A visit to Asia and the Pacific. Visit the biggest Eurasian festival in the world and embrace music and dance from East and West. This year’s Tong Tong Fair will be held from 25 May to 5 June on the Malieveld. The event is a cultural festival, exhibition and food fest rolled into one.

Tong Tong Fair

The fair is held in an archipelago of tents and stands. One of the biggest attractions is the Tong Tong Festival, with hundreds of performances spread over 12 days. The daily entry ticket for the Tong Tong Fair also includes a theatre pass for the Tong Tong Festival.

If you don’t have the time or money to travel all the way to Southeast Asia, come to the Tong Tong Fair in The Hague and imagine that you are in the East. The Tong Tong Fair comprises the immense Grand Pasar, the famous East-West exhibition with hundreds of stands offering Eastern merchandise and food. Many of the exhibitors come all the way from Indonesia especially for the event; a growing number come from Vietnam and Malaysia. Equally famous is the Food Court with dozens of restaurants and ‘warungs’; it is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

The international Tong Tong Festival takes place in 4 theatres on the fair site. The Tong Tong Podium is where the major music, dance and fashion artists perform. The intimate Tong-Tong-Theater presents lectures, interviews (mostly in Dutch, but increasingly in English too), acoustic and theatrical performances.

2017 will feature world jazz from Indonesia by the international acclaimed Indra Lesmana & Keytar Trio, I Wayang Balawan (gamelan meets jazz guitar) and HajarBleh Big Band (big band jazz from Jakarta). One of the highlights will be the performance of the Jazz Concerto for Piano with small Jazz Orchestra (ca 1935) composed by Ludwig van Zele and performed by Henk Mak van Dijk & Galloway Big Band.

Apart from dance, music and puppet theatre, there will be many discussions and lectures on (post) colonial history and literature.

In the Bengkel (studio) you are welcome to participate in all kinds of workshops: in music, dance, art, cooking and lots more. Don’t forget to drop by the delicious Kooktheater (Culinary Theatre), where chefs prepare special dishes and let you taste!

Festival information:
The festival will be open daily from 11.00 to 22.00 hrs. from 25 May to 5 June on the Malieveld in The Hague.

Presale tickets range in price from € 4.00 to € 13.50, depending on the purchaser’s age, the date of purchase and festival day. To purchase tickets go to tongtongfair.nl/admission

More information about this year’s highlights and other festival information can be found at http://tongtongfair.nl

24 May 2017, www.denhaag.nl 


Henry Jelsma speaking:

“Even in Canada nature has been endangered these last 50 years. All the environmental problems we have today were on the agenda when I was young. It seems we are unable to make a change for the good. I was born and bred in Canada and I loved nature. Still I moved to the densely populated Netherlands to study and I settled down here.

“In 1970 I came to The Hague for the first time to visit my relatives and I was deeply impressed when I walked along the beautiful Scheveningseweg on my way to the sea. I admired the harmony between man and nature. Did I know that in the end I was to settle down here and live and work here near this beautiful avenue?

“I love to sit among the trees with the birds all around me, drawing and painting the trees as if I was somewhere in nature in Canada. I observe and I make pictures of what I see. The meaning follows automatically; to quote William Blake:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

“Over the years I made a great many things, but for this exhibition I chose drawings, etchings, pastels and some plein air paintings that were made within earshot of the bells of the Peace Palace.

“My cv you can find on LinedIn.”


On a number of locations in our city the EU norm for the quality of the air is still being exceeded:  Mauritskade, Javastraat, Hoefkade, Vaillantlaan and Raamweg. The Hague has only one mobile measuring station for the quality of the air and it is stationed at Vaillantlaan. Exceeding the norm for the  emission of fine dust and soot can lead to serious health problems. That is why residents of the Archipel neighbourhood want to know what their situation is.

De Haagse Stadspartij now wants to find a budget for a second measuring station for air quality, which can be put in service to monitor the problem points in the Archipel neighbourhood  (Mauritskade and Javastraat). Councillor Gerwin van Vulpen: “Our present measuring station is on Vaillantlaan where we want to monitor the situration because we expect an increase of traffic there. De Haagse Stadspartij has for some time argued in favour of the purchase of a second measuring station. I am glad that my colleagues of VVD and CDA now also want to monitor the situation in the Archipel neighbourhood. Taking the health of the residents into consideration the purchase of a second measuring station is no unnecessary luxury!”

Information: Gerwin van Vulpen (Haagse Stadspartij), tel. 06 42271033
Eveline van Leeuwen (communication), tel. 06 29046114

19 May 2017



The new bicycle paths on the narrow sections of the Javastraat and Laan van Meerdervoort were officially opened on 10 May. The Hague is working to improve the bicycle routes in the city and just completed the project to redesign the 2 streets.

The Laan van Meerdervoort-Javastraat cycle path has become a smooth and safe connecting route, a so-called ‘star bike route’. Cyclists can now bike in both directions on the narrow sections of the Laan van Meerdervoort and Javastraat.

The plans to redesign these 2 streets were drawn up in consultation with residents, businesses and interested parties in the neighbourhood. The plans called for creating a new vision for the street, eliminating 1 lane of vehicular traffic. This freed up the space needed for a dedicated cycle path towards Kijkduin while keeping nearly all of the parking spaces on the street. In addition, this narrow portion of the streets also got a (wider) bicycle lane for cyclists riding towards the Raamweg, the sewer system was replaced and it was repaved and got new street lighting.

The entire project is complete now that the line markings have been painted at the intersection of the Laan van Meerdervoort and Anna Paulownastraat. The Javastraat project was already completed in the summer of 2016.

18 May 2017, www.denhaag.nl/en/ 


The trees on Frederikstraat will be replaced. Their roots are pushing up the sidewalks and the result is a dangerous situation. The Municipality recently held a survey among the residents to choose from three tree species. 350 Residents and shop owners received a letter, 63 of them brought out their vote: 45 people voted for the ornamental pear, 3 for the magnolia, 13 for the prunus and 2 voters had no preference.

After the summer holiday the old trees will be removed and the plant holes for the new trees will be dug. The sidewalk will be repaired. Until then the Municipality will have the broken stretches of pavement removed and the holes filled up with so-called cold asphalt. In the new planting season (between November 2017 and April 2018) the new trees will be planted.

15 May 2017,  A&W Working Group Public Space 


On Monday 8 May 2017 two Irish speaking men rang the doorbell of a house on Javastraat and told the owner that they had come to fix his loose roof tiles. The two men were very insistent and finally the owner allowed them to inspect his roof. The men returned after a very short time and that made the owner distrustful.

The con men wore blue coats with a logo. Their hair was shaved very short. They often wear clothes with a non-existing telephone number to favourably impress the house owners. They operate in the Archipel/Willemspark neighbourhood and drive a handyman’s bus. So take care and do not believe them!

The Irish Travellers, as they are called, are smooth talkers who try to make house owners pay them large sums of money. The Police give the advice not to give in, but notify the Police immediately (112). Do not let these men in and do not let them do any work on your property, because they make you pay a very high price. They hardly do any work and they leave right away.

15  May 2017, Hans Plat, Inspecteur van Politie 
Bureau Jan Hendrikstraat


Emma Marije Poot lives in the Archipel and has been a frequenter of ‘t Klokhuis for years. At a very early age she started to draw and paint and write poetry.

Marije Poot draws and paints from observation; she adds and translates according to her own taste. This results in original pictures in free style, full of life and energy. She likes to paint the human being and still life: portraits,cats, people, birds, flowers, plants and everything else she happens to see. Her work has a summery colourful atmosphere. She paints in acryllics, mixes the colours on the canvas, draws/writes/paints in them with pencil, crayons, watercolours and ink. The canvassescan be small, medium or large.

In 2011 she was nominated in Rotterdam for the finale of the Talens Palet art contest and her picture titled “Nude” was exhibited at the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn. It will be among the pictures of the exhibitions in ‘t Klokhuis and on the website http://emmamarijepoot.exto.nl.

15 May 2017 


On Sunday 28 May 2017, 14.00-14.45 hrs,  Gospel Choir Miracles will perform in the monumental chapel of the cemetery St Petrus Banden (Kerkhoflaan 10, The Hague).
Entrance is free.

We offer this concert in the context of the week of cemeteries, a national initiative toe make Dutch cemeteries more approachable.

– http://www.begraafplaatsstpetrusbanden.nl/agenda/zondag-28-mei-2107

For more information call 070-3503718 or email projecten@paxrkb.nl.

9 May 2017



Choral Festival St. John & St. Philip

On Saturday the 10th of June, choir members of Anglican churches from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany will come together in the Church of St.John & St.Philip in The Hague for their Annual Choral Festival held under the auspices of the Royal School of Church Music. The combined choir will spend the day working with conductor Lee Dunlavy from England. The day will culminate with the singing of a service of Choral Evensong at 4.30 pm, to which everyone is welcome. You are warmly invited to join us. The Choral Festival takes place yearly in one of the participating countries. The last time St. John & St. Philip hosted the festival was ten years ago. There is no charge for admission; a voluntary collection will be taken during the service. Location: Ary van der Spuyweg 1, The Hague.

17 May 2017


Time: 28 May, 16.00 hrs
Location: Couperus Museum, Javastraat 17
Entrance fee: € 10,00 (coffee or tea included)
Please register via info@louiscouperusmuseum.nl

Caroline de Westenholz will give a lecture (in Dutch) discussing the question whether the novelist Louis Couperus (1863-1923) was a dandy or not. In 1986 her graduation thesis was the history of international dandyism.

6 May 2017