As per annual tradition, the Institute for the Dutch Language released the top 10 most annoying words of 2017, words they'd rather see disappear from the language. The words, translated to English, include super, loverboy, gender neutral and sustainable.
A call from the foundation for society and safety SVM to ban individuals from lighting fireworks over New Year's and instead organize a firework show, had little effect. Only eight municipalities in the Netherlands have fireworks events planned for the coming New Year's celebrations, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities.
A new cookbook featuring 35 different restaurants in the Dutch capital is available for purchase just in time for Sinterklaas. The Amsterdam Cook Book compiles recipes from some local favorites and some chains known around the Netherlands.
The stories of founding chefs and restaurateurs plays a prominent role in the book, as do the neighborhoods that play host to some of these gems.
Almere and Breda have the best city centers in the Netherlands, according to the jury of the Best City Center 2017-2019 election. Breda won in the category large city centers, and Almere in the category medium-sized city centers, NOS reports.
Netflix is launching its first Dutch-language series in 2019. The series is called Undercover and will be a Belgian-Dutch co-production starring Anna Drijver and Frank Lammers in the lead roles. Elise Schaap, Tom Waes, Raymond Thiry, Tim Haars and Huub Smit are also cast in the ten part series, RTL Nieuws reports.
Sinterklaas paraded through the Amsterdam neighborhood of Osdorp on Saturday on the back of a camel, instead of a horse, with a drum band playing Arabic music and a barrel organ, Het Parool reports.
The neighborhood parade caused some political backlash - from PVV leader Geert Wilders who called it "sick" on Twitter, and animal party PvdD worried about the welfare of the camel - but according to organizer, 15-year-old Salim, he simply wanted to make it a fun parade for his neighbors to enjoy.
A total of 78 municipalities in the Netherlands are implementing firework-free zones over New Year's this year, AD reports based on a survey of 300 municipalities. These zones are areas within municipalities in which no fireworks may be lit. They're usually located around hospitals, animal shelters or childcare facilities.
There are only three new names on the list of municipalities implementing firework-free zones this year - Ede, Terneuzen and Weesp. The other 75 municipalities also implemented firework-free zones last year.
Guido Goossens, former assistant to Dutch director and producer Job Gosschalk, can not believe that Kemna Casting was unaware that Gosscalk sexually harassed young actors, he said to newspaper AD. "What I can say, in all honesty, is that rumors then too went around in the world", he said to the newspaper.
Sinterklaas, his helpers and everyone going to see him arrive in Dokkum on Saturday are advised to dress warmly and take their raincoats. The weather is expected to be rainy and cold, Weeronline reports
According to the weather service, maximum temperatures in Dokkum on Saturday will reach no higher than 8 degrees. But due to expected rain and a moderate to strong wind, the ambient temperature may drop to freezing point.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam kicked off on Wednesday with a royal award for founder Ally Derks. The departing IDFA director was appointed an Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs on Wednesday evening.
Dokkum is getting ready for Sinterklaas' national arrival on Saturday, including putting up decorations and preparing for an anti-Zwarte Piet protest. The municipality of Dongeradeel, which includes Dokkum, gave Kick Out Zwarte Piet permission to protest, but is still working out the exact conditions and arrangements, a spokesperson said to Het Parool.
Kick Out Zwarte Piet announced their protest on Facebook. The protest will be preceded by a "March for Civilization", according to the group.
Blackface Zwarte Piet will disappear from Rotterdam's Sinterklaas celebrations. Snic, the organization of the Sinterklaas Parade in the city, discussed the controversial character and how to modernize the children's party with Platform Rutu, which represents various African communities in Rotterdam. They decided to remove any reference to black or other possibly offensive stereotypes, including the word 'Zwarte' from Piet's name, RTV Rijnmond reports.
Guns N' Roses will return to the Netherlands for an encore performance on their Not In This Lifetime tour. The concert tour was extended into next summer, when it will conclude in Gothenburg, Sweden after two years of performances.
The band returns to Goffertpark on July 4, nearly a year after their last concert in the Netherlands. That show lasted a tour record of 3 hours and 22 minutes, with nearly all of the 60,000 fans in attendance staying for the entire gig.
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.