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Together Here [Samen Hier]: Welcome Groups wanted in The Hague
Let yourself be matched with a newcomer                                                   (sgezin)

After months of intensive preparation, the time has come. Samen Hier, a new social and innovative initiative to accelerate the integration of refugees begins in the cities of The Hague, Almere, Haarlem and Rotterdam. In this community-based program, Welcome Groups of five Dutch people interact with a permit holder or family for a year.  The human rights organization Justice and Peace Netherlands sees this initiative as the basis for a sustainable Dutch migration and integration policy, based on scientific evidence and research. And the best part is: you can already participate in The Hague!

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Saturday 9 February                    Location: Vreedehuis
from 3 pm to 5 pm                              Riouwstraat 1.

This time the program is dedicated to three French composers

♫  Napoleon Coste (1805-1883)
Opus 35:”Concert fantasy for two oboes with piano accompaniment”
With Pauline Oostenrijk and Angela Kaptein on oboe and Peter Lefeber on piano

♫  Darius Milhaud (1892 – 1974): The sonata for two violins and piano
Baukjen Passchier violin, Floor Deinema piano, and Hans van der Weide violin:

♫  Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
1) La fille aux cheveux de lin.
2) The Little Shepherd
3) Reverie
4) Pour invoquer Pan, Dieu du Vent d’Ete
5) En bateau
Angela Duncan ( flute ) and  Paul Poot (piano )

♫  At the end of it,  Open Podium:
Singing the blues

Doors open at 2:30 pm. Afterwards, please enjoy a drink with us!

Entree: 6 €


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From January 20th to March 17th, the Klokhuis will display the paintings by Scheveningen artist Merijn Kolkman. His paintings reveal a clear choice for the landscape; mainly landscapes that are filled with almost architectural tree groups. Yet the evoked image gives an almost infinite feeling of space, just as the artist himself likes to see. He wants the viewer to have the wish to become part of the landscape and to experience the tranquility that goes out of nature. There is already enough chaos in the world.

The landscapes seem to have been made in a certain place, but are not a reality. They only come from the imagination of the artist.

Merijn Kolkman works mainly with acrylic paints. His work is colorful, but sometimes also surprisingly black-and-white. He would like to show what he means, using a touch of impressionism. He received his education at the Kunstacademie Haarlem Leiden. Paintings

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During 2019, the Management Group Scheveningse Bosjes will organize about one per month a Natuurwerkdag: a good and fun opportunity to work outside.

The Management Group – in collaboration with the municipality – is doing small-scale and manual activities to increase biodiversity in the area. This time we will work on the Belvedèreduin.

Everyone is welcome to come along to help. Sign up and more info on:

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The concerts take place in the monumental chapel St. Petrusbanden, Kerkhoflaan 10, 2585 JB Den Haag. Access is free. You do not have to register unless it is explicitly stated to do so. Chapel concerts are in collaboration with the Hague Academy of Music. The dates and times are shown below. The agenda can be viewed a week in advance on the website

Sunday, February 3rd, from 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday, March 3rd, from 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday, April 7th, from 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday, May 5th, from 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday, June 2nd, from 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday, September 15th,  from 10 am to 4 pm
Heritage Days. A guided tour is offered at 11 am and 2 pm at the monumental cemetery St. Petrus Banden. Please register via
Sunday, October 6th, from 2 pm to 3pm
Sunday, November 2nd, from 4 pm to 8 pm.  All Souls (in both cemeteries: St. Petrus Banden, Kerkhoflaan 10 The Hague, as well as St. Barbara, St. Barbaraweg 6 The Hague). The Eucharistic celebration starts at 4 pm. The names of the deceased of the past year will be read in the chapel. It is also possible to have the grave blessed. For this you can call: 070 3503718 or mail to
Sunday, December 1st, from 2 pm to 3 pm
Sunday, December 29th, from 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm.  Commemorative concert in collaboration with the Hague Conservatory.Agenada concerts.

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Thursday, January 24 Ariel Lee Sin Yu, soprano and Maximiliano Moreno, lunch concert piano
Arias from Puccini and Mozart

12.45 – 13.15
Admission is free.

Sunday, January 27
Coffee concert:  Henk Mak van Dijk and Gustavo Corrales Romero,  piano

12.00 – 13.00
Admission € 8.50 works by Colin McPhee, Paul Seelig, Lud van Zele and Gustavo Corrales Romero.
After this concert, we will drink a glass of wine in honor of the new year!

For the rest of the Spring Program: Consult the website
PODIUM VOCALE Laan van Meerdervoort 32 2517 AL Den Haag 070-3451423


The 2019 Feel at Home International Community Fair will take place in The Hague City Hall on 3 February 2019. Last year the Fair featured 150 exhibitors, presenters and performers and attracted over 4000 visitors, making it the biggest gathering of the international community in the region.

The central theme of next year’s event is Bringing Communities Together. The Fair is unique in attracting so many diverse groups and helping to make connections between them. Local and international sports, social and community groups join with service providers, small businesses, schools and universities to offer a varied programme of information, activities, demonstrations and try-outs throughout City Hall.

Exhibitors are invited to share the idea, interest or game which unites and excites their community, with visitors to the Fair. Activities and animations will emphasise the connections and cooperation between different groups, in a celebration of the uniquely connected international community of The Hague region.

Exhibitor registration is now open on the website: Exhibitors can register directly in one of three categories. 

For commercial standholders the Feel at Home Fair represents an unrivalled opportunity to reach a huge cross-section of the influential international community. Companies can demonstrate the relevance of their products to international customers and show their staff are not just English-speaking, but also friendly and approachable. Past exhibitors especially appreciated the quality of the interaction with visitors whom they found to be engaged and inquisitive.

The inclusion of Sports, Social and Community Groups and a wide variety of international schools and universities attracts a much broader audience than conventional fairs – local and international; recently arrived and residents of many years; parents and teachers, as well as children and students.

The low price point for a Small Business stand makes the Fair a very attractive proposition for local entrepreneurs to reach such a large and important target audience and network amongst themselves and the local business community. The Workshop Programme is a further opportunity to present products and services in more detail.

Local and international Sports, Social and Community groups can participate free of charge. The Fair allows them to present the human face of their groups in order to attract new members and wider audiences for their activities and performances.

The social ambience of the Fair will be as important as ever, with an International Food Court overlooking the activities, and a bar and networking café where people can catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Besides the Activities and Games on Central Park, there will be a full schedule of Performances on the Podium and an interactive Workshop Programme.


Don’t miss this opportunity to join the international community at the biggest and friendliest event in their social calendar: 11am – 5pm, Sunday 3 February 2019, The Hague City Hall.

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Artmozphere opened at Borneostraat 229 last December. It concerns interior consultancy for home and business (interior consultant for indoor home & company) based on crossovers of art, color and design. There is also a store for small sales. There will also be a mini stage for poetry, theater and literature (Tiny Floor Theatre).

Jaap & Isabel Postma
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By decision of 20 December 2018, the Municipal Council has adopted the bestemmingsplan Parapluherziening Staat van Bedrijfsactiviteiten  fixed unchanged.

With effect from 9 January 2019, the established umbrella plan for the State of Business Activities will be made available for inspection, made available and made available for consultation in the following ways:

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Do you play an instrument and do you want to increase your experience? Then come along to the best youth orchestra in The Hague and surroundings! In this orchestra, fun is first, but there is also serious rehearsal, led by Jurgen van Groningen Schinkel.

If you are between 10 and 21 years old and you are interested, come visit the open rehearsal on January 19th without any obligation. The orchestra rehearses from 10.00 to 13.00 in the Forum Hadriani association building: Oosteinde 16 Voorburg. If you are too young and still want to be in an orchestra, then you are cordially invited to H.I.J. Young under the direction of Imme Tonkes, a string orchestra for primary school students that rehearses at the same location from 10.00 to 11.30.

I hope to see you then!

More information about the H.I.J. and the H.I.J. Young on or email: info@HIJjeugdorkerst

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