What’s on around The Hague

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What’s on around The Hague


Summer’s here, so time to really get out & about, especially if you have visitors coming. Be adventurous & enjoy some of the wonderful festivals & events in the region. A selection here below - have fun!


Saturday Flower Market around Grote Kerk, The Hague

Every Saturday, a new flower & garden market at 'the Kerkplein' around the Grote Kerk at end of Lange Voorhout; flowers, bouquets, garden & balcony plants & accessories.

Saturday Antique & Book Market, Lange Voorhout, The Hague

Numerous stalls selling antiques and old books - Until end of October

30 May – 31 August: Art exhibition, “Buddha Series”

Sunita Rajvanshi, an IWC member, will exhibit her paintings “Buddha Series’ at Evita Lokaal, Van Alkemadelaan 309a, The Hague. Info sunita.rajvanshi@gmail.com

25 May - 6 June, Festival: Tong Tong Fair, The Hague

Huge Eurasian festival on Malieveld; cultural events, vendors, food fest. Malieveld, The Hague. www.tongtongfair.nl

All summer, Music: Organ recitals, Grote Kerk, Haarlem

Haarlem, boasts two of the world's visually & aurally most beautiful organs: the Christian Müller organ in the Grote/ Bavokerk & the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Philharmonie concert hall. Every Tuesday & Thursday (Sunday service & concert) there are organ recitals, many by world-famous organist Jos van der Kooy. www.bavo.nl

All summer, Theatre/music: Open Air Theatre, Vondelpark, A’dam

The Vondel Park Open Air Theatre is a contemporary amphitheatre that hosts FREE jazz, cabaret, outdoor dancing, live bands, theatre

performances, classical music & a variety of other acts each weekend throughout the summer. www.openluchttheater.nl

4 - 26 June, Arts festival: Holland Festival

The 69th year of the Holland festival featuring a mixture of local &

international trend-setting performing arts, theater, dance, opera, music, visual arts, literature & architecture. www.hollandfestival.nl

4 June, Music: Carmen Souza & Theo Pas'cal & Residentie Orkest

Afro/Jazz duo, Carmen Souza & contrabassist Theo Pas'cal perform Cape Verdian rhythms with jazz together with the Rresidentie Orkest. Promises to be a very creative concert. Zuiderstrand Theater, Scheveningen. www.ldt.nl

4, 11, 18 June, Tour: Behind the scenes, Muziek Theatre, A’dam

Always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of a large

 theatre? Then book a tour at the Muziek Theater, opera & ballet. It’s fascinating. I did it! www.operaballet.nl

6 – 12 June, Sport: Tennis - Top Shelf Open

The Top Shelf Open attracts international male & female tennis players practicing playing on grass, ahead of Wimbledon in July. See

Pospisil, Karlovic, Verdasco this year. Autotron, Rosmalen, www.topshelfopen.nl

9 – 30 June, Opera: Pique Dame - Tchaikovsky

The second Russian opera this season; Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame. The compelling opera was composed in a period of turmoil for

Tchaikovsky about himself & his homosexuality. His hidden desires come to the fore in the stirring music. With Misha Didyk & Alexey Markov. Muziek Theater, Amsterdam. www.operaballet.nl

10 - 19 June, Theatre: Oerol Festival, Terschelling.

This annual festival of theatre, (dance & music) takes over the island of Terschelling, presenting theatre in woods, fields, sand dunes & beaches, barns & cafés. www.oerol.nl

10 - 19 June, Music: Festival Classique - Scheveningen

A festival of music for all ages, this year to be held in Scheveningen, mainly in the Kurhaus. Don’t miss Residentie Orkest playing opera arias on 17 & 18 June. www.festivalclassique.nl/en/

16 June, Opera: La Bohème - Puccini 
Opera Zuid celebrates its 25th anniversary with a production of this favorite classic Italian opera, telling the sad & dramatic story of Mimi dying in the arms of her lover Rodolfo. Zuiderstrandtheater,

Scheveningen. www.ldt.nl



 17 - 19 June, Festival: Open Garden Days of Amsterdam

Museum Van Loon organizes the Open Garden Days. Catch a rare glimpse of 25 canal house gardens open to the public. A secret world behind walls! Rent a bike and cycle from garden to garden. Great fun! www.opentuindagen.nl

18 June, Festival: Flag Day, Scheveningen (arrival of Herring!)

Street festival celebrating the new herring catch of the year, the first new herring being presented personally to the King. Traditional attire, old Dutch children's games, tour boats, music & traditional handicrafts. www.vlaggetjesdag.com

19 - 21 June, Festival: The Day of Architecture

Royal Institute of Dutch Architects organizes the National Days of

Architecture. Open buildings, special tours, meet architects. Find out what Dutch architecture is all about. www.dagvandearchitectuur.nl

25 June, Dutch Veterans Day

A national day of appreciation for our war veterans, with festivities on the Malieveld & the Hofvijver, including a parade, & flyover with jets, (old aeroplanes) & helicopters. www.veteranendag.nl

25 June, Music: 12-hour Proms

The grand Final of the Holland Festival, a 12-hour program running until

 late night, fashioned on the famous Proms - classic, to contemporary to pop: American singer/songwriter Ben Folds, Radio Filharmonisch

Orkest, Moroccan Gnawa ensemble & lots more. www.hollandfestival.nl

25 June, Sport: Sailing - The Round Texel Race

The Round Texel Race is the world's largest catamaran race with around 600 single & double-handed catamarans taking part. Kite surfing & raceboard slalom competitions as well, during the four-day event. De Koog, Texel, www.roundtexel.com

26 June, Music festival: Parkpop

One of Europe’s largest free pop festivals in the Hague’s Zuiderpark. www.parkpop.nl

29 June - 10 July, Dance:Splendid, China National AcrobaticTroupe
It happens right in front of you: acrobats catapult themselves high in the air, turning & twisting at high speed, jump through hoops & float from silk cloths. A captivating performance by China’s best acrobats. Treat yourself before the show to a Splendid walking dinner by UMAMI restaurant from chef of Michelin star restaurant HanTing. Order dinner when

booking ticket. Zuiderstrand Theater, Scheveningen. www.ldt.nl

29 June & 1 July, Music: Anniversary concert with E.M. Westbroek

Dutch National Opera closes its anniversary season with two concerts by the Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek. One of the most successful opera singers of today, Eva-Maria will be accompanied by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Muziek

Theater, Amsterdam, www.operaballet.nl

2 July - 13 November, Exhibition: Jewish history of the Hague

The Haags Historisch Museum presents an exhibition tracing 350 years of Jewish history from the beginning of the 17th century up to now & also examines present-day Judaism in The Hague. The exhibition include

lectures, guided tours by 't Gilde through the former Jewish Quarter, & excursions to the Liberal Jewish Synagogue & the Jewish Cemetery of The Hague. www.historischmuseum.nl

6 - 10 July, sport: European Athletics Championships

Held for the first time in the Netherlands, more than 50 countries

compete in 44 athletic disciplines – See Dutch Daphne Schippers, one of the fastest women in the world! Olympic Stadium, A’dam. www.holland.com (see events July)

8 – 10 July, Music: North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's foremost jazz festivals features music ranging from blues to salsa, with a line-up of international singers & musicians

including Chick Corea & Earth, Wind & Fire. Ahoy, Rotterdam, www.northseajazz.com


 10 July, Music: Hague African Musical Festival

A lively African atmosphere on the Spui Plein with bands from Mali, Senegal, Somali & Zimbabwe & an African market – exhibition of African art inside Atrium from 4 – 18 July. Spuiplein, The Hague.


30 July - 12 Aug, sport/tradition: Skûtsjesilen Championships

Skûtsjes are traditional cargo Frisian ships once used by Frisian farmers. In the annual sailing championships skippers of these historic ships fight to become the skûtsjesilen champion. A festive week 2 - 7 August with fireworks, markets & naval reviews. Got friends visiting? - rent a skûtsje with a skipper for a Fries sailing trip. Sneek www.holland.com

5 - 7 August, Festival: The Westland Floating Parade

Promoting the Westland greenhouse & farming sector, a festive floating parade with 60 boats decorated with flowers & vegetables sailing by Naaldwijk, Vlaardingen, Wateringen, Delft, Rijswijk. Pick a spot along sailing route or take a bike tour. www.holland.com

12 - 21 August, Festival: Grachtenfestival (canal festival)

A ten-day classical music marathon with 150 (very affordable) concerts in private homes, gardens, roof terraces, cruise ships, canal houses, tube tunnels. A “must see” (from a canal boat!) is the Prinsengracht

Concert held on a pontoon on the canal. www.holland.com

12 – 20 August, Festival: Scheveningen International Fireworks

An international competition to see which country can put on the best fireworks display. Several evenings of spectacular fireworks, fire eaters, jugglers, dance & music. Bike or bus/tram! www.holland.com

20 August – 18 Sept., Galerie in de Molen, Wassenaar

Dons v.d Gronden, IWC member, together with Jan Pasteur & Judith Heinsohn will hold an exhibition of their paintings at Galerie in de Molen. Molenplein 10a, Wassenaar Thursday – Sunday 2 - 5pm.

20 - 21 August , Festival: Harbour Festival Ijmuiden

A cultural & nautical event in this beautiful old fishing harbour. Cultural shows with a visit to spectacular ships. A great day out! www.holland.com

21 - 28 August, sport: World rowing Championships

Being held for the second year in a row in the Netherlands, this time at the Willem Alexander Baan in Rotterdam, a week of world class rowing. www.worldrowing.com

27 - 28 August, Tradition: Dutch Fortified Towns Open Days

Once a year, old fortified towns open their gates for you to discover the forgotten stories of medieval times & learn how the defense system of

 these fortified towns used to work. A great day out with traditional

activities & mock battles. www.holland.com

1 - 2 September, Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

British open-air theatre company ILLYRIA celebrate their

25th anniversary with an open air production of Midsummer night’s Dream. Illyria are still performing the entire play with just 5 quick-changing, fast-running actors who share all the roles between them! Bring your rug & picnic for a wonderful evening of outdoor there.

Raadhuis Pauw, Wassenaar. www.theenglishtheatre.nl

3 - 4 September; Cultural Fair: Uitmarkt

National opening of the cultural season featuring 2000 performers in 30 venues in The Hague & various cities. Holland’s best musicians, orchestras, comedians & actors show off (free) the cultural wealth of the Netherlands promoting their 2016/17 programs. www.holland.com


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