On Saturday 13 April, The Hague Municipal Archives will organize The History of The Hague Day for the fourteenth time, celebrating the history of The Hague with all its residents.
This year’s theme is ‘gold’, inspired by the annual topic Rembrandt and the Golden Age. Between 1100 and 1600 Het Plein in the centre of The Hague will be transformed into a vibrant festival site.
Young, elderly, newcomer, expat, traditional ‘Hagenaar’ or ‘Hagenese’; everyone can participate and enjoy free workshops, guided tours, special performances and old Dutch children’s games, offered by over thirty heritage institutions and organizations in The Hague. An extensive English language programme will be available for expats and tourists.
Eye to eye with William of Orange
This year special attention is given to William of Orange. As Father of the Nation, William has been standing on his pedestal on Het Plein since 1848. Everyone can gaze the statesman into his eyes during The Golden History of The Hague Day.
Huge scaffolding will be erected especially for this day which will enable the public to walk around the statue and reach eye level. See with your own eyes how tiny his head actually is and how big his feet in comparison. Also have a look at the dog lying at his feet. The story goes that the dog never left his side…
30 participants and more than 60 activities!
During The Golden History of The Hague Day, the participants highlight seventeenth-century The Hague. The programme offers ‘golden’ performances, city walks, guided tours, lectures, boat trips, driving tours and workshops. We even have our own Spice Girls.
Naturally your kids can participate in a plethora of fun activities on Plein square. At the old Dutch games section of the festival site, children can play marbles, try stilt walking, have a go at the spinning tops, as well as play shuffleboard. There are various workshops that parents and children can also attend together and for the true gourmands amongst the kids we serve scrumptious old Dutch ‘poffertjes’. In the VOC café everyone can finally relax with a cuppa and, of course, enjoy a ‘golden’ snack.
Tickets and ‘strippenkaarten’ for all activities are available at the stands of the participants on Plein square. The complete programme can be found on the website.