Monday 22 July 2019

Longer articles about living in the Netherlands, Dutch society, culture and travel plus third party content from our partners

Run on the baklava as Dutch Muslims celebrate Eid

Run on the baklava as Dutch Muslims celebrate Eid

School’s out, and it’s time for a sugarfest: Dutch Muslims began celebrating the end of Ramadan on Tuesday. Some school children had a day off for the Suikerfeest (literally, sugar feast in Dutch). But Dutch Muslims of Moroccan origin will be waiting until Wednesday, when moon is in the right phase over Morocco. According to public broadcaster NOS, a third of primary schools in Rotterdam were closed so that pupils could celebrate, while at other schools children could take time... More >



Amsterdam gears up for the European athletics championships

Amsterdam gears up for the European athletics championships

Thousands of athletes from all over Europe are descending on Amsterdam this week for the European athletics championships which kick off on Wednesday. Representing 50 different countries, 1,500 sportsmen and women will be completing in 23 different disciplines over five days, ending in a half marathon through the city on Sunday. The first edition of the European athletics championships was held in Torino, Italy in 1934 and now, 82 years later, the 23rd edition is taking place for the first... More >


From crime scenes to sailing: 11 great things to do in July

From crime scenes to sailing: 11 great things to do in July

From crime scene photographs and circuses and from jazz to athletics, here’s our pick of the best things to do in July. Check out the crime scene pictures This is the first exhibition to show how photography has been used as visual evidence. From Alphonse Bertillon’s metrical photographs, used in early 20th century murder cases, right through to the reconstruction of drone attacks in Pakistan in 2012, Crime Scenes presents eleven case studies illustrating the use of photography as legal... More >



11 of the prettiest Dutch villages which aren’t too over-run by coach parties

11 of the prettiest Dutch villages which aren’t too over-run by coach parties

Cobbled streets, waterways, tiny thatched cottages covered with roses, secret gardens and wooden bridges – Dutch villages can be a delight. So this is a totally subjective compilation of places we think worth checking out – and which (we hope) won’t be totally full of coach loads of tourists. Appingedam Appingedam first evolved on the banks of the Delf river in around 1200. With open access to the sea, it was somewhat prosperous and second only in importance in the... More >



It’s Father’s day, and this Dutch professor is exploring the real role of Dutch dads

It’s Father’s day, and this Dutch professor is exploring the real role of Dutch dads

Go to any park in the Netherlands on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and you are sure to find a good sprinkling of dads and their offspring, enjoying what has become known as a papadag. But despite the apparent popularity of daddy day, just one in four new Dutch fathers takes the unpaid paternity leave they are entitled to by law.  In April, Renske Keizer (32), made headlines when she was named the world’s first professor of fatherhood or, to be... More >


What Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like – the wrong way round

What Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like – the wrong way round

For centuries, people have been intrigued by the Mona Lisa’s smile, but Brazilian artist Vik Muniz was more interested in her back. Muniz has just opened a show at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague revealing a side of the world’s most famous paintings that the public rarely sees: the back of the canvas. By Senay Boztas Talking his way into leading international museums, Vik Muniz photographed and then reproduced the flip side of paintings including the Mona Lisa (otherwise... More >


From allotments to zoos: The Atlas of Amsterdam is packed with weird facts

From allotments to zoos: The Atlas of Amsterdam is packed with weird facts

Discover Amsterdam from the comfort of your armchair with the Atlas of Amsterdam – a new book which contains hundreds of maps, graphs and photographs that bring the city to life. Curious about how many bikes are in the city or the main reasons for murder? Or perhaps you’re interested in the city’s international make-up or the fact the number of cannabis-selling coffee shops has halved to 176 in 20 years? Here’s a selection of random facts There are 6,000... More >


The work of Helmut Newton takes over Amsterdam’s Foam gallery

The work of Helmut Newton takes over Amsterdam’s Foam gallery

A major exhibition of the work of photographer Helmut Newton (1920-2004) takes over the entire building of photography museum Foam on Amsterdam’s Keizersgracht from June 17. Helmut Newton: A Retrospective features over 200 photographs, ranging from early prints seldom on display to monumental photographs. Most of them are vintage prints from the collection of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. There is also the opportunity to see Helmut by June, the film made by Newton’s wife June in 1995. Newton... More >


Dutch summer festival overload 2016 – 15 of the best

Dutch summer festival overload 2016 – 15 of the best

Regardless of whether your idea of a good time is listening to pulse pounding beats alongside 50,000 people or savouring an evocative couplet, there’s something for everyone at the Netherlands’ wide array of festivals (and other events) this summer. Here’s fifteen of the best. By Brandon Hartley Rotterdam International Poetry Festival – 7 – 11 June Poets from around the world will gather in Rotterdam for the 47th edition of this festival but this time around the organisers will be... More >


Shored-up homes are a common sight in earthquake-hit Groningen

Shored-up homes are a common sight in earthquake-hit Groningen

Tens of thousands of homes in Groningen province have had to be shored up because of damage caused by earthquakes stemming from gas extraction. Graham Dockery went to the northern province to meet home owners and activists. Cans of spray paint rattle in the back of John Lanting’s van as we drive over roads pockmarked with cracks and fissures. ‘I’m a bit of a bad boy around here,’ he says with a childlike grin. Climbing over fences, obstructing work traffic,... More >


From sailing ships to poetry; here’s 10 great things to do in June

From sailing ships to poetry; here’s 10 great things to do in June

From classical music by the sea to roaring motor bikes and from lovely photos of the Dutch royal family to poets reading their own work, here’s our pick of the best things to do in June. Hear the slap of canvas in the sea breeze The Round Texel Race is the world’s largest catamaran race with around 500 single and double-handed catamarans taking part. There is also kite surfing and raceboard slalom competitions during the four-day event. Mandy Mulder and... More >



Seven-year legal battle over ‘inburgering’ comes to a head in court

Seven-year legal battle over ‘inburgering’ comes to a head in court

This Friday, lawyer Jeremy Bierbach will be in court in Utrecht to hear the verdict in his seven year battle against a key component of the compulsory Dutch integration programme, or inburgering. If he wins, it could help fuel a significant change in how the controversial programme is administered. By Brandon Hartley Years ago, an American known as ‘P’ and a New Zealander known as ‘S’ were shocked when they received letters from their local councils informing them that they... More >


This year’s Holland Festival is on the Edges of Europe

This year’s Holland Festival is on the Edges of Europe

Tickets are now on sale for the Netherlands’ biggest international theatre festival, featuring 45 productions, including 12 world premiers. Esther O’Toole takes a peek behind the curtain. ‘Urgent and political’ is how artistic director, Ruth MacKenzie, describes the 69th edition of the Holland Festival which opens in Amsterdam on June 4. Taking inspiration from the Netherlands’ leadership of the EU this year, the festival is entitled The Edges of Europe and it aims to be edgy in more ways than... More >



The Next Web: technology takes centre stage in Amsterdam

The Next Web: technology takes centre stage in Amsterdam

What started out as a couple of tech entrepreneurs trying to promote their new startup to a gathering of some 220 interested people, has metamorphosed into one of the biggest and most important technology events in the world. Esther O’Toole sat down with Wytze de Haan, the managing director of events for The Next Web, to talk about this year’s offering. Wytze de Haan went to The Hague’s Hotel School hospitality industry college; he was no ‘techie’ or ‘geek’ by... More >


Dutch National Opera wins opera company of 2016 award

Dutch National Opera wins opera company of 2016 award

The Dutch National Opera was named opera company of 2016 at the international opera awards ceremony in London’s Savoy theatre on Sunday night. Director Pierre Audi, who has headed the company for 28 years, said in reaction he would use the prize to ‘strive even more for excellence’. ‘We want to dedicate this award to the future of our art form, to striving deeper to achieve excellence, to the need to risk and innovate, to the joy of educating and... More >