Entertainment

Jan 1 '16 09:30

Over 40,000 people packed into an area around Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to watch some 4,000 kilograms of fireworks explode in the sky during one of the most elaborate New Year’s Eve countdowns in the Netherlands. The eight-minute long display was the centerpiece of commercial network RTL 4’s countdown to 2016.

Dec 25 '15 13:25

Minister Jet Bussemaker of Culture opened the Top 2000 on Radio 2 in the Institute for Image and Sound in Hilversum on Friday morning by announcing the song Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols as the first song to be played.

Dec 24 '15 12:35

A photo of a crowdsurfing Muslim teenager at a hardcore punk concert is taking the internet by storm. The photo was taken by concert photographer Jan Rijk at a performance of Dutch band John Coffey.

Dec 18 '15 10:28

Singger Glennis Grace and pianist Bas van den Heuvel surprised travelers with a little concert on the piano in Amsterdam Central Station on Thursday morning.

Dec 14 '15 18:01

Film lovers in the Benelux region will have to travel to Amsterdam Noord if they want the chance to watch Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, on 70mm film. The EYE film institute is the only theater in the area expected to screen the American director’s movie in that format, according to distributor Entertainment One.

Dec 14 '15 15:00

The Dutch Jazz Archive raised 15 thousand euros during its annual benefit concert on Sunday night, director Paul Gompes announced

Dec 14 '15 10:43

The Dutch general intelligence and security service AIVD released its annual Christmas puzzle challenge on Friday. The challenge consists of a number of smaller puzzles, which can be solved independently of each other. Solutions can be submitted to the AIVD up until January 11th.

Dec 9 '15 10:42

The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden recently acquired the original death sentence order for Dutch spy Mata Hari, the museum announced on Tuesday. The document is currently on display in the Mata Hari presentation on the first floor of the museum.

Dec 8 '15 15:00

With tickets already sold out for pop music artist Adele’s Amsterdam shows, the price to get into one of her concerts has skyrocketed as high as 4,950 euro on the secondary market. Ticket face value for the June concerts ranged between roughly 60 and 125 euro when they went on sale in recent weeks.

Dec 8 '15 14:30

Dutch rap recording artist Ismael Houllich, better known as “Ismo,” was acquitted of a charge brought against him regarding lyrics that may have maligned Jewish people and gay people. The Breda court ruled that two specific lines from the song, “Eenmans,” were not proven as insulting.

Dec 4 '15 15:20

Adele added two extra concerts in Amsterdam after the tickets for her shows on June 1st and 3rd sold out within half an hour of going on sale. The British singer will now also be performing in the Ziggo Dome on June 4th and 6th

Dec 2 '15 17:10

Utrecht man Wisse ten Bosh managed to sneak the Pokemon theme song into NPO Radio 2's Top 2000 countdown.

Nov 30 '15 13:15

The Cabinet is setting one million euros aside for extra security at controversial events. The VVD and PvdA want to prevent cultural institutions cancelling events due to organizers being afraid of threats or high security costs.

Nov 26 '15 14:10

According to WeTransfer, its new music service is not a competitor to Spotify or any other music streaming service.

Nov 24 '15 20:21

With the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam, (IDFA), in full swing and industry people roaming the Dutch capital’s streets, there is no denying that documentaries are a hot topic. Especially in times like these they help shape our view of this crazy world.

Nov 24 '15 13:25

Rapper Ismo appeared in the court in Breda on Tuesday to answer for anti-Semitic and anti-gay lyrics in his song Eenmans. In court the rapper stated that the lyrics were not aimed at Jewish people or gay people.

Nov 24 '15 13:00

Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros will be headlining the Lowlands festival next year, the festival organization announced on Wednesday.

Nov 24 '15 12:10

Dutch actor Maarten Heijmans was awarded the International Emmy Award for best actor in New York. He won the prestigious award for his role as Ramses Shaffy in the Avrotos miniseries Ramses, which aired in 2014.

Nov 20 '15 16:20

The festive season officially kicked off with the light festival Turn on the Lights in cities across the Netherlands on Thursday night. The Bijenkorf festival of lights spectacle started out in Amsterdam eight years ago and has since spread to many other cities, including Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and Maastricht.

Nov 20 '15 15:55

The Eagles of Death Metal documentary The Redemption of the Devil will no longer be showing at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The documentary was scheduled to screen on Friday

Nov 19 '15 18:40

When David Bernet set out in 2009 to direct Democracy, a documentary that throws a spotlight on the inner workings of the European Parliament, he knew he needed a topic that would be relevant for years to come. It was still four years before Edward Snowden leaked classified information about the United States government’s global surveillance, and accused the Netherlands of kowtowing to U.S. spying demands (the Dutch denied the accusation).

Nov 16 '15 13:41

Silence fell across the Netherlands and other European cities as noon struck on Monday, in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.

Nov 16 '15 12:37

Sinterklaasjournaal host Dieuwertje Blok thinks that Zwarte Piet's traditional blackface appearance has to be phased out. "The Piet discussion has opened my eyes", she said

Nov 14 '15 13:44

Sinterklaas officially arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday, accompanied by his controversial helper, Zwarte Piet. Though the assistants are mythologized as having dark smudges caused by soot, the character more closely resembles minstrels in blackface with nappy-haired wigs, large hoop earrings, big red lips and a buffoonish demeanour.

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