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During the Rotterdam Park month in September there are many green activities in the parks: walks, events, theater, workshops, music, excursions and nature work days. In Het Park (near the Euromast) on Sunday 1 September at 1 pm the (literal) kick-off of the Parkenmaand will follow a speech from a well-known Rotterdammer. For entertainment, there is ‘park theater’ and children can get started in the ‘colour gang’ with the design of their ideal park.
The Parkenmaand is from 1 to 29 September. View the program on www.parkenmaand.nl the program is regularly updated
With more than 25 cultural and political activities the Prinsjesfestival celebrates democracy in The Hague from 10 to 17 September (ending on Prinsjesdag).
Prinsjesfestival celebrates democracy, because living in a democracy is a privilege and not self-evident. The festival is organised around Prinsjesdag and adds to the significance of Prinsjesdag.
The festive opening of the 2019 Prinsjesfestival takes place on 12 September with the recitation of the Prince’s Poem.
Other activities include:
Prinsjes Hatwalk and Prinsjes market on the Plein
Prince’s Breakfast at a gigantic table along the entire length of the Hofvijver
performance of political satire in Theater Diligentia
photo expositions of best political moments in the Netherlands
a special children’s programme in the Koninklijke Schouwburg
Open Day at the Dutch Supreme Court
a Prinsjesdag concert by the Residentie Orkest in the Zuiderstrandtheater.
Other special recurring traditions will be a prize for the person who has played an important role in Dutch democracy and a prize for the best political book of the year and a prize for the best political photograph. A huge Prinsjesborrel reception will be organised in the Novotel City Centre on Prinsjesdag for politically-engaged young people.
Focus on Zuid-Holland
Each year a different Dutch province takes centre stage at the Prinsjesfestival. During this 7th edition of the festival, the honour will go to the province of Zuid-Holland. The flag of Zuid-Holland will fly from Nieuwspoort on the Lange Poten, this year’s so-called ‘embassy’, where the province will present itself in terms of food, health and sport.
The Prinsjesfestival is made possible by volunteers and friends who support the celebration of democracy through a diverse programme of activities. Nearly all of the activities are free of charge.
For more information go to prinsjesfestival.nl or the Facebook page of the event.
A piece of magic, hidden at the edge of the city
The Kralingse Bos in Rotterdam forms the backdrop for a special evening walk during the autumn holidays. As if the forest was filled with real magic, a new surprise waits behind every bush. Trees seem to come to life, mushrooms have been plucked away from a fairy tale and get a luminous glow while running water suddenly changes direction. Nature plays the leading role in this special spectacle with the forest as a natural backdrop.
All the senses are stimulated during this 2 kilometer long walk through the dark. Eyes, ears and noses go on an adventure through light, sound and smells. There are no fairy-tale creatures or evil wizards who produce their magic and thus bring the forest to life, no everything comes from suffisticated technology. Impressive and innovative gadgets provide one mysterious surprise after another, an experience for young and old.
On June 5-7 the largest steam power event in Europe will be held for the 19th time in Dordrecht, which is just south of Rotterdam.
Organisers expect 250,000 visitors at this celebration of stream. Admission to ‘Dordt in Steam’ is free, however, a day-ticket (‘Stoomrondje Dordt’) can be purchased for round trips on historic stream transport.
On Friday evening, Dordt in Steam will open with an impressive naval parade on the river.
Dordt in Steam is spread across two areas in the city which are linked with (steam)ships, steam trains and old-timer buses.
By purchasing a day-ticket for the ‘Stoomrondje Dordt’, the visitor will have access to the various forms of historic transport at the event. It also includes admission to the Model Building Show. The day-ticket is available at all departure points. Be aware that a round trip lasts at least three hours!
In the picturesque harbour area next to the Groothoofd, Kuipershaven, Wolwevershaven and the Merwekade, dozens of steam-powered ships, machines and vehicles will be on view.
Steamboats will be make round trips on the river. For children, miniature steam trains will also be operating. Various (steam)ships will also be open for visitors.
International participants will display model trains, miniature steam powered machinery and model ships in a large model building show. You can travel by steamtrain or steamboat to visit this great Model Builing Show.
Sidewalk cafes and live music will add to steamy atmosphere.
At the 72ndh CHIO Rotterdam the very best international riders and horses in the world will compete in the FEI Nations Cup Jumping and Dressage classes and the Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam. From June 21 until June 25 in the beautiful Kralingse Bos many chef d’equipes select the teams that will represent their countries at European Championships in August 2018. With a long history going back to 1948, CHIO Rotterdam is the eldest international sport event in Rotterdam and the only 5* equestrian event in the Netherlands. The FEI selected CHIO Rotterdam as the organiser for the FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage and Para -Dressage 2019.
Besides exciting equestrian sport, the CHIO Rotterdam presents four days of networking, fun for kids, shows, the Stroodorp and excellent hospitality. There is something for everybody!