The Hague can rightly be called a festival city. But what are the typical Hague Festivals? We have listed them for you.
Winternachten international literature festival The Hague
Winternachten international literature festival The Hague is the most important international literature event of the Netherlands. The festival brings together writers, poets, thinkers and musicians from all parts of the world together with their audiences. They share their work, their experiences, their dreams and ideas. Across borders of languages and cultures. These encounters are celebrations of the word, feasts of discovery and recoginition, with an open eye for everything that globalisation means for society. With Dutch language programmes mixed in among international ones, the festival bridges the gap between Dutch literary audiences and those coming from abroad.
Parkpop is the largest free one-day pop festival in Europe offering two stages and attracting hundreds of thousands visitors.
Huge one day pop festival
Lie back in the grass, beer in hand, listening to music... That is what Parkpop is all about! What begun more than 40 years ago as a small party in The Hague has blossomed into a huge one day pop festival. On the last Sunday in June, the South Park (Zuiderpark) is transformed into a music party with the biggest performers from home and abroad.
North Sea Regatta
North Sea Regatta is The Hague's annual sailing festival. Every Whitsun weekend, Scheveningen is transformed into the epicentre of Dutch competitive sailing. There will be all kinds of boats, with a total of around 1,500 sailors heading for the coast of The Hague.
Dutch Veterans' Day
On Veterans day in The Hague the past efforts of Dutch military personnel will be commemorated in various ways. And the efforts of military personnel now, who are engaged in peacekeeping operations in different parts of the world, will also be commemorated.
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Schollenpop is a pop festival on the South Beach (Zuiderstrand) at Scheveningen. This pop event is synonymous with sun, sea, sand and lots of live music of course. An awesome pop and rock music programme with something for everyone; guaranteed to be a great day out in Scheveningen. Schollenpop takes place on the South Beach parallel to the pier. Be sure to take your swimming trunks or bikini so you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea!
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Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day or Budget Day) represents the start of the new parliamentary year on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in the Ridderzaal or Hall of Knights in The Hague.
Every third Tuesday in September when the clock strikes one o'clock, the King, normally accompanied by other members of the Royal House, leaves Noordeinde Palace in the Glass Carriage for the Binnenhof, escorted by court dignitaries and a military escort of honour. Outside the palace awaits an escort of honour and a military band.
In the Ridderzaal the King reads the 'Speech from the Throne', written jointly by the Ministers and Secretaries of State. This troonrede outlines the government's financial plans for the coming year. When the Speech has finished, the escort of honour again forms in the Binnenhof, and the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace where the Royal Family traditionally salutes the gathered crowd from the balcony ('balkonscène').
TodaysArt Festival transforms The Hague into an inspiring stronghold of creativity and audiovisual experiences, with performances, installations and projections. TodaysArt uses and transforms the city's infrastructure and creates temporary spaces to produce events in inspiring settings, such as main squares, public buildings, museums, concert halls, clubs and theatres. By offering a high quality and large-scale program at a very low price, TodaysArt has become one of the world's most accessible art, music and technology festivals of its scale.
International Kite Festival Scheveningen
The international Kite Festival Scheveningen makes the most of the consistent prevailing winds blowing along The Hague's beach resort. Kite builders and enthusiasts from around the world come together to fly the fruits of their creative labour. The annual event sees the skies over the southern part of Scheveningen beach fill with kites of every shape and colour, flying teddy bears, elephants and fish. Visitors also get to stay up to date with the latest in kite-powered sport, from kite-surfing and kite-yachting to kite-skateboarding and kite-skiing.
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