Stripdagen
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A Comic Strip Bonanza!

Stripdagen Haarlem is a biennial comic strip festival in the center of Haarlem. The festival consists of lots of free exhibitions, various comic strip fairs, talks, concerts, film showings, musical performances and children’s activities. When…
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the Month with Deborah Valentine

When moving to a new country, the most common challenges are usually related to  integration and languages.  Those questions are always part of my monthly interviews with expats, so their personal stories and advice can help you. This month…
Flirting
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Flirtation and landing a date: is flirtation a foreign concept in the Netherlands?

Flirtation is defined as behaviour that shows that you find somebody sexually attractive but are not serious about them. (Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 8th ed.). In essence it is an interest in something but for a very short time. Connotations…
Kleverpark Festival
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Kleverpark Festival 2016

The 32nd edition of the Kleverpark Festival is upon us and even more fun, more surprising, more exciting, more comprehensive and instructive than previous years. Kleverparkweg, Schotersingel and Van Ostadestraat and Kleverpark change…
Dutch Beer Week
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Dutch Beer Week

Today starts the Dutch Beer Week (20-29 May, 2016).  The Dutch Beer Week (Week van het Nederlandse Bier) is an annual event occurring in late spring that focuses on promoting Dutch beer culture. About Dutch Beer Week Feeling that the…
Hudson's Bay Company Canadian Olympic mittens
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Hudson's Bay Opening 20 Stores In The Netherlands

Hudson’s Bay Company, a Canadian retail group, plans to open 20 stores in The Netherlands over the next two years. The first stores will launch in summer 2017, including a confirmed location in Amsterdam Rokin. The move is expected to create…
Food Revolution Day
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Food Revolution Day 2016

. Food Revolution Day . May 20th . 2016 in Amsterdam . . . . . . . . Fifteen Food Symposium . Dedicated chefs and food influentials are cooking from the heart and getting involved in #FoodRevolutionDay during a food symposium at Jamie Oliver’s…
Seinfestijn
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Seinfestijn: A food & lifestyle market in the heart of Haarlem.

Immerse yourself in the cozy, casual atmosphere of this small festival and get pampered with delicious food, inspiration for your home and find fun and original gifts for the people around you and of course for yourself.  The Seinfestijn…
Dutch
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How to be a Dutch person.

You're new to The Netherlands and you want to blend in. This is how you do it! 20 Steps On How To Be Dutch. Get yourself a bicycle and break every single rule of the road. Everyone will know you're a foreigner if you wait at traffic lights. …
PolderGoud
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PolderGold

'PolderGoud' (PolderGold) is a new festival of Jopen Beer and Je Suis Energy. At this festival visitors enjoy music, activities, food and beer! During PolderGold there will be the 1st edition of the "Happy Hoppy Beer Games'; various…
Designwezen Haarlem
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Designwezen Haarlem spring edition

This Sunday, May 15 it's time for a new springtime edition of Designwezen Haarlem, a 100% handmade market. In the stunning location of museum Het Dolhuys there will be delicious food, lovely music, performances and of course the beautiful…
Luilakmarkt
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Luilakmarkt 2016: Lets wake those slackers up!

On Friday 13th May, starting from 16:00 and approximately finishing the next morning at 11:00 is Luilakmarkt.   Luilakmarkt Luilak (slacker) is a non-Christian festival and is usually celebrated on the Saturday before Pentecost.  It's…
ExpatsHaarlem Housing
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ExpatsHaarlem Housing

Are you looking for a house/apartment/room to buy/rent/sell? Find more information in our Housing section, contact us or our partners or give a look at the supplies and demands in our Facebook expatsHaarlem Housing group. The expatsHaarlem…
Happy Mother's Day! (Picture: Arianna Ardia)
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Happy Mother's Day!

Moederdag or Mother's Day in the Netherlands is always the second Sunday of May: this year on May 8th. What, how, since when, ideas for Mother's Day, what to write in Dutch on a Mother's Day card. And... a drawing. Download and let your kid(s)…
Haarlem housing market
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Why You Should Never Live In Haarlem

You do not want to live in Haarlem. Haarlem is full of ugly old streets. The scenery is pretty average. This windmill does nothing. Haarlem has a big obnoxious Church getting in the way in the main square. Nothing happens…
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A Liberation Pop Festival!

It is that time of the year when Haarlem turns into one huge music concert in celebration of freedom.   Bevrijdingspop! (Liberation Pop Festival) On Thursday 5th May, Haarlem hosts the oldest and biggest liberation pop festival in…
Dille & Kamille
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Dille & Kamille Haarlem new! A feast for foodies ...

Dille & Kamille at Anegang has reopened its doors after a major renovation. The night before the alderman of Economic Affairs Joyce Langacker officially cut the opening ribbon. The store has become much wider: the neighboring building…
Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4th & 5th May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day

The Netherlands is unique among the other European countries in having two national ceremony days originating from the Second World War: Remembrance Day – ‘Dodenherdenking’ and Liberation Day – ‘Bevrijdingsdag’. On 4th May, Dutch…