Hindus united in the group 'Holi is not a Houseparty' are calling on Dutch festival organizers to stop using the word 'Holi' in the names of their summer festivals. Holi is a Hindu festival celebrated in the spring, NOS reports.
The municipality of Zundert is taking extra measures to protect its flower parade this year, including placing concrete blocks on access roads. The flower parade is taking place this weekend, Omroep Brabant reports.
"Maybe a hundred thousand people from home and abroad are coming to watch the flower parade this weekend", a spokesperson for the municipality said to the broadcaster. "At such a big event, it is important that you as municipality look at safety." According to the spokesperson, a number of visible and invisible measures are being taken.
Controversy arose around the bodies used in the Real Human Bodies exhibition, which is set to start in Breda on Thursday and in Eindhoven from September 15th. There is uncertainty about exactly where the bodies used in the exhibition came from, according to RTL Nieuws.
The exhibition consists of real human bodies with the skin removed, skeletons and organs, according to the broadcaster.
Efteling is launching an experiment in which visitors can book their spot on a roller coaster for a specific time, without paying extra to do so. The amusement park hopes that this will make sure that visitors don't spend too much time waiting in line. "Waiting is the least favorite part of a day at Efteling, this may be the solution", the Kaatsheuvel park said, according to RTL Nieuws.
Pathe will be screening the season finale of Game of Thrones in seven of its cinemas next week. Fans of the HBO series can enjoy the finale on the big screen for free, NU.nl reports.
The almost 80 minute long episode will be screened in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Maastricht, Tilburg and Utrecht at 7:00 p.m. on Monday - about 24 hours after it is first broadcast in the United States. It is highly advisable to big your ticket in advance.
Game of Thrones is one of HBO's most popular series. In the Netherlands it is broadcast by Ziggo.
The Dutch theme parks and zoos are doing very well, especially thanks to foreign tourists, according to a report by ABN Amro economists. Tourists are attracted to the quality of the theme parks, easily available accommodation and the relatively low entrance prices, the researchers conclude, AD reports.
The researchers predict a 3 percent increase in the number of visitors this year, should the current weather predictions hold, and a 2.5 percent increase next year. Foreign tourists, especially from Germany and Belgium, account for a significant part of this growth.
Broadcaster RTL had to again apologize for an insensitive comment made about 4-year-old murder victim Rowena Rikkers, better known in the Netherlands as the Girl from Nulde. "I'm waking up next to the Girl from Nulde again", Gordon said to Gerard Joling on an episode of Geer en Goor: Zoeken een Hobby. This statement massively upset the murdered toddler's father, his lawyer Sebas Diekstra said to AD.
Legoland is definitely opening a branch in Scheveningen, The Hague, parent company Merlin announced. Construction on Legoland Discovery Center Scheveningen will start on the boulevard at the end of this year, AD reports.
The attraction will cover almost 3 thousand square meters. Inside kids between the ages of 3 and 10 years can go crazy on a number of different playgrounds. According to Merlin, there will be interactive rides, master building classes, special rooms for birthdays and parties and a 4D cinema.
Festival organizer Valtifest was declared bankrupt on Tuesday, the organization announced on their website. The 10th edition of Valtifest, with the theme ArtiFarti, was set to take place on the NDSM site in Amsterdam on September 9th. Whether this can still happen is unclear, Het Parool reports.
This New Year's there will be a fireworks show especially for children in Rotterdam, the organizers of the National Fireworks at the Erasmus Bridge announced. The Kids Fireworks will be held on a pontoon at the bridge between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on New Years Eve, ANP reports.
Nearly 975 thousand people tuned in to watch Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan give an interview on Sunday night's broadcast of Zomergasten, according to figures from Stichting Kijkonderzoek. Last week's Zomergasten, with microbiologist Rosanne Hertzberger as guest, drew 549 thousand watchers, RTL Nieuws reports.
For the third year in a row, terraces in Amsterdam are the most expensive in the Netherlands, according to the annual terrace study by hospitality consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners. This year Zwolle came out the cheapest terrace city for the first time.
Dennis Verbaas from Lisse is marrying Malaysian princess Tunku Aminah next month. The two met each other in a Malaysian cafe and clicked immediately, a spokesperson for the couple said, according to RTL Nieuws.
The wedding is scheduled for August 14th. Both Tunku Aminah and Dennis Verbaas asked for privacy, not only for themselves, but also for friends and family.
Former skater Christijn Groeneveld lost his wheelchair at the Guns 'N Roses concert in Goffertpark in Nijmegen on Wednesday. Friend and fellow skater Markt Tuitert took to Twitter to help him find it.
"Will those who took the wheelchair of skating friend Christijn Groeneveld at the GNR concert in Nijmegen please bring it back as soon as possible?" he tweeted. And with success. A few hours later he let his followers know that Christijn was back in his wheelchair.
Brasserie Staverden in the Gelderland village of Staverden won first place in Misset Horeca's top 100 terraces in the Netherlands. The jury praised Brasserie Staverden for its beautiful terrace, warm hospitality and enthusiastic staff.
A group of four Amsterdam friends plan to open the Dutch capital's first Japanese style karaoke bar by the end of this year, with six private karaoke booths where you can sing your heart out without worrying about strangers' opinions. To help them reach their goal, the friends launched a crowdfunding campaign.
A helicopter pilot was taken to a police station for questioning after he caused a panic at the Retropop music festival on Saturday night with a nose diving stunt. The organizers of the festival called the stunt an "individual and rash action", RTL Nieuws reports.
Festival attendees were watching a performance by Di-rect and Lucas Hamming when the low flying helicopter suddenly started a nose dive right above their heads. The pilot pulled up before reaching the ground and people below, and no one was injured. But many did get quite a fright.
Sinterklaas' national arrival will be in the Friesland city of Dokkum this year. The saint and his entourage is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, November 18th, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dokkum falls under the municipality of Dongeradeel. Mayor Marga Waanders is delighted that Sinterklaas chose Dokkum for his arrival. "Fantastic news for Dokkum and the region Noordoost Fryslân", she said to the broadcaster. "We will warmly welcome Sinterklaas!"
As usual NTR will follow Sinterklaas and his arrival on the Sinterklaasjournaal with presenter Dieuwertje Blok.
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder paid tribute to his recently deceased friend Chris Cornell during a solo show in Amsterdam on Saturday. Cornell, best known as frontman for band Soundgarden, hanged himself in a hotel room in Detroit on Wednesday, NY Daily News reports.
While Vedder didn't mention Cornell by name, it was clear that the 52-year-old grunge singer was on his mind.
A video published online on Monday shows 30 Amsterdam residents, well known and unknown alike, promising Mayor Eberhard van der Laan that they will look after the city in their own way. The video was made by documentary researcher Ferm Verbeek, production house Wefilm, director Claudio de Oliveira Marques and concept developer Ruben Cussel, Het Parool reports.
A performance by Job Jobse and Dixon in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was cut short during the early hours of Friday morning due to problems with the building's ceiling. The performance was shut down at 1:00 a.m., two hours before the seven hour long party was set to end, Het Parool reports.
The Uganda Media Council banned the screening of Dutch film De Eetclub at the Euro-Uganda Film Festival and anywhere else in the country because it "glorifies homosexuality", and features scenes of smoking, drinking and sexual intercourse. The embassy of the Netherlands in Kampala posted the Uganda Media Council's objections on their Facebook page.
American author Kristin Anderson has been based in the Netherlands for over five years now, and has used the time to become a full-fledged novelist. Her second book, The Things We Said in Venice, is a travelogue that takes its two main characters on an on-again-off-again romance across Europe and ultimately to the Netherlands. Essentially written as a much-needed vacation to the eco-thriller she previously worked on, she based the characters on a subject of a Huffington Post article and a travel photographer/blogger.
The OG3NE sisters Lisa, Shelly and Amy are somewhat disappointed that they placed 11th in the Eurovision Song Contest. "We did our best and hope that we made the Netherlands proud", Lisa said to AD after the finals in Kiev on Saturday. "But we did expect a higher position." The three Dutch women were met by cheering fans when they landed on Schiphol airport on Sunday afternoon.