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30
May
2019

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!

 

Festivals

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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01
May
2019

Living the Dutch life - May

Immerse Yourself in Dutch Culture

National Mill Days

Visit the Netherlands’ iconic and historical heritage during National Mill Days 11-12 May. More than 950 mills will be open to the public, with millers explaining its history and their trade. The millers also organise various fun activities, such as pancake baking, cycling tours and fairs. Mills have always played an important role in the Netherlands, however they are suffering due to non-operation. During the Dutch Mill Days you will be able to see most of the mills turning and might even be asked to give the miller a hand!

 

Dutch Beer Week

Taste a great variety of Dutch beers during Dutch Beer Week 16-26 May. All over the Netherlands, activities will be taking place for beer lovers to enjoy! The Dutch Beer Tasting Festival in The Hague takes place from 16-19 May in the Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague, where visitors can enjoy over 250 types of beers, alongside an array of tasty food. Dutch Brewery Days, 24-26 May, takes place all over the Netherlands with hundreds of Dutch breweries opening their doors to the public. Expect brewing demonstrations, beer tastings and presentations. Since the Netherlands is a country known for its excellent beer brewing, the Dutch Beer Week is a great way to learn more about Dutch culture!

 

North Sea Regatta

Regarded as the event of the year for competitive Dutch sailors, enjoy the North Sea Regatta from 28 May - 10 June. Admire the yachts and enjoy the fun atmosphere of this sailing event, taking place at the harbour of Scheveningen. There will be races, music and plenty of food and drink. Thousands of watersports fanatics are drawn to this annual event each year, however non-sailors of all ages are more than welcome too!

 

Asparagus Market Arcen

Taste the juicy White Gold of the Provence of Limburg during the Asparagus Market in Arcen on 30 May. Due to the large amount of vitamins, minerals and important nutrients in Asparagus, they are extremely healthy and often called the queen of vegetables! You will be surprised by their versatility and unique variations, such as Asparagus liqueur! The market takes place at the Raadhuisplein from 11:00 till 18:00. During the Asparagus' harvesting months, from April until June, the Limburg region offers many other activities within this theme.

 

Rooftop Days

Discover the beauty of Rotterdam during the Rooftop Days 31 May-2 June. More than 40 rooftops will be open to the public, in both famous and unknown locations, offering film nights, intimate concerts, silent disco’s, sport activities and children’s programmes. The event aims to inspire using rooftops to their full potential.

 

Open Farm Days

Experience real farm life during the Campina Open Farm Days on 31 May and 10 June. Various dairy farmers and farms throughout the country will offer informative and fun sessions for the whole family! Activities include a tour around the farm, tasting Campina’s dairy products, an obstacle course and skippy cow race for children! The farms can be visited on you've completed online registration and are open from 10:00 till 16:00.

 

Summary of Events in May

4 - 5 - Remembrance Day & Liberation Day~
11 tot 12 - National Mill Days
12 - Mothers’ Day
16 tot 26- Dutch Beer Week, The Hague
28 tot 10 jun - North Sea Regatta, Scheveningen
30 - Ascension Day
30 - Asparagus Market, Arcen
31 tot 2 jun - Rooftop Days, Rotterdam
31 & 10 jun - Open Farm Days

 

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01
April
2019

Living the Dutch life - April

Flower Power for Expats in the Netherlands

Tulip Festival

Admire millions of blooming tulips in venues all over Amsterdam during the Tulip Festival 1-30 April. Inspired by the tulip festival in Istanbul, the city aims to plant one tulip for every Dutch citizen. This year, half a million tulips have been planted in different public locations and gardens outside notable buildings, such as the Rijksmuseum, Bijenkorf and NEMO. The city will offer a free festival guide that shows all participating venues, the names of the tulips on display and a map where to find them. Some locations, such as museums and gardens, may charge a fee.

Gouda Cheese Market

Visit the traditional Gouda Cheese Marketa nostalgic spectacle at the heart of the Dutch cheese industry in the city of Gouda, from 1 Apr-31 Aug. The world-famous Gouda cheese is still made and traded in the same way it was when initiated in 1395. On Thursday mornings, except Ascension Day, you can watch the distinctive cheese wheels being delivered to the market by horse and cart and then arranged and nicely stacked for sale. Farmers and traders seal their bargains for the best cheeses through symbolically shaking hands. At the Gouda Cheese and Crafts Museum, located in the weighing house, more about the history of cheese-making can be explored. 

IamExpat Fair

Learn all about life in the Netherlands on 6 April. The IamExpat Fair takes place twice a year, with this edition in Amsterdam, designed to connect and support the expat community in the Netherlands. It offers information about a wide range of topics, such as housing, career, education and leisure. There will also be free workshops and presentations. Entrance to the fair is free after online registration.

 

Get into the Greenhouse

Take to opportunity to see what is happening in the Dutch greenhouses from 6-7 April. Get into the Greenhouse (Kom in de Kas) is the largest horticultural event in the Netherlands and lets you discover a world of vegetable, flower and plant cultivators. There will be fun activities for all ages, such as tasting sessions, seeing robots watering plants or health nutrition cooking workshops. Find out where you can visit a greenhouse on the website or ask a local tourist information office.

National Museum Week

Discover art treasures and unique show pieces during National Museum Week 8-14 April. Around 400 different museums will showcase their unique collections, with special exhibitions, guided tours and children activities available to the public. This year’s theme is 'discovering the real gold together' - looking to connect the cultured capital's history with the present.

 

Flower Parade

Enjoy the delicious perfumes and beautiful sight of decorated floats and cars during the Flower Parade 13 April. The parade follows a 42 kilometre route through the so-called Flower Bulb area, from Noordwijk to Haarlem (passing the Keukenhof), and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Good viewing spots go quickly so make sure you're on time. If you cannot make the parade, the floats will remain on view in Haarlem until the end of 14 April. To see how millions of flowers, such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils, are pinned to the floats by hundreds of volunteers the hall of De Leeuw Flowerbulbs in Sassenheim can be visited in the three days before the parade.

Springsnow

Celebrate the magic of Amsterdam‘s spring when the Elm trees throw natural confetti by unleashing their seeds in a flurry of white blossoms. There is no other place in the world where so many Elm trees can be found. It is the signature tree of Amsterdam and has been defining the cityscape for centuries. During Springsnow, the Amsterdam Spring Celebration 21 April until 21 May, there are all kinds of activities. For example, catching the spring snow on the eight-kilometre-long elm route or visiting a spring snow photo exhibition at Amstelpark.

King’s Day

Join the biggest Dutch street party of the year where everyone is covered in orange to celebrate the King’s birthday 27 April. In the entire there country will be celebrations on the streets and canals (often with music), flea markets, fun fairs and many children activities. The capital city, Amsterdam, will literally be crowded with people and certainly has the most exuberant celebrations. Traditionally the party already starts on the night before with King’s Night, what the city of The Hague is most know for. With any luck you might also see the Royal family yourself as each year they visit one of the municipalities in the Netherlands during the celebrations. Learn more about King’s Day traditions by reading these fun facts!

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06
March
2019

Living the Dutch life - March

Fun for expats in The Netherlands

HISWA Boat Show

Visit the largest event for water sports lovers in The Netherlands from 6-10 March. The HISWA Boat Show in Amsterdam is the official opening of the sailing season and attracts more than 35,000 visitors. Here you will discover the latest trends and designs and learn all about equipment or boat hire. It is a wonderful day out for both adults and children as you can participate in all kinds of fun water activities, such as surfing and wakeboarding. Since last year, the event has completely renewed and now offers more information about lifestyle and recreation.

The European Fine Art Fair

Experience Maastricht’s yearly feast for art lovers during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) 16-24 March. The fair is recognized as the world’s leading art fair because of its commitment to excellence, expertise and elegance. Over 7000 years of art history will be presented by more than 275 internationally renowned exhibitors. You will find a total of 35,000 pieces for sale, such as Old Master paintings, antiques, classical antiquities, modern art, photography and jewellery.

Opening Keukenhof

Experience the most beautiful views of blooming Dutch tulips and other flowers during Keukenhof’s Spring opening from 21 March until 19 May. Keukenhof is the most famous and largest flower park in the world, where more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year. This year's theme, 'Flower Power’, celebrates the inspiration and joy the Keukenhof flower gardens bring to people from across the globe. You will see this theme reflect in various events, such as a Flower Power weekend and Woodstock Festival.

Movies that Matter Festival 

Watch movies with a message during the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague 22-30 March. It is a film festival by Amnesty International to create awareness for situations where human rights and human dignity are at stake, using film's capacity to open eyes. Their mission is to stir debate and promote human rights education. Besides movies you can also participate in talk shows and debates and enjoy music performances.

Amsterdam Open Tower Day

Get a unique view of Amsterdam from the top of various historic and modern towers during Open Tower Day on 23 March. Beautiful buildings, that are usually closed to the public, open their doors on this special day. Previously, classical buildings such as the Beurs van Berlage and the Westertoren participated, but also famous company buildings like the ABN Amro headquarters and the Crown Plaza. Various activities will be arranged, such as guided tours and a photography and film competition. The event is free, however access to some towers is limited and/or requires advance registration (available from 10 March).

Summer time!

On Sunday the 31st of March, in the early hours, the clocks go forward for Summer time/Daylight savings time. This means that the sun will come up a bit later in the morning and the sun will stay out until later in the evening. So don’t forget to put your clocks forward 1 hour before going to bed on the night of the 31st.

 

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22
February
2019

SIRVA Global Mobility Report 2018

Key highlights from 245 participants

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01
February
2019

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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