Amsterdam's annual Holland Festival will feature a new slate of programming to help shed its image as an "elitist" event. The 68th edition of the festival, running from May 30 to June 23, is the first to take place under the leadership of Ruth Mackenzie.
American pop icon Lionel Richie will appear at the 40th North Sea Jazz Festival. It will be his first performance at the annual event.
Artist Ralph Prins died at the age of 88 yesterday. One of his best known works is the design for National Monument Kamp Westerbork, which was unveiled by Queen Juliana in 1970.
A Jan Steen painting was discovered during a valuation day in Beverwijk yesterday afternoon. The painting is estimated to be worth around 20 thousand euros, the appraiser, Jeroen Zoetmulder, said to RTV NH. The discovery was made by chance.
The Ukraine is turning to the Dutch court to claim the treasures of four museums in the Crimea, the Volkskrant reports. These treasures were exhibited in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam last summer. The state itself announced today as an interested party in the legal proceedings that the four Crimean museums filed against the Allard Pierson.
A street art project ended faster than expected when firefighters were needed to free a woman from a solid block of plaster. Emergency responders were called to the scene when the woman needed more oxygen than what she could get breathing through a straw.
Filmmaker Roald van Stijn has finally managed to capture a swarm of "dancing" starlings flying over Utrecht on Wednesday, according to de Volkskrant.
The municipality of Binnenmaas, Zuid-Holland has banned two works created by artist Dirk Hardy. The student of Academie Willem de Kooning in Rotterdam was invited by the municipality to exhibit his work at the town hall. While most work will be displayed as planned, the church has classified two pieces as "hurtful" and unsuitable for the public building.
The livelihood of Amsterdam Fashion Week (AFW) is under serious threat, after the city's municipality expressed a reluctance to subsidize the event. As foreign competitors steal more of Dutch talent and audiences, the event's organizer Bart Maussen is contemplating his next move. In an interview with Quote magazine, he revealed that unless more support is provided by the municipality, it is the end of this event in Amsterdam.
The Persmuseum in Amsterdam receives an addition to its ongoing Comic Journalism exhibit. The museum is paying homage to the artists of Charlie Hebdo with an exhibition of original editions of the newspaper from five decades of its existence. The office of the satirical French newspaper was attacked by masked gunmen leaving 12 people dead and several injured on January 7th.
Sales of the national Museum Card sales saw an impressive rise in 2014 of about ten percent. Over 100,000 more Museum Cards were sold in comparison to the year before.
The National Military Museum in Soest reached a milestone yesterday. Around 14:30 yesterday afternoon the museum received its 50,000th visitor.
A record number of people visited the Museum de Fundatie (Foundation Museum) in Zwolle this year.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam this year proposed a ban on taking photographs with smartphones and tablets inside museums. But this action is not followed in all museums in Amsterdam. Some museums even encourage the taking of photographs.
Most of the large museums in the Netherlands had more visitors this year than last year. The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam especially had many visitors, 2.5 million and 1.6 million respectively. This is according to a survey done by the ANP.
Famed Rotterdam cooking shop Kookpunt listed a knife set on their website for the home chef that has everything: a €55,000 three-piece Nesmuk knife set and knife block. The knives are forged over several days, with the manufacturer calling them as much a work of art as the work of a craftsman.
In honor of his 60th birthday the Gemeentemuseum and Fotomuseum in the Hague will do a complete retrospective exhibition of Hague photographer Anton Corbijn's career. The exhibitions covering his entire oeuvre will start from March 21st.
The Zuiderzee Museum is once again the highest rated museum in the Netherlands. This is the second year in a row that the Zuiderzee Museum wins the Zoover award.
The Rijksmuseum received nearly 2.5 million visitors this past year, a new record. In 2013, its opening year, the museum attracted more than 2.2 million visitors. More than half (55 percent) come from the Netherlands.
Rotterdam Miniworld has recreated the infamous scene of the wedding proposal-gone-wrong in IJsselstein, where a crane tipped over and smashed a neighbor's roof when it was supposed to lower the prospective groom down to his waiting girlfriend. The miniaturized model was quickly recreated by staff at Miniworld's studio once they knew there were no injuries in the incident.
The new National Military Museum in Soest seems to be a crowd pleaser from the start.
The Rijksmuseum has bought a bronze sculpture of the Dutchman Adriaen de Vries (1556 - 1626) for $28 million (more than 22.5 million euro). The sculpture is called Bacchic Figure Supporting the Globe.
The National Military Museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas, was opened by King William-Alexander on Thursday. The museum was erected in Soesterberg, Utrecht where the former Royal Netherlands Airbase stood since 1913. The museum unifies the collections of the Army Museum in Delft, which closed its doors for the last time two years ago, and the Military Aviation Museum.
A new documentary telling the story of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum, and the years of construction work that went on while it was shuttered, took the award for Best Dutch Documentary at the International Documentary Film-festival Amsterdam over the weekend. Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum: De film will be screened in theatres across the Netherlands beginning December 11.