Author: Gemma Isherwood

Weekend Special (19-21 April)

Here’s your weekly summary of What’s On  This is our top list of events, exhibitions, music, festivals and more to keep you entertained this weekend. We include events from The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Scheveningen and everywhere in between. Below the four featured events, you can find other things happening this weekend, as well as ongoing exhibitions and festivals. You’ll also find all our upcoming listings with links so you can plan ahead. There are family-friendly suggestions too, making sure everyone can explore the area and its culture together. We hope you have a great time, no matter what you...

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Design Changes for Emergency Vehicles Improves Visibility

Police cars, ambulances and fire trucks have new stripes on the outside of the vehicle, introduced last week. The stripes are wider and different in color, making them more visible at night and in the day to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The former look of the striping, as the design is called, comes from 1993 and was due for replacement. The new stripes are twice as wide and are placed higher. Moreover, the colours are different with the original orange on Police cars being swapped for red. Vehicles will be changed only when necessary to reduce costs, so there will be...

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Temporary Alternative Walking Routes at Centraal Station

The bus platform at The Hague’s Central Station is being modernised. From Saturday, 13 April to Saturday, 9 November 2019 bus and metro passengers will have to walk a different route from the train station to the bus platform. The demolition of the old roof of the platform is nearly ready. The new roof as well as boarding spots will next be constructed. During this period the waiting room behind the glass wall will be completely closed off to the bus platform. This is required to ensure the safety of passengers. Allow yourself extra time to walk to your...

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Celebrate Easter and King’s Day in The Hague’s Bustling City Centre

Enjoy egg hunting and spend the Easter weekend shopping in The Hague’s bustling downtown. You will be pleased to know that during this holiday season, stores will be open for the third year in a row. And to those of you who never get tired of shopping, in fact one week later, on King’s Day, most stores will open up their doors once again. Shops will be open On Sunday 21st April, Monday 22nd April and Saturday 27th April, stores on Grote Marktstraat will welcome the shopping crowds as from 11:00am. On these days, shops on Wagenstraat, Spuistraat, Vlamingstraat,...

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De Bijenkorf to Stop Sale of Exotic Animal Skin Products in 2020

De Bijenkorf will stop selling products made from exotic skins in 2020, tightening its animal welfare policy. This is the next step in making the range at the department store sells more sustainable. De Bijenkorf has already stopped selling fur, angora and mohair. Ninke Gijzel, Director of Purchasing at De Bijenkorf, said “De Bijenkorf attaches great importance to sustainable business. We encourage positive changes through the whole production chain; animal welfare is an important part of this. From 2020, De Bijenkorf will no longer sell products made from exotic leather. We believe that exotic skins are no longer environmentally...

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Katvanger: A Cheeky Grin in Musical Form

TheHagueOnline soak up some Sunday blues A Brief History of Katvanger Back in the 60s, The Hague was home to Livin’ Blues, a Dutch band with bass player Ruud Fransen in the original lineup. Fast forward to 1994, and Jim Wake & Sleepwalker formed, a bluesy mish-mash with Jim on guitar and Ruud on bass. When Ruud and Jim, formed a sort of Sleepwalker spinoff with original Sleepwalker lead guitarist Egbert Kemner, a special sound took shape. And then, four years ago, Jan Vereecke replaced Egbert.  That’s one US-born world traveller, one Dutchman and one Belgian. The result? A...

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Dutch News Podcast – The Stamppot With Jelly Edition

Cheese and chips are on the menu in this week’s podcast as the Chinese are accused of stealing the Netherlands’ digital secrets, Donald Trump threatens to raise the tariffs on Gouda and Edam and the country is warned of a growing obesity crisis. We also ask why Enschede council bailed out its football club, why the Dutch are taking over Britain’s railways and whether your tax demands will be arriving by drone in future. In our discussion we try to unravel the Moebius band of disaster that is Brexit and what the new deadlines mean from a Dutch perspective....

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Weekend Special (12-14 April)

Here’s your weekly summary of What’s On  This is our top list of events, exhibitions, music, festivals and more to keep you entertained this weekend. We include events from The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Scheveningen and everywhere in between. Below the four featured events, you can find other things happening this weekend, as well as ongoing exhibitions and festivals. You’ll also find all our upcoming listings with links so you can plan ahead. There are family-friendly suggestions too, making sure everyone can explore the area and its culture together. We hope you have a great time, no matter what you...

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Municipality Offer Free Dutch Lessons with SamenHaags

The municipality would like to give every resident of The Hague the chance to learn Dutch. It is offering the free SamenHaags programme. You or somebody you know in the neighbourhood can sign up to take part in Rustenburg-Oostbroek, in the Escampade neighbourhood centre. SamenHaags is a programme for residents who have difficulty with Dutch. Participation in SamenHaags lasts until December 2019 and is free. Participants get Dutch lessons and a one-day internship and are assigned a ‘Haagse makker’. This person is a volunteer who will show him how things work in the city. This way participants practice the...

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Sailing Season Begins for the Ooievaart in the Hague

Finally sailing weather! The Ooievaart sailing season has begun. After weeks of rain, the weather in APril promises to be better. Due to the good weather, the Ooievaart, the canal cruise in The Hague, is already starting up from the second week in April. It is possible to sail in a group to Scheveningen or to Leidschendam-Voorburg and Delft. For 15 years, visitors have been experiencing The Hague from the water through the eyes of residents of Hagen, the volunteers who support the city as guide and skipper. Park Cruises Recommended for spring is the special park cruise. Enjoy...

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