the chance to meet the international vanguard of the innovators in classical music.

Expect sparkling concerts, crossovers and groundbreaking music by talented musicians who dare to make connections with other genres such as jazz and pop.

Opening evening ROAM
The festival will be opened on Tuesday evening 14 May with a performance by the indie-classical pioneers of ensembles in collaboration with American hip-hop artist Astronautalis, TEMKO and Rotterdam word artist Y.M.P.

On Thursday 16 May, the program will continue with more than twenty performances, spread throughout the city with the Doelen as a vibrant festival center. Join the interactive smartphone show by Arthur Wagenaar, dance to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by the Scottisch Ensemble and Anna Meredith, visit Monica Germino’s whisper concert MUTED in AVL Mundo or club in WORM on Thursday and Friday nights.


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.

Nederlands Bierproeffestival

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.

New Skool Rules – Free Hip Hop performances @ various places
May 17 – May 19 all-day

As part of the sixth hiphop and r&b music conference there’s free music shows at several stages in the city.

New Skool Rules is a hiphop and r&b music conference, where people from the music scene can share their knowledge and network. Besides the programme for professionals there are also free showcases to watch.


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!