Pride Amsterdam, scheduled from July 25 to August 2, has been canceled due to the coronavirus, foundation Amsterdam Gay Pride (AGP) announced. A proposal to ban all events until at least September 1st is circulating among top officials in The Hague, RTL reports based on documents it saw.
The association of Oranje societies KBOV presented an alternative program to celebrate King's Day on April 27, while also adhering to social distancing rules in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of free markets and open air concerts, this year King's day will have digital flea markets and a toast to the King from home, NOS reports.
Dutch jazz pianist Louis van Dijk passed away on Sunday at the age of 78. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2017. Over his lifetime, Van Dijk received multiple awards for his musical merits, including 19 gold and three platinum plates, four Edisons, being knighted in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and a Golden Harp, NU.nl reports.
Uzbek acrobat Kristina Vorobeva, who fell 10 meters during a circus performance in Amsterdam in January, can walk again, her physiotherapist said to Hart van Nederland on Sunday. "We expect her to walk out, on crutches, at the end of April," physiotherapist Mireille Pont said.
Dutch theaters, concert halls, music venues, event- and sports organizers, museums, and festivals together launched a website where consumers can "save" their tickets for events that had been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus. With the motto "save your ticket, enjoy it later", the sector hopes that fewer people will ask for refunds, and promised to come up with "appropriate solutions" for ticket holders.
Easter weekend is traditionally the start of the tourist attraction season in the Netherlands. But due to the coronavirus and measures in place to curb its spread, Netherlands residents can now only think about the attraction they would have been visiting under normal circumstances.
Amusement park Efteling is the most missed attraction in the Netherlands. And the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the most missed educational attraction, according to a survey among 1,600 people for a report published by brand consultancy Hendrik Beerda.
Due to the coronavirus, most people in the Netherlands aren't even thinking about going away for the summer holidays. Travel organizations received virtually no bookings for the period between May and August, the Telegraaf reports after surveying various travel providers. Many bookings that were made, have since been canceled, they said.
The Netherlands is saying goodbye to two greats on Friday. Singer Liesbeth List died at age 78 in her hometown of Soest on Wednesday, her family confirmed to NOS on Friday. And talk show De Wereld Draait Door's final episode is broadcasting tonight.
List was known as the Grande Dame of the Dutch chanson, thanks to songs like Pastorale, Aan de andere kant van de heuvels, Kinderen een kwartje, and Heb het leven lief, according to NOS.
On Sunday evening, event organizations, audiovisual companies, theaters, and other entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry lit up the Netherlands' sky to show support for healthcare workers and other aid workers during the coronavirus crisis.
"Our call to colleagues to participate exploded," Cees Scheij of Stagelight in Den Bosch said to Omroep Brabant.
Museums all around the Netherlands have begun offering content online to give patrons a taste of culture while facilities remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several others have added a variety of children's content to entertain and educate young students forced to stay at home while their schoolhouse doors stay shut.
With people spending longer periods of time at home, two film festivals are putting more of their programming online. The unique content provides viewers with a different perspective than the paid television channels given away for free by Dutch telecoms KPN and VodafoneZiggo.
Dutch embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions around the globe have been ordered to cancel their annual King’s Day celebrations in the wake of the international coronavirus pandemic. The Netherlands manages over 150 such offices around the world, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Video streaming services Netlfix and YouTube both announced that they are temporarily lowering the quality of videos. This is to prevent too much pressure on the internet as Europeans work from home and spend time social distancing due to the coronavirus, RTL Nieuws reports
At the initiative of Dutch 3FM DJ Sander Hoogendoorn, 183 radio stations in 31 countries played the song 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by Gerry and the Pacemakers at 8:45 a.m. on Friday. The idea was to emphasize solidarity in this time of social distancing brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
The initiative started on Tuesday, when Hoogendoorn called Jeroen Kijk of NPO Radio 2 and asked him to join him. Later other Dutch and foreign radio stations followed.
The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in Rotterdam, was cancelled, the broadcasters involved announced on Wednesday. The decision was made by the European Broadcasting Union, which manages the popular annual event.
"It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam," the organization said in a statement. The remarks continued to say the team was "heartbroken" that the event could not be held in May as planned.
Telecom providers KPN and VodafoneZiggo have decided to give their customers free access to television channels that are usually sold for an additional fee. Both companies are also implementing plans to help people working from home, including some services available free of charge even for customers of other telecom providers.
Broadcaster NPO is launching an educational live show to keep kids entertained and learning during their Covid-19 imposed social isolation. The daily educational talk show will Zapplive Extra start broadcasting on NPO app and NPO Start on Wednesday, NOS reports.
The show will feature experts who can answer children's questions about the coronavirus and other things. Children can ask their questions and start a conversation, NPO said. "Of course there is also room for relaxation and tips given on how to best get through the days at home."
The city of Maastricht has announced that the annual King’s Day celebration will not be held this year due to measures needed to “combat the coronavirus.” The city was set to host the Dutch royal family on the April 27 holiday, the birthday of King Willem-Alexander.
A cheerful, smiling blond woman named Dee walked out of coffeeshop Nogal Wiedes in Amsterdam Centrum having purchased a gram of hash just before the government's new emergency measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic took effect. The policy was introduced at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, and included a mandate that all restaurants, bars, cafes, fitness centers, saunas, sex clubs, and coffeeshops close from 6 p.m. on Sunday through April 6.
The hospitality and entertainment industries are hit hard by the outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19, and the measures the Dutch government announced to fight the spread of the virus. The number of cancellations in the Netherlands increased by 48 percent and no new reservations are coming, hospitality association KHN said to BNR.
The Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to happen in Rotterdam in May, will not be canceled as yet, according to Rotterdam tourism alderman Said Kasmi (D66). "I think there should be an examination in mid-April about how things stand then. So we still have plenty of time," Kasmi said to newspaper AD. The Rotterdam Marathon will also happen as planned.
Talk show Op1 was filmed without an audience in the studio on Wednesday evening due to concerns about coronavirus Covid-19. Groningen university hospital UMCG temporarily scrapped all its teaching activities involving hospital employees for the same reason.