Entertainment

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima opening the King's games in Enschede, 26 April 2013
Feb 18 '20 10:56

King Willem-Alexander and his family will be entertained with a "surprising and versatile" program that showcases the "colorful region and culture" when they visit Maastricht for King's Day on April 27th. The theme of the King's birthday celebration will be Leef Maastricht!, the Telegraaf reports.

Child with teddy bear
Feb 14 '20 11:50

Broadcaster NTR sparked massive controversy with the latest episode of NPO program Danny op Straat. In the episode, program maker Danny Ghosen spoke to a pro-pedophilia activist only identified as Nelson. He wants to set up a political party to make sex with children legal, AD reports.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Feb 14 '20 07:23

The city council of Amsterdam on Thursday approved plans to announce a general ban on fireworks before the end of the year, making the capital the second large Dutch city to completely ban consumers from lighting fireworks after Rotterdam. The motion by animal party PvdD was supported by the entire city council except for the CDA and FvD, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam Red Light District
Feb 13 '20 17:54

Organized tours through Amsterdam's famous Red Light District will be prohibited as of April 1, the city announced in a statement on Thursday. The ban on commercial tour groups of was also expanded to cover other areas where window-base sex work is permitted, including the area around the Spuistraat in the city center, and along Ruysdaelkade in Amsterdam Zuid.

NikkieTutorials
Feb 11 '20 11:50

Nikkie de Jager, known worldwide by her YouTube name NikkieTutorials, will be the fourth presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest, in addition to the already announced Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The 25-year-old YouTube star will be the "online host" - she will report about the event online, record a YouTube series with the artists, and will be on television at the semi-finals and final in Rotterdam in May, NOS repots.

Children watching videos on a laptop
Feb 11 '20 08:46

The Netherlands' viewers' guide Kijkwijzer will also apply to YouTube videos from September, according to a new law that will take effect then. The Kijkwijzer will warn if a video contains sex, violence, drug use or the like, in order to better protect children against unwanted content. Those who do not cooperate with the Kijkwijzer, can expect a hefty fine, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education said, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Feb 7 '20 11:50

Singer Roxanne Hazes, rapper Snelle & de Lieve Jongens band, DJs Lucas & Steve, and DJ-trio Kriss Kross Amsterdam will be this year's Ambassadors of Freedom for Liberation Day, the National Committee 4 and 5 May announced on Friday.

They will perform at 14 Liberation Day Festivals on May 5th, flying from festival to festival with Defense helicopters, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Netherlands' liberation after the Second World War.

Crowd at a concert
Feb 7 '20 09:20

103 decibels - the maximum noise level allowed at events and concerts in the Netherlands - will still cause hearing damage if attendees do not wear earplugs, Nieuwsuur reports. The Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports confirmed to the program that it was assumed attendees would be wearing hearing protection when the maximum noise level of 103 dB was set, but this is not mentioned in the campaign about hearing protection titled I love my ears, Nieuwsuur said.

Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020
Feb 5 '20 13:30

Utrecht teen Stefania Liberakakis will be representing Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam later this year. Greek broadcaster ERT announced that the 17-year-old Dutch-Greek girl will be in the second semifinal with the song Supergirl.

"I am completely flabbergasted," Stefania said to NOS. "I have received so many sweet messages. I didn't sleep until 4:00 o'clock last night because I was shaking."

Flower parade in Zundert in 2017
Jan 30 '20 15:10

The Dutch flower and fruit parades and the Rotterdam Summer Carnival were nominated to be added to the International Intangible Heritage List of world heritage organization UNESCO. Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Culture nominated these events because they "reflect the cultural diversity of the Netherlands, connect people and lend a sense of identity". 

The purpose of the UNESCO list is to protect and value customs, rituals, events, and crafts.

Andre Rieu
Jan 30 '20 11:20

Dutch musician Andre Rieu is currently number one on the iTunes and Amazon hit lists in the United Kingdom with his Ode to Joy. UK residents are massively buying and streaming the song to protest against the Brexit, scheduled to happen on Friday, NU.nl reports.

Bike shorts used to hide stolen phones
Jan 27 '20 17:50

Police in Amsterdam said they found 30 mobile phones stuffed inside a pair of cycling shorts being worn by a pickpocketing suspect at the time they detained him. Authorities took the 34-year-old man from Romania into custody when they made the discovery on January 21.

It happened during a performance in Amsterdam-Zuidoost, after several "reports of pickpocketing came in during the concert," police said. "Some victims could also provide a description."

All exits to the venue were sealed off, and a suspect fitting the description was spotted by police.

Grammy Award Statues
Jan 27 '20 09:27

The Dutch Metropole Orchestra won a Grammy Award for the song All Night Long, made in collaboration with Jacob Collier. They won in the category "best arrangement". Collier received the award along with Metropole chief conductor Jules Buckley, RTL Nieuws reports.

Jan Geert Vierkant, director of the Metropole Orchestra, is delighted. "It is a recognition of the impact that we have internationally and a confirmation of our position s a global ambassador for the Dutch cultural sector," he said to the broadcaster. 

Armin van Buuren
Jan 15 '20 13:40

Dutch music is still going strong as an export product. In 2018, a total of 216 million euros were made by exporting music abroad, up from 201 million the year before, according to figures from Buma Cultuur, which annually charts the export value of Dutch music, NOS reports.

The amount of 216 million euros comes from 174 million euros from performances abroad, 29 million euros from rights, and 13 million euros from recordings. Buma Cultuur investigated 1,319 artists. 963 of them were active abroad, in 82 countries. 

NikkieTutorials
Jan 14 '20 09:27

Dutch YouTube star NikkieTutorials came out as transgender in a video posted on Monday. She said that she always wanted to share her story, but under her own circumstances, and she did not expect to do so this week. But people have been blackmailing her and threatening to leak her story in the press, she said, calling their actions "vile" and "gross". 

Oscar statuettes
Jan 14 '20 08:45

Dutch makeup artist Arjen Tuiten is again nominated for an Oscar, this time for his work on fairy-tale film Maleficent: Mistress of evil with Angelina Jolie. Animated short Mind My Mind by Dutch animator and film director Floor Adams, which was shortlisted for an Oscar, did not make the cut.

Pieke Dassen, Aart Staartjes (middle) and Jennifer Willems in Dutch children's show De film van Ome Willem in 1981
Jan 13 '20 07:37

Producer and actor Aart Staartjes died at the age of 81 from injuries he sustained in a car accident in Leeuwarden on Friday. Staartjes was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police are investigating the causes of the accident, NOS reports.

Fireworks at Scheveningen beach
Jan 10 '20 15:01

The governing cabinet in the Netherlands plans to implement new limits on fireworks after this past New Year's period saw thousands of incidents requiring first responders. Millions of euros worth of damages to private personal property were estimated, with even more damage caused to commercial property.

Fireworks debris
Jan 9 '20 10:10

A majority in the Amsterdam city council wants to implement a general ban on consumer fireworks in the city. The local faction of VVD announced its support on Wednesday. GroenLinks, PvdA, and PvdD previously announced their support. Together the four parties have 24 of the 45 seats in the city council, NU.nl reports.

The Amsterdam VVD said that it must "unfortunately" support a ban. "We are very disappointed by the misery [fireworks] cause. A small group of people are ruining it for the rest," the party said.

Fireworks
Jan 8 '20 14:30

A total of 168 people injured one or both their eyes with fireworks this New Year's, around 30 more than the previous New Year's, according to the Dutch ophthalmic society NOG.  13 people blinded an eye, and five completely lost an eye, NOS reports

The number of patients with eye damaged caused by fireworks has been increasing since 2017, according to NOG. The majority, 65 percent, of victims were injured by legal fireworks. Almost half of the victims were injured by fireworks lit by someone else.

NOG therefor calls for a complete ban on consumer fireworks.

Hospital room
Jan 7 '20 15:10

A circus performer who was seriously injured on Friday after falling some 10 meters with her husband during a performance in the Carre theater, posted an update of her condition for the first time. She underwent two surgeries on her neck and is now out of intensive care. "We have not yet received a definitive diagnosis from the doctors, it will take time. But at the moment, I cannot feel my legs," she wrote on Facebook.

Hugo de Jonge at the EPP Summit in Brussels, May 2019
Jan 7 '20 08:11

Lighting fireworks over New Year's is a tradition that needs to change, CDA Minister Hugo De Jonge of Public Health said on television program Jinek on RTL 4 on Monday. Earlier in the day it became clear that a majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, now supports a partial ban on consumers' fireworks. 

Ambulance
Jan 6 '20 08:55

A fall of around 10 meters that left two circus performers injured in the Carre theater in Amsterdam on Friday, was caused by one of the performers breaking a tooth, World Christmas Circus producer Henk van der Meijden told De Telegraaf and ANP. 

Crowd gathered outside Carre, Amsterdam
Jan 3 '20 20:09

A team of circus performers fell roughly ten meters to the ground during a performance at the Carre theater in Amsterdam, reported broadcaster AT5. The accident happened during Friday's second performance of the World Christmas Circus late Friday afternoon.

Police told several media outlets that one of the two circus performers was in critical condition, and the other was injured. The act, known as Sky Angels, comprises of a man and a woman performing acrobatic stunts, often swinging through the air with no safety net below.

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