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Mondriaan flower mosaic in the Keukenhof, March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:55

The Keukenhof opens for the season on Thursday. This season will be in the theme of Dutch Design, with floral designs inspired by works by Dutch artists. The center piece this year is a floral work inspired by Mondriaan, NU.nl reports.

The Mondriaan work is a 250 square meters floral mosaic designed in the famous Mondriaan colored squares and rectangles. A massive 80 thousand bulbs were planted in two layers to keep the mosaic in bloom throughout the spring. It consists of tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Mar 23 '17 11:30

The Dutch association for the 21 major amusement parks in the country, Club van Elf, is getting closer to banning smoking in the queues outside rides. The association plans to make an announcement about it next week, AD reports.

At this stage Kees Klesman of the association does not want to say much about it. "We are working hard on it", he said to AD. "It also requires enforcement and the right information in the parks to inform people on the smoking policy. It should also all be feasible."

Geert Wilders
Mar 17 '17 09:28

On Thursday night The Daily show spent some time on the Dutch elections, though most of it was focused on PVV leader Geert Wilders. Presenter, South African comedian Trevor Noah, made a number of jokes about Wilders and his plans to bank Qurans and close mosques.

Noah showed a clip of Wilders saying that he is against Islam, calling it "violent" and "retarded", but that he has nothing against Muslims. "Wow, just wait until he finds out what religion Muslims are." Noah said. "That dude is going to be so pissed."

Princess Ariane, November 2016
Mar 15 '17 15:30

Nine year old Rene from Tilburg set his sights high for Valentine's Day. He decided to write a love letter for Princess Ariane, the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. And he was rewarded with a return letter from the King and Queen themselves, Omroep Brabant reports.

Rene got the idea after Valentine's Day was discussed in the classroom at Helen Parkhurst School in Tilburg. He asked his teacher for help, but initially did not want to tell her who the love letter was intended for. After some prodding, he admitted it was for the princess.

Bearded vulture
Mar 14 '17 12:15

Bird watchers in Rotterdam and Den Bosch reported multiple sightings of the extremely rare bearded vulture, Waarneming.nl announced on Monday. With a wingspan of up to 2.8 meters, the bearded vulture is the largest bird of prey in Europe, ANP reports.

The bearded vulture does not naturally occur in the Netherlands. Nature reservation agency Natuurmonumenten expects that the bird will soon leave our country. Bearded vultures mainly feed on carcasses of large animals, something that's hard to find in the Netherlands.

Royal Family - King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princesses Alexia, Ariane and Amalia
Mar 10 '17 10:43

With April 27th just around the corner, Tilburg is revealing its plans for this year's official King's Day celebrations. Royalty expert Marc van der Linden call's Tilburg's King's Day program the most ambitious one yet, Omroep Brabant reports.

Tilburg wants to present itself as a young city. According to Van der Linden, "on paper" the program manages to do just that. "It looks very nice. All Tilburg residents are involved. From a Syrian refugee who wants to give a big 'thank you' to transvestites."

Broederliefde
Mar 9 '17 14:35

Popular hiphop group Broederliefde will no longer be perforing during the Liberation Day festival and is no longer considered an Ambassador of Freedom, the National Committe of 4 and 5 May decided. This follows a video surfacing last week on which rapper Emms can be seen shouting anti-Semitic slogans during the Cup Final between Feyenoord and Utrecht last year, AD reports.

The video posted on YouTube shows the 25-year-old rapper, real name Emerson Akachar, chanting "Hamas, Hamas Jews to the gas".

Mar 9 '17 09:51

Dutch film and television producers are suing the Dutch state for compensation for the financial loss they suffer by illegal downloading. According to the filmmakers, the Netherlands is doing too little to combat piracy despite the European Court forbidding downloading from illegal sources in 2014, NRC reports. 

The media companies feel they lose out on money because the Netherlands does not fight piracy effectively. According to them, the government also provides less funding for the production of new films and series. 

Part of one puzzle in the AIVD's annual puzzle challenge for 2016
Feb 26 '17 11:40

For the first time in Dutch history the all riddles and puzzles in intelligence service were solved. And not just by one person, but by several, AIVD spokesperson Martinette Bemelmans confirmed to BNR.

Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games
Feb 26 '17 11:40

Horizon Zero Dawn by Dutch game studio Guerrilla Games is not even out yet and already its getting international acclaim. All major international gaming sites, ranging from Polygon to Giant Bomb, rated the game with 9s and 10s. "This is quite unique", game journalist Jan Meijroos said to RTL Nieuws.

Guerrilla Games is by far the largest Dutch game studio with about 250 people working at its Amsterdam offices. The company is best known for shooters like Killzone.

Arcade machine
Feb 26 '17 11:00

The Aalborg Hotel in Amsterdam, which turned nine of its rooms into the Arcade Hotel last year, will soon convert all of its rooms into gaming rooms due to the massive demand. Soon guests in all rooms will be able to play games from consoles in the rooms or sign up to the hotel network for LAN parties, Het Parool reports.

De Lolmakers Carnival float in 2014
Feb 24 '17 15:10

Carnival group De Lolmaakers in Leende decided not to participate in this year's carnival parades on Saturday. On Thursday the police discovered a massive drug lab on the property where they were building their float. As they are not allowed on the crime scene, De Lolmakers won't be able to finish their float in time for the parade.

Feb 20 '17 16:05

King Willem-Alexander plans to celbrate his 50th birthday with 150 Dutch whose birthday is on the same day as his - April 27th. The King and 150 Dutch will celebrate their birthdays with a celebratory dinner in the Royal Palace on Dam square in Amsterdam on Friday, April 28th, AD reports.

Feb 17 '17 13:45

The Dutch government is implementing stricter rules for very high salaries that are paid with tax money, such as those of presenters for public broadcasters or managers in healthcare. From now on workers in the public and semi-public sector may no longer earn more money than Ministers, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Friday, ANP reports.

A "say goodbye to Sensation" poster outside an Albert Heijn in Amsterdam, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 12:45

After 18 years of dancing, organizers ID&T is stopping the Dutch edition of dance party Sensation. The last Sensation is happening in Amsterdam on Saturday, July 8th. It's theme is The Final, NU.nl reports.

Justin Bieber
Feb 15 '17 13:25

Justin Bieber will be performing at Pinkpop this year. The Canadian singer is listed as one of the headliners of the three-day festival and will go on stage on June 3rd, the organizers announced on Wednesday, NU.nl reports. 

The Pinkpop performance forms part of Bieber's Purpose World Tour.

Bieber is the third headliner announced for the festival, which will take place on June 3rd, 4th and 5th in Landgraaf, Limburg. Other performances this year include Green Day, System of a Down, Kings of Leon and Martin Garrix.

Microphone
Feb 15 '17 12:50

Broadcaster RTL decided to go through with the "Premier debate" later this month despite the RTL initially decided to cancel the election debate after Geert Wilders and Mark Rutte said they wouldn't participate. But a massive outcry from viewers and other political parties made them change their mind.

Donald Trump
Feb 13 '17 12:45

Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach's " video has triggered a world wide response. More and more countries are posting videos pitching their virtues in response to American president Donald Trump's "America First" stance. 

Resist Festival organized to raise money for the She Decides family planning fund
Feb 10 '17 14:55

The Resist Festival held in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on Thursday raised over 65 thousand euros for Minister Lilianne Ploumen's family planning fund.

Elle Bandita
Feb 8 '17 17:00

Dutch rock singer Ryanne van Dorst, better known as Elle Bandita, was born a hermaphrodite, she announced in her new reality show Geslacht! on NPO3 on Tuesday. She was born with both male and female sexual characteristics, and on the doctor's advice her parents decided to "make" her a girl with surgery and hormone treatments, she said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

Feb 8 '17 10:13

Amsterdam will be hosting five large parties on King's Day on April 27th this year. There will also be many markets and smaller stages for live music, the municipality announced in a press release on Wednesday. Ticket sales for the large events start tomorrow.

The Cranberries
Feb 6 '17 17:50

Irish band The Cranberries will be playing an acoustic concert, accompanied by a string quartet, in Amsterdam's Carre theater on May 10th. Ticket sales start Friday, NU.nl reports.

The Cranberries were a sensation in the 90's with hits like LingerZombie and Dreams. The band sold more than 40 million albums and still enjoys more than 2 million streams per month on Spotify.

Donald Trump
Feb 3 '17 12:33

Following Donald Trump's inaugaration as president of the United States, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach posted a video online introducing him to the Netherlands and trying to convince him that "we totally understand it's going to be America first, but can we just say The Netherlands second?" This viral video sparked a competition with a number of other EU countries, all vying for second place in the world, after America first of course.

Police uniform
Jan 31 '17 16:05

A Christmas party for the Nijmegen police last month ended with police officers passed out and "urinating in sinks", according to an internal email in which a police team leader calls his colleagues to order, which the Gelderlander managed to get hold of. 

"We issued a card that does not fit with our position iin the Nijmegen society", the email reads. "How can we as independent law enforcement enter a bar tomorrow and call others on their behavior."

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