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The Hague will participate in this year’s Bunker Day on Saturday, 6 June. Come take a look at spots you never knew existed. With an all-inclusive ticket for German bunkers, museums, walking tours and boat rides.
Many traces of the Second World War can still be found in The Hague. The most noticeable remnants are the bunkers which formed part of the Atlantikwall system of coastal fortifications. Normally these fascinating concrete giants are closed to the public but they will be open for just 1 day at the end of September.
The Hague and Scheveningen were literally turned into a fortress during the German occupation of the Netherlands. The bunkers bear silent witness to this time. But the construction of the Atlantikwall had even more radical repercussions. Entire neighbourhoods had to make way for an antitank ditch stretching 8 kilometres long and measuring 300 metres wide. And more than 100,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes and find shelter elsewhere.
A day of activities
Come to Bunker Day and not only visit the bunkers but hear the unknown stories about the impact the occupation and demolition had on The Hague and what it meant to live in a city at the frontline.
Crawl through a hatch with your torch and helmet to visit the bat tunnels (limited places), nose around the trenches behind the Atlantic Hotel, gaze at the enormous maps of Europe in the Hospital Bunker or watch a performance in an artillery bunker in Park Oosterbeek.
Participating locations in The Hague include 13 German bunkers, the Historical Museum of The Hague and Museon, an information centre on the bombing of Bezuidenhout in the Haagse Bos, plus guided walks and boat tours.
Bunker Day will be held from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Saturday, 6 June. An all-inclusive ticket costs € 5.00 for adults and € 2.50 for children under 12 years and veterans.
The pass gives you admission to all participating bunkers, walking tours, boat rides and museums in The Hague, Hoek van Holland, Rijswijk, Katwijk/Noordwijk, IJmuiden and Den Helder.
The visit to the bat tunnel in the Westduinen, the walking tours and the boat rides need to be reserved in advance. There is an extra charge of € 2.50 per person for the Willemsvaart boat tours.
More information can be found at www.bunkerdag.nl.
For the third time a couple of swans built their nest near the lake at the Monchyplein and this year they hatched 6 healthy little ones! In this ‘Monet-like’ picture the parents show their offspring how to gather food once their necks will be long enough. Until that time, the parents pull up the water plants so that they float near the surface and the little swans can eat them.
13 May 2015 FH (MM)
The future of the Vredeskapel is uncertain. Residents of our neighbourhood will have noticed that, although the building on Malakkastraat has been in scaffolding for months, the repair work has not started yet.
To explain the complicated state of affairs, we have to go back to the time when the owner of the building, the Protestantse Gemeente ‘s Gravenhage (PGG), decided to sell it and join the weekly church services to those of the Duinzichtkerk in Benoordenhout.
A group of Archipel residents decided to try and retain the building for the neighbourhood. When it became clear that many residents were in favour of this initiative the Stiching Vredeskapel (Vredeskapel Foundation) was founded on 5 May 2014. The aim of the Foundation is to preserve the Vredeskapel ‘as a centre for contemplation, culture and meeting for the neighbourhood, the city and the world’.
The owner, the PGG, agreed to let the Stichting Vredeskapel use the building for a period of one to three years – as long as there was no buyer. The Stichting Vredeskapel hoped that would be enough time to collect the funds it needed to buy the building.
The start of the initiative was successful. Dozens of volunteers joined the working groups to take care of the exploitation and there were enough tenants to balance the budget. That opened possibilities to start planning the acquisition of the building in a number of years.
However, on 24 October 2014 the Vredeskapel had to be closed down immediately because of serious defects of the roof. Repairs will be very expensive and it is still not known when the work will begin. Unfortunately, these circumstances make it very difficult for the Stichting Vredeskapel to be specific about plans and agreements concerning the acquisition and preservation of the Vredeskapel at short notice.
That makes it very likely that the Vredeskapel will be sold to a third party. The buyer might want to give the building a new destination, for instance convert it into apartments. That will only be possible if the Municipality agrees to modify the development plan in which the Vredeskapel is earmarked a national monument. The buyer will probably add a resolution to the contract of sale, stating the sale will be off if the Municipality does not agree with a modification of the development plan.
We will keep you informed about further developments.
Stichting Vredeskapel – firstname.lastname@example.org
12 May 2015 (MM)
And what did we see on Bankastraat? A painter busily working on a picture of Brasserie Archipel.
Where, by the way, on Sunday 31 May starting 16.oo hrs D’Eve Archer and her band will be perfoming live.
19 May 2015 (MM)
For the third time “Groen Links Den Haag” organizes a competition for the greenest balcony, roof garden or house front of The Hague. Would you like to join in? Then mail your picture to email@example.com , stating your name and address.
Closing date: 24 August 2015
The winner will be rewarded a plant gift token of € 50,00. The runner-up will receive a plant gift token of € 25,00 and the third price is a plant gift token of € 10,00.
19 May 2015 (MM)
Titus Meeuws (1976): Plein 1813. Water colour, 35 x 50 cm
“Titus Meeuws’ pictures look as if they were painted very quickly. They were. Outdoor painting is a race against time. As the Sun moves, the colour of the light and the direction of the shadows change.”
The original of the above picture can be seen in the exhibition “Buitenspelen”, work by Titus Meeuws and Adolfo Ramón, at Kunstzaal van Heijningen, Noordeinde 152.
20 May 2015 (MM)
Mrs Vandana Sharma, Archipel resident, has planned a series of workshops on Indian cooking at her home: on Saturdays from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. The cost is €40 per workshop. If you participate in 3 sessions, you will get a 10% discount.
If you are interested, please call: 06 5588 3510 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.cookwithvandana.com
* 30 May – Traditional Indian meal
* 6 June – Mughlai cuisine
* 13 June – Vegetarian meal
* 20 June – Punjabi cuisine
* 27 June – Vegetarian meal
* 11 July – 29 August – Summer holidays
* 5 September – Resume cookery workshops
Het gaat niet vanzelf is a musical theatre programme by Wim Akkermans and Remco Burger. The try-outs take place on 30 May and 6 June 2015 in the Theater The Mallemolen, at Mallemolen 53f in The Hague. They begin on 20.30 hrs and the entrance costs 10 euro. You can find more information here
26 April 2015 (DP)
On Sundays 31 May and 7 June, from 12.00 to 16.00 hrs, there will be activities at the cemetery of St. Petrus Banden. On both days, Ingrid Rering shares the story of the loss of her daughter during a tsunami.
Programme 31 May:
12.30 – 13.00 : lecture by Ingrid Rering
14.30 – 15.00 : live concert by professional singers from the Casuquo Vocaal.
Programme 7 June: the lecture is again from 12.30 to 13.00 and afterwards artists will paint the nicest places during the painting workshop.
Entrance, drinks and cake are free.
26 April 2015 (DP)
Sunday 7 June, at 10.00 am: “A tour of Europe” – two harps played by Lotje Meijer and Victoria Davies.
Place: De Zalen – Riouwstraat 1, The Hague.
Entrance: € 12,50.
9 May 2015 (MM)