Entertainment

A League of Legends loot box
Apr 19 '18 11:30

Four popular online PC games violate the Netherlands' law on games of chance with their 'loot boxes', according to the Dutch Gambling Authority. These games should actually have a license, like a casino needs a license for a roulette table, because there is a risk of gambling addiction, the Authority said, the Volkskrant reports.

Baron 1898 roller coaster at Efteling
Apr 3 '18 09:30

Visitors to amusement park Efteling spent 20 minutes stuck on roller coaster Baron 1898 on Monday morning. The ride stalled just before the train made its first plunge, RTL Nieuws reports.

The park's emergency workers had to evacuate the visitors off the roller coaster, an Efteling spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws. 

According to the spokesperson, Baron 1898 is equipped with many sensitive sensors, which stops the ride "out of precaution" if all is not right. This is not the first time it happens, she said. 

Sinterklaas_portrait
Mar 23 '18 11:00

NTR, responsible for Sinterklaas' arrival in the Netherlands every year, hasn't received any requests from Dutch municipalities to host the event this year, according to a letter the broadcaster sent the Dutch Association of Mayors, NU.nl reports.

Every year the public broadcaster receives requests from various municipalities who want to organize the event. But by March 7th, when the letter was sent, their hadn't been a single one. 

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Mar 16 '18 17:00

Last year a massive 5.18 million people visited amusement park Efteling, compared to 4.76 million in 2016. The park in Kaatsheuvel is pleased that it reached the "magic line" of 5 million visitors, a goal Efteling has been aiming at since 2014, NU.nl reports. 

Efteling attributes the increase in visitors to investments in new family attraction Symbolica and holiday park Efteling Loonsche Land. 

Netflix
Mar 7 '18 09:49

Netflix is working on a Netherlands original series that is fully funded by the American company and will be  exclusively available on Netflix.

"There is a Dutch original. We are busy with it", Allie Goss, Vice President Originals at Netflix, said to broadcaster NOS. How much Netflix is investing in this production, what it is about and when it will be released, she would not say.

Oscar statuettes
Mar 5 '18 08:24

The three Dutch nominated for Oscars all went home disappointed on Sunday. Fantasy drama The Shape of Water by director Guillermo del Toro walked away the biggest winner of the evening, taking four Oscars, according to Vox.com.

Seth Meyers
Mar 3 '18 08:00

American comedian Seth Meyers will give a special performance at the celebration of popular Amsterdam theater group Boom Chicago's 25th birthday. The celebration will be held in the Carre theater in Amsterdam on July 14th.

Other performances that night include Andrew Moskos, Pep Rosenfeld, Ike Barinholz, Amber Ruffin, Ruben van der Meer, Jeka van Houten, Wilko Terwijn and Horace Cohen. More names will be announced soon.

Tickets are already available, costing between 25 and 65 euros. 

Kjeld Nijhuis, March 2013
Feb 23 '18 14:30

Kjeld Nuis has conquered his  of the Winter Games on the 1000 meters, the eighth Dutch gold at this year's Olympics. With a time of 1 minute and 7.95 seconds, the Dutchman was just fast enough to best Norwegian Havard Lorentzen who took silver.

The time difference between first and second place was a shocking 4 hundredths of a second. The South Korean Tae-Yun Kim took the bronze.

Netflix on Xbox Live
Feb 23 '18 10:00

In order to prevent the local film industry form being wiped out by foreign movies and series, entertainment distributors serving the Netherlands market should financially support more Dutch productions, the Raad voor Cultuur stated in a report. The top government advisory board for culture and the arts said those companies should also be forced to pay a tax on its income derived from Netherlands consumers to support the entertainment industry there.

Samuel L. Jackson
Feb 21 '18 14:00

American actor Samuel L. Jackson praised a parody about the United States' national rifle association NRA. The video, made in October 2017, rebrands the NRA as nonsensical rifle addiction, and describes the large number of gun deaths in the U.S. as a humanitarian disaster caused by this disease.

Ice skating
Feb 14 '18 11:20

The Dutch embassy in the United States invited American TV host Katie Couric to visit the Netherlands so that she can see "all the innovative ways the Dutch get around". This follows Couric saying that the Dutch are good at speed skating because they skate to work.

Kevin Hart
Feb 9 '18 12:50

Canadian comedian Russell Peters and American comedian Kevin Hart will both be performing in Amsterdam this year.

The Ziggo Dome is on Peters' schedule for April 30th, according to Carbaret Info. This show forms part of his 'Deported World Tour', which takes him to 34 countries across the world. This is Peters' third visit to the Netherlands. In 2013 his show in the AFAS Live sold out completely. Presale of tickets for the Ziggo Dome show in April starts on Friday. Ticket prices range between 40 euros and 54 euros. 

SLEAZY party at club NYX in Amsterdam
Feb 9 '18 12:10

Club NYX in Amsterdam decided to change the door policy for its SLEAZY party after facing a large amount of criticism. On read that entry for the party is 7 euros, but women with bra cup size DD can get in for free. Together with the organizers of the party, the club decided to charge everyone entry.

Carnival
Feb 9 '18 08:42

The Red Cross calls on Carnival celebrators to dress warmly in the coming days. The cold weather combined with alcohol consumption can quickly lead to hypothermia, according to the aid organization, NU.nl reports.

A study by the Red Cross revealed that only about a third of Dutch can recognize all symptoms of hypothermia immediately. So the aid organization decided to share tips on how to avoid it.

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Feb 8 '18 16:00

Ticket sales for the five big events in Amsterdam on King's Day kicked off on Thursday. In addition to the five big parties, there will also be numerous flea markets and smaller parties spread throughout the city on Kings Day, April 27th, the city announced.

The five big parties are Loveland van Oranje in Meerpark, Oranjebloesem on Pampuslaan, Kingsland Festival in the RAI, Apenkooi Koninginnedag in Olympisch Gebied and Urban Music Festival on Turbinestraat.

Elvis Costello
Feb 1 '18 16:30

Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters will be performing in the gardens of Soestdijk Palace on July 5th. They will be the opening act for the third edition of Royal Park Live, the festival announced on their website.

Costello released 32 albums throughout his career and is known for hits like Oliver's Army and Good Year for the Roses. 

This year Royal Park Live will also feature performances from Sting, Jack Johnson and Dutch band The Analogues, ANP reports. 

Presale for tickets to Elvis Costello and The Analogues start on February 5th. 

Apres Ski
Jan 23 '18 12:20

A study by travel organization Expedia revealed that Dutch people are the wildest skiers in the world. They are the biggest drinkers of all ski enthusiast and are not averse to being naked, or even having sex on the slope, according to the study, RTL Nieuws reports.

Expedia surveyed 13 thousand skiers over the age of 18 from 13 different countries. The survey revealed that Austria is the favorite skiing destination, mainly due to the great apres ski culture in the country. And especially Dutch people make good use of this culture. 

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
Jan 23 '18 10:05

Michael Wolff, the author of the much discussed book about American president Donald Trump titled Fire and Fury, will be speaking in Amsterdam next month. He will be a guest on this year's College Tour, broadcaster NTR announced. 

Jan 12 '18 08:04

The anti- Zarte Piet protestors arrested in November 2016 during the national arrival of Sinterklaas in Maasluis will not be prosecuted.

168 people have received the news through a letter from the Public Prosecutor this week. Their cases have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence and because they have been unjustly regarded as suspects, according to NOS

baby
Jan 12 '18 08:04

The Social Security Bank presented on Friday the list with the most popular baby names of last year. In 2017 the most popular name for boys has been Noah, for girls Emma. These names were chosen respectively 635 and 755 times.   

Here are the top 5 for the girls: Emma, Tess, Sophie, Julia and Anna. And the boy's top five: Noah, Sem, Lucas, Finn and Daan. There are differences in the trends with the baby names depending on the Dutch provinces. In Friesland the top of the list is occupied by Jess and Lieke, in Zeeland Jan and Johanna and Levi and Tess in Gelderland.

iPhone
Jan 11 '18 15:51

People in the Netherlands who want a way of recording their sexual partners' explicit consent to various sex acts can now utilize a new . Launched by Amsterdam software development firm LegalThings on Thursday, the app requests and records explicit mutual consent to sexual contact between different users.

ADE14
Jan 10 '18 14:00

After another record year in 2017, the Amsterdam Dance Event has announced its dates for 2018, saying that the showcase will focus on South Korea. The 23rd edition of ADE takes place from October 17th to the 21st throughout the Dutch capital city.

Last year, about 395,000 visitors enjoyed the 22nd edition. This year the organizers are expecting a few thousand more, to bring attendance up over 400,000 including local Netherlands residence and international music fans. 

Airbnb
Jan 10 '18 11:45

The municipality of Amsterdam has decided to decrease the maximum number of nights a private home may be rented. The 50 percent reduction takes the number of nights from 60 down to 30 beginning on New Year's Day 2019, the city said in a statement.

"I know that the decreasing of the limit is not the solution to the fuss in the city. But at least this ruling could diminish the nuisance caused by tourists in certain districts," said Laurens Ivens, the Amsterdam Alderman in charge of housing issues. He acknowledged that it will deter many from renting their home out at all.

Feyenoord fire extinguisher
Jan 10 '18 07:30

At long last, fans of Rotterdam's most famous football team have a new way of replacing their fire extinguishers manufactured by Dutch firm Ajax. The Feyenoord football club has given permission for its name and red-and-white color scheme to be used as branding on new pieces of firefighting gear to take the spot of those proudly bearing the Ajax name.

Ajax, now owned by Chubb, has produced fire extinguishers in Amsterdam for over 100 years. Of course it also happens to share the brand name with Amsterdam's top football club, the arch-rival of Feyenoord.

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