de Oerkap
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City Beach de Oerkap Opens April 1st

Who doesn't know the Oerkap, our Haarlem City Beach along the Spaarne, within walking distance from the Haarlem station. They are almost finished renovating, so it is time for the opening party on April 1st! And that's no joke. The Oerkap…
Bloemencorso
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Bloemencorso 2016 Flower Parade

Hey, did you know that the annual Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is starting soon? The Flower Parade is a parade of about twenty floats and more than thirty special floats, decorated with an abundance of flowers. The theme for 2016…
Keukenhof Gardens open till May 18th
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Keukenhof Gardens open from today till May 16th

Enjoy the fabulous sea of flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. With 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and probably the most beautiful spring park in the world.  Keukenhof Gardens…
Fun Fair Koningsdag
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Fun at the Fair

It is nearly that time of the year when the Grote Markt turns into a Fun Fair! Yipee! This is a great excuse to let your children run riot while you drink coffee on a sunny terrace or if you're anything like me, this is the perfect time to let…
Gluren bij de Buren Photo: Haarlem Marketing
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Gluren bij de Buren Haarlem

Today: 73 living rooms and 219 performances by local artists. During Gluren bij de buren (Peeking at the Neighbours) the public can visit different living rooms spread out in Haarlem to see and listen to local talent. Gluren bij de Buren…
Pillow Fight (Photo: Pillow Fight Facebook Page)
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Pillow fight!

Hey, did you know its international Pillow Fight day coming up soon? If you relish the thought of being whacked repeatedly by a pillow then you should check this out.  The global event is organised by, ‘The Urban Playground Movement.’ ‘One…
BROADWAY MUSICAL PIPPIN
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Broadway musical Pippin is coming to Amsterdam with a full American cast

The Tony Award winning hit musical with full American cast. Direct from Broadway to Amsterdam from March 9 till April 10. More info and trailer below. We happen to have two tickets for this spectacle. Like the expatsHaarlem Facebook page and…
.expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink
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expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016: the eve & the photos

Our New Year's Drink was great! More than 200 internationals of Haarlem joined us to celebrate the start of 2016 together. This was the program and these are the photos. Give a look! The eve program - Welcome by Arianna Ardia-Wenink,…
ProefPark Haarlem
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Second ProefPark Haarlem Winter Edition

The second ProefPark Haarlem Winter Edition will be held on 12, 13 and February 14, 2016 during the Valentine's weekend. The location for the new PreofParkHaarlem winter location will be the Hendrik Figeeweg 3F, in the old Van Vessem…
tap water
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Do you also want Dutch restaurants to serve tap water?

Some 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on Dutch restaurants to place a carafe of tap water on the table without being asked. Research by TNS Nipo shows 75% of restaurant-goers have been refused tap water, even though most…
New Year's Drink
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expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016

Let's meet and celebrate the New Year together!  We wait for you on Friday, January 29, 2016.   WHAT: expatsHaarlem New Year's Drink 2016 WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:00 PM to 10:00 P WHERE: Societeit Vereeniging PROGRAM -…
ToneelgroepAmsterdam
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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…
dead (Foto: Michel van Bergen)
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New Year celebrations: one dead and several injured in Haarlem

Knife attack leaves one dead and several injured in Haarlem.  A 22 years old man called Sjeddy was killed and several people injured in a violent incident on the Zomerkade in Haarlem early on Friday morning, the police reported on Twitter. Exactly…
Warm Christmas
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Dutch Christmas warmest on record

This year’s Christmas were the warmest December 25 and 26 since official records began in 1906. The warm weather means the sea will be a relatively comfortable nine degrees for the traditional swim on New Year’s Day. So, what are you waiting…
Bike
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My First Dutch Bike

I am London born and raised. The only people who cycled in London are brave and perhaps a little reckless. I was certainly not one of them. I had no need to cycle in London. I had buses, trains and the tube. So coming to live in the Netherlands…
ExpatsHaarlem
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I wish my friend ....

The best beer in Haarlem! Ask your friend to like and follow (notifications on) our Facebook page and let him /her win a Jopen beer gift package (€ 12,50). ExpatsHaarlem will raffle a Jopen beer gift package among the likers from 29 November…
Eye Museum
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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…
Designwezen
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This Sunday winter edition of Designwezen 2015

Our member Valentina Spinelli asked us to share an event in Haarlem that she is co-organizing: the winter edition of Designwezen, the only 100 % handmade market in Haarlem, this Sunday, November 29, 2015. Valentina is an expat mum in Haarlem. Along…
Germany Holland match )photo: Michael Sohn_AP)
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Germany Holland match cancelled after explosion threat

Tuesday night’s football friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled shortly before start because of a concrete threat of an explosion in the stadium. No explosives were found. Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told…
Haarlem City of Light
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Haarlem City of Light

Tonight the festivity lights will be put on. Where in the city do you like the illuminations most? 25 years ago, in 1990, the Stichting Haarlem Lichtstad (Haarlem City of Light Foundation) was founded. Since then the Haarlem City of…
‘sexual consent and tea’
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New brilliant ‘sexual consent and tea’ video from the English police

Sex and consent is a difficult issue, mainly because something that seems so simple is continually ‘misunderstood’ in rape cases. Thames Valley Police made an easily comprehensive and effective video on this subject. One of our readers brought…
Zijlstraat
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Zijlstraat is where it's at

Have you been in the Zijlstraat recently? There are so many new and exciting things to try there. From craft beer to cajun food, and even organic candy. There are a plethora of new things to try and here are just a few of them. Zijlstraat,…
shopping hours Haarlem
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New shopping hours Haarlem center 3 x 7

From Thursday, November 5th, 2015 the shops in the center of Haarlem will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 19:00 hours (3x7). The extension of the opening hours, with shops being open one hour longer than before, is still…
Haarlem Connect
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Invitation to Haarlem Connect

Welcome to Haarlem (again)! In this joint event of the City of Haarlem, Haarlem Marketing and expatsHaarlem we will welcome all internationals of Haarlem & surroundings to our wonderful city. You are welcome on Friday, October 30, 2015…
Taste of Lapland
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Taste of Lapland

This weekend Villa Westend Velserbroek is entirely in the atmosphere of Lapland, the most northern point of Europe, located in the Arctic Circle. The event allows visitors to enjoy the atmosphere and flavors of the real Lapland. Dining…
ProefPark Haarlem 2015
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Photos Mobile Food Photography Workshop at ProefPark Haarlem 2015

Here they are, the photos of the expatsHaarlem/Haarlem Foodies/Haarlem Photo Club Mobile Food Photography Workshop at ProefPark Haarlem 2015. With our Haarlem Foodies Chef Nicoletta Tavella, chef at La Cucina del Sole, food advisor for…
Inside out
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How Emotions Serve (in any setting)

It's not often I enjoy a “kid film” as much as I did this past summer's Pixar hit, Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt connected with myself (as things resonated with me) and also with my eight-year old daughter whose hand I squeezed…
I am not a tourist Expat Fair
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with FREE tickets

Are you an international living in or moving to Holland? Looking for opportunities and information to make the most of life abroad? jot down Sunday, 4 October 2015 in your diary for Expatica’s annual ‘I am not a tourist’ Fair, hosted 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…
Haarlem Sustainable Market
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Haarlem Sustainable Market

Today, September 6, 2015 sustainable entrepreneurs show their products or services. In addition to approximately 100 market stalls there will be also venues for demonstration sessions and music. The world's first wooden e-bike, Ekoplaza,…