New costumes selected for Zwarte Piet at the Amsterdam Sinterklaas parade have sparked a new critique from activists in the Netherlands. The organizing committee, SSIA, dropped the decades-old Zwarte Piet costume because of its apparent connections to the 17th century child slave trade, replacing it instead with costumes inspired by Spanish nobility in the 16th century.
YouTube founder Chad Hurley was announced as a new headliner to replace actor Kevin Spacey at ING's BusinessBoost event in Rotterdam. At the event he will discuss his time at YouTube and the investments he made thereafter.
Hurley founded the video sharing service in 2005, together with two former colleagues from PayPal. A year and a half later they sold the platform to Google for $1.65 billions. Since 2013 he is the co-owner of the video editing and sharing website Mixbit.
Hints seen throughout a video posted to Youtube suggest that Dutch singer-songwriter Waylon will make his second trip to the Eurovision Song Contest. He participated with Ilse DeLange as one-half of The Common Linnets, which scored a surprise second place finish in 2014.
The video, produced by Avrotros, is meant to show the point-of-view of a man leading a rock star life. He wakes up with handcuffs still on, surrounded by half-naked women and empty liquor bottles. Glimpses of Waylon’s tattoos, guitars, and his hat are all clues that led to the quick identification.
American online retail giant Amazon expanded its offerings for the Netherlands on Wednesday, a long-awaited move that opens up Amazon Prime video streaming and next-day shipping for its customers. Amazon announced the move in a press release at the time of its launch.
With Amazon Prime, the Dutch consumers now have full access to some two million items displayed in the online store, half of which will be delivered free of charge the day after the order is placed. The rest will be available in two days.
Pieter an Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet, is facing criticism after posting a controversial tweet about the #metoo discussion on Tuesday night. He has since removed the tweet. The Victim Aid Fund, of which Van Vollenhoven is honorary chairman, called the tweet "absolutely awkward", RTL Nieuws reports.
Multiple actors are pressing charges of sexual intimidation against Dutch producer and director Job Gosschalk, crime journalist Peter R. de Vries said on RTL Boulevard. On Tuesday Gosschalk released a statement announcing his resignation and acknowledging that he "crossed boundaries" in one-on-one dealings with actors. According to RTL, this happened after the broadcaster sent him a letter containing statements from twenty sexually abused actors.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Dutch producer and director Job Gosschalk acknowledged that he is guilty of inappropriate behavior in his dealings with actors. He therefore decided to resign as producer and director of Kemna & Zonen.
The roughly 400 Pieten helping Sinterklaas in Amsterdam's celebration this year, will be decked out in brand new, specially designed suits, the foundation responsible for the Amsterdam Sinterklaas celebration, SSIA, announced on Monday night. The new costumes were specifically designed to remove all references to slavery from the controversial character, discovered in examinations of the history behind the Zwarte Piet costume.
As the Netherlands' Sinterklaas celebrations approaches, municipalities are starting to reveal their plans on how they're dealing with controversial character Zwarte Piet. Most of the municipalities are sticking to blackface or dark brown makeup, according to AD's Piet Atlas. Amsterdam and The Hague will have no blackface Piets, with Amsterdam also designing a completely new costume. Utrecht plans mostly Chimney Piets - with faces covered in soot marks - and a few traditional blackface Piets. Rotterdam is keeping its plans secret until the day before the celebration.
Sinterklaas will have a "motley crew of helpers" in the Sinterklaasjournaal this year, NTR announced on Monday. Exactly what these helpers will look like was not announced, and the word 'Piet' was not mentioned once in the press release, NOS reports.
With reporting by Janene Pieters.
Dutch bank ING is still undecided if actor Kevin Spacey will be dropped as a speaker at its BusinessBoost event later this month after at least four men accused the American actor of sexually assaulting, abusing, or harassing them over the course of his career. An ING spokesperson told NL Times at the beginning of the week they want clarity and more information about the situation before making a firm decision to drop Spacey or to keep him as the event's headliner.
Dutch television presenter Jelle Brandt Corstius is preparing to press rape charges against producer Gijs van Dam, he announced on Twitter, thereby confirming that it was indeed Van Dam who he accused of raping him in an anonymized article in Trouw last week. Van Dam appeared on Pauw on Monday night, denying the rape accusations and announcing that he is filing charges of libel and slander against Brandt Corstius.
Last week Jelle Brandt Corstius told the world that he was raped while working for talk show Barend & Van Dorp in 2002. While his article in newspaper Trouw and his interview on De Wereld Draait Door named no names, the man he accused of rape is TV producer Gijs van Dam. Van Dam denies the accusations and is pressing charges of libel and slander against Brandt Corstius, him and his lawyer announced on Pauw on Monday.
A casting call for Dutch radio station Radio 538's upcoming Winter Olympics coverage has caused anger among many members of the Dutch-Asian community. The job posting is seen by some as specifically promoting an antiquated caricature as it identifies the need for a Korean man who "is instantly recognizable as Korean", and able to speak "defective" Dutch and English. Whoever is hired for the role will be the face of Radio 538's broadcasts on the Olympics, taking place next February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Foo Fighters will perform at Pinkpop next year. The American rock band is the first big name to be announced for Pinkpop 2018, RTL Nieuws reports
The band was set to perform at Pinkpop 2015, but had to cancel the performance after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg when falling off a stage two days before the Pinkpop performance. Grohl immediately said that Foo Fighters would come back to the Netherlands to make up for the canceled performance.
The city of Amsterdam launched a drug safety campaign aimed at visitors to the Amsterdam Dance Event, taking place from Wednesday to Sunday. The campaign is aimed at encouraging all ADE attendees, particularly tourists, to seek medical help if they feel unwell after taking drugs, the city announced in a press release.
An American television series is in the works for Astrid Holleeder's book Judas, in which she tells about her life under criminal brother Willem Holldeeder, Deadline reports.
"Judas is the unbelievable but true story which follows Holleeder's life as the youngest sister to Willem Holleeder, the Netherlands' most notorious criminal mob boss", the entertainment website writes. "Judas is described as a story about family, betrayal and a woman's journey of empowerment through the unthinkable."
Dutch television show Zondag met Lubach won the Gouden Televizier-Ring award for most popular show on Thursday. Eva Jinek and Wilfred Genee won in the categories best female- and male presenter, NU.nl reports.
Cinema chain Pathé is opening 4D cinemas in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in December. The 4D cinemas will have added elements like smell, wind and motions to add to the movie going experience. Pathé is the first cinema chain in the Netherlands to go 'four dimensional', RTL Nieuws reports.
NTR's Sinterklaasjournaal wil not feature any multicolored Piet characters this year, media director Willemijn Francissen said to the Telegraaf. Exactly what Sinterklaas' controversial helpers will look like is unclear. All she would say about that is "a kind of fifty shades of gray". So it seems that traditional blackface Zwarte Piet may also not make an appearance.
With 90 percent on primary school teachers in the Netherlands striking today, many parents are left wondering what to do with their kids. Thanks to activities arranged by museums, theaters, sport schools and organizations across the country, there is a multitude of options.
During the opening night of the Halloween Nightmares haunted house in The Wall shopping center in Utrecht this weekend, five hyperventilating people needed help to get out. One woman was transported to hospital in an ambulance, NU.nl reports.
Rotterdam tram driver Rodney Luxemburg is turning into something of a YouTube sensation with soothing videos of his tram running routes through the city. The unedited videos begin at the start of the route, and follows the entire route, with only the tram noises - ringing bell, wheels, opening doors and the stop announcements - in the background.
Eight cinemas in Amsterdam are paying tribute to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. Next week these cinemas will screen a 2 minute long video, which Amsterdam residents made after Van der Laan announced his lung cancer diagnosis earlier this year, during the previews before the main movie begins, Jean Mineur, cinema advertising director, said to RTL Nieuws.