I’ve been going to the North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam since 2012 and it’s one of the highlights of my musical calendar.
It’s mid-afternoon and the regular high tea crowd is beginning to drift into the hallowed halls of Hotel des Indes. This historic hotel is a revered institution in these parts and has lauded its prime perch on the corner of the Lange Voorhout, The Hague’s famously elegant boulevard, for centuries.
Rotterdam is one of those cities which quietly innovates without making a song and dance about it. In January they have their International Film Festival, IFFR, showing cutting-edge movies and July sees North Sea Jazz, a three-day event presenting everything from the traditional to the far out. The World Port Festival gives you a peek behind the scenes of one of the worlds’ biggest harbours, over three days in September.
Theo van Doesburg had just 30 subscribers for the first edition of his art, design and architecture magazine, De Stijl. Dedicated to the “the development of a new aesthetic sense” he published the inaugural copy in the Dutch city of Leiden during 1917. A century on, museums and galleries across the Netherlands are celebrating the legacy of the art and design movement that shares its name with the magazine.
Fresh open spaces, empty canals and plenty of local colour. Andy Mossack discovers a completely different side of Amsterdam.
Rupert Parker goes to Holland to investigate the weird and the wonderful at Art Rotterdam Week.
In the autumn of 1917 Theo van Doesburg distributed the first edition of magazine entitled De Stijl from Leiden to 30 subscribers. A century on, art galleries and museums across the Netherlands are commemorating the beginnings of the one of the 20th century’s most influential art and design movements.
Leeuwarden, the capital of the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, will become a European Capital of Culture in 2018. Preparations for taking on that prestigious mantle are already well underway. Stuart Forster goes exploring Leeuwarden to find out more.