IN ALGERIA (lecture in Dutch)

What does Algeria look like today? Where did the strained situation in this enormous North African country come from? Only few people can report on this from their own experience. Henk Revis, former Dutch ambassador in Algeria (2004-2008) is one of them. When he took leave from diplomatic service he wrote the internal publication Nederland-Algerije. A relationship of four hundred years (2008). This book, that deserves to be read by a much larger group of readers, focusses in the first place on the eventful history of Algeria itself – its wars, religion and politics. But within that framework we meet a great number of remarkable Dutchmen like Louis Couperus and Marius Bauer. They belong to a group of enthousiastic travellers to whom the Orient was an artistic place of pilgrimage. Painters like  Menso Kamerlingh, Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig and Philippe Zilcken painted their impressions of Algeria on canvas.
Henk Revis allows the reader a glimpse behind the scenes of an embassy.

Time: Sunday 25 June, 16.00 hrs.
Entry: € 10,00 (coffee of tea included); Museumcard holders € 6,00

Please register via

9 June 2017,


On Friday 30 June 2017 the event VeiligVitaal (safety and vitality) will take place in the World Forum. VeiligVitaal is an informative event and its main theme is safety and vitality.

The event will be organized for all 55+ inhabitants of The Hague. Visitors can take part in workshops such as how to deal with smooth talking and tips for safe internet banking. How to deal with fat in the fire and how to secure your smartphone.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

More information and free registering:

9 June 2017,


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

15 May 2017 


On Saturday July 1 we will celebrate the 4th edition of ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag‘. On ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag’ we will ‘fight’ for our right to speak Dutch! It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, or if you have a thick accent! You can participate if you have some basic knowledge of Dutch (A1 or higher).


Join us on Saturday July 1 in Central Library The Hague. We will start with a free speed masterclass (to refresh your Dutch speaking skills). After that we will split up in small groups and go into the center of The Hague. Our goal is to speak Dutch as much as possible. With each other and with the waiters in a cafe or restaurant. Of course there will be Dutch speaking volunteers to guide you! And we’ll keep score: is the waiter patient enough, do they continue to speak Dutch with you, even when they’re busy? At the end of the day we will hand out a trophy to the cafe or restaurant which showed the most patience.

Do you want to participate? Great! Register now, for free, by sending an email to You can also guide one of the groups, if you speak Dutch at level B2+.

Programme Spreek Nederlands Dag 2017
Saturday 1 July, Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag (Spui 68, Den Haag)

Opening door wethouder Kenniseconomie, Internationaal, Jeugd en Onderwijs, Saskia Bruines (alderman for Knowledge economy, International affairs, Youth and Education, Saskia Bruines)
12:00 – 12:30
Speed masterclass Nederlands door Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute)
13:00 – 14:30
Groups go out into town
Winner is announced

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Free badge to be ordered via:


Direct Dutch Institute organises ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag’ in cooperation with The Hague Public Library, De Taalunie and several other partners. ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag’ is intended for expats who want to speak Dutch in public more often. International people often don’t get enough opportunity to practise their Dutch. Frequently they get an English reply when they attempt to speak it. Even international children encounter this problem.

9 June 2017,


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.”


Exhibition of under water photos and paintings of the oceans

Location: BLOOM House of Health, Koninginnegracht 28


Here is the schedule of Vandana’s coming workshops. As most of you are already aware of, these sessions will be organized at my home on Saturdays from 6 pm till 10 p.m. The cost is €50 per person per workshop. If you participate in 3 sessions, you will get 10% discount.

Learn some easy to prepare, nutritious and impressive dishes for sophisticated everyday cooking highlighting recipes from different parts of India like dal (lentils), palak paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), biryani (rice), kebabs etc. The mouth- watering recipes are easily adaptable to other vegetables, pulses, grains or even meat, fish and poultry, if you are cooking for friends and family at home.
Do you wish to surprise someone with an original gift? Give them something they’ll never forget! You can choose a date, time and also the style and menu perfect for your friends.

If you are interested, please contact me on my mobile: 06 5588 3510 or email
Please do visit my website

24 June – Traditional Indian meal

1 July – Mughlai or Parsi cuisine



In addition to  the reconstruction of   Bankastraat similar issues were discussed in the Residents’ Council. For instance, the plans concerning bicycle lanes on both sides of  Javastraat are now being investigated by a working group. The members of this group doubt  that there is any possibility for alterations. Moreover the wishes that live in the neighbourhood are so diverse that it seems to be almost impossible to come to an agreement that suits all.

The reconstruction of Carnegieplein is soon to begin. Our doubts about the flow of the traffice in Van Karnebeeklaan have been swiped off the table. Then we got word this week that the construction of the Rotterdamse Baan will be proceeded. All things considered it seemed to be a saddening evening, but in the very last minute the City Council let us now that the glasscontainers at Couperusduin will probably be removed and that the containers for clothes and plastic on Nassauplein will go underground.

September 28, 2012


Forty percent of the residents in our neighbourhood are of foreign origin.
Many of them live here for a few years and then leave. The newcomers need information about our neighbourhood.
This was a reason for the directors of the Residents Organisation to develop a brochure in English with a wealth of information about the neighbourhood.
So the brochure includes information about locations of the cash points and rubbish bins, doctors, pharmacies, the local police station, information about public transport, shop opening times and so on.

The brochure has since then been distributed in the district to be easily at hand.

The municipality of The Hague warmly welcomes this initiative in order to give a “Feel at Home” to the many foreigners.

Graphic design: Linda Fairwether


Your Community Association has a contract with The Hague Municipal Council making it possible for property owners in your neighbourhood to benefit from the free (collective) removal of graffiti (the so-called graffitiregeling).

But do you always report any graffiti or posters defacing your property? Those who have already reported such defacement know how important it is to do this quickly. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner the Council can arrange to have the graffiti and/or posters removed. Timely cleaning is especially important where the walls are the sort that absorb the spray paint used by graffiti vandals.

What do you do?
Just mail the completed authorization form to or telephone direct to 070 353 46 05 (Monday to Friday from 9.30 till 16.30) or the general number for The Hague Municipal Council 14070. If you have not yet signed up, don’t put it off any longer. Telephone the Graffiti Hotline for a special subscription to the graffiti clean-up service 070 353 46 05
or e-mail:

Want to know more?
If you want to know more about the clean-up service and the arrangement your Community Association has with the Council just telephone the Graffiti Hotline and quickly receive answers to all your questions. Take care of your property and work with the Council for a clean and safe city free of defacement.

Graffiti-Hotline  070 353 46 05