Some Highlights This Month

STET’s LE FOULARD is in The Hague on 11th – 13th October

Not that there is much of a quiet period over the summer in The Netherlands but now we are into the Autumn everybody gets into top gear.

Among the many interesting musical events are Dutch resident Portugese singer/songwriter MAGDA MENDES who is at the Pianino Theater in The Hague on 5th but she tours constantly with her band in the Netherlands so it’s always possible to hear her if you want to. In Leiden the annual WAVELENGTH FESTIVAL takes place on 5th and 6th and aims to bring together music and technology.

The excellent Nederlande Reisopera’s tour of Puccini’s TOSCA opens on 13th but doesn’t get to The Hague until 25th.

As one would expect with so many world-class galleries and museums in our area there are some important exhibitions opening during October. The Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has an interesting looking show opening on 13th. Entitled BOIJMANS IN THE WAR: ART IN THE DESTROYED CITY the museum will examine its own history during the Second World War and the period immediately thereafter. Also in Rotterdam, SURF TRIBE by Stephan Vanfleteren opens at the Kunsthal on 12th.

English country houses have traditionally been the home to Dutch Golden Age masters and many of the paintings will be on show at the Mauritshuis in The Hague at an exhibition which opens on 11th.  Another exhibition opening on 11th is THE 80 YEARS’ WAR – THE BIRTH OF THE NETHERLANDS in the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Also on 11th, LE FOULARD by Lucy Hopkins presented by STET the English Theatre opens just round the corner from the Mauritshuis at Koninklijke Schouwburg Het Paradijs. Le foulard is a one-woman comedy, where much of the fun is created by delightful unexpectedness. Through a medley of characters, Lucy Hopkins deconstructs the pomposity of the contemporary artist. The Artist starts with a series of characters until the characters start to take over by adoring, confusing and battling one another.

THE INDIAN DANCE FESTIVAL opens at the Korzo Theater in The Hague on 19th and the Scapino Ballet’s TING will be playing several venues in our area.

But I suspect the high-spot of the month, for the English at least, will be an appearance by MICHAEL PALIN to promote his new book Erebus at Crossing Borders in The Hague on 30th.

Lots more besides, much of which will be previewed throughout the month in ArtsTalk Magazine . . .