Some Highlights This Month

OperaZuid’s FANTASIO is on tour throughout the month

As we have come to expect with the onset of Summer there are lots of activities, many of them outdoors this month.

The DELFT FRINGE FESTIVAL continues until the 10th at lots of varied venues around the city. The excellent BORDER SESSIONS FESTIVAL runs in The Hague from 12th – 15th. You can expect an eclectic programme with genuine stories told by people on a mission with more than thirty sessions hosted by artists, scientists, authors, designers, engineers and many others in Korzo Theatre.

Some important exhibitions this month too. Taking advantage of the, hopefully, good weather there is a show of LOUISE BOURGEOIS sculptures in the Rijksmuseum Gardens in Amsterdam. Now that the Boijmans Van Beuningen has closed its doors for seven years the Kunsthal has taken on the mantel of the Rotterdam’s main museum. It will be showing a lot of work from the Boijman’s collection including, at the moment, those by PIRANESI. The excellent science fiction exhibition is still on and well worth seeing even if you are not a particular fan of the genre.

For music lovers Delft again comes up trumps with its short, free MIDSUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL on 20th and 21st. For opera lovers, OperaZuid is currently on tour with  Offenbach’s FANTASIO.

Rotterdam DANCE DUET competition takes place at the Rotterdam Theater with the semi-finals on 27th and 28th and the grand final on 29th. See our listings and previews for more events as they come up during the month.

Perhaps the biggest event this month is OPERADAGEN in Rotterdam which kicks off on 17th and continues until 26th. The high-spot is undoubtedly a performance of Philip Glass’s epic masterpiece EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH featuring Suzanne Vega. Mr Glass will also be at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam on 11th for the inauguration of the church’s newly restored organ on which he will play a passage from EINSTEIN.

More classical music at the CLASSICAL ENCOUNTERS Chamber Music Festival in The Hague which runs from 8th – 12th featuring ten concerts. We’ll be at the de Doelen in Rotterdam on 19th and 24th for concerts by the ROTTERDAMS PHILHARMONISCH ORKEST – The Sibelius Cycle on 19th and Dvorak on 24th.

Another good month for dance. The Nederlands Dans Theatre opens its SOL & PAUL XXX show at the Zuidstrandtheater on 10th May and the Korzo in The Hague has its usual full and varied programme starting with its MOVING FUTURES a two day festival of short pieces on 2nd and 3rd plus a lot more new and exciting shows.

On the art scene, the closing for seven years for the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam is looming large the fateful day being 26th. That will leave a very large and conspicuous whole as far as major exhibitions are concerned. All is not lost as they are distributing many of their works to other museums and example of which is the show of PIRANESI prints which will be on show at the Kunsthal across the park.

An excellent exhibition of rock history at the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft which celebrates fifty years of promoters MOJO. The DAVID HOCKNEY show continues at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and is definitely a must see and while you are there it’s worth popping ALL THE REMBRANDTS exhibition at the Rijksmuseum – or vice-versa. I also really enjoyed the SCIENCE FICTION show at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam which I would recommend even if you are not a sci-fi fan – and while you are there you mustn’t miss the PICASSO ON PAPER show. 

The twice annual KUNSTKAMER takes place in Delft on 25th and 26th.

A couple of book events with the FREEDOM BOOK FAIR from 2nd – 4th and B-UNLIMITED events, both in The Hague

For something completely different, STET, The English Theatre, is presenting THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN at Koninklijke Schouwburg, Paradijs in The Hague on 10th and 11th.

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