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North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

01/06/2020 by .
Buddy Guy

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.

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Exploring The Dutch Golden Age in The Hague and Dordrecht

20/06/2019 by .
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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.

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Art Rotterdam Week

19/02/2018 by .
Tec Art

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.

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The Netherlands Celebrates a Century of  De Stijl Art and Design

25/08/2017 by .
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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.

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Amsterdam’s Neighbourhoods by Andy Mossack

11/07/2017 by .
noord village

Fresh open spaces, empty canals and plenty of local colour. Andy Mossack discovers a completely different side of Amsterdam.

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Art Rotterdam Week

02/03/2017 by .

A Century of De Stijl in The Hague

01/03/2017 by .
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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.

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Exploring Leeuwarden

23/12/2016 by .
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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.

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