Entertainment

Cocktails
Sep 20 '19 15:00

While alcohol remains the number one cause of addiction problems in Amsterdam,young adult residents of the capital are drinking less than they did in 2000. There are also fewer smokers, though cocaine use increased, according to the newest Antenna, an annual study by Jellinek and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences into the alcohol and drug use of Amsterdam young adults, Het Parool reports.

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Sep 17 '19 11:33

This year Sinterklaas will only be accompanied by so-called Chimney Pieten at his national arrival in Apeldoorn on November 16th. All of Sinterklaas' helpers will have soot marks on their faces, instead of the traditional blackface makeup, NTR announced on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Disney+
Sep 12 '19 16:20

The Netherlands is the first market to get Disney's new streaming service Disney+. From today, Dutch consumers can test out Disney+ before the streaming service is released worldwide in November, NU.nl reports.

The Disney+ app is now available to download on both the Android and iOS app stores. The streaming service features movies and series from the Disney empire, which includes Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars productions.

Armin van Buuren
Sep 10 '19 15:20

While fans mainly see the glitz and glamour of DJ-ing, being a DJ also has a darker side, according to Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. Many DJs struggle under the workload, the constant traveling and the mutual competitiveness, he said on Jinek. "Everyone acts tough towards each other and says that everything is fine, but in between you hear that they are seeing a coach or psychologist", Van Buuren said during the show. 

Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020
Aug 30 '19 12:14

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in Rotterdam, the song festival announced on Friday. The semi finals will be held on Tuesday May 12th and Thursday May 14th, with grand final scheduled for Saturday May 16th. Rotterdam Ahoy will be the venue, NOS reports.

When selecting the location, the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest looked at the technical suitability of the location, surrounding facilities, availability and financial contribution from the municipality. Rotterdam emerged as the favorite. 

The LocHal library in Tilburg
Aug 28 '19 16:00

The LocHal library in Tilburg is among the top four best libraries in the world. The IFLA Best Public Library of the World Award went to the Oodi library in Helsinki on Tuesday. The other two libraries in the top four are the Green Square Library and Plaza in Australia and the Turanga Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, Brabants Dagblad reports.

Wijk aan Zee beach, North Sea
Aug 28 '19 13:30

A fun idea to say goodbye to the United Kingdom when they leave the European Union on October 31st with a beach party in Wijk aan Zee, now also has the support of the mayor of Beverwijk, the municipality that covers the coastal town, initiator Ron Toekook said. Over 12 thousand people have indicated that they will attend this sendoff, the Telegraaf reports.

Vlogger
Aug 27 '19 11:50

Dutch video influencers - social media vloggers with a large number of followers - are violating the rules of the Advertising Code Foundation by by not clearly stating whether they receive money or free products for the products or services they feature in their videos, Financieele Dagblad reports based on its own investigation.

Uitmarkt
Aug 26 '19 17:20

A massive 450 thousand people enjoyed the hot weather this weekend by visiting Amsterdam's performance festival Uitmarkt. During the official kick-off to the Netherlands festival season, theater groups, musicians, dancers, comedians, writers and other exhibitions showcased what can be seen in the Netherlands this festival season, Het Parool reports.

Ambulance
Aug 26 '19 14:50

An accident during a car show in Purmerend on Sunday left three men injured. They were spectators at the car show on Newtonstraat when the driver of a BMW M3 lost control of his car and crashed into them. The driver, a 39-year-old man from Purmerend, was arrested, the police said in a statement.

Summer's day on the Alexanderkade in Amsterdam Centrum, 23 August 2019
Aug 23 '19 11:36

This weekend will be sunny and hot in the Netherlands - perfect weather for spending the day at the beach, going to a festival or just generally spending time outdoors. With maximums in the high twenties and low thirties, no wind and little rain expected, this weekend will have perfect summer weather, according to Weeronine.

The card game: Barmy Brexiteers
Aug 21 '19 15:40

It is almost two months to Brexit and amidst the chaos Jimme Jardine has a solution to help pass the time. 

Enter Barmy Brexiteers, “a light-hearted card game and hard-hitting Twitter news account that strive to keep pointing out the lies about Brexit that are most obviously dishonest,” according to the Amsterdam-based founder.

Brexit
Aug 21 '19 11:30

Thousands of Dutch are seemingly planning to say "goodbye" to the United Kingdom with a beach party on Strand Wijk Aan Zee on October 31st - the date of the Brexit, according to an event created on Facebook. The event initiator invites everyone to bring a beach chair, Dutch chips, French wine and German beer and watch across the sea as Great Britain wakes up as a "closed institution".

Vught prison
Aug 21 '19 10:20

Prisoners in the terrorist department of the prison in Vught were until recently allowed to play first-person shooter games in their cells. The games were removed from the department this month, the judiciary confirmed to NOS after reports in De Telegraaf.

Crowd at a concert
Aug 21 '19 08:48

From now on, Ticketmaster will refund service fees along with ticket prices if an event is canceled, consumers association Consumentenbond announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mark Rutte
Aug 19 '19 10:10

Prime Minister Mark Rutte was a guest on the Villa Lowlands talk show at the Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen on Sunday - the first time ever that a Dutch Prime Minister visited the festival, according to Het Parool. Rutte called it "a successful Lowlands debut" on Twitter afterwards.

Dressed in a gray polo shirt, jeans and blue All Star sneakers, the Prime Minister was taken on a tour of the festival before being interviewed by presenters Roel Maalderink and Martijn de Greve. 

Rainy day at a music festival
Aug 13 '19 08:25

With only a few days to go until the kickoff of the Lowlands festival, visitors seem to be put off by the dreary weather forecast .Hundreds of Lowlands tickets are currently for sale on second-hand sites like Marktplaats and Ticketswap, some at nearly half the original price.

A crowd of people at the Sziget festival in Budapest, Hungary, August 2015
Aug 12 '19 08:01

Two Dutch men were arrested at the Sziget festival in Hungary over the weekend on suspicion of drug dealing. Local news site 444 called the arrest the "biggest drug bust ever" at the festival. 

A total of 451 bottles of narcotics, 128 grams of cannabis and a kilogram of ecstasy pills were confiscated from the 21- and 22-year-old suspects, according to NU.nl. The drugs have a street value of around 15 thousand euros. The police also found over 500 price lists on the suspects and at the festival, 444 reports.

Bwin
Aug 8 '19 14:20

The Dutch gambling authority Ksa imposed a fine of 350 thousand euros on the company behind gambling site Bwin.com, because the site offered gambling services and sports betting to Dutch consumers without having a license.

Cats
Aug 8 '19 09:58

Cat lovers can celebrate International Cat Day on Thursday by going to watch cat videos on the big screen in six Dutch cities. This is the first year that Dutch cinemas are participating in the international CatVideoFest. 

Cinemas in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Leeuwarden and Hilversum are taking part in this international festival celebrating the hero of the internet, Het Parool reports. Visitors will see an around 70 minutes-long compilation of funny or cute (or both) cat videos and animations.

Kids at the zoo
Aug 7 '19 10:10

Dutch households who like to spend the day out during the summer holidays now pay more to do so than five years ago. The costs involved in a day out on average increased more than consumer prices over the past five years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Entrance fees for museums, zoos, and amusement parks in particular saw a significant increase.

Canal Pride in Amsterdam, 3 August 2019
Aug 5 '19 07:52

A total of 14 people were arrested during Canal Pride activities in Amsterdam on Friday night and Saturday, for crimes ranging from pickpocketing to sailing under the influence. "The police look back on a pleasant Canal Pride", the police said in a statement.

Eleven people were arrested at Pride festivities on Saturday, including seven for sailing under the influence. Three people were arrested at Pride parties on Friday, for pickpocketing, insult, and assault. 

Amsterdam Pride parade 2019
Aug 3 '19 17:40

Hundreds of thousands of people packed the Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel, and Prinsengracht for the Amsterdam Pride parade on Saturday. The 24th edition of the parade, held annually since 1996, featured 80 boats and was expected to draw between half a million and a million people.

The parade went off with no major incidents reported. Including support vessels, 147 boats took part in the event. When lined up end-to-end they stretched for nearly 2,240 meters, according to the fire department.

Queers Amsterdam
Aug 2 '19 17:45

“It hurts me tremendously that we are losing part of our gay history; our community isn’t really up to speed in keeping our gay history alive,” said Dusty, a drag queen in Amsterdam. “We live it, we breathe it, but we never document it.”

She lamented that the young gay men don’t know much about the iconic spots in Amsterdam that made the gay scene what it is today.

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