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Dinosaur masks protect visitors' privacy at Amersfoort zoo
Sep 12 '18 14:50

Starting this week, Dierenpark Amersfoort is handing out dinosaur masks to visitors who do not want to appear online in other people's photos and videos taken at the zoo. With this experiment the zoo wants to see if the masks are effective in protecting visitors' privacy, RTL Nieuws reports.

Bloemencorso Zundert 2015
Sep 3 '18 13:20

The annual flower parade in Zundert attracted 70 thousand visitors on Sunday - a new record, according to the organizers. "Until the last moment on Sunday, many people still bought tickets", a spokesperson said to ANP.

The parade involved around 20 floats - one from every Zundert neighborhood - covered in dahlias. Each float counted at least 400 thousand flowers. Hundreds of volunteers helped construct the floats over the past weeks.

A float featuring an iguana was named the winner this year, second place went to Plague Doctor and third to Out of Space.

Hot air balloons
Sep 3 '18 12:30

Hot air balloon festival Ballon Fiesta took place in Meerstad, Groningen on Friday and Saturday. The show featured the largest hot air balloon in the world, shaped like a racing motorcycle, as well as dozens of other hot air balloons. 

The largest hot air balloon in the world is 38 meters high and 44 meters wide, according to RTV Noord. Controlling it is rather complicated, owner Herman Kleinsmit said to the broadcaster. "The motorcycle catches a lot of wind. That is why I also need a large field to land it. Steering it is difficult, but it is a kick. Every time."

Royal de Luxe's Diver
Aug 20 '18 09:30

People who went to see the giant marionettes of Royal de Luxe in Leeuwarden on Sunday, were left stranded by a train disruption. A faulty overhead line meant very limited trains between Zwolle and Meppel, which forms part of the route between Zwolle and Leeuwarden, NU.nl reports.

According to ProRail, about half a kilometer of overhead line was pulled down by a train. This brought train traffic on the route to a complete standstill for a time. From around 6:30 p.m. a limited number of trains could run on one rail on the route. 

Decibel Outdoor Festival
Aug 20 '18 08:30

Mayor Ryan Palmen of Hilvarenbeek and the police unions have different views of how dance festival Decibel Outdoor went this past weekend. Palmen called it the "quietest edition" yet. But according to the unions, there were "various reports" that weren't picked up, Omroep Brabant reports.

Aretha Franklin in April 2015
Aug 17 '18 16:10

A tribute concert to American soul singer Aretha Franklin in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam sold out in no time. "Up to and including the last seat", a spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.

The Queen of Soul passed away at age 76 in her home in Detroit on Thursday after a years long battle with cancer. 

Exactly half a century ago Franklin made her European debut in the Concertgebouw. The now legendary performance blew the audience away. 

Royal de Luxe's Diver
Aug 17 '18 11:10

Leeuwarden, the Culture Capital of Europe this year, will host three very special guests this weekend - giant marionettes from French street theater company Royal de Luxe. They'll be in Leeuwarden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The star of the show is the 11 meter high Diver. The marionette weighs 3 tons and needs 40 people to move him at a speed of 2 kilometers per hour. He will be accompanied by the Giant Little Girl of 5.5 meters and the 3 meter high Xolo dog. 

Chinook helicopter and bambi bucket
Aug 16 '18 10:10

The 11th edition of Rescue Vlissingen - the largest rescue services event in the Netherlands - attracted a record number of over 100 thousand visitors on Wednesday. The municipality of Vlissingen eventually called on people to stop coming to the city by car, because there was nowhere left to park, NU.nl reports.

Decibel Outdoor Festival
Aug 16 '18 09:26

The three-day festival Decibel Outdoor in Hilvarenbeek will happen as planned this weekend, despite police actions during the event, a spokesperson for the Decibel Outdoor organization said after consultation with the Hilvarenbeek municipality, police and Public Prosecutor, RTL Nieuws reports.

Amsterdam Pride canal parade, 5 Aug 2017
Aug 6 '18 10:10

The organizers of Pride Amsterdam is satisfied with a successful edition this year. All nine days of the festival were well attended and pleasant, and there were no noteworthy incidents, a spokesperson for the organization said to ANP.

Pride Amsterdam started last week with the Pride Walk demonstration through Amsterdam. Between 10 thousand and 12 thousand people participated this year, compared to 7,500 last year, the spokesperson said. "We think that's because the Netherlands is becoming more intolerant, which automatically creates a counter-sound."

Femke Halsema (in the pink feather boa) on the GroenLinks boat in the Canal Pride Parade, August 2009
Aug 3 '18 10:40

Brand new Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema will be on the municipality's boat in the Canal Parade in the city on Saturday. Officials from the municipality will accompany her, Het Parool reports.

The municipality boat will be the second boat in the parade.

This is not the first time Halsema is participating in the Canal Pride Parade. Nine years ago she was on the GroeLinks boat as the then party leader. 

Pickpocket
Jul 30 '18 15:30

The Pride festival is currently happening in Amsterdam. "Pickpockets are extra active during this period", the police warn, calling on party goers to be extra alert and take measures against this type of theft.

According to the police, pickpockets use different methods during the day and night. By day, they make use of the crowds, which mean that targets don't always notice when someone bumps into them and the pickpocket can then just disappear into the crowd.

Dutch marines on Times Square in New York, 3 July 2018
Jul 4 '18 10:22

The Dutch marine crew of Zr. MS. Holland received a very warm welcome on Times Square in New York on Tuesday, resulting in a photo that looks like it came straight out of a Fred Astaire musical. The Royal Marines posted the photo on Twitter on Tuesday night.

The marines are visiting New York on their way back to the Netherlands after a 3 month long mission in the Caribbean area. They decided to try and get some group photos in uniform on Times Square for the Royal Marines' archive, spokesperson Jan Pullen said to broadcaster NOS. 

Princess Alexia, November 2016
Jun 26 '18 11:00

Princess Alexia, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's middle daughter, is celebrating her 13th birthday today.

Alexia attends the Christian Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, along with her older sister Amalia. Her hobbies include hockey, horse riding, singing and playing guitar, according to the Royal House. 

As Alexia is not the crown princess, it is not mandatory to hang flags on government buildings for her birthday, according to the Telegraaf. But anyone who wants to do so, is allowed. 

Police
Jun 18 '18 09:34

One person was killed and at least three others were hurt after a multi-person vehicle crashed into several pedestrians near the Pinkpop music festival site early Monday morning. The incident happened at about 4 a.m. on the Mensheggerweg in Landgraaf, Limburg, police said in a statement. The crash site is near Pinkpop's "B" camping location.

Green pigeons at Efteling
Jun 15 '18 13:30

Amusement park Efteling announced that it will no longer dye white pigeons different colors for fairy tale attraction 'The Bridal Dress of Genoveva'. Dyeing the pigeons no longer fits this time, the park concluded after years of social media calls from animal lovers and activists to stop this practice, Omroep Brabant reports.

Ever since 'The Bridal Dress of Genoveva' opened in 1957, Efteling has dyed the white pigeons in the fairy tale forest blue, pink, and green using a special paint. Now visitors will encounter the white pigeons in their natural state. 

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jun 13 '18 12:20

Dutch 18-year-olds can now apply for a free train ticket for a trip through Europe. This gift from the European Union is intended to "bring people together" and to show young EU residents that the European Union is "also about emotions, not just politics", according to initiator German MEP Manfred Weber, RTL Nieuws reports.

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1280px-Sinterklaas_portrait
Jun 1 '18 14:40

The national arrival of Sinterklaas will happen in the Noord-Holland municipality of Zaanstad on November 17th this year. Mayor Jan Hamming will welcome the Saint and his helpers in the historic village of Zaandijk, after which Sinterklaas will travel to Zaanse Schans on horseback, NTR announced on Friday. 

Milkshake festival Amsterdam
May 28 '18 12:30

Festival Milkshake will only be selling vegetarian food at its seventh edition on July 28th and 29th in Amsterdam, the organizers announced over the weekend. The decision was met with some strong reactions. "We are really surprised about that", organizer Marieke Samallo said to RTL Nieuws.

"We didn't invent the simple solution", Samallo said. "The Digital Festival in Amsterdam hasn't served meat in three years. We are now also taking our responsibility."

Hans Jansen playing the piano at Zwolle Station, 29 March 2018
May 22 '18 16:00

Hans Jansen aims to play piano at each of the 16 pianos in Dutch train stations on Tuesday. He started in Maastricht at 5:00 a.m., and if all goes well, will end in Leeuwarden at 11:20 p.m. "I hope that today, 22 May, will be proclaimed the Day of the Station Piano", he said to broadcaster NOS.

Jansen has been playing piano as a hobby for some time now. His idea for this record attempt came to him after a video of him playing a cover of Wicked Games at the Zwolle train station went viral.

Waylon during the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
May 11 '18 13:40

Dutch singer Waylon made it through to the Eurovision Song Contest finals on Thursday. He along with 25 other artists will represent their countries in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, NU.nl reports.

The Outlaw in 'Em - singer will take the stage in the second half of the finals. "It was kind of stressful, but we are incredibly happy", Waylon said in a first reaction at a press conference on Friday.

The Dutch Royals wave at the thousands gathered on Vismarkt after spending King's Day in Groningen, 27 April 2018
Apr 27 '18 14:31

"It is a fantastic party and I find Groningen a fantastic city", King Willem-Alexander said to NOS during the King's Day festivities in Groningen on Thursday. "Much thanks to Groningen, it is really a cool city", Queen Maxima added.

The Royal Family spent King Willem-Alexander's 51st birthday in Groningen. Thousands of people gathered in the city to see the Royals and enjoy the festivities Groningen arranged. 

Wear orange on King's Day, Amsterdam 27 April 2018
Apr 27 '18 13:10

Amsterdam always goes big for King's Day, and today is no exception with

Below see a compilation of photos of the goings on in the Dutch capital on King's Day 2018. 

 

King Willem-Alexander, March 2018
Apr 27 '18 11:02

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane are on their way to celebrate King's Day in Groningen.

"On our way to a sunny King's Day in Groningen. We are looking forward to it", the King said with a photo released on Twitter.

King Willem-Alexander turns 51 years old today. 

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