The National Reading Days in the Netherlands kicked off on Wednesday morning with numerous Dutch celebrities reading to kids at breakfast at schools, kindergartens, daycares and libraries across the country, Het Parool reports.
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British actor Gorden Kaye, best known for his role as Rene Artois in BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo, passed away on Monday. With a second run of an 'Allo 'Allo stage production set for the Badhuis Theater in Amsterdam in February, the stage actors are devastated by his death.
Canadian rapper Drake is in Amsterdam, and he is not letting his visit go by unnoticed. This weekend he dropped in at a Bar Mitzvah celebration and did a surprise show with Rae Sremmurd in the Melkweg, AT5 reports.
On Saturday night the rapper was spotted at a Bar Mitzvah party in the Amstel Hotel with Jamie Foxx. And on Sunday night the audience in the Melkweg went through the roof when Drake suddenly walked on stage during the Rae Sremmurd performance. He performed Fake Love and Jumpman, according to the local broadcaster.
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will be giving a benefit show for charity War Child in Amsterdam's Paradiso on February 21st. All proceeds for this once-off show will go towards the organization, which helps children in conflict zones, AD reports.
Donilio, a 19-year-old who participated in student reality television series Dream School, died suddenly in his sleep. He was found dead on January 10th, the Telegraaf reports.
From today French thriller Elle by director Paul Verhoeven will be showing again in seven cinemas in the Netherlands, distributor Independent Films announced. Cinemas in Haarlem, Den Bosch, Zwolle, Enschede, Amsterdam, Breda and Hoorn all requested a copy of the film after Ell was awarded two Golden Globes, NU.nl reports.
After years and years of performing live for the newly Dutch at their naturalization ceremony in Amsterdam's town hall, tenor Henk Kreukniet is being replaced by a video recording, AT5 reports.
According to Kreukniet, performing at the naturalization ceremonies was a weekly highlight for him. "Amazing, every time it was as if it was the first time. No routine, no weariness, every week we did it with pleasure", he said to the local broadcaster.
U2 is heading back to Amsterdam. The Irish rock band will perform a concert in the Amsterdam Arena on July 29th as part of their tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album The Joshua Tree - the album that took the band to international record levels, AT5 reports.
Tickets for the concert goes on sale on Monday, January 16th.
The Joshua Tree was U2's fifth studio album. It included hits like With or Without You, Where the Streets Have No Name, and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
The Roosendaal fire department made skaters' night on Friday by rushing water to the Iceworld Roosendaal ice rink on Markt. Employees were unable to spray the rink with water themselves, because the pipes were frozen, Weekblad De Bode reports.
Instead of letting their skaters down, the Iceworld employees called the fire department for help. Firefighters rushed over, sprayed the ice rink with water and saved the skaters' pleasant skating evening.
Some of the firefighting water ended up on the road. The road was sprinkled with salt to prevent it turning slippery.
French language film Elle by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven won two Golden Globes on Sunday. It won the prize in the category of best foreign film and leading actress Isabelle Huppert won the best actress prize, the Volkskrant reports.
Elle is a psychological thriller based on Philippe Djian's novel Oh. The story is about a woman's hunt for the man who raped her in her home in Paris.
Dutch actor Michiel Huisman, known for his portrayal of Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, was named te Most Handsome Face of 2016 by video platform TC Candler.
TC Candler released a video of the 100 most handsome faces of last year. Second place went to musician TaeYang and Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard came in third. Other handsome faces on the list included Kit Harington, Fernando Alonso and Tom Hiddleston.
The list was compiled by nominations from TC Candler users. An independent jury selected the top 100 most handsome faces from the nominations.
Two containers filled with 50 tons of real snow are on their way to Breda for the Winterland Breda snowball fight, which starts in the Valkenberg on Thursday afternoon, BredaVandaag reports.
The snowball fight will kick off with alderman Paul de Beer throwing the first snowball. It will continue until 11:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Participants can also enjoy some mulled wine, hot chocoloate or craft beer from Schrobbeler, while listening to music by De Lievelings Dj's van je Zusje.
The New Year's eve Postcode Lottery of 49.9 million euros landed on an apartment building in The Hague. That means that residents of the building with the postcode 2555VX started 2017 as millionaires, NOS reports.
The building is located on Donker Curtiusstraat in the Hague neighborhood of Loosduinen. Residents will share 24,95 million euros, half of the price money. The other half will be divided among other participants in the postcode area.
A tribute to George Michael is being organized at the Paradiso music hall in Amsterdam for January 16th. So far little is known about the concert except that it will be led by the New Amsterdam Orchestra and that the tickets will be free, but have to be booked, Het Parool reports.
The artists that will perform is not yet known.
Tickets can be reserved from Friday, December 30th at noon.
State Secretary Sander Dekker of Media wants to add an obligation to the new Media Law that will force public broadcasters to be transparent about costs like top salaries and football rights if politicians ask for it, he said to the Telegraaf on Tuesday.
Dekker believes that the public broadcasters' spending must be checkable because it is public money.
The public broadcasters are against this idea. They argue that journalistic independence could be put at stake and that the information is competition-sensitive.
A massive 96 percent of children in the Netherlands celebrate Christmas. Slightly more than half think Christmas is the best holiday in the year, according to a survey done by NOS Jeugdjournaal.
94 percent of the participating kids think Christmas is fun, though 1 percent called it "stupid". The top five best things about Christmas, according to the kids, are being with family and friends, food, Christmas decorations, gifts and no school. The top two least favorite things are going to church and having to wear nice clothes.
Fireworks hotline vuurwerkoverlast.nl received over 7 thousand fireworks complaints since it opened on Saturday. This is the 5th year the hotline is active over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season.
Most of the complaints involved problems caused by firework bombs, the hotline said on Monday, according to the Telegraaf. Complaints about "irritating supermarket fireworks" came in second place.
The municipality of Amsterdam decided against placing concrete block traffic barriers to make access more difficult to the Christmas market on the Museumplein. There is currently no reason to do so, the municipality said on Tuesday evening, AT5 reports.
The proposed measure was in response to a truck driving into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others according to the Guardian.
Dutch intelligence service AIVD released its annual Christmas Puzzle challenge. This year's challenge is 12 pages long, consisting of smaller puzzles that can be solved individually. Solutions can be submitted to the AIVD up until January 16th, 2017.
Due to the popularity of the annual puzzle - the AIVD received 16,000 submissions last year - the service this year also added an answer form, to make it easier for the AIVD employees to check the answers on the submissions. Only submissions on the answer form will be checked.
Guns N' Roses will be giving a concert in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen on July 12th next year as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour. This is the first time since 1993 that guitarist Slash, singer Axl Rose and bassist Duff McKagan will be on stage together in Nijmegen since 1993, the Gelderlander reports.
Ticket sales for the concert starts Friday at 10:00 a.m. An American Express presale is already ongoing, during which a certain percentage of the available tickets will be sold. The presale ends at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
On Tuesday a new exhibition is opening in Amsterdam's town hall, the Stopera. The exhibition is titled Winter Wonder Wasteland. It is a Christmas installation made out of waste fished from the Amsterdam canals and the IJ river, ANP reports.
The waste collected from the canals and IJ included bottles, crisp packets, cans, snack containers and much more. All of this trash was cleaned and then turned into Christmas decorations. The exhibition will be in the Stopera for one month.
The first episode of the Dutch version of Comedy Central's Roast will be titled The Roast of Gordon, and as the title suggests, will mock Dutch singer Gordon, Comedy Central announced. The other first participants include comedian Jorgen Raymann, presenter Sophie Hilbrand and ex-porn star Bobbi Eden, Metro reports.
On The Roast the celebrity guest is comically given a hard time by his or her colleagues on the panel. He can also give them a hard time in turn. Raymann will be the so-called Roast Master, the one who has to lead the discussion in the right direction.
China is following Amsterdam's example and will soon be opening virtual reality cinemas. Chinese electronics retailer Gome Group is soon opening 100 VR cinemas, modeled after The VR Cinema in Amsterdam, and teaming up with Amsterdam startup &Samhoud Media as distributor of VR films, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
Amsterdam is reducing the number street and square events during future Gay Prides in an effort to keep the crowds in the city under control, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a letter to the city council on Friday, NU.nl reports
The city wants to spread visitors more during the week long event. For that reason, the traditional fair on Dam square will soon be a thing of the past. The organizer's permit runs out in 2019 and wil not be extended. Events will also be moved to venues outside of the city such as in Wstpoort and Tuinen van West.