Weekend Guide 16, 17 & 18 October
This weekend there are not a lot of activities on schedule, however make sure you check out the Popronde in The Hague or the Farmers Market in Rotterdam! Or you can check out the two new museum tips. Let me know where you are up to on Facebook. Have fun!
Things to do in Rotterdam and The Hague
This weekend there’s the Street Art Festival in front of Madurodam in The Hague. The festival this year is all about kids that don’t often get have a hard time getting into contact with art and culture. Street Art offers them that possibility, because it’s a low-cost and entertaining form of art, based on something kids often do: coloring the streets! During the free festival you get to see international artists work their magic and visitors can give their own interpretation of the theme ‘The Netherlands and Water’. Oh and don’t forget to take a picture with your minis on one of the artworks. You can admire the artworks until the end of the year!
Saturday there will be another Farmers Market in Rotterdam with both seasonal and regional food. Great atmosphere with market music, a terrace and delicious fresh food. I like to talk to the merchants and hear their proud stories about their products. So time to stuff your refrigerator with food produced with love. Location is Heemraadsplein in Rotterdam, from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
The Popronde is the largest traveling festival of The Netherlands and on Saturday the festival is stopping by in The Hague! A large group of talented artist will give it their best throughout a large variety of locations in the city center. Make sure you check out All The King’s Daughters at Hoender and Hop at 00:15 hours!
This month the first harvest was there at the city vineyard in The Hague. People can rent their own plot to grow grapes and eventually produce their own wine of course. On Sunday and Monday you’re able to follow a two-day course on producing wine. On Sunday you’ll be crushing the grapes and on Monday the juice is pressed. You can enter the course here.
Last Saturday the Japanese Garden in The Hague opened its doors again for a short period of time until the 25th of October. It’s opened daily from 10:00 to 16:00 hours. You can read more about the Japanese Garden in this blogpost and I suggest a visit with the nice weather.
Museum tips for Rotterdam and The Hague
Do you like street art as well? The major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam is a must see. Keith Haring, a protégé of Andy Warhol, was inspired by graffiti, comic strips, music, dance, fine art and popular culture. However Haring was criticized for the commercialization of his own work on T-shirts, badges or stickers it was an integral part of his philosophy that ‘Art is for Everyone’ and makes his work very well-known.
Go and visit the Ode to Dutch fashion exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Famous names like Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Jan Taminiau have placed the Netherlands firmly on the map as a country of idiosyncratic fashion talent. This fashion exhibition will feature over a hundred creations from the history of fashion in the Netherlands from 1900 onward. Don’t miss the famous dazzling blue dress – a Jan Taminiau design – Queen Maxima wore at King Willem-Alexander’s coronatio.
The Temporary Fashion Museum opened an exhibition inside the Nieuwe Instituut focused on the structures and strategies of fashion. Including a selection of temporary fashion and the history of Dutch fashion. What are designers working on nowadays? What issues influence temporary fashion? And above all, what is the roll of consumers within the global fashion system. This exhibition is showing fashion from an extraordinary perspective.
Only 10 weeks until Christmas and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague presents the best exhibition to find some inspiration for your dinner table! Fine dining is not only operating via the taste buds, the visual appeal of the food presented on the plates and table settings are very important too. This exhibition provides an insight in four centuries of formal dining table settings among the Dutch wealthy elite. Think of beautiful crystal, silverwork, table linen and porcelain. Are you ready for cosy winter evenings with nice table settings?!
I visited the extraordinary exposition The Attack – May 1940, Five Days Of Battle For Rotterdam of Museum Rotterdam. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany. From the 10th to the 14th May 1940, Rotterdam was the scene of an on-going struggle for control of the city and its bridges. An incredible story that ultimately led to the devastating aerial bombardments of the city centre by the Luftwaffe. These momentous days are brought to life again in the former RDM Submarine Wharf ´Onderzeebootloods´ near Heijplaat. The blogpost with more information is online and I can really recommend a visit!