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Living the Dutch life - September 2019

Sea, music and heritage!

World Port Days

Enter Europe’s largest seaport during World Port Days 6-8 September in Rotterdam. The theme this year is MariTeam, where you can meet all the people who work together to make the port of Rotterdam what it is today! This annual maritime event offers a wide range of activities such as harbour tours, demonstrations, spectacular stunts and a nautical market. 

Philharmonic Gergiev Festival

Experience one of the World's leading classical music events during the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival 12-15 September. This year’s edition devotes itself to Paris, featuring the rich musical history of France. The all-round programme offers a range of performances on several stages, including international opera productions and major symphonic works.


Heritage Days

Learn more about Dutch heritage during Heritage Days 14-15 September, where a wide variety of historical buildings and sites open their doors to the public. In addition to free access, you can expect on-site activities such as exhibitions, guided tours and music. The event’s theme, Places of Fun, will educate visitors on how people used to have fun and entertain one another in these places. The places of interest are divided into five categories: museum arts, performing arts, sports and games, hospitality and recreation.


Prince’s Day

Witness this important day in Dutch politics when the King reads his speech from the throne during Prince’s Day on 17 September in The Hague. The speech, or troonrede in Dutch, mainly outlines the governmental budget for the year ahead. Prior to the speech a royal procession and a Glass Carriage carrying the Dutch Royal Family will move from the Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal. Thousands of people line the route as it is seen as the highlight of the day with many festivities!


Dutch Film Festival

Watch all kinds of Dutch movies during the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht 27 September-5 October. It is the largest event focusing solely on the Dutch film industry and also an important platform for Dutch directors and actors. Besides hundred of movies, the festival also organizes talk shows, debates, workshops, parties and red-carpet events with a touch of glamour. Various screenings and programmes are accessible for non-Dutch speakers. The festival’s highlight is the announcement of the winner of the top prize in the Dutch film industry, the Golden Calf.


Kite Festival

See the skies of Scheveningen beach fill with kites over every shape and colour during the Kite Festival 29-30 September. It is a unique spectacle with over one-hundred participants from around the world showing the world’s biggest kites. This year’s theme is Sea Aquarium and will feature flying (crab) fish, snales and other animals. Throughout the entire weekend there will be kiting demonstrations, stunts and workshops. On Saturday evening a breath taking night kiting show, the highlight of the festival, will show thousands of lights up in the air!



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HR Live Workshop - The Netherlands

Thursday 10 October 2019

Onboarding International Talent         

Recruiting talent from abroad does not need to be difficult when all stakeholders are aligned and you have a plan in place.

Is recruiting overseas talent on the rise in your company? Do you find introducing employees to life in the Netherlands difficult? Are you overwhelmed with questions regarding Dutch formalities, immigration and housing needs?

Providing your international hires with a ‘soft landing’ - giving them all the support they need to settle-in and be successful in the Netherlands - is key to retaining international talent and contributes to the success of the company’s recruitment strategy. 

Relocation services are no longer reserved for senior employees on expat contracts. We see an increase of young, international professionals prepared to travel across the globe for the right job. In our workshop we will introduce the solutions available:

•  Immigration
•  Housing
•  Settling-in

           Jamie de Jong & Alexandra Lugtigheid

Position:                Global Mobility Professionals

Subject:                 Recruiting & Selection

Organisation:        SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving


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Be sure to visit our stand during the event!!

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Living the Dutch life - August 2019

Carnivals, Festivals, Pride & Music!


Go out on the water and listen to the sounds of classical music on the Amsterdam canals 9-18 August. During the Grachtenfestival the most unlikely spots will be transformed into stages for performances by young talent and established artists from all over the world. More than 250 concerts, ranging from classical and jazz to multicultural music, will take place at 90 different locations. The Prinsengracht Concert is one of the most romantic moments of the Grachtenfestival, also the annual highlight of the event, and will be broadcast on television.

Balloon Fiesta

Visit the impressive hot air balloon festival in Barneveld 21-24 August. The Balloon Fiesta is a unique experience giving young and old the opportunity to view over 35 unique hot air balloons of special shapes and sizes as they take-off. The balloons will slowly drift towards the cities of Apeldoorn and Arnhem and then return to the festival ground. So you will most likely get a glimpse of the balloon spectacle even if you cannot make it to the grounds. Every evening a magical laser show and Nightglow will form the highlight of the programme. During this show the balloons will be lit up as lanterns and lasers along to music.


Be surprised by the richly varied programme offering the best of arts and culture at different venues throughout Amsterdam 23-25 August. Uitmarkt is the largest cultural festival in the Netherlands and free of charge. The event features more than 300 performances for every type of audience, such as theatre, literature, dance, classical music, jazz and performances for children. The festival aims to enhance cultural participation in the Netherlands. Over three days the event attracts a number of 500.000 visitors!

Jazz in de Gracht

Find yourself a spot along The Hague’s canal side to wait for the floating Jazz Festival to pass by on characteristic flat bottom boats, 29-31 August. It is a unique experience that only few countries offer! The festival is free of charge and also offers other music styles, such as blues, funk and soul. Alongside the canals you will find all kinds of food trucks and cafés/bars. Many residents around the area gather across the waterways to enjoy the festive atmosphere. 


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Living the Dutch life - July

Carnivals, Festivals, Pride & Music!

Roots Festival

Experience an exciting musical journey through the most diverse cultures and styles during the Amsterdam Roots Festival 2-10 July. With a 35-year history, it is a leading festival of non-western music and includes fado, zouk dance, hip hop, Latin-jazz and rumba. It has grown in its diversity and evolved from what used to only be the Africa Roots Festival. Now performers come from all corners of the world, from the Caribbean and Cape Verde, to South Africa and Mongolia. The highlight of the festival takes place in the Oosterpark where you will be able to enjoy over 40 performances. At other indoor venues, such as Carré and the Melkweg, there will also be a series of lectures and performances. 

North Sea Jazz

Enjoy star-studded performances by the best international jazz, soul, blues, funk and pop artists at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam 12-14 July. It is the largest indoor music festival in the world and known globally for its multitude of music styles and exciting line-ups. Although the number of visitors has reached up to 70.000 in recent years, each stage has an intimate atmosphere as the performances are spread across different floors in Ahoy. The event is a must for every jazz lover who wants to see internationally renowned jazz legends perform or discover upcoming talent. 

The biggest Funfair of the Benelux

Visit the biggest funfair of the Benelux region in the city of Tilburg 19-28 July. This fair, offering some 250 attractions and rides, covers the entire city centre to create a fairground of 4.5 kilometres long. It is a unique event with lots of festivities and a spectacular firework display on the last night. Another highlight is Pink Monday, one of the biggest gay celebration and integration events in the country, attracting thousands of visitors and making it the busiest day of the fair. 

Rotterdam Unlimited

Celebrate Summer with a five-day cultural and tropical festival during Rotterdam Unlimited 23-27 July. As one of the biggest free street festivals in Europe, it offers a mix of live music, dance, theatre and carnival parades. A visit to the festival will be a trip to remember because of the vibrant atmosphere. A colourful and spectacular street parade and the battle of drums form the main events of the festival. Furthermore you will find music and food from different cultures representing the cosmopolitan diversity of the city.

Amsterdam Pride

Join Amsterdam’s celebrations for diversity and acceptance of all sexual orientations and genders during Amsterdam Pride 27 July-4 August. It is a well-known event in- and outside of the Netherlands and attracts more than 500.000 visitors each year. Presenting a cultural programme, a range of exhibitions and movie events throughout the city, the biggest highlight however is the Canal Parade, with decorated boats sailing along the canals carrying costumed dancers and important messages.


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What is driving shifts in relocation moves types and volumes?
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Living the Dutch life - June

Festivals, architecture & more!

Day of the Castle

Discover the magical history of centuries-old castles, country estates and ruins during the Day of the Castle, on 10 May. This year’s theme is 'Across the Border', which will focus on the history of foreign influences on (royal) families, architecture and gardens. Expect guided tours, theatre performances and demonstrations to allow you to relive the past and learn about what it's like for people living and working in castles today. Across the Netherlands there will more than 120 locations to visit.


Day of Architecture

Discover innovation within buildings and public spaces during the Day of Architecture 14-16 June. The event aims to demonstrate how architecture and urban development can make rapidly growing cities a pleasant and vibrant environment. Many cities are offering a programme of lectures, debates, guided tours and excursions. Some iconic buildings, that are normally closed to visitors, will be opening their doors to the public to show off their innovative designs. Please note that each city will have their own theme and programme and therefore scheduled dates may vary.


Open Garden Days

A unique space rarely open to visitors... enter the gardens of some of Amsterdam’s most impressive canal-side homes during Open Garden Days 14-16 June. Seen as the perfect opportunity to get to know Amsterdam and its residents and see some of the most beautiful, yet hidden, city gardens. This year’s theme is Garden Design so expect classic and contemporary gardens by renowned landscape gardeners and designers. The ticket will allow you access to more than 30 gardens on all three days!


Flag Day

Taste the first New Dutch (herring) of the season on Flag Day in Scheveningen on 15 June. The event celebrates the first herring catch of the year with a festive programme that offers something for everyone. There will be music, boat trips, miniature ships, traditional clothing, Old Dutch children’s games and of course herring and all sorts of other fish! The first edition of the festival dates back to 1947, although its history goes back as far as the 18th century. The celebration originally occurred on the departure of the herring ships to sea, while now the festival simply celebrates the return of New Dutch herring.


Flower Festival

A cultural outing amid the most beautiful flowers, the Flower Festival 15-16 June in Aalsmeer, the heart of the flower-growing region, hosts the largest flower auction in the world. The festival takes place at a former flower auction venue as well at the horticultural museum. There will be demonstrations, workshops and special exhibitions taking place. You can see flowers and plants integrated into art installations, colourful flower masks and edible flowers!



As soon as the weather is getting warmer, you will find one festival after the next in the Netherlands. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite festivals taking place this June.

29 May – 2 June: Oranjewoud Festival

A unique classical music festival, with the greatest international musicians, taking place on the beautiful greens of Oranjewoud in Heerenveen. This festival allows you to enjoy classical music like never before - from a swimming pool, hammock or in a gigantic plastic bubble!

29 May – 23 June: Holland Festival

For over 60 years this festival has been popular for its broad scope of international performing arts. The festival offers a mixture of theatre, dance, music, opera, literature and more at different locations throughout Amsterdam, showcasing innovation in art and exploring new forms of theatre.

8 – 10 June: Pinkpop

This is Holland’s biggest open-air festival and is sold out almost every year. It is a multiday event taking place in Landgraaf, and has previously featured musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

14 – 23 June: Oerol

Since 1982 Oerol has grown to become a true phenomenon on the island of Terschelling. It is one of the most fun and exceptional theatre festivals in Europe, with ten days of (street) theatre, dance, art and music at many exceptional locations. 

21 June – 25 August: De Parade

This travelling festival is a theatre, circus, carnival and funfair all in one. From June to September it hits Holland’s four main cities – Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and then Amsterdam.

28 – 30 June: Parkpop

The biggest free pop festival in Holland is held in The Hague - the number one pop city for a reason! Tens of thousands of music lovers gather in Zuiderpark to enjoy many top musicians and upcoming talented bands.


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