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The magnificent Japanese Garden will reopen its doors for 6 weeks only from Saturday, 27 April to Sunday, 9 June so you can admire the spring colours in their full glory. The garden will be open daily from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs. during this 6-week period.
The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy sailed off a number of times by ship to Japan and brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the pavilion, the little bridges and several plants. The original design with the serene pond, meandering brook and the winding pathways has remained intact all these years.
The Municipality of The Hague has always taken great care of the Japanese Garden because of its uniqueness and tremendous historical value. The garden was placed on the list of national historical monuments in 2001. Due to its fragility, the garden can be visited only during 2 short periods of the year.
You can find more information under Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park.
For the expat community KINO regularly screens brand-new non-English arthouse movies with English subtitles. On May 27th we will screen Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Ağacı) with English subtitles.
Returning home from college, Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) must re-enter a difficult family situation with a father who is restless and intransigent, and whose gambling addiction has Sinan’s mother and sister at their wits’ end. He struggles to reorient himself within the family dynamic while trying to come to grips with the next phase of his life. He is planning to become a teacher like his father, but first wants to complete an experimental novel. Sinan’s search for meaning and direction provides the basis for a number of extensive and penetrating conversations that form the emotional and intellectual framework of The Wild Pear Tree.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Hazar Ergüçlü, Murat Cemcir, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercüment Balakoglu
Jazz in Duketown in Den Bosch
A real tip, see another town, namely Den Bosch and enjoy a free Jazz festival at the same time. From Friday to Monday throughout the picturesque center of Den Bosch.
There is something for all: saxophones, jazz orchestra, Cuban rhythms and so much more…. you can walk from one stage to the other.
The Hague Pride
From 6 to 9 June the rainbow flag can be hung out everywhere in the city during the first Hague Gay Pride. Prepare yourself for a programme chock-full of cultural, social and sports activities and of course one big celebration of diversity including the Royal Rainbow Parade.
The theme of The Hague Pride 2019 is ‘Don’t be afraid to connect’. The slogan places its finger on the essence of Pride: creating unity, eliminating prejudices and entering into dialogue from a positive viewpoint. And not to be afraid of the unknown and to respect each other despite our differences.
Highlights of the weekend programme include:
Official kick-off of The Hague Pride in Filmhuis Den Haag
Royal Rainbow Parade from the gay monument (Koekamp) to the Buitenhof
The Hague Pride Walk from the gay monument (Koekamp) to the Buitenhof
Festivities on the Lange Vijverberg including entertainment on the main stage during the day and a party in the evening
Rainbow Beach Volleyball Tournament at Beachclub People in Kijkduin.
After party in the Paard
The Hague Pride takes place at various locations in The Hague from 6 to 9 June. The main festival location on the Lange Vijverberg along the Hofvijver is open from 15.00 to 23.00 hrs. on Saturday, 8 June and from 16.00 to 22.00 hrs. on Sunday, 9 June.
Most activities are free of charge but tickets to the after party in the Paard on Saturday, 8 June cost € 15. They can be purchased through the website of The Hague Pride.
Delft·Fringe·Fes·ti·val (the; plural: unique) 1. uninhibited cultural 2. connects young artist with enthousiasts; 3. public performance of theatre, art, dance, music, etc. 4. Delft transforms into an extraordinary multi-day stage.
Delft Fringe Festival is a leading festival where up-and-coming talents, old souls and free spirits provoke cultural goosebumps. The divers program connects musicians, dancers, theatre performers and other performing artists to enthousiasts, epicureans, connoisseurs and discoverers. Delft Fringe Festival will let you discover Delft in an exciting new theatrical way.
Enjoy your visit
Are you looking for performances where language is no problem? Or you don’t speak Dutch? No Problem! Look for the LNP-indication in the program for performances in English, visual theatre or dance performances.
Festival Opening Hours
Friday 19:30 – 23:00
Saturday 13:30 – 23:00
Sunday 13:30 – 23:00
Monday 13.30- 17.00
Home Made Market (2 and 3 June) – This time as summer festival with foodtrucks and lots of music on 8 June on Regentesseplein.
The lifestyle event features something for everyone including a wide range of homemade products from local artisans and designers, offline webshops, vintage and vinyl goods, live music, lots of great street food and of course the popular carousel for the kids.
International Music Meeting Festival delves deep into the diversity of styles of music from all over the globe. Each year in Nijmegen, the festival, complete with camping and special activities for children, strives for adventure, spontaneity and quality.
International Music Meeting Festival – global diversity in music styles
As multi-faceted as the festival has come to be, its biggest talking point is its extraordinary music – a fine blend of jazz, roots and rock from all around the world.
International Music Meeting Festival, also known simply as Music Meeting, happens during the Pentecost weekend at Park Brakkenstein in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. On June 8-10, 2019, the picturesque park will turn into a haven of world music and an unforgettable festival location with an astoundingly diverse programme of styles of music from all across the world.
The festival has been going strong since 1985. It was initially known as Multicultural Dance and Improvised Music Meeting and has since evolved into the large-scale festival that it is today.
International Music Meeting Festival opening times
The International Music Meeting Festival is open at the following times:
>Saturday, June 8: 1.30pm until 12am
>Sunday, June 9: 1.30pm until 12am
>Monday, June 10: 11.30am until 11pm
Special activities for children
During International Music Meeting Festival, there will be child-centred musical workshops, creative activities and fun games for children.
Get your International Music Meeting Festival tickets
Get your Music Meeting tickets online. There are many types available, including camping tickets, three-day passes and day tickets. Admission is free for children under the age of 16. Browse the Music Meeting website for information in English and check out the Facebook event page for updates.
On Sunday 9th June, The Hague will be the centre for Boekids UP, a festival of children’s literature. Theatre Nieuwe Regentes is the place where it all takes place. Children and young people of all ages can enjoy literature, music and theatre. Tickets can be bought online here
For children from 4 to 14 years and adults
From 19.00 till 22.00h on Sunday
From 12.00 till 17.oo h on Monday
On Monday 10 June from 10 – 16h 69 cow farmers will open their barn doors for the public! There will be lots to see and experience for young and old. The farmer will show you how the milk from grazing cows ends up in the glass on the table at home and there will be many other fun activities. A great day outdoors! Admission is free.
For farmers, it is helpful to know how many visitors they can expect approximately. Let them know which farm you like to visit here
You can find all participating farms on: https://www.campina.nl/nl/l/boerderijdagen/#section-8
Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music.
Terschellings Oerol festival has a reputation as one of the most fun, most exceptional theatre festivals in Europe. From its roots as a small festival in 1982, Oerol has grown to become a true phenomenon. Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music. The shows are created or adapted specially for the exceptional locations where there are performed. From theatre spectacle to mime, from intimate musical theatre to hilarious circus shows, from Westerns to interactive installations: you will find all of this and more in the dunes, on the beaches, in the woods, on the dikes, in sheds and barns and simply on the streets.
With 130.000 tickets sold each year Oerol is a big theatrefestival that bridges the gap between emerging artists and a large audience. Hundreds of (inter)national programmers scout new work here. Besides this significant contribution to promoting mobility, Oerol also creates a temporary society in which artists and audience meet for several, consecutive days over which relationships deepen. With 75% of revenues coming from non-governmental bodies Oerol is a true cultural entrepreneur.
We are delighted to be your guide to the next edition of the Oerol festival – a fascination born from the passion of one man, and since then transmitted to tens of thousands. It is a great privilege to be able to share this fascination with so many others. Each year, the energy the festival generates attracts hundreds of artists to the island, and thanks to the endless curiosity of all the visitors, they feel the freedom to create new works, to experiment, investigate and present these.
CONNECT: Leisure on 17 June 17:00 – 19:00hrs.
The summer holiday is fast approaching and we received a lot of questions on how Dutch people actually spend their holidays and their time off in The Hague region. In this informative session, different speakers from the municipality present carefully selected cultural, family-friendly and sports activities. For instance, the department of Sports and The Hague Marketing as well as an expat who shares its own experience on summer holidays in the Netherlands. We will also hold a valuable question and answer session followed by a networking opportunity, so be sure to participate and discover the best of this summer in The Hague region!
Monday June 17 from 17:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs.
2511 BT, The Hague
Room: Studio B (first floor)
Internationals living in The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg or Rijswijk.
Please note: While the event will be of particular interest to new residents of The Hague, people living in the surrounding region are welcome to attend. There are no facilities or activities for children during this event.
About CONNECT events
The Hague International Centre organises monthly CONNECT events to help you discover everything you need to know about working and living in The Hague region. During our CONNECT events, you’ll learn about trusted partner organisations regarding education, healthcare, finance, employment, housing, settling in and more. This CONNECT event will cover the topic: Leisure
Participation is free of charge but registration is required.
About The Hague International Centre
We offer information and guidance about living and working in The Hague region. We also take care of formalities such as municipal registration, citizen service number (BSN), issuance of residence permits. Moreover, we organise events for you to settle in The Hague region. We do this in close collaboration with our partners ACCESS and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
For the expat community KINO regularly screens brand-new non-English arthouse movies with English subtitles. Next up on May 17th we will be screening German-Turkish director Fatih Akin’s Der goldene Handschuh
Jonas Dassler, Adam Bousdoukos, Margarethe Tiesel, Hark Bohm
Director Fatih Akin’s horror film Der goldene Handschuh is based on a true story and the novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk. Set in Hamburg-St.Pauli in the 1970s, Fritz “Fiete” Honka seems to be a pitiful loser. The man with the broken face carouses through his nights to chase lonely women and spend time in the neighborhood dive, the Golden Glove, where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. None of the regulars suspect that the apparently harmless Fiete is actually a monster.
Ketikotifestival is a yearly event in the park at West-Kruiskade to celebrate the abolition of slavery in Surinam and the Caribbean. The party is all about meeting up, music and good food.
Stroll over the colourful market and enjoy tropical sounds at the park.
You can buy all kinds of handmade things while discovering a variation of music genres like kawina, kaseko and soca.
From 12.30- 22.00 h