Living the Dutch life - November 2019

Autumn events for expats!

Affordable Art Fair

Take the chance to buy an original piece of art at The Affordable Art Fair taking place in Amsterdam 31 Oct-3 Nov. This unique concept makes art accessible to everyone. The event allows you to buy works of art by upcoming and established artists at affordable prices and also offers free workshops to attend. A broad range of art will be presented, from figurative to abstract and from traditional to avant-garde. Because of the low threshold and even the availability of childcare service the fair is perfect for a family day out!

Museum Night

See Amsterdam’s museums, literally, in a completely new light during the Museum Night taking place 2 November. Over 50 museums will participate during this art and culture themed night, which include well-known museums such as the Hermitage and Maritime Museum, but also some of the city’s smaller institutions. Once it gets dark you can enjoy many exceptional performances and workshops across the entire city. A single ticket allows access to all museums and also one free visit to a museum after the Museum Night. 


National School Breakfast

During the National School Breakfast week 4-8 November parents are allowed to send their child to school without breakfast for one day. More than 2.900 primary schools will participate in this yearly event in which all school children enjoy breakfast together in an educational way. They will be served a healthy and nutritious breakfast and learn in a fun way how important and simple it this to have breakfast. During this week there will be all kinds of special events. This year’s theme is: Take the time for your breakfast!


I Am Expat Fair

Learn all about life in the Netherlands at the leading fair for internationals on 9 November. The IamExpat Fair takes place twice a year, at different locations, and is designed to connect and support the expat community in the Netherlands. This edition takes place in one of The Hague’s oldest buildings, the iconic Grote Kerk (church). The fair offers information about a wide range of topics, such as housing, career, education and leisure. And there will also be free workshops and presentations to attend. Entrance to the fair is free after online registration.



Visit Eindhoven, the city of light, during light art festival GLOW 9-16 November. For one week the city becomes one giant exhibition with gorgeous light constructions, innovative works of art and numerous side events revolving around a different theme each year. This year the theme is called Shadows & Light. By nightfall a walking route will lead you through the city’s streets past surprising light designs in different colours and shapes.

Sint Maarten

Celebrate the Dutch kind of Halloween on Sint Maarten’s day 11 November, often called the feast of sharing. Children up to the age of 12 will knock on neighbourhood doors with lanterns and sing songs to receive a piece of candy or fruit in return. The songs often contain nonsense words or vague puzzling references to the origins of the feast day. Sint Maarten’s day is celebrated in parts of the North and South of the Netherlands as well the provinces of Flevoland, Overijssel, Gelderland, South-Holland and Zeeland. If you are living in one of these areas it is recommended to buy some treats and lantern sticks (in case your children will participate) in advance as these sell out fast!


Arrival Saint Nicholas

The Sinterklaas feast is the most beloved of all Dutch holidays and traditions. Although the actual celebration of the feast is on the evening of 5 December, all children are excitedly awaiting his arrival each year in mid-November. Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) will officially arrive by train on 16 November in the city of Apeldoorn together with his Pieten (helpers). And then he makes his way through the country on his white horse Amerigo. But in most other towns and cities unofficial arrivals will be organized as well. 

In the days leading up to 5 December Sinterklaas rides across rooftops at night listening through chimneys for good children and leaving them little treats in their shoes, which they leave by the fireplace or door. Traditional Sinterklaas sweets are chocolate letters, pepernoten (small spiced biscuits), gingerbread men and marzipan.



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Team Relocations to become SIRVA

By 1st January, 2020

A SIRVA company

Team Relocations was acquired by SIRVA Worldwide, Inc. in August 2018. 

Following a smooth transition, and as part of our continued integration, Team Relocations will rebrand to SIRVA as of 1st January 2020. Find out more about SIRVA by visiting 

We will continue to offer our unparalleled global support system, operating in over 180 countries, with 75 offices worldwide, innovative technology and a wide range of services.

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Offshore Energy 2019

8 & 9 October 2019

Offshore Energy

The Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) is Europe's leading gathering of the entire offshore energy industry.

An opportunity to network with highly qualified experts and professionals across global markets.

For more than 12 years, the OEEC has uniquely brought together offshore energy industry sectors: oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy.

More than 550 exhibitors from around the world present their newest services, projects and innovative products. On top of this OEEC presents international trade missions, pavilions, exclusive network lounges of the OEEC member club, the Startup Zone, matchmaking areas, the Stage and networking drinks.

Approximately 12,000 professionals will visit the exhibition, take part in strategic discussions, immersive technical conference sessions focusing on the future and technical developments in the industry. Three days of networking and together shaping the future of energy.


Visit our stand!

Stand number:     1.603

Global Mobility:    Jeroen Doting

Subject:                 Worldwide relocation services

Organisation:       Team Relocations,  a SIRVA company
                               SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving


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Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference
RAI Amsterdam
Europaplein 2-22
1078 GZ
The Netherlands



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Living the Dutch life - October 2019

Events in October!

Relief of Leiden

Commemorate the relief of the city from the Spanish siege in 1574 at the City's Festival on 3 October. Enjoy a parade, fun fair, market, concert and grand firework show, alongside learning the many traditions and history of the city. The festival starts in the morning with a reveille, followed by a traditional festival meal of herring and white bread. A memorial service is also delivered in St Peter’s Church. In the evening, a carrot and onion stew called 'hutspot' is usually enjoyed.

Children’s Book Week

The 2019 Dutch Children’s Book Week takes place from 2-13 October for children up to 12 years old. Fun activities are organised by primary schools and town libraries, with special lessons following this year's theme of Travel Along! To make it easier for children to find a book they like, the event organisers have made a fun map which organises the books into categories. 


Keukenhof Flower Bulb Market

Usually closed outside of spring, Keukenhof Park is opened to the public for the Flower Bulb Market to celebrate the start of the bulb-growing season. The Flower Bulb Market will be held from 4-5 October for home gardeners to listen to expert tips for growing the most successful flower crop and buy their favourites. A large selection of exclusive and extraordinary bulbs are available to buy (by cash) on the day.


Museum Night

Museum Night celebrate's its 10th anniversary this year on 5 October, where museums and cultural institutions open their doors at night with a range of activities. Taking place within The Hague's city centre, Scheveningen and Voorburg, activities are inspired by the magical sea spark or an escape from the Gevangenpoort (prison gate). A ticket will give you access to all participating museums and institutions (free entry until 31 December). A historical bus from The Hague’s Bus Museum will be used for shuttle services.


Dutch Design Week

Home to world-famous designers, head to Eindhoven for the week of 19-27 October for Dutch Design Week! See talented designer's work at the biggest design event in Northern Europe. Exhibits, workshops and talks are held at stunning locations across the city with an emphasis on 'experiment, innovation and cross-overs'. The Dutch Design Awards, one of the most exciting parts of the event, crowns best designers in the industry.


On Sunday 27 October, the clocks will be set backwards for Winter Time, the end of Daylight Savings Time. This means that sunrise and sunset will be one hour earlier than the day before and we can enjoy one hour of extra sleep!



Crossing Border Festival

For lovers of the arts, international literature and music, visit the Crossing Border Festival in The Hague's cultural centre from 29 Oct-3 Nov. The Crossing Border festival presents a unique combination of spoken word, music, film and visual arts. Alongside some of the biggest names, undiscovered artists will also be apart of the programme. The focus of the festival is new developments in literature and music and their interconnection with other arts.


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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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The Fokker Terminal
Binckhorstlaan 249 in The Hague
The Netherlands


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