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Join the marketingSpark meetups & events

We organize interesting, cool and accessible events and meetups on branding, digital analytics, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, business development and much more in the marketing & business world. As the organizer is expatsHaarlem,…
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS OCTOBER

October has arrived and with it comes a host of Autumnal events and activities. Sustainability is the theme of this month, you can learn more about it during Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week and Mugfest 2019. You can also soak up the arts at Popronde…
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Goodbyes

Goodbyes are all too familiar for expats, but they never get any easier. Yesterday as I watched the bus containing my parents pull away, I felt that sharp pang in my heart and lump in my throat. The same feeling that washes over me every…
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In De Wolken Festival Harlemmermeer

Practical advice for new parents and parents to be! The In De Wolken Festival caters for all parents and parents-to-be! Over 100 shops and brands will present the best products and services for your baby. The festival will also host singer-songwriters…
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Museum Night Kids Haarlem

After three very successful editions in The Hague, Museum Night Kids is coming to Haarlem On Saturday, October 19th eleven Haarlem museums and cultural institutions will open their doors and offer a program full of exciting treasure…
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Mugfest 2019 Sustainability Festival

Sustainable initiatives in Haarlem On Sunday, October 6th Mugfest 2019, the sustainability festival will take place in Haarlem. Between 12 pm and 5 pm, the Grote Markt will be transformed into a green festival site. Mugfest is all about…
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‘i am not a tourist’ annual Expat Fair for Internationals

Everything you want to know about the Dutch expat life, under one roof: on Sunday 6 October 2019, the 17th edition of Amsterdam’s renowned i am not a tourist Expat Fair is shaking up the stunning Beurs van Berlage in the heart of Amsterdam. Explore…
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How to let go of your past? CHANGE your future.

Your past doesn’t determine your future, create your new future now. Do you want to change your life? Then start creating your new future. People used to tell me to "let go, let go, let go" all the time, but all I asked was: HOW? Your…
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Poetry for beginners

Three gateway poetry books for beginners   As a child, I loved nursery rhymes. When I was a teenager, I discovered poetry and fell in love with it. Completely. As only teenagers can do.  Then I grew up and left poetry behind.  During…
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Haarlem Comedy Café

Beleef comedy op zijn best: met goede Nederlandstalige comedians, in oergezellig Café de Zwaan, met privébar, uitzicht op de singel, meer dan 40 biersoorten, heerlijke bitterballen en... in Haarlem! Voor maar € 10 p.p. Kom naar het Haarlem…
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A day off in Bloemendaal

Take time out in affluent Bloemendaal, a short bike ride from Haarlem city centre. Aren’t weekends the absolute best!? It’s amazing all the cool stuff you can do with the luxury of free time. Like, finally going on that romantic date your…
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Climbing to the light

The new Saint Bavo church in Haarlem has always been a bit of a mystery to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I find it a beautiful piece of architecture to be admired from afar while biking along the Leidsevaart or walking on the edge of the Vijfhoek.  …
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Break-up letter to a friend: The truth shall set you free

A month ago I had the unfortunate displeasure of breaking up with a friend. Not a lover but a friend in the platonic sense. It hurt me that what was once a beautiful, committed, unconditional friendship with someone I still like had to end.…
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Comedy on Top of Haarlem 4

The Haarlem Comedy Factory and DeDakkas present their fourth Comedy on Top of Haarlem, with a new excellent line up with INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS, A FANTASTIC VIEW ON HAARLEM and a PRIVATE TERRACE!   Program - 8:00- 8:30 PM: Doors open…
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Open House Weekend Toneelschuur & Filmschuur

Have you always been curious about that very special building on the edge of Haarlem’s red light district? Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September sees the kick-off of the new cultural season, and to mark the occasion Toneelschuur will be holding…
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Theater tip: LANGUAGE by Vanja Rukavina

Let Language lead the way to a better world.  Welkom bij een college over taal. Welcome to a lecture about language. Dobro došli na predavanje o jeziku. Добро дошли на предавање о језику. 言語に関する講義へようこそ。 언어…
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Toneelschuur Haarlem 'Language No Problem' Theater Program September-December 2019

Toneel-en Filmschuur Haarlem offers a ‘language no problem’ program that consists of a broad variety of films, theater, dance and musical theater performances for adults, youngsters, and children. Below you find the Language No Problem theater…
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Life isn’t an extended vacation

Life in the Netherlands:  Week 6 Life isn’t an extended vacation For the first few weeks that we were living in Haarlem, our life looked like a promotional video for the Netherlands.  The kids and I laughing in our new urban arrow…
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Haarlem Late Summer Comedy: Friday September 6th

Enjoy late summer with a laugh, a chat and a good time. With a fantastic international line up that comes to Haarlem for you, free parking, a private bar, a big terrace with view on the park and 10% discount on food (the best pancakes in…
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS SEPTEMBER

Summer may be coming to an end but there are plenty of reasons to be happy that September has arrived in Haarlem! As always we have the Dutch Language Café, our monthly drink and to celebrate the start of the cultural season, we have 3 comedy…
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Teva Half from Haarlem

Dust of your running shoes for the Teva Half from Haarlem On Sunday, September 29th the starting signal will be given for the 35th edition of the Teva Half of Haarlem. De Halve van Haarlem is a running event in Haarlem and surroundings and…
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Pentagon Huiskamerfestival

The Vijfhoek Huiskamerfestival Haarlem What has Pieter Derks, Van der Laan & amp; Woe, Erik van Muiswinkel, Hanneke Drenth and Jacqueline Govaert in common? They have all played at the Vijfhoek Huiskamerfestival, the coziest festival in…
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Superhero Kids run Haarlem

Unleash your superpowers this September! If you are between 5 and 15 and have a particular interest in superheroes then this event is definitely for you! This is the very first Superhero Kids Run to take place in Haarlem but we do not think…
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Heritage Days

Experience history on your doorstep during Heritage Days I don't know about you, but so often I say 'oh I must visit that building' or 'I must find out what that statue is all about' and very often, I forget all about it! We tend to leave…
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PolderGoud Festival

PolderGoud Festival 2019   PolderGoud Festival is a blazing music festival in an industrial setting! Surprising elements are presented to you and ensure a constant shift of your attention. For anyone looking for a great festival…
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Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival

Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival   Today, Sunday 1st of September, the summer festival Schalkwijk aan Zee takes place in the Molenplas recreation park for the 9th time. Like every year, visitors can enjoy art, theater, dance, delicious food…
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Marnetta's Soul Food

Food for the soul! From Jamaica to Haarlem, Fiona McGeever talks all things Caribbean with Marnetta Anderson the owner of Haarlem's spicy lunch spot Marnetta's Soul Food If Marnetta’s welcoming smile doesn’t warm your heart, then…
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Taalthuis open day September

Are you interested in following a Dutch course? Do you want to learn Dutch in a structured but fun way? On September 4 Taalthuis organizes an open day so you can come and see why learning Dutch at Taalthuis is a good choice. ExpatsHaarlem readers…
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My first realisations of Dutch life

Life in the Netherlands: Week One My first realizations of Dutch life Recently, my family decided to take a leap of faith and move from the states to Haarlem, Netherlands.  We had a very comfortable life in America; good jobs, a nice home,…
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Haarlem Summer Comedy

The Haarlem Comedy Factory & City Beach Bar Oerkap present the HAARLEM SUMMER COMEDY!  Join our OPEN AIR COMEDY with excellent INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS and a FANTASTIC VIEW on the RIVER SPAARNE and the city of HAARLEM.   Program -…