The Sand Sculpting World Championship will be held on Lange Voorhout in The Hague from 4 – 12 June 2018 as part of the 200 Years of Scheveningen Resort celebration. This is the first time that The Netherlands (The Hague) has hosted this unique world championship for sand sculpture, which is held once every 3 years.
In total, it will include 9 large sand artworks of no less than 4 – 5 meters high. Each sculpture is created by top artists, selected by the World Sand Sculpting Academy WSSA. Each artist will create his own design, based on the central theme “200 years of sea, sand and …” Taking this central theme, the artists have maximum freedom to make a spectacular design and given the high creativity and inventiveness of the artists, each sculpture will tell its own story!
The participating artists come from Japan, Singapore, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Because the Netherlands is the host country, the Dutch participant will be excluded from the award and so only 8 sculptures will be judged by a professional jury.
On 12 June, the jury will decide which sculpture is the best and which participant will be declared World Champion 2018.
4 – 12 June 2018 WK Sand Sculptures, 13 June – 19 August 2018 viewing
The creation of the sculptures by the artists will take place from Monday, June 4 until Tuesday, June 12. During this period, the public can watch the artists at work from 9:00 to 17:00.
The competition will be officially closed on Tuesday 12 June at 14:00. Judging will then follow and at 17.00 the new world champion will be announced. The sand artworks can then be viewed free of charge until 19 August 2018.
Spectacular evening lighting
The artworks will be spectacularly illuminated by a team of specialist light artists, so that during the entire period an evening visit to the sand sculptures on Lange Voorhout will certainly be worthwhile.
Guided tours on request
Group tours are possible on request, led by a guide. Cost € 6 per person. If there are less than 4 people you pay a minimum rate of € 24. Children aged 6-12 years € 3. Limited to a maximum of 15 participants per tour. If the group is larger, more guides will be available.
The Plunge, a theatrical audiotour premiering June 7 in Scheveningen – An experience for all the senses
The Plunge is an on-location project, an audio tour with a difference that takes you on a fascinating literary walk through the coastal resort of Scheveningen.
The Plunge centres around German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who came to Scheveningen in 1836 in the hope of restoring his failing health.
Especially for this project, director Ingrid van Frankenhuyzen invited acclaimed Dutch novelist Marente de Moor to write 2 brand new short stories inspired by Mendelssohn’s sojourn on the Dutch coast; one for grown-ups and one for children aged six and over. The Plunge contains specially composed soundscapes and theatrically designed installations for sitting and listening. Always with a sea view.
Stories, soundscapes and sea view locations
The Plunge centres around German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who came to Scheveningen in 1836 in the hope of restoring his failing health.
He was also wrestling with matters of the heart: having fallen for young Cécile Jeanrenaud, Felix spent much of his visit pondering his feelings and considering whether he should marry her. Scheveningen became the setting for a soul-searching interlude in his life. Would a plunge in the sea do him good? And what happens when a local little fisher’s son enters his life? Can they hear the sea sing? Marente de Moor, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, has written two exquisite interlocking tales.
At the start of the tour, we provide you with an MP3 player plus a headset. You then embark on what at first seems to be an ordinary walk, until you reach three dramatic locations designed for sitting and listening. Each location affords its own special view of the sea. One of the locations includes porch swing ZlowMotion, a Dutch Design Week item, designed by Pink Steenvoorden.
The stops, consisting of theatrically designed installations, are located at the famous Kurhaus, The Meteo Tower on top of the dune at the ‘Zwarte Pad’ and in the dunes near beach pavilion Oscars.
National Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant reviewed the Plunge’s predecessor location project Oh The Sea as: “….Oh The Sea is an exceptional sensory experience.”
Weekdays from 11.00 till 17.00 (last departure) and weekends from 10.00 till 17.00 (last departure). No reservations needed.
Tickets are available at the Pier box office, payable by cash or by debit card (no credit cards accepted). Price: € 9 per person; € 5 for children under 12.
Depending on your tempo, The Plunge will take between 1½ and 2 hours to complete, including the 3 stops. Walking distance is approximately 3 kilometers with some options suiting your physical abilities. We regret that our locations are not wheelchair accessible.
At the start of the tour, we provide you with an easy to use MP3 player and headset, a map and a leaflet containing other useful information. You then embark on what seems to be an ordinary walk, until you reach the 3 locations designed for sitting and listening. The route is circular, so you will finish where you started.
Both the grown-up version and the children’s version are available in Dutch, English and German. The children’s version is intended for ages 6 and over.
Workshop Composing a soundscape for kids
On July 10 we organise a children’s workshop Composing a Soundscape in the Museon in The Hague. More information to follow on our website www.ohthesea.com
This summer you can enjoy the Pathé Kids Summer Bios again with the whole family!
The whole summer there are sunny extras: in the cinema there are several fun activities for children and at the Kids Zomerbios movies the kids receive an exclusive film gift. If you see three films or more, you can be entered to win a fully catered Kids VIP Experience in your local cinema!
With Incredibles 2, Nick Jr. Summer, Show Dogs, The Little Witch, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Teen Titans Go! to The Movies there is plenty of choice for everyone. Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Teen Titans are all available in English, please contact the cinema for information on language options in other films.
A Pathé Kinderticket is € 6, -. A surcharge is required for 3D and special seats such as VIP. Tickets will be on sale a minimum of two weeks before screening date. More information is available HERE
Greetings from Scheveningen!
Saturday June 30th, the ‘beach’ visits The Hague’s Historical Museum. Its new exhibition opens for kids and grown-ups with a party and festivities. These include free admittance for all, short guided tours, workshops, and lectures (in Dutch) on the 30th only.
The family exhibition ‘Greetings from Scheveningen!’ lifts a bit of the veil of 200 years of Scheveningen as Beach Resort. In 1818, entrepreneur Jacob Pronk opened a first bath-house. Soon grand hotels, including the Kurhaus, lined this stretch of coast.
In this exhibition, visitors ‘spend a day at the beach’. They start their ‘morning’ trying to reach the beach resort by horse-drawn coach, electric tram, cart. Where 19th century tourists would book hotel suits for weeks or months, today’s day-trippers or Airbnb, visitors continue to take a dip in the sea.
In the 19th century, a stay at Scheveningen Beach Resort was all about improving one’s health. Sea water and air were supposed to heal deadly illnesses like TB and be therapeutic. The exhibition shows how bathing changed: from using a horse-drawn bathing machine, to learning to swim. From donning bloomers or long swimsuits to bikinis and swimming trunks.
Hotel-guests spent their afternoons playing golf or tennis, riding horses or strolling along the beach during the 19th century and early 20th century. These days, visitors not just go for a swim but want to acquiring a tan.
Nowadays, most people head home by the end of the day. Right up to the Second World War, tourists expected to be entertained during the evening and night. Grand hotels had their own orchestras offering classical music concerts, soon replaced by ballroom dancing, which in turn was replaced by pop-concerts. Some things stayed the same though: firework displays, sand sculptures and Scheveningen’s Pier.
This exhibition is promoted as a family one and offers activities for kids. The museum also regularly offers workshops and guided tours. Check the museum’s website for more information.
“Greetings from Scheveningen” at The Hague’s Historical Museum; 30th June till 11th of November 2018: well worth a visit!
Kate Deni writing for The Hague Online
Photo: “Greetings from Scheveningen” postcard, private collection – courtesy Haags Historisch Museum
Running every week, all summer long – from 2 July to 3 September.
For over 10 years, Zein International Childcare has been running its infamous Holiday Activity Day Camps for international and Dutch children. Over time Zein has developed – and constantly improved – an approach which provides all children, from 4 to 12 years old, a great holiday experience. Time to find out what truly is the key to their successful camps.
Thanos Papanastasiou, Pedagogic Manager Out of School Care at Zein International Childcare: “For our Holiday Camps we have developed a unique programme that puts great emphasis on two decisive factors. First, the fun factor. The camps should be FUN in the first place and children should have the feeling they are joining a wonderful adventure! By offering themed activity camps, such as Cookery Camp and Adventure & Survival Camp, each with a wide range of exiting activities and two field trips per week, there truly is something on offer for every child – whatever their interests. Additionally, the fun shared by the children whilst developing their skills and discovering new talents, allows for new friendships to be formed quickly. Second, our professional and caring teachers make sure individual attention is given to each child to make them feel welcome, heard and safe – ensuring a holiday camp experience to remember”, says Papanastasiou.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
There are 9 different camps to choose from – so whether your child’s a sports enthusiast, or someone who loves outdoor adventure, has an artistic mind or considers themselves a performer – at Zein, they are sure to find a Holiday Camp that will suit! All weekly programmes are complimented by two exciting field trips.
ENGLISH SPOKEN DAY CAMPS WITH AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH
As the official childcare provider to international schools in The Hague, English is the main language spoken – but many of the professional and trained teachers and workshop instructors are international and speak multiple languages. And unlike other sports camps in the region, all Zein camps are fully registered with the Dutch authorities.
WHEN & WHERE
This Summer, the camps run from 2 July to 3 September on Monday – Friday from 08:00 – 18:30 across four locations in The Hague and surroundings – allowing each week to offer a variety of themes and field trips to choose from. Families are free to select any of the ‘camp sites’ and, because all locations are registered and fully licensed, working families can claim part of the costs for the camps back via the Dutch Childcare Allowance. Zein’s registration office will be happy to help you apply.
A little further out than other events, but certainly worth it to see some hilarious talent on the stage.
Wed 4 – Sat 7 July: Brendon Walsh & Luke McQueen
You’ve seen Brendon Walsh most recently in Doug Stanhope’s Comedians Comedian’s Comedians special on Seeso TV or you may recognize him from his Comedy Central Half Hour.
Luke McQueen is a stand-up comedian, comedy writer and performer. He is a regular Edinburgh Festival Performer and compere at comedy clubs and at music festivals.
Wed 11 – Sat 14 July: Fin Taylor & Pierre Novellie
Fin Taylor has made a name for himself as one of the most talked about comedians working in the UK.
Pierre Novellie is a South African from the Isle of Man who lives in London. He does observational comedy for people who think they hate observational comedy, mixed with anecdotes and reasonable whimsy.
Wed 18 – Sat 21 July: Jack Barry & Lou Sanders
After excitedly stumbling his way around the stand up and sketch circuits, performing at nights for CKP, Knock 2 Bag, the Invisible Dot and the BBC Comedy Tent in Edinburgh, Jack Barry then went on to support James Acaster on the UK tours of Edinburgh Award-nominated shows Prompt and Lawnmower.
Lou Sanders is one of the most original comedians in Britain. Recent appearances include The Russell Howard Hour (Sky 1), Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled (DAVE), Live from the BBC and a live stand-up set on Russell Brand’s stand-up hour on Comic Relief (BBC1).
Wed 25 – Sat 28 July: Ivan Aristeguieta & Pete Johansson
After escaping Venezuela, and immigrating to Australia, Ivan Aristeguieta became one of Down Under’s hottest comics and now he makes his Dutch debut in Toomler in Amsterdam.
Pete Johansson is a relentless writer, and social critic you can always expect an engaging and intriguing show from this once in a lifetime comedian. He is well known for his love of Bears, fear of Bees 🙂
Wed 1 – Sat 4 Aug: Michael Che
This week not a double bill but the one and only Michael Che. Having been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy,” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” Che is quickly leaving his mark on the media landscape. A native of lower Manhattan, Che’s comedy uses humor to identify humanity in the most controversial actions.
Wed 8 – Sat 11 Aug: Eddie Pepitone
They call him the Bitter Buddha, comedian Eddie Pepitone is a master of the dark art of comedy. Hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle.
Eddie is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone.
The famous travelling theatre festival known as De Parade has announced their full line up for 2018!
Over 80 artists and performers are taking part in solo performances, group dances, music events and everything in between. With a varied program every day in every city, there is something for everyone at every turn. Starting on June 29 in Rotterdam, the event moves to The Hague on June 13 and then continues its travels after the 22 July.
Biggest ever children’s parade
There are more than 20 performances at this year’s KinderParade! The Dutch Language Show is back on stage with a show full exciting language games around the theme of friends. The dolls of Duda Paiva Company present a cross-over of dance and puppetry in a performance full of slapstick, where nothing is what it seems. Hurricane marches along with the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet in a compelling musical procession full of laughs. Lonneke van Leth Productions presents a humorous dance theater performance around their modern fairy tale ‘Assepoes’. The Parade Museum will also be opening its doors! Eye Film Museum presents travels across the country in eight large screens, taking all viewers back in time to when the parade began. The films are wonderful, colourful and hugely varied from circus stories to fairytales.
The KinderPrade Program can be found HERE
More than theater: mixed genres in the Parade program
A mix of disciplines provide a hugely varied program this summer: Sander van de Pavert presents his performance Lucky Foundation Television in the theater. Photographer Jan Dirk van der Burg (Volkskrant Magazine) and dancer Flavia Faas mix in their own disruptive musical photo spectacle of photography and dance. In AMORRA melts Studio AMORRA play, visuals and sound design together into an audiovisual trip of extraterrestrial dimensions. Big Night Productions uses the Parade area and the visitors as setting for their performance, another must-see example of art and creativity. The most beautiful years of our life and society SEXYLAND, the well-known conceptual club at NSDMwerf in Amsterdam Noord, is also here for the first time at the event. Every hour there is another owner at SEXYLAND, the owner at that moment determines what kind of venue it is! Young, old, punk, opera, funny, not so funny…
On top of all that, radio presenter and podcaster Chris Baijema is interviewing people to hear about their unforgettable Parade stories for a podcast and video series which can be listened to and viewed at the event
Deaf interpreter ensures more freedom
Starting this year, a sign language interpreter can be ‘picked’ for a performance optionally. In this way there is more freedom for the deaf and the hearing impaired to visit a performance. There is one in every city fixed Saturday when this is possible.
Dates and times
The Parade opens every day at 14:00 and entry is free until 15:00. After this time, entry is €7.50 for over 18s and free for under 18s. On the first Friday, everyone is welcomed in from 18:00 and there is no free ticket. Dates are as follows:
• Rotterdam, Museum Park: Friday 29 June to Sunday 8 July
• The Hague, Westbroekpark: Friday 13 July – Sunday 22 July
• Utrecht, Moreelsepark: Friday 27 July – Sunday 12 August
• Amsterdam, Martin Luther King Park: Friday 17 August – Sunday 2 September
Don’t forget! This event moves from Rotterdam, through The Hague, to Utrecht and finishes in Amsterdam – there’s plenty of time to catch it between now and September!
More information and tickets can be found HERE
For eight days this coming summer, the whole of the Netherlands will be dominated by the European Championship Beach Volleyball. Just like the Beach Volleyball World Championship in 2015, the European Championship matches will take place in a number of city centres. There will be a stadium on the Neude in Utrecht, in Rotterdam in front of the ss Rotterdam, on the Marktplein in Apeldoorn and in The Hague will be the main stadium at the Sports Campus Zuiderpark.
The stadiums in Apeldoorn, Rotterdam and Utrecht have more than 2,000 seats. In The Hague’s stadium, 3,000 beach volleyball fans will get to see their favorites in action.
The European Championship will comprise of 32 men’s and women’s teams. The tournament starts with a group stage, with teams being divided into eight groups of four. The best two teams from each group go on to the knock-out phase.
In each of the four cities, two groups of men’s and women’s teams will be played out. At least one Dutch team will get to compete in each city. The Round of 16 and the quarter-finals will also be played in all four cities. The closing stages of the European Championship, including the men’s and women’s semi-finals and finals, will take place in The Hague.
From 16-22 July the only ATP Challenger tournament in the Netherlands will be played for the 26th time on the beautiful Mets-courses near the Scheveningen beach. The $ 75,000 prize money event is full of tradition and attracts the best Dutch and international gentlemen. Besides prof tennis, there are many activities this year such as a Kids Day on Wednesday, July 18, fashion, meet and greets with professional players, music from The Clarks and DJs, and more.
At the moment there are still early bird tickets available at attractive discounts for adults and children (up to 16 years). This year there are also VIP Hoofdstabune tickets available – on the nicer short side of the center court.
Your admission ticket is also valid for 1x admission to HOLLAND CASINO SCHEVENINGEN in the period from 16 July to 30 September!
Friday 27th July
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Thursday 20th September
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Thursday 30th August
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Sunday 26th August
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Sunday 26th August
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Sunday 5th August
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Thursday 2nd August
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Friday 10th August
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Wednesday 3rd October
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Friday 10th August
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