AWC Going Dutch April 2019


The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague


Scary Bikers

A comedy/drama about life, love and staying

on your bike by John Godber, one of the

U.K.’s most performed playwrights. Based

in Amsterdam, The Queen’s English Theatre

Company’s touring production opens in the

Netherlands just as it is also transferring into

London’s West End. When retired miner

Don and former teacher Carol meet it looks

like a new beginning, but a bike ride through

Europe tests their budding romance. It’s second

time around for recently bereaved Carol

and Don, but the road to love proves rocky

when they find they are on opposite sides

of the fence over Brexit! Tickets are sold at for performances in The Hague

on April 5 – 7 and in Leiden on April 10.

Greenhouse Open Weekend

Kom in de Kas (Enter the Greenhouse)

is the largest public event of the Dutch

greenhouse industry on Saturday, April 6

and Sunday, April 7. Hundreds of hospitable

vegetable, flower and plant cultivators are

scattered over 22 regions throughout the

country. This is a unique opportunity to see

what is happening inside the greenhouses.

The cultivators will proudly present the art

of growing fresh and safe natural products.


National Museum Week

For more than 30 years, over 400 museums

across the country have offered a special

weekend with free or discounted entrance

including free films, slide shows, tours,

demonstrations and workshops. The fun

has been expanded to an entire week from

April 8 – 14 with the theme of Our Real

Gold. For more information and to see

which museums are participating, visit

Sci-Fi Weekend

Take a deep dive into the unknown during

Sci-Fi Weekend at the Kunsthal Rotterdam,

a contemporary art museum. On Saturday,

April 13, there will be a lecture on extraterrestrial

life by Vincent Icke, Professor

of Theoretical Astronomy and Cosmology.

The Doelen Ensemble will perform Hans

Zimmer’s Interstellar Suite, and there will

be a focus on the first landing on the moon,

which took place 50 years ago. You can

also join in a comic illustration workshop.

Sunday, April 14 is Kunsthal Family Day.

Immortalize yourself as a cyborg and learn

with the HipHopHuis how to dance like a

robot. You can design your own robot in

the Digital Playground Media Lab. On

both days, you can have great fun with the

best science fiction retro and classic video

games in the arcade hall. Admission is free

for Museumkaart holders and youth under


Toy robots c.1950-1970 Photo by Tristan Fewings, Getty Images

The Arts Society Lecture

William Shakespeare and His Turbulent


More than 400 years after Shakespeare’s

death, his words still have the power to thrill,

move and uplift the soul. This lecture will

explore what is known of his life in the turbulent

and dangerous world of Elizabethan

and Jacobean England and look at the development

of English Renaissance theatre.

Freelance lecturer Elizabeth Merry has over

25 years’ experience lecturing on classical

art and architecture, and the links between

literature and art. Non-member fee is € 13.

Tuesday, April 16

8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Scottish Country Dancing


The St. Andrew’s Society of the Netherlands

invites the AWC to a Potluck Ceilidh

(Scottish country dancing). There is no

previous experience needed. Similar to

American square dancing, there is a “caller”

who walks everyone through each dance before

the music starts and then calls out the

moves throughout. Dress code is smart casual

or kilt. Entrance to the dance with refreshments

is € 10 plus a potluck item for

the buffet.

Friday, April 5

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

British School of the Netherlands

Diamanthorst 16, Den Haag

Bonfire Beach Fest

Celebrate the official opening of beach

season at this festival that will put

Scheveningen on fire. On Friday, April 19

and Saturday, April 20, the entire beach—

from the Sportstrand to the Zwarte Pad—

transforms into a large open and free festival

area. Young and old will be entertained with

cultural, musical and culinary activities.

Flower Parade

On Saturday, April 13 at 9:15 a.m., the

72nd edition of the annual Flower Parade

will leave Noordwijk to travel its 25-mile

(40-kilometer) route along the main roads

to arrive in Haarlem around 10 p.m. The

procession will be comprised of 17 large >> 50

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