NPO 3FM's Serious Request 2017 kicks off in Apeldoorn on Monday night. DJ's Angelique Houtveen, Domien Verschuuren and Sander Hoogendoorn are set to arrive in the Gelderland city by train at 3:00 p.m., and at 8:00 p.m. Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission, will lock them into the Glass House. This year 3FM's annual fund raiser is raising money to help the Red Cross reunite families torn apart by disasters or conflicts, according to the Serious Request website.
Warner Bros. Pictures released the first trailer for its movie The 15:17 to Paris, which is based on a foiled attack on a Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015.
Dutch intelligence and security agency AIVD posted its annual brain-buster puzzle online. Puzzle lovers, and anyone else who is bored over the holidays, have until 11:59 p.m. on January 15th to solve the puzzle and submit their answers. This year's puzzle consists of 15 pages with 42 exercises, which participants can solve independently of each other.
Last week a swarm of 300 luminescent drones flew over the sea and a beach in Miami. Studio Drift, an artist duo from Amsterdam, presented their flying artwork Franchise Freedom on the Art Basel in Miami Beach, Het Parool reports.
Through their art Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, together Studio Drift, investigate the relationship between nature and technology. They started working on this project 10 years ago, studying the regular flight patterns of starlings and translated them into a software developed especially for drones.
Netherlands film distributor Dutch FilmWorks was granted permission this week to collect the IP addresses and handle the personal data of internet users suspected of downloading movies and series from torrent websites. The authority over personal data, DPA, said Dutch FilmWorks took adequate measures to handle and protect the data it receives.
An appeal can still be filed against the decision, the DPA stated. Appeals against the decision may be filed in court up to January 17.
Amsterdam missed out on the chance to host the opening match of the UEFA Euro 2020, but the Dutch capital will play host to several Group C and Round of 16 matches during the European football championship. Bucharest, Romania was also named host of Group C matches, and it will also serve as a quarter-final location.
Rome's OIympic Stadium was selected by the European football federation as the site for the opening match. The Italian stadium is also a quarter-final site. The semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Everyone celebrating Pakjesavond in the Netherlands this evening, can look forward to not doing so in the rain, according to Weeronline. This evening is expected to be cloudy, but dry with mild temperatures ranging between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius.
The Netherlands celebrates Pakjesavond on the evening of December 5th. Tonight many Dutch children will excitedly listen for a knock at the door, or a thump in the attic, and run to find that Sinterklaas left a sack full of gifts for them.
Dutch broadcaster Radio 538, DJ Frank Dane and his colleagues are facing criticism over a "prank" they pulled on 20-year-old singer Maan de Steenwinkel over two weeks ago. The DJs sent a streaker - a naked man - to startle De Steenwinkel while she was performing on the radio station. The young woman was so shocked that she burst into tears, ANP reports.
Pearl Jam will give two performances in the Netherlands next year. The band will be playing in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on June 12th, before being a headline act at Pinkpop on June 15th, NU.nl reports.
The two Netherlands shows are the kickoff shows for Pearl Jam's European summer tour. The band will perform 14 times in Europe, ending in Lisbon on July 14th.
Tickets for the Ziggo Dome will be available through Ticketmaster from Friday, December 8th. Ticket sales for Pinkpop start on February 14th.
On Friday NPO Radio 2 DJs Gerard Ekdom, Paul Rabbering and Frank van 't Hof officially kicked off the Top 2000 voting week with the residents of Beilen in Drenthe. From today until December 8th, people in the Netherlands can vote for what they think are the 2,000 best songs, NU.nl reports.
The Top 2000 bus will tour through the Netherlands over the coming week, helping people to vote along the way. Ekdom and Wouter van der Goes will also make programs from the bus.
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.