2018 Festival Feest aan Zee
Exactly 200 years ago Jacobus Pronk founded Scheveningen’s first public bath. Two centuries later both city and beach prosper. From the city centre till the very pier, the Hague offers its visitors a sea of activities in 2018.
The calendar overflows with festivities. Every day the seaside town ensures that visitors of the Hague cannot resist the salty temptation!
A year of history, culture, sports and nature. The Hague is celebrating the beach and the sea!
The Seaside Celebration annual programme has five pillars. A mix of these five pillars can be found on the agenda.
1. Groots aan Zee
Features existing, new or partially new events with the potential to attract at least 25,000 visitors. Seaside Celebration supports these events by making programming and additional programming possible or via marketing.
Festivities include:Art & culture: Rings Beside the Sea, Festival Beside the Sea, Sand Sculpting World ChampionshipLeisure: Bonfire Beach Fest, Vlaggetjesdag, Vuurwerkfestival, Scheveningen Light WalkMusic: Jazz at Sea, Live on the Beach, Festival Classique
Sports: Unox New Year Dive, Red Bull Knock Out, Volvo Ocean Race, Sailing World Championships, CPC, Beach Sports Season Opening
2. Historie aan Zee
Features activities revolving around the history of Scheveningen and Scheveningen-Bad over the past 200 years. Nearly all museums in The Hague are participating in the celebration year with unique exhibitions. In addition, there will be historical festivals, publications and lectures.
Festivities include: Community opera performance Growers in Art, street art Panorama Mesdag, a historical sand yacht spectacle, historical festival Scheveningen and the Muzee festival
3. In de Stad aan Zee
Features activities in the city centre and in other neighbourhoods that are substantively connected with the beach or sea. They will therefore contribute to the experience of The Hague as a seaside city. An important project is Your Sea, My Sea, in which The Hague Historical Museum and four Cultural Anchors will attract local residents to collect stories about their sea, culminating in exhibitions and in the community performance Beaches that will be performed all over the city in the autumn. A performance of the water fairytale Ondine will transform the Koninklijke Schouwburg into a Seaside Theatre. Also, other cultural institutions such as the Filmhuis (surfing films) and Movies That Matter (a special project about the sea) will participate.
Festivities include: Message in a bottle, Shopping Night, Kijkduin Sunrise and a Virtual Reality experience at Movies That Matter.
4. Elke dag aan Zee
Features existing or new activities in Scheveningen that have the potential to structurally reinforce the entertainment offering outside the high season. The programme performances for this originate primarily from Scheveningen, such as Stichting Popagenda, YMCA, Art and Jazz and Artists at Scheveningen. A stage will be created for 200 Scheveningen pop acts, a competition based around the Scheveningen song and an international choir festival. A festival will take place in the Dutch Dunes National Park and Scala/Karel de Rooij are developing plans to breathe new life into a seaside variety show in the Lourdes Church. Beach sports are in the spotlight at the Beach Stadium. Stichting Noordzeevis is organizing a multicultural cooking competition. Seaside Celebration is also making programmes possible in Kijkduin, including Kijkduin Sunrise, the Sand Theatre, digital beach libraries and beach camping.
Festivities include: Ice Expo, Caribbean Festival, Seaside Variety, South Beach Theatre programming, Beach Stadium Beach Sports, Surfing Film Festival, Pop Agenda Scheveningen programming, Museum Night, VISSCH Culinary, Ooievaars Art and Culture, Art Route, 200 pop acts, Scheveningen song competition, Choir Festival.
5. Toekomst aan Zee
Features a sub-programme in which the future of the seaside plays a central role. An individual curator is working on the programme for this, which is due to be presented at the start of 2018. An important element is sustainability.
Festivities include: Make a Change festival, TrashUre Hunt, the Healthy Coastline.
Blue carpetIn addition to these pillars, there is the Blue Carpet. Physical, partially permanent projects make the connection between the city and the sea visible and tangible. Historical bathing carriages will be visible in the streetscape during the season and the historical tram will also be seen frequently. Changing rooms will pop up in countless places and trotters will be installed at all major thoroughfares. In the autumn, all children will be invited to participate in fishing for plastic bottles. City dressing will be visible throughout the year with flags, banners and stickers.
Rings Beside the Sea – 12 February - 12 April 2018
Landscape architect and artist Bruno Doedens brings twenty decades of Scheveningen to life with an immense sand art sculpture. The iconic landmark will be created in the sand beside the Keizerstraat.
Sand Sculpting World Championships – 19 May - end of August 2018
Lange Voorhout will be the site of the Sand Sculpting World Championships festival that will attract many visitors during the summer. The sand artists will set to work from 19 May. The winners will be announced on 27 May
Finish Volvo Ocean Race – 23 June - 1 July 2018
The finish of the longest and most gruelling sailing race in the world will be celebrated this year in Scheveningen. After 46,000 nautical miles, the sailors will finally arrive and everyone can experience a nine-day maritime spectacle in the city's harbour.
Signature programme: the unique opportunities
Caribisch Festival – 17 & 18 February 2018 The new Caribbean Festival invites everyone to swing along in the Kurhaus. The Suriname-Dutch party band Trafassi will be one of the acts on the programme. You'll feel like you've been whisked away to the Caribbean!
Exhibitions in museums
Nearly all museums in The Hague are participating in Seaside Celebration. In the Hague Historical Museum, the exhibition ‘From Cures to Kite Surfing’ takes centre stage.
The Gemeentemuseum will exhibit the works of the German painter Max Liebermann, who worked a lot in the resort, and later in the summer will open a collection exhibition entitled ‘Beside the Sea’ that includes works by Jan Toorop, Piet Mondrian and Jacoba van Heemskerck.
Beelden aan Zee is also participating and Muzee Scheveningen is unveiling the exhibition ‘Toiling for the tourist’. Panorama Mesdag is also presenting two exhibitions. The Wild Eye promises to be an artistic costume exhibition in the Atrium and Growers in Art presents a series of portraits of Fishermen’s Wives. In addition, there are exhibitions in public spaces (including Boulevard and Keizersstraat), an exhibition of fish from the North Sea, and a mobile exhibition about the history of swimwear. The Library and the Municipal Archives are also participating in the 'Seaside Celebration' festival with a large historical programme, among others at all libraries in the neighbourhoods.
Max Liebermann and German Impressionism 24 March – 24 June 2018
German artist Max Liebermann visited the Netherlands every summer, including Scheveningen, at the end of the 19th century. He drew inspiration for paintings here and made friendships with artists from the Hague School. The Gemeentemuseum last organized an exhibition by this famous artist 38 years ago. Corresponding works by the Hague School will also be on show.
The Hague School & Scheveningen 7 July – 16 September 2018
The seaside resort Scheveningen held an enormous attraction for the artists of the Hague School. In their works they managed to capture the beauty of the interplay of air, light and water. The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag was co-founded by the painters of the Hague School and has a huge collection of works by Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Anton Mauve, Paul Gabriël, Willem Roelofs and the Maris brothers.
Beside the Sea – Jan Toorop, Piet Mondrian, and Jacoba van Heemskerck 14 July– 18 November
The sea was a huge source of inspiration for artists at the beginning of the 20th century. On the Zeeland coast at Domburg, there is a constant coming and going of painters in the summer, who are inspired by the phenomenal, clear light and the landscape. The most famous are Jan Toorop, Piet Mondrian, and Jacoba van Heemskerck. The exhibition consists of over fifty paintings and promises to be an eye-catching journey through a beautiful part of the Netherlands.
From Cures to Kite Surfing (Van kuren tot kitesurfen) - 200 years of bathing culture 29 June - 11 November 2018
The Hague Historical Museum
Once an exclusive resort for the European nobility, nowadays a place with entertainment for everyone. At the family exhibition From Cures to Kite Surfing you can experience what it was like to be a seaside guest at Scheveningen over the past 200 years. Take a journey through time and discover the changes that have taken place. From bathing carriages to topless sunbathing, from classical concerts to Indo-rock and from sumptuous dinners in chic hotels to herring at the fish stall. The architecture of the seaside resort and the transport to Scheveningen are also discussed. How have they changed and what will they look like in the future?
Toiling for the Tourist (In touw voor de toerist): 200 years of employment in the resort 11 May - 17 September 2018
The ordinary man who earned his living on the beach and on the boulevard from bathers and beach visitors is central in this exhibition by Muzee. The characteristic beach professions of those days have disappeared in many cases. They include the bathing lady, the donkey driver, the shell fisherman, purveyors of pickles, and herring vendors. A book of this exhibition will also be published.
Johan Creten 1 June - 30 Sept 2018
Museum Beelden aan Zee
The Belgian sculptor Johan Creten is a nomad without a permanent home or studio. In the 1980s he reintroduced clay into contemporary art. For Creten, clay is intrinsically meaningful: the skin you give to your ceramic work is unique. During this exhibition you can see bird sculptures by the artist.
Ossip Zadkine Autumn 2018
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Museum Beelden aan Zee pays homage to one of the greatest sculptors in modern art with a retrospective, in which the mysterious artistry of the master is unravelled. Many works come from private owners, and are thus a first for the general public. Ossip Zadkine is known for his impressive sculpture The Destroyed City (1953). He maintained a close bond with Dutch artists.Other exhibitions Panorama Mesdag: Jan Giessen and ‘The Great Storm’, Atrium: The Wild Eye, Fishermen’s Wives by Growers in Art
Theme weeksLiefde aan Zee 9 - 18 February 2018
Romance is everywhere during ‘Love Beside the Sea’. Walking hand in hand along the shoreline. Together in the Ferris wheel on the Pier, looking out across the city lights. Dancing beside the sea during the Caribbean Festival in the Kurhaus or an abundance of love in the Salty Kisses concert. During the week around Valentines Day, The Hague ~ Scheveningen is the place to surprise your loved one.
Festival aan Zee 1 - 20 June 2018
June is a lively festival month in The Hague ~ Scheveningen. Includes old favourites, such as the ten-day Festival Classique and Vlaggetjesdag. New on the calendar are the DuneArt Festival where jazz and visual arts come together, Love Cures and a programme including performances beside the sea and in the dunes.
Kind aan Zee 17 - 28 October 2018
Around the autumn holidays, The Hague ~ Scheveningen is the place where children can play, learn and have fun at the seaside. There is a programme for toddlers to secondary school students. This enables everyone to discover more about the beach and the sea. Do experiments with sand and seawater and discover what you can craft from your beachcombing activities! The programme is being developed with De Betovering and Plastic Circle with the aim of getting as many Hague children as possible to visit the beach in 2018.
View the full agenda at: www.feestaanzee.en