Some Highlights This Month

DELFT JAZZ FESTIVAL runs from 23rd – 26th August

We are at the height of the festival season with the emphasis being on music – music in all shapes and forms. There is still chance to catch the final few days of the DELFT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL which concludes on 5th.  If that doesn’t satisfy your need for classical music the UTRECHT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL opens on  24th August and continues until the end of the month.

If you prefer jazz then there are two overlapping festivals. The annual, excellent and free DELFT JAZZ FESTIVAL runs from 23rd to 26th August while a twenty-minute tram ride away the water-bourn JAZZ IN DER GRACHT takes place in The Hague 23rd – 25th. The Hooikade will again be adorned with sailing flatboats with jazz this year at the outdoor canal-based festival gets under way. Dozens of boats, barges and other floating stage both static and moving carry musicians of all creeds and colours united under the all-embracing banner of jazz. Difficult to know which to recommend as they are both brilliant festivals.

The Kunsthal in Rotterdam has lots of free, outdoor events on Sundays throughout the month as well as ALL YOU CAN ART. For the third time, the Kunsthal Rotterdam will host this open-to-all participation event. Every day between 14th July and 26th August, all visitors will have an opportunity to join the artists in making art according to the master-apprentice principle in the All you can Art 3 studios, exhibition and Summer School. After your creative efforts have left you in need of refreshment you can enjoy a drink in the Kunsthal Café.

The annual PARADE continues through the month throughout our region and offers something for everyone, with over 80 different theatre, music, and dance performances for all ages. Café Correct and Katrina will host free music every night, and visitors are invited to enjoy cocktails, soul food, BBQs and much more at one of the many terrace cafes.

Several excellent exhibitions continue throughout August including the highly recommended. This year’s PAPIER BIËNNALE RIJSWIJK celebrates paper on a grand scale with work from international artists. Very impressive it is too and beautifully presented. Also continuing at the Museum Voorlinden in The Hague is a major retrospective by an important, though perhaps not widely known, American artist, WAYNE THIEBAUD.

In The Hague the incredible works created for WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SAND SCULPTURES are on view until 19th at Lange Voorhout. The competition was won by Englishman called Baldrick Buckle, I kid you not – his cunning plan clearly worked. The giant sand sculptures are lit up at night.

A couple of summery seaside exhibitions at The Hague’s Gemeentemuseum. There’s BEACH LIFE – The Hague School and Scheveningen as well as a similar themed mixed show called BY THE SEA which includes some spectacular early Mondriaans. Also in The Hague, the Louwman Museum has an exhibition of vintage Mercedes-Benz racing cars which continues until well into September.

There is an awful lot more besides events listed in this short summary. All information on all events is available from the drop-down menus at the top of the page.