Living the Dutch life - February

Fun for expats in The Netherlands

Feel at Home in The Hague

Meet other expats at the biggest international community event in the Netherlands on Sunday 3 February. The Feel at Home in The Hague Fair takes place at the City Hall, where knowledge and top tips are shared about how to make the most of your time in The Hague. Exhibitors will be there to provide information, entertainment and a fantastic array of international food. Entry is free for pre-registered visitors, and on-the-day visitors will need to pay a small charge. It is sure to be a fun and informative day out for all expats!

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the start of the new year once more with the Chinese New Year celebrations! The Chinese New Year officially starts on 5 February, where we head into the year of the Pig. The traditional Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar and each year is related to an animal sign. During the celebrations there will be traditional dragon dances as well as lion dances, fireworks, performances and Asian markets. On 5 February you can take part in celebrations in Amsterdam and on 9 February The Hague puts on it's own special celebrations. Rotterdam extends its celebrations with special activities throughout the city from 4 -10 February.

Art Rotterdam

Enjoy the latest developments in visual arts during the international art fair 'Art Rotterdam' 7-10 February. Presenting a mixture of video, paintings, performances, sculptures and design, prepare to be taken on a journey through youthful and varied creations. At the heart of the fair, located in the iconic Van Nelle factory, the work of the most talented artists will be displayed across 75 international galleries. This spectacular location has been a World Heritage site since 2014 and boasts interesting features as a former coffee and Tobacco factory. Keep your eyes peeled as there are other interesting exhibitions dotted around the city.  

Homemakers’ Fair Amsterdam

Immerse yourself in innovation at the Homemakers’ Fair from 16-24 February. Find out about all the latest products on the market at this household and shopping fair! The event was founded in 1950 originally as an event for Dutch housewives. Now it has grown into a huge annual event incorporating beauty, fashion, health and interior design and regarded as a real day out. A ticket to the Homemakers’ Fair also gives access to the Nine Months Fair, taking place 20-24 February, offering a wide range of products relating to pregnancy and babies. Both fairs take place at the event location RAI Amsterdam.

Chocoa Chocolate Festival Amsterdam

Enter the sweet world of chocolate and learn all about the origin, production and taste of quality at the Chocoa Festival on 24 and 25 February. Taking place at the Beurs van Berlage, a beautiful location in Amsterdam and monument of trade, more than 75 stands with patisseries and chocolate manufacturers. Expect a full days' programme of tasting, expert talks and important documentaries and films about sustainability. The event is fully dedicated to making chocolate sustainable and organises an open debate on this subject on 23 February. For anyone interested in getting into the chocolate trade, here you can meet cocoa producers. For anyone interested in chocolate making, there is the Chocoa Trade Fair on 22 and 23 February.

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