Opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, exhibitions and festivals throughout the Netherlands – specially chosen for an international audience


ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

Top international players will compete in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. Among those already scheduled to play are Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev and Dutch players Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker.The tournament also offers special entertainment on Ladies' Day, Kids' Day and Family Day.Ahoy, Rotterdam, February 8 to 14.www.abnamrowtt.nl  More >


Taste of Holland

Taste of Holland

The food festival that aims to prove there's more to Dutch food than pea soup and chips with mayonnaise. Top chefs such as Jonathan Karpathios and Justin Brown present their signature dishes in pop-up editions of some of the country's best restaurants. There are also wine and beer tastings and cookery workshops.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, February 12 to 14.www.tasteofholland.nl   More >


Rembrandt Frerichs Trio

Rembrandt Frerichs Trio

Dutch pianist Rembrandt Frerichs and his trio are joined by the Norwegian musicians Frode Haltli on accordeon and Trygve Seime on saxophone for an evening of romantic music.LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, February 14.www.lantarenvenster.nl   More >


Health Fair

Health Fair

Everything you could possibly need to know in order to live a healthy life, divided into five zones: food and drink, medical care, body and mind, sport and adventure and beauty care.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, February 11 to 14.www.jaarbeursutrecht.nl   More >


Konrad Koselleck Big Band

Konrad Koselleck Big Band

The surprising big band fronted by Konrad Koselleck (photo, Vas Triantis) is noted for its adventurous combinations of jazz, cabaret, musical, pop, rock, funk and Latin. The guests for this concert are French singer Philippe Elan and Dutch The Voice finalist Sjors van der Panne.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, February 15.www.bimhuis.nl    More >


The Neuroscience of Memory

The Neuroscience of Memory

Last in a series of lectures on memory based on the following 'stories'.Roman senator Marcus Cicero used a mental 'memory palace’ to memorise the details and discourse of his hour-long public speeches.In the 1950s, Henry Molaison underwent experimental brain surgery to remove the hippocampus and related structures in an attempt to alleviate severe epileptic seizures. While the treatment was successful, it left him with a severe side-effect: he was not able to form new memories.And in 2014, three prominent neuroscientists received the Nobel Prize for their work on the brain's navigational system that includes the hippocampus.These three ‘stories’ are associated with how the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories. Neuroscience studies of the last decades have converged into a view of memory in the brain that centres on the hippocampus, a structure located deep within the brain, and its communication with many other brain parts.In this series of lectures, Vincent van de Ven, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Maastricht university, talks about how these stories are interconnected, what a neuroscience perspective of memory add to our understanding and appreciation of human memory, and how it address more applied or societal questions about memory.Manipulating Memories February 16Bonenfantenstraat 2, Maastricht.www.sg.unimaas.nl  More >


A Changing NATO for a Changing World

A Changing NATO for a Changing World

Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO, explains the reasons for the great deterioration in European security, with the emergence of a resurgent Russia and a chaotic Middle East. He looks at the various ideas being considered by the Western Allies for getting out of this unhappy state of affairs and restoring a modicum of security and stability on their periphery. He also looks at the merits of NATO and the EU’s current military and defence efforts, and suggest ways in which they could be made more effective.Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht, February 16.www.sg.unimaas.nl   More >


Deadpool

Deadpool

Directed by Tim Miller Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Gina CaranoIt seems there have now been so many Marvel superhero films that it's time for tongues to enter cheeks and to have some fun with the genre, along the lines of Matthew Vaughn's 2010 stand-alone Kick-Ass.And so it is that Deadpool moves from a cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to centre stage for an origin story of his own which pokes fun at the Marvel formula with its motor-mouthed, brash and brazen mercenary with a taste for breaking the fourth wall.That latter propensity is front and centre as the film begins, with Deadpool in the back of a taxi and in the middle of a revenge mission involving the doctor who gave him the capacity for his body to heal, with the exception of his disfigured face. He then speaks directly to the audience to explain how he got to this place.Flashbacks show Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former Special Forces operative, fall in love with the dangerous Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and then be diagnosed with cancer and told he has just months to live. Desperate for a cure, Wilson comes into contact with Ajax (Ed Skrein from Game of Thrones, dripping evil), who promises him a solution, one with potentially deadly side effects.Director Tim Miller, a former visual effects artist and animator, has created a hugely entertaining but very violent antihero film, held together by a superb performance by Reynolds who manages to make the foul-mouthed and nasty Deadpool continuously likeable.    More >


Steven Kamperman Horizon Trio

Steven Kamperman Horizon Trio

Clarinet player and composer Steven Kamperman, vocalist Sanem Kalfa and guitarist George Dumitriu - collectively the Horizon Trio - are joined for this new show by the French tuba player Michel Godard and the Dutch violinist Oene van Geel.De Doelen, Rotterdam, February 19.www.dedoelen.nl   More >


Holland Dance Festival

Holland Dance Festival

The largest dance festival in the Netherlands presents big international dance companies, smaller groups and individual dance artists. The range is unlimited, taking in dance styles from Urban Dance to classical ballet and from tango to modern dance.It kicks off with the gala evening Source of Inspiration, during which the (Jirí) Kylíán Ring will be presented to someone who has made a significant and inspiring contribution to dance in the Netherlands.Among those taking part are the New Zealand Dance Company (photo) who were a real highlight of the previous festival in 2014 and make a welcome return, and Dance Company Nanine Linning and Theater Heidelberg with a wonderful homage to the painter Hieronymous Bosch.Zuiderstrandtheater and Theater aan het Spui, The Hague, January 28 to February 20.www.holland-dance.com/page/festival  More >


Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Works by Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Debussy and Biber with soloists Hanspeter Spannring (flute) and Sandrine Chatron (harp). Gordan Nikolić (photo) conducts.De Vest, Alkmaar, February 13; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 15.The orchestra is joined by the Netherlands Chamber Choir for works suitable for the weeks between carnaval and Easter which are a time for contemplation. These include Seven last words from the cross by James MacMillan, who is the conductor for this concert.Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, February 19; Philharmonie, Haarlem, February 20.www.orkest.nl   More >


Ballet Vlaanderen

Ballet Vlaanderen

The Flemish ballet company dances four masterpieces. They are Four Schumann Pieces and Solo by Hans van Manen and Faun and Fall by Larbi Cherkaoui.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, February 19 and 20.www.theatercarre.nl   More >


Netherlands Chamber Choir

Netherlands Chamber Choir

The choir is joined by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra for works suitable for the weeks between carnaval and Easter which are a time for contemplation. These include Seven last words from the cross by James MacMillan (photo), who is the conductor for this concert.Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, February 19; Philharmonie, Haarlem, February 20.www.nederlandskamerkoor.nl   More >


Kula Shaker

Kula Shaker

The English psychedelic rock band led by Crispian Mills return to the Netherlands on their European tour to perform numbers from their latest album, K 2.0, and older repertoire.Paradiso, Amsterdam, February 21.www.paradiso.nl   More >


Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder

The celebrated Polish threesome join forces with Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder to play numbers from their collaborative album, Spark of Life.The trio consists of pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bass player Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, February 21.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Netherlands Bach Society

Netherlands Bach Society

The performance of several versions of the Sabat Mater, the hymn to Mary, mother of Jesus, including that by Domenico Scarlatti for ten voices and the famous Miserere by Allegri. The conductor is Jos van Veldhoven.Concertzaal, Tilburg, February 18; Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague, February 19; Grote Kerk, Naarden, February 21 (matinee).www.bachvereniging.nl  More >


Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

The famous film music composer conducts his own work with a symphony orchestra and a large choir. His 60-year career encompasses the scores for films such as the Dollars trilogy, The Untouchables and Django Unchained. Morricone is the only composer to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, February 21.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Bill Laurance Quartet

Bill Laurance Quartet

Pianist, keyboard player and composer Bill Laurance and his London-based quartet play new music from his third album, Aftersun, which has dance and African percussion at its heart.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, February 24.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Massive Attack

Massive Attack

The experimental English rock band are back on the road with new material, their first since the Heligoland studio album of 2010.Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, February 24; Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, February 25.www.livenation.nl   More >


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the soloist for George Gershwin's piano concerto. Also on the programme are Shostakovich's suite for variety orchestra and symphony nr 6. The conductor is Andris Nelsons (photo).Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 17 and 18.The famous Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst makes his debut with the orchestra with a programme of Viennese music by Schubert, Mahler, Johann Strauss and Josef Strauss. The soloist is the mezzo-soprano Alice Coote.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, February 25 and 26.www.concertgebouw.nl   More >


Jasper Blom Quartet & Bert Joris

Jasper Blom Quartet & Bert Joris

One of the finest Dutch jazz bands of the past five years plays compositions by band leader and saxophone player Jasper Blom and energetic improvisations. Special guest is the Belgian trumpet player Bert Joris, one of Europe's most important and versatile trumpeters.LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, February 27.www.lantarenvenster.nl      More >


Conny Janssen Danst

Conny Janssen Danst

Conny Janssen Danst performs two works in one programme. The first is I'm Here (2005) in which ten urban characters are in search of love, warmth and recognition. The photographs and film images which create the background are by Carel van Hees.The second piece is Álbum Familiar (2001), with three women and four men meeting at a portrait gallery. It is danced to new music performed live by Beppe Costa.Chassé Theater, Breda, February 13; Schouwburg, Leiden, February 17; Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, February 18; Schouwburg, Amstelveen, February 19; Schouwburg, Rotterdam, February 26 and 27.www.connyjanssendanst.nl  More >


Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

The English singer-songwriter with hits such as Is She Really Going Out With Him? and Steppin' Out to his credit performs numbers old and new.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, February 26 and 27.www.theatercarre.nl   More >


A State of Trance

A State of Trance

A night of dancing to trance music with an international line-up of DJs, including Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery and David Gravell.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, February 27.www.astateoftrance.nl  More >


Household Fair

Household Fair

The Dutch version of the Ideal Home Exhibition with added fashion, health and beauty. Here you will find everything you could possibly want to improve your interior design, to fill your free time and to create delicious meals.RAI, Amsterdam, February 20 to 28.www.huishoudbeurs.nl   More >


Nine Months Fair

Nine Months Fair

The fair for pregnant women and those with small babies offers advice on feeding, care and safety, and how to look stylish during pregnancy. There are stalls selling nursery furniture, prams and baby clothes and accessories.RAI, Amsterdam, February 24 to February 28.www.rai.nl  More >


Scapino Ballet

The company performs Pas de Deux which it describes as a dance concert. The music is by Michiel Borstlap who plays it live while 12 top dancers clad head to toe in white perform the choreography by Ed Wubbe.De Kring, Roosendaal, February 12; De Maaspoort, Venlo, February 16; 't Speelhuis, Helmond, February 18; De Domijnen, Sittard, February 26; Parktheater, Eindhoven, March 2.www.scapinoballet.nl   More >


Introdans

Introdans

The programme Something Old, Something New offers just that with the company dancing Jirí Kylián's La Cathédrale Engloutie (1975) and new works by Nils Christe and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.Schouwburg, Deventer, February 14 (matinee).Absolute America features four American dance creators, composers and designers, each with a completely individual style, from punk to acrobatically muscled. The choreographers are Karole Armitage with the early work GoGo Ballerina (1988)  performed in the Netherlands for the first time, two of the most famous figureheads of American modern dance Jennifer Muller and Lucinda Childs, and Robert Battle, director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York.The music comes from great names such as Jimi Hendrix and Philip Glass and the stage sets from artists such as Jeff Koons and Sol LeWitt.Stadstheater, Arnhem, February 12 and 13; Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen, March 3.www.introdans.nl   More >


Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater

Somos, the Spanish words for We are, bring together both the company's associate choreographers and both the in-house choreographers. From the first two - Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke - there are the first performances of new dances.Sol León and Paul Lightfoot's Same Difference (2007) and Shoot the Moon (2006) are also on the programme.Parktheater, Eindhoven, February 12; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, February 16; Keizer Karel Podia, Nijmegen, February 18; Stadsschouwburg, Heerlen, February 24; Wilminktheater, Enschede, February 27.The young dancers of NDT2 perform a combination of old and new pieces by Hans van Manen, Romanian Edward Clug who creates a second piece for the company and the Israeli duo Sahron Eyal and Gai Behar.Theater aan 't Spui, The Hague, February 18, 19 and 20; Schouwburg, Leiden, February 27; Theater aan 't Spui, The Hague, March 3.www.ndt.nl   More >


Rotterdam Philharmonic

Rotterdam Philharmonic

Performances of Beethoven's Mass in D Major (Missa solemnis), considered one of his surpreme achievements, are conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. The orchestra is joined by the choir Collegium Vocale Gent, soprano Carolyn Sampson, contralto Ann Hallenberg, tenor Benjamin Hulett and bass Florian Boesch.De Doelen, Rotterdam, February 12 and 14 (matinee).The Greek violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos takes the baton for Mozart's violin concerto nr 3, Haydn's symphony nr 83 and Brahms' symphony nr 4.De Doelen, Rotterdam, February 18 and 19; Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, February 20.Floris Mijnders is the soloist for Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. Also on the programme are Tchikovsky's Manfred symphony and Three preludes by Keuris.De Doelen, Rotterdam, March 3 and 4.www.rotterdamphilharmonisch.nl   More >


Museum Night 010

Museum Night 010

Museum Night 010 - 010 is the area telephone number for Rotterdam - is the night when the 30-odd museums, galleries and cultural institutions taking part are open from 8 pm until 1 am and offer a programme of entertaining extras that provides a slightly different view of the city.Among the locations taking part are the Maritime Museum where freerunning is featured, the Netherlands Photo Museum where baristas from the Man met Bril coffee bar make capuccinos, lattes and Americanos, and a series of performances by the artist Michael Portnoy under the title Relational Stalinism - The Musical at the Witte de With Center.Various locations, Rotterdam, March 5.www.museumnacht010.nl     More >


IamExpat Fair

IamExpat Fair

The IamExpat Fair is designed to support internationals in the Netherlands in one location on one day. It's a free event which hosts stands from dozens of companies and organisations working in housing, careers, education, expat services, health and leisure and family needs.In addition to the information offered at the stands, there are workshops and presentations at the nearby Het Ketelhuis and the North Sea Jazz Club.Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, March 5, 10am to 5pm.Free tickets can be booked at www.iamexpatfair.nl  More >


Isa Genzken: Mach Dich Hübsch!

Isa Genzken: Mach Dich Hübsch!

The first comprehensive retrospective in the Netherlands of the work of the German artist Isa Genzken.Her oeuvre is rooted in the medium of sculpture, and is distinguished by a constantly evolving visual language and the unconstrained use of media. Genzken’s work encompasses sculpture, installation, film, video, painting, work on paper, collage, and photography. In the 1970s, she produced computer-designed sculpture in relation to American Minimalism and Conceptual Art.The survey at the Stedelijk presents a broad spectrum of Genzken’s work, from her early films, drawings, ellipsoids and concrete sculptures to complex narrative collages and assemblage-tableaux integrating everyday objects.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until March 6.www.stedelijk.nl   More >


National Ballet

National Ballet

The life of the Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari has been turned into a full-length ballet by choreographer Ted Brandsen using specially composed music by the exciting British composer Tarik O'Regan.Mata Hari was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle to a well-to-do Frisian family in 1876. Following an unhappy marriage, she went to seek adventure in Paris where, as the exotic and mysterious Mata Hari, she became one of the most famous dancers of her day.She travelled throughout Europe and had highly-placed lovers everywhere, which made her an ideal spy during World War I. Indeed, she was suspected of being a double agent. She was arrested by the French in February 1917, tried as a spy for the Germans, and executed by firing squad that October at the age of 41.Mata Hari has extensive costumes by designer François-Noël Cherpin.Musical accompaniment is by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, February 12, 13, 14 (matinee), 17 and 18.The young dancers of the National Ballet are on tour with the programme Ballet Bubbles, which includes extract from classic ballets such as the pas de cinq from Giselle, works by Krzysztof Pastor and Hans van Manen and new work by Ernst Meisner and the 17-year-old talent Charlotte Edmund.Meervaart, Amsterdam, February 13 and 14 (matinee); Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen, February 21 (matinee), Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, February 23; Schouwburg, Haarlem, February 26; De Flint, Amersfoort, February 27; Schouwburg, Leiden, March 6.www,operaballet.nl     More >


Music Show Scotland

Music Show Scotland

Kilts, bagpipes and nifty footwork are all on show from the pipe and drum bands in full regalia, the dancers and the solo singers who make up the cast of this Scottish show, performed in front a mock-up of a castle.Ahoy, Rotterdam, March 12.www.musicshow-scotland.com   More >


Dutch Mountain Film Festival

Dutch Mountain Film Festival

Films about mountaineering and other adventurous activities from around the world with prizes for the best films.Among the films screening is The Great White Silence by Herbert Ponting. It wasn't until 1924 that Ponting, official photographer for Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole, edited his material from 1912 into this silent film. It has been beautifully restored by the British National Archives and is shown with live music performed by film journalist and musician Kevin Troma.Filmhuis De Spiegel, Heerlen, March 6 to 13.www.dmff.eu   More >


Opera in the cinema

Opera in the cinema

A series of operas shown live or semi-live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Pathé cinemas around the Netherlands.The soprano Kristine Opolais and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann sing the passionate love story of Puccini's Manon Lescaut. Director Richard Eyre sets the tale of a farm girl who becomes a Parisian seducer and the student who falls for her during the occupation of Paris by the Germans, giving it a film noire atmosphere. Fabio Luisi, conductor-in-chief of the Met, takes the baton.Pathé cinemas around the country, March 5; only in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, Groningen and Maastricht for an extra date on March 13.www.pathe.nl   More >


Mini & Maxi

Mini & Maxi

Mini & Maxi are two of the Netherlands most adept and sophisticated clowns. They spent many years touring their brand of mime with fascinating acts such as Maxi opening a violin case and pulling out a puppet on strings, played by Mini, and then making him play music.They went their separate ways a decade ago, first taking roles in serious plays such as Waiting for Godot, and then working independently under their own names (Karel de Rooij and Peter de Jong) as mentors to up-and-coming young acts such as the Ashton Brothers and Percossa.They are now back on tour with their own brand of musical variety show which includes some of their most memorable acts.DeLaMar Theater, Amsterdam, March 11, 12 and 13 (matinee).Tickets: www.ntk.nl   More >


Netherlands Touring Opera

Netherlands Touring Opera

Mozart's opera buffa Cosi fan tutte is about 'financée swapping', as two young men take on a bet that their financées will soon be unfaithful.This production is directed by Xander Straat and conducted by Arnaud Oosterbaan. It has Robert Davies as Don Alfonso, Anna Traub as Dorabella, Shantelle Przybylo as Fiordiligi, Nicholas Crawley as Guglielmo and Yaroslaw Abaimov as Ferrando.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, February 12; Schouwburg, Rotterdam, February 17; Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, February 20; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, February 23; Chassé Theater, Breda, February 27; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, March 8; Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, March 10; Stadsschouwburg, Heerlen, March 13; Theater aan den Parade, Den Bosch, March 15; Stadstheater, Arnhem, March 17 and 19.www.reisopera.nl   More >


Fire of Anatolia

Fire of Anatolia

This spectacular dance show is a sort of Turkish River Dance. It features traditional Turkish dance, belly dancing and modern acrobatic dance. And just like the Irish version, Fire of Anatolia is performed by the country's top dancers.Stadsschouwburg, Heerlen, March 5 and 6; RAI, Amsterdam, March 7; Zaantheater, Zaandam, March 9; Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, March 12, 13 and 14; Chassé Theater, Breda, March 15 and 16; De Maaspoort, Venlo, March 17 and 18; Wilminktheater, Enschede, March 19 and 20 (matinee).www.wereldtheater.com   More >


Holland Animation Film Festival

Holland Animation Film Festival

Over 1300 international entries ranging from short films to applied animation such as commercials and leaders compete for various awards in categories ranging from full-length and shorts to Dutch animation and student films and including web and game animation. As well as the screenings, there are also lectures, workshops, talk shows and a number of special programmes.Among the films in competition are Little from the Fish Shop, a modern version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid which takes in over fishing, pollution and asylum seekers, and Extraordinary Tales, a homage to Edgar Allan Poe with five of his stories each told in a different animation style and narrated by the likes of Christopher Lee and Roger Corman.Louis Hartlooper Complex, Utrecht, March 16 to 20.www.haff.nl  More >


Hiswa

Hiswa

The annual boat show presents hundreds of boats and thousands of nautical accessories. There is a DIY pavilion for maintenance and a series of fashion shows. A water fun zone offers demonstrations by professional sailors and canoeists.RAI, Amsterdam, March 16 to 20.www.hiswarai.nl   More >


Ashton Brothers

Ashton Brothers

The multi-talented Ashton Brothers perform their new show, Enfants Terribles which combines clowning, acrobatics, slapstick, magic, playing a range of instruments, singing and dancing to surprising and very funny affect. Their inspiration comes from variety and circus and results in a superior sort of clowning.Oude Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, February 10 to 14; Schouwburg, Amstelveen, February 18; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, February 19; Schouwburg, Deventer, March 2 and 3; Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, March 5; Wilminktheater, Enschede, March 10; Stadsschouwburg, Haarlem, March 16; Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, March 20.Tickets: www.ntk.nl       More >


Cinedans

Cinedans

This year's festival of the best international dance films, documentaries and interactive installations includes the concert film JOHN, Lloyd Newson's last appearance with DV8 Physical Theatre, and the documentary Thin Skin about choreographer Marco Goecke.The festival also features lectures, debates and workshops.Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, March 16 to 20.www.cinedans.nl  More >


TEFAF

TEFAF

The European Fine Art Fair is one of the world's most prestigious art and antique fairs. It is certainly the largest and has the strictest system for ensuring the objects on offer are of the highest quality.It offers Old Master paintings, sculpture and furniture from all periods, modern and contemporary art, classical antiquities and Asian art. Newer sections cover 20th century design and applied arts, drawings and limited edition prints, antiquarian books and manuscripts and even wallpaper.MECC, Maastricht, March 11 to 20.www.tefaf.com  More >


Economic Globalisation

Economic Globalisation

A series of lectures on economic globalisation looking at developments in ICT, transport and communications, increasing capital mobility, the growth of global credit markets, the increase of free trade following the collapse of communism and the growth of multinational companies, and the rise in the significance of global brands.These developments have increased the pace of globalisation in the past 30 year, and the series tries to find out who benefits from them. Do multinationals rule the world or do we have a say in it?.1. Introduction to Economic Globalisation (Prof Bart Verspagen, Director of UNU-MERIT and Director-Dean of the MGSoGVerspagen) February 22.2. Taxation of the Digital Economy in a Globalised World (Rainer Prokisch, Professor of International and European Tax Law, UM) February 29.3. The Costs and Benefits of Deep Trade Agreements - The case of TTIP ( Neil Foster-McGregor, PhD Assistant Professor International Trade and Globalisation, UNU-MERIT) March 7.4. Changes in the Global Aid Landscape (Eddy Szirmai, Professor of Development Economics, MGSoG and UNU-MERIT) March 14.5. Sharing Economy: to Disrupt or to be Disrupted, that's the Question (Paul Iske, Professor of Open Innovation and Business Venturing, UM) March 21.Maastricht University, Student Services Centre, Maastricht.   More >


Opera Forward Festival

Opera Forward Festival

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Opera is holding the brand new Opera Forward Festival which will celebrate new work from a new generation of artists.Among the operas being performed is Il matrimonio segreto (the secret marriage) by Domenico Cimarosa which is a coproduction by the National Opera Talent, the Netherlands Touring Opera and Opera Zuid.Radiotheater, Hengelo, March 5; Schouwburg, Deventer, March 11; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, March 18 and 23; Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, March 31.The the world premier of Michel van der Aa's chamber opera for soprano and 3D film Blank Out (photo) is sung by Miah Persson with the baritone Roderick Williams and the Netherlands Chamber Choir on film.Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, March 20, 21 and 25.There is also the first performance in Amsterdam of Only The Sound Remains for which Peter Sellars has combined two pieces by the Finnish Kaija Saariah and taken noh dramas as his inspiration.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, March 15, 19, 22, 24, 27 (matinee) and 29.Various venues, Amsterdam, March 15 to 25.www.operaforwardfestival.nl  More >


Football

Football

The first match of this year for the Dutch national football team is this friendly against France, the country hosting Euro 2016 in June.The Netherlands failed to qualify for the European football championships last October after losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic in a game they had to win.Arena, Amsterdam, March 25.www.amsterdamarena.nl   More >


National Opera

National Opera

Performances of Mussgorsky's lengthy Khovanshchina which is based on an episode in 17th century Russian history. It revolves around the themes of exile, madness and politics, and shows how the common people can suffer from the power games of their rulers. The director is Christof Loy and the conductor is Ingo Metzmacher.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, February 27, March 1, 4, 10, 13 (matinee), 16 and 20 (matinee).www.operaballet.nl    More >


Matthew Passion

Matthew Passion

The Netherlands Bach Society performs Bach's Matthew Passion. They are joined by the Kampen Boys Choir and soloists including Maria Keohane, Maarten Engeltjes, Julius Pfeifer and Stephan MacLeod. The conductor is Jos van Veldhoven.TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, March 12; De Oosterpoort, Groningen, March 13; Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, March 16; Concertzaal, Tilburg, March 17; Grote Kerk, Naarden, March 20 (matinee), 23, 24, 25 (morning) and 26 (morning).www.bachvereniging.nl  More >


Movies That Matter

Movies That Matter

This film festival screens around 70 feature films and documentaries dealing with various human rights issues.The full programme of films will be announced on the site at the end of February.In addition, there is a full programme of debates, Q&A sessions, workshops, talk shows, seminars and masterclasses.Filmhuis and Theater aan het Spui, The Hague, March 18 to 26.www.moviesthatmatter.nl  More >


Dutch Comic Con

Dutch Comic Con

The Dutch version of the American event covering comics, films, games, graphic novels, cosplay, science fiction, fantasy and cartoons.There are meet & greets with actors, artists and cosplayers, the newest films and memorabilia such as the 1969 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard, Optimus Prime and the Autobots from the Transformers films and the Batmobile from 1966 (photo).Among the stars at the event are the actors John Ratzenberger (The Empire Strikes Back), Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones) and Doug Jones (Fantastic Four, Hellboy), the cosplayers Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club and the writers and illustrators Brian Froud, Tony Moore and Steve Scott.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, March 26 and 27.www.dutchcomiccon.com  More >


David Bowie – exhibition extended until April

David Bowie – exhibition extended until April

The David Bowie exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year arrives in the Netherlands. With over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades from the David Bowie Archive, it provides a comprehensive look at the career of the man who has influenced music, art, design, theatre and contemporary culture for the past five decades.Groninger Museum, Groningen until April 10.www.groningermuseum.nl   More >


Pippin

Pippin

Photo: Terry ShapiroThe Tony award-winning Broadway production of the musical Pippin comes to the Netherlands.The story of a young man searching for meaning in his life and his time with a circus was written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) in 1972 and directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.This production is the 2013 revival directed by Diane Paulus (Cirque du Soleil) and won four Tony awards.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, March 9 to April 10.www.carre.nl     More >


Dutch Identity – Portrait Photography Now

Dutch Identity – Portrait Photography Now

Dutch portrait photography is admired all over the world and this exhibition of over 100 photos by 25 Dutch photographers shows why.They range from Koos Breukel's portrait of Willem-Alexander and Máxima on the day he became King and a photo of two sisters in burqa in Kuwait by Martine Stig (pictured), to Charlotte Dumas' photos of the rescue dogs used on 9/11 in New York.Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle until April 17.www.museumdefundatie.nl    More >


Curbing War and Building Peace in the 21st Century

Curbing War and Building Peace in the 21st Century

A series of lectures in which Joris Voorhoeve, Professor of International Organisations at Leiden University and Lecturer in Peace, Justice and Security at the Hague University of Applied Sciences searches for the best possible answers and practical policies which should help to avoid war or end ongoing wars to prevent further bloodshed.1. Recent Wars, Civil Wars and Peace Operations February 25.2. Various Causes of Armed Conflicts; their Victims and Damage March 10.3. The Possibilities to Intervene and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ March 24.4. Foreseeable Conflict Trends in the 21st Century April 7.5. Building Structures for Peaceful Settlement of Conflicts April 21.Maastricht University, Student Services Centre.www.sg.unimaas.nl     More >


Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

The spectacular and artistic circus company returns to the Netherlands with the show AmaLuna. It's about a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and what happens when a group of young men wash up on the shore. But it's really about the high quality of the acrobats, clowns, dancers and singers, and the amazing lighting and costumes.Big top, next to the Arena, Amsterdam, March 17 to May 1.www.cirquedusoleil.com  More >


John Cleese: The Last Time To See Me Before I Die

John Cleese: The Last Time To See Me Before I Die

John Cleese's new show may have the title Last Time To See Me Before I Die, but the Monty Python member is still trying to pay off the alimony awarded to his third wife when they divorced. 'I still have $2m of the original $22m to go,' he says.The show begins with a montage of some of the most popular clips, from the Ministry of Silly Walks and the Parrot Sketch from Python to Fawlty Towers. He then takes his audience through the early days of his career in comedy with asides, quick lines, black-and-white TV clips that showed the birth pangs of what would evolve into the Pythons and that dry acerbic humour he’s best known for.In the second half of the show, he takes a look at some of his films, such as Life of Brian and A Fish Called Wanda, and allows the audience the opportunity to ask some questions.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, May 2 and 3.www.theatercarre.nl   More >


Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius

This exhibition to mark the 500th year since the death of Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450-1516) is perhaps one of the most unique and important art events of the past century, bringing together as it does almost all Bosch's greatest works from galleries including the Accademia in Venice, the Prada in Madrid and the Metropolitan in New York.As well as masterpieces such as The Haywain and The Last Judgement there is also the chance to see two parts of one panel reunited. The Ship of Fools, which is about two-thirds of its original length, is on loan from the Louvre in Paris. The bottom third of the panel, entitled Allegory of Gluttony, is on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery. These two pieces have been brought together in this exhibition for the first time in something like two centuries.Also on display is The Temptation of St Anthony (photo), recently discovered in storage at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, which acquired it in the 1930s. The painting, which shows the saint gathering water in a jug as he leans on a staff in what was probably part of a larger panel, was initially believed to be the work of one of the many students who flocked to Bosch’s workshop in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch). However, an international team which carried out a five-year research project using sophisticated infrared technology, has now determined that the painting is by the master himself.Bosch, who took his name from his home town of Den Bosch where the exhibition is being held, was a man of immense imagination and his paintings and drawings are full of fantastic imagery showing a deep insight into people's desires and fears.Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, February 13 until May 8.Photo credit  Rik Klein Gotink/Image Processing by Robert G Erdmann for the Bosch Research and Conservation Project.www.hnbm.nl   More >


UFC Fight Night

UFC Fight Night

The UFC Fight Night, which is so popular in America, arrives in the Netherlands for one night. It features mixed martial arts fighters in several fights, all of which take place inside the Octagon.Ahoy, Rotterdam, May 8.Tickets on sale: March 24.www.ufc.com   More >


Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel (1921-2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the twentieth century. This major retrospective marks the tenth anniversary of his death.The 67 paintings, 12 sculptures and more than 60 drawings in the exhibition demonstrate that Karel Appel was more than just a member of the Cobra movement. The show also revisits Appel’s early interest in Outsider Art, his wide-ranging stylistic experiments, and his highly individual – sometimes almost abstract – interpretation of traditional genres like the nude, the portrait and the urban or rural landscape.This exhibition is a pivotal part of a wider international reappraisal of Karel Appel’s work, which will also include exhibitions in Paris, London and Washington.Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until May 16.www.gemeentemuseum.nl    More >


5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

The four boys who make up Australian pop punk band 5SOS, which came to fame first via YouTube and later as support to One Direction, are on their first international tour. Expect songs from their second studio album, Sounds Good Feels Good.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 21 and 22.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Spanish Masters from the Hermitage

Spanish Masters from the Hermitage

This exhibition of Spanish masters from the Hermitage includes more than 60 paintings and a rich collection of graphic works and applied arts pieces. It is the first time the Netherlands has hosted such a comprehensive survey of Spanish art.Works by El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya represent the golden age of Spanish art of the late 16th century and 17th century. Works by their pupils and later painters such as Picasso show how the influence of the period continued into modern times.Hermitage, Amsterdam until May 29.www.hermitage.nl      More >


Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr is back in the Netherlands after an absence of two years with his latest show, Funny Business.The English comedian's humour is an acquired taste as he takes aim at everyone, from the disabled and religious believers to nurses.Carr is what's known as 'edgy', which in this case means he upsets many people. Whether or not he is actually funny is a matter of opinion.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, May 29.www.theatercarre.nl   More >


PinkPop

PinkPop

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages. The first headliners to be announced are the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rammstein.Landgraf, Heerlen, June 10, 11 and 12.www.pinkpop.nl  More >


Oerol Festival

Oerol Festival

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 they are performed.From theatre spectacle to mime, from intimate musical theatre to hilarious circus shows, from Westerns to interactive installations, it all takes place in the dunes, on the beaches, in the woods, on the dikes, in sheds and barns and on the streets.Among those performing are Circus Ronaldo, Orkater, Ro Theater, Broken Brass Ensemble, Typhoon and Spinvis.Terschelling, June 10 to 19.www.oerol.nl  More >


Holland Festival

Holland Festival

This annual cultural festival offers a broad scope of international performing arts, and features both established names and new talent. It continues to innovate, exploring new forms of theatre and new types of venue, such as staging performances in public spaces.Already scheduled for this edition are The Cure (photo) and The Corridor, two chamber operas created by Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent, each of which riffs on death and the restoration of youth. They are performed by soprano Elizabeth Atherton and tenor Mark Padmore with the London Sinfonietta.Various locations, Amsterdam, June 4 to 26.www.hollandfestival.nl   More >


The 20th Century – Mirroring Time in Ceramics

The 20th Century – Mirroring Time in Ceramics

An exhibition telling the story of the previous century in a new way, showing how ceramics can be regarded as the cultural memory of the 20th century.It seems it was no coincidence that ceramists started to use 'crater glazes' at the advent of the Space Age. In the same way, a huge quantity of ceramics with holiday scenes started appearing in the 1960s as the holiday culture emerged.The exhibition features approximately 400 ceramic objects, ranging from avant-garde to mass-produced. Many pieces have not been seen for years, because they did not fit any art historical exhibitions.The ceramic objects are complemented by objects from other fine and applied art disciplines, and include furniture, paintings, a jukebox and even an original caravan from 1960. There are also film footage and historical photographs, which locate the ceramic objects in time.Princessehof Ceramic Museum, Leeuwarden until July 3 2016.www.princessehof.nl   More >


North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's foremost jazz festivals also features music ranging from blues to salsa with a line-up of international singers and instrumentalists.No acts have yet been announced. Keep an eye on the website.Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 8, 9 and 10.www.northseajazz.com  More >