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Legendary artist David Bowie dead aged 69

Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died after of cancer at the age of 69. A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he "died peacefully, surrounded by his family" after an "18-month…
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Big Theater Deal Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Toneelgroep Amsterdam invites the international community in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam for 2 theater events: an introduction to Toneelgroep Amsterdam and its program and the play performance The hidden force for international audiences with…
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12 Powerful (and Inexpensive) Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We have all heard it before: the holidays are a time for giving, for selflessness and random acts of kindness. It feels good to give, not only for the recipient but for the giver as well; many scientific studies show giving, especially in the…
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Is Zwarte Piet an outdated Sinterklaas tradition?

It was a surprise that the culture shock around Zwarte Piet hit me, a Canadian and half-Dutchie, very hard. It was difficult not to be shocked and offended by what I recognize as a tradition of blackface. I always try to respect local cultures…
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The EYE Museum, Amsterdam

Standing on the bank of the river IJ, across from Amsterdam Central station, the EYE Museum is an impressive piece of architecture. There is a fine balance between being impressive as a structure and being imposing, and the museum achieves…
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to all our readers! Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada and is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize…
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Haarlem 770 years!

Next Monday 23-11 exactly 770 years passed since Haarlem received municipal rights. The North Holland Archive celebrates this special occasion with all the inhabitants of Haarlem and in particular Haarlemmers who - like the city - celebrate…
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Exhibition i WONDER i WANDER today in De Lichtfabriek

De exhibition i WONDER i WANDER in De Lichtfabriek (the old the Light Factory) is part of Kunstlijn Haarlem. Themes of the exhibition are Alice in Wonderland and the big questions: Who are we? What is reality? The Light Factory is…
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Dutch language gets thousands of official new words

Thousands of new words will be included in the new edition of the Groene Boekje - the "Little Green Boek"- with the official list of Dutch words, which will be published on October 13, the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf published. New words such…
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De Vrije School

The range of types of education and schools is large. What to choose depends on your own needs and preferences. This month I present to you: De Vrije School (The free school/Waldorf education). What is the idea and how does this work out in…
Haarlem Cultuur Festival 2015.
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Haarlem Cultural Festival 2015

Autumn is getting closer and it is more tempting to plop, with legs up on the bench this weekend but that would be a shame. Indeed, it is the weekend of culture, this 12th and 13th September in Haarlem. There are lots of activities to do in…
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Dutch men are not ROMANTIC!

The word “Dutch” has some negative connotations.  In the 17th Century the English marked the word “Dutch” as anything they did not like or considered unwholesome.  To name a few that survived to this day;  “Dutch courage” (over…
new entrance Van Gogh museum (Photo: Novum)
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Museumplein turns yellow with 125,000 sunflowers at the new entrance Van Gogh museum

A maze made up of 125,000 sunflowers has been set up on the Museumplein in Amsterdam to celebrate the opening of the new entrance hall to the Van Gogh museum.  The sunflower labyrinth covers almost half of the Museumplein and everyone is welcome…
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COME KNOCKING

Door Knockers add character to any door, it is a feature that carries the characters of the culture and how you knock on a door. Some countries don’t have door knockers, only door bolts, does that say anything about them, like minimalist or…
Culture Shock
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Beyond Culture Shock

Moving to a foreign country has an emotional impact which can be more or less strong according to our own way of reacting to it. Some people are immediately enthusiastic about the country they moved to and adapt to it smoothly. Others, after…
4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day (Photo: Melanie Caitlin)
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4 & 5 May: Remembrance Day and Liberation Day 2015

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 4 May there…
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'Preservation' by Blake Little

Portrait photographer Blake Little covered models in honey for his series entitled "Preservation."  Caught in movement, but trapped in the viscose honey, the models in "Preservation" begin to look like sculptures in motion. The…
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EASTER GIFT IDEA: THE FOKKE AND SUKKE PODIUM CADEAUKAART

Are you looking for a nice gift for Easter? We have a tip: the Easter Fokke & Sukke Podium Cadeaukaart (Easter Fokke & Sukke Stage Gift Card) with the most popular ducks of the Netherlands. Surprise your friends, family or acquaintances…
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Serial will make you wish your commute was longer

“For the last year, I have spent every working day trying to figure out where a high school kid was for an hour after school one day in 1999.”
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19th century vagina painting sparks French lawsuit against Facebook

A Paris high court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to decide in a case brought by a French teacher who claimed that Facebook could not distinguish between pornography and art following the suspension of his social networking account after…
Barcelona GO!
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Barcelona GO!

BARCELONA in Flow Motion - A fast moving short film.... TOO COOL! Gold prize winner at Timelapse Showfest 2014. 1 million plays within 5 days of launch. Commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board, this fast moving, short film showcases the…
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About beauty and why I couldn’t see it in the Netherlands

When you own just 2 cents, you should buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other one”. In this ancient Chinese saying, in my opinion, we can find one of the engines that move the Universe: as human beings, we need beauty…
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Windmill De Zandhaas: passion in the polder

When you think of the Netherlands, images of windmills surrounded by a flat colorful polder landscape in the water pop up in your mind. In fact it's one of the oldest Dutch crafts: Miller. But what is it like nowadays? Watch the unique story…
Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum Exhibition

Concerning the exhibit “Emotions – Painted Feelings in the Golden Age,” now showing at the Frans Hals Museum, some of the newspaper headlines I read were: “Emotions, by the Old Masters,” “Pain and Pleasure in the Golden Age,” and…
What’s amazing is the story of how it came to be like this.(Photo: Lucas Malkiewicz)
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Photo story: Abandoned Polish Palace

In 1910, this palace was built as a home for Polish Royalty. In the years that followed, it evolved through wars and social upheaval into an agricultural educational center, a home for the mentally handicapped and a school for disturbed children.…
(Image: Carol Rossetti)
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10 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who's Really in Charge of Women's Bodies

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. Thousands of shares show the appeal of Rosetti's work. The message is…
Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!
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Current Photo Exhibitions you don't want to miss!

Great photo exhibitions now in the Netherlands. Photo fair UNSEEN, 18-21 September 2014 in Amsterdam  This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair…
Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits

The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem shows until 28 September 2014 a marvellous exhibition: Rineke Dijkstra | 17th Century Portraits, focusing on the interesting dialogue between the portraiture style found in Golden Age paintings and the contemporary…
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Masters of Photography by National Geographic

Who does not know the picture of the Afghan girl with penetrating glance? It is world famous picture of Steve McCurry; also known as "the Mona Lisa of photography. Like this picture, there are numerous other photos that have been under the…
Drongo Festival (Photo BIMU)
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Drongo Festival

Drongo Festival: "Languages for your Future", Professional information on multilingualism and playful experimentation with language-jamming, 27 September 2014, Public Library in Amsterdam.  Linguistic matters, as "displaced people"…