Here’s a summary of highlighted events for the upcoming weekend in The Hague and surrounds. Click on the links for more details. Please check the websites of the organisers for the most up to date information and any last minute changes. Have a great weekend!
MOVIES THAT MATTER FESTIVAL 2017 (24 March – 1 April)
This year’s edition of the Movies that Matter film and debate festival will take place from Friday 24 March to Saturday 1 April in Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. The festival will kick off with the screening of The Other Side of Hope by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. This movie tells the story of a Finnish travelling salesman and a Syrian refugee whose paths cross. In his own inimitable way, Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Man Without a Past) gives a humourful, compassionate and topical account of hope and humanity.
The nine-day festival, set against the background of the international city of Peace and Justice, hosts some seventy fiction films and documentaries that deal with human rights, peace and freedom.The festival has two main programmes: A Matter of ACT about human rights defenders (together with Amnesty International)and Camera Justitia, sponsored by vfonds, which zooms in on the rule of law and tackling impunity.
This year’s novelty is the Weapon of Choice programme, which contains a selection of films chosen by a number of Dutch celebrities. Other programme components include Shorts that Matter, a joint venture with the Go Short Festival, Movies at Midnight; human rights films with a twist, public’s choice Harvest, and the Panorama programme. Besides, the festival includes an extensive in-depth programme featuring daily talk shows, introductions, Q&As,music performances and an exhibition.
A Matter of ACT
Former Irish president and UN High Commissionerfor Human Rights Mary Robinsonwill be a keynote speaker on Saturday 25 March at the A Matter of ACTNight. On this night the documentary Dil Leylawill be screened. The A Matter of ACT programme
includes nine documentary films about human rights defenders. The majority of these activists will attend the festival. The filmsgive a compelling insightinto the livesand work of human rights defenders around the world.
The Camera Justitia programme includes eight films about the importance of the rule of law and the fight against impunity. An international expert jury will hand out the Movies that Matter Camera Justitia Award at the occasion of the festive Camera Justitia Night on Thursday 30 March.
Also on 30 March, legal expert and judge Julia Sebutinde from Uganda will host the Camera Justitia Master Class in which she exchanges views with professionals and students using film footage. Sebutinde is currently working for the International Court of Justice and served as a judge at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. During the master class she will speak about the dilemmas of conflict-ridden societies such as Uganda and the role oflaw in search ofglobal peace and justice.
What The Fork?! Food truck Festival (25 – 26 March)
After the success of the first edition of What The Fork?!? indoor food truck festival there are new editions of this culinary, attractively festival on the specific location above the sea, The Pier!
Besides offering delicious cuisine What the Fork?!? presents a Handmade Market & Delicatessen. Taste the delicious products and take home what your tummy desires!
It promises to be a festive weekend with an extensive music program: DJs and live music will make even the food trucks start swing! Even the little ones will not have to sit still, there are special activities organized for them. In short, there’s plenty going on What the Fork?!? for everyone!
Ongoing events & exhibitions:
- English Improv (from 9 March until 25 May)
- West African Feast – An evening with Ebere Akadiri (until 30 March)
- Good Hope – South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600 (until 21 March)
- Faces from the Dutch Golden Age Exhibition (until 9 April 2017)
- Kidd & The City: Urbanizing Landscapes Exhibition (until 26 March 2017)
- Slow Food. Still lives of The Golden Age (until 25 June 2017)
- Free Financial Awareness Seminar in Rijswijk (22 March)
- Walk of Hope 2017 Europe (28-31 March)
- Rewire Festival (31 March to 2 April)
- Plato: Founder of a mystery school (9 April)
- En Vogue (10 April)
- The Hague Freedom Weeks (15 April – 5 May)
- The Hague City Walk (19 April)
- Japanese garden in Clingendael Park (29 April-11 June)
- Liberation Festival 2017 The Hague (5 May)
- My Father Held a Gun (13 May)
- Evolving Gods, Men and Animals (14 May)
- 2017 Night at The Park (24 June)
- North Sea Jazz Festival (7-8 July)
- Live on the beach – Anouk (8 September)
- Food truck Festival TREK (7-10 September)