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Twelve reasons to travel to The Hague in 2017

3 January 2017

The Hague, January 3 2017 – No matter when you arrive, there is always something going on in The Hague. For example, start your year in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year, discover or rediscover modern art during the Mondrian year or watch the international firework shows in Scheveningen. Twelve reasons to travel to The Hague especially in 2017; a reason for each month!


January: Chinese New Year in Chinatown

By now, the turn of the year in the western world is behind us, but the Chinese New Year is still coming up: the Year of the Rooster starts on the 28th of January. Celebrate it in the centre of The Hague in one of the smallest Chinatowns in the world. Just to name a few activities, there will be a dragon dance and a firework show, Chinese and Dutch artists will perform, and you can go shopping in the Asian market in the city hall.


February: Marks the start of the Mondrian year

The Hague highlights Mondrian in 2017! 2017 marks exactly 100 years since the establishment of De Stijl, the art movement to which Mondrian belonged. The Municipal Museum of The Hague will give the starting signal: Piet Mondrian & Bart van der Leck – Inventing a new Art’ will be open to the public on the 11th of February. Another two exhibitions will open in June in which all the 300 paintings of Mondrian (the largest collection in the world) will be shown together for the first time. You can also find De Stijl in other parts of The Hague, including a special Mondrian menu and take-along crockery in the Amrath Kurhaus, the Mondrian sea-festival and Mondrian socks, which will be available at the Tourist Information Office (VVV) The Hague starting at the end of January.


March: Food festivals in the Mauritshuis

Eat precisely the same food as the food shown in the centuries-old paintings that hang in front of you: This is possible in The Hague! From March 9 until June 25, the Mauritshuis will show the Slow Food. Still lifes from the Golden Ageexhibition and in March and April, it will organise a number of mini-food festivals in which the titbits in the works of art take a central place.



April: Europe’s largest open air market

Spring has come around again; the perfect time to discover Europe’s largest open air market! Rummage through the more than 500 stalls in the Hague Market and discover multi-cultural The Hague. Walk through the food area where Dutch cauliflower is on display alongside fresh coriander, baklava, Sharon fruit, fresh fish and asparagus beans. Be delighted by the extensive flower market and feast your eyes on the clothing and shoe area. The market is open throughout the year on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.


May: The opening of the beach season with the largest beach event in the Netherlands

The largest beach event in the Netherlands will take place the coming spring in The Hague! The two-day Bonfire Beach Fest occurs between the harbour and Zwarte Pad in Scheveningen at the end of April or the beginning of May. The festival’s theme is ‘fire’. During the Bonfire Beach Fest, several cultural, musical, culinary and sport activities will be organised at three locations. That promises to be an amazing show!


June: Eating at the brand-new Jamie Oliver restaurant

Looking for a cool new place to eat? Jamie Oliver will open his first restaurant in The Hague in the spring of 2017. Jamie's Italian, the restaurant concept of the well-known British TV chef, will be established in the centre of The Hague at the Grote Marktstraat. Jamie's Italian started as a collaboration between Jamie Oliver and his mentor Gennaro Contaldo. The first restaurant opened its doors in Oxford in 2008.


July: Sleeping in luxury in the open sea

For those of you, who always wanted to sleep in the open sea, do this in style in one of the brand-new suites of the Tower Island (Toreneiland) on the Scheveningen Pier. The Pier Suites radiate luxury: each of the five rooms is more than 30 m2, including an outdoor area with a panoramic view to the north, a Jacuzzi in the middle of the room, and a king-size bed.  Five suites were opened in 2016 and a number of new suites will be added in the summer of 2017.


August: Firework festival in Scheveningen

During the Scheveningen firework festival, you can enjoy international firework shows off the coast of The Hague for two weekends in August.  Each evening, you can admire two shows from the beach and the boulevard.


September Just Peace Festival

During the Just Peace Festival, The Hague as the international city of peace and justice celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21) for five days.  The festival consists of more than 40 activities based on the theme of Peace & Justice, varying from museum & stage art to sport, music and debate.


October: Europe’s largest urban rooftop farm

Nowhere in Europe will you find an urban farm as large as UrbanFarmers in The Hague. Fresh vegetables, fruit and fish grown in this urban farm, which is located in a former office building, is supplied daily to the city. Have a look in the kitchen during one of the three types of tours through the farm and at the same time, taste the result!


November: Crossing Border Festival

Crossing Border is Europe’s most important festival in the area of music and culture. From November 2 until November 5, more than 100 artists will perform in the centre of The Hague: from authors and poets to musicians and filmmakers.


December Royal Christmas Fair at the Lange Voorhout

Looking for a typical Christmas market! The Royal Christmas Fair is one of the largest Christmas markets in the Netherlands. At the Lange Voorhout in the centre of The Hague, you can stroll for two weeks in December along nearly hundred of Christmas stalls, feast on wintry titbits, enjoy free performances and buy original Christmas gifts.