Zaha Hadid on the Shortlist for a new combined Music and Dance Theather in The Hague

Via Dezeen I know that Zaha Hadid is on a shortlist of 3 architects to built the new combined theater to replace the current Dance Theater and Anton Philips Music hall (the red building on the second photo) which building will also become the home of the Conservatorium (Music School) of The Hague.

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Hotels in The Hague

If you are looking for a hotel in The Hague just click the image above or hoteliers.com – The Hague, or in a wider circle around The Hague chose for the province of Zuid-Holland at hoteliers.com – Zuid-Holland. Nearly all hotels of The Hague (or Zuid-Holland) are represented here. You can make your reservation quickly and safely online. All hotels will be happy if you use this site because they pay a fixed annual service fee to be on this site instead of the high commissions other sites charge them. You can also link directly to the websites of the hotels via hoteliers.com. The The Hague tourist board uses a derivative of the site as a portal for accommodation in The Hague in the Dutch language, Slaap in Den Haag, which means Sleep in The Hague.

Jam de la Creme Festival July 31, 2010 on the Beach


Don’t forget the Jam de la Creme Festival on the Beach at Beachclub Buiten (Zwarte Pad), Saturday night July 31, 2010 – 7.00 PM till Sunday, August 1, 2010 – 4.00 AM.

Here is a promo for the festival:

The Hague in the summertime

A midsummer's evening, The Hague

One of the best kept secrets is that the summer is one of the best times to discover The Hague. There is still a lot to do and see even though most of it’s residents have gone to more exotic places.

If you are brave enough get to know The Hague on a bike, the streets are a lot quieter and you can see a lot more than on public transport or car. Please be careful of the tram lines, I am confident in saying that everybody at some point makes the mistake to bike too close to them. Throughout The Hague there are extensive bike paths. The city centre is now almost completely car free, so even more reason to get on a bike and find places that you would otherwise not see.

As luck would have it the temperate this year is fabulous for sun lovers. No need to escape to sunnier spots south of the border when we even have our own beaches! Scheveningen is one of the most popular beaches of the Netherlands. Whether you are young or old there is something for everybody. Along the beach on the boulevard there is a wide range of fast food, restaurants and entertainment.

While I am off on vacation tomorrow I am curious to read what your favourite spots, events and happenings are in The Hague during the summer.

The Hague Tweeps

If you like to connect quickly with people based in The Hage I suggest you use Twitter and head over to the list of people who work or live in The Hague with a Twitter Account at Tweepml where you can follow the 213 listed tweeps with one click. All in all the total list cannot exceed 250 as set by Tweepml.

Update August 4, 2010
Originally there was a long list of tweeps, people who tweet, sometimes also called tweeple or tweople, here.
I’ve taken the list away, because it was very long and doesn’t necessarily add to the one click connect with many people experience. It also takes a lot of time to load. Therefor I’ve uploaded a click-able image of the list. In addition updating the list is a bit cumbersome as you have to copy and paste html code in a blogpost which is not easy. Now updating the list is a simpler undertaking and that is the next thing to do.

Shoot Me Filmfestival in October 2010

The 6th edition of the The Hague Shoot Me Film Festival is scheduled From 8-17 October, 2010. It’s motto is ʻAnywhere Cinemaʼ. This film festival is dedicated to international independent films in combination with live music at surprising locations throughout The Hague.

The first artists have been confirmed. Among them are the internationally awarded photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn (the U2 and other popstar “in house” photographer) and Felixʼs “Machines from London” will have its Dutch première. Also various Polish films and animations with music from Chopin and a cinematographic encounter with the Antilles are planned.

Ticket sale for the Shoot Me Film Festival 2010 starts in mid-August, through their website.

Orange in The Hague (2)

Kneight in the order of `Oranje Nassau`.NLThis for instance  is a photo I was looking for.

Yesterday Giovanni van Bronkhorst the captain and Bert Van Marwijk the coach of the Dutch Vice World Champion Football team, were knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the order of Oranje Nassau.

Thank you Angela and Paytah

Orange in The Hague

From Turkey With Love

Argh. It happened again: I pressed the publish button much too early.
I was looking for photos of yesterdays celebration in The Hague of the homecoming of the vice world champions football and the reception in The Hague by the prime minister in the “Cats Huis” which is the Dutch equivalent of the White House in Washington and the knighting of the coach and the captain.
In the process I found this veryy happy photo of proliferate The Hague based photographer Roel Wijnants on Flickr. I gives a good view of what The Hague is also about: A multi cultural city.
Roel took this photo on Queensday on a Turkish Islamitic Cultural party that was organized parallel to Queensday.
Hence the title of the photo: From Turkey with love!

And on Posterous

I’ve created Absolutely The Hague | Posterous, because I’ve had already received several positive responses via Twitter. One typical reactions is: “I would like to help you out guys and girls, but I’m not sure I’ve got the time to do so”. For instance by Soenarko who is a typical Posterous blogger.

I’ve been experimenting a bit with Posterous the last year and it is even easier to post something on Posterous than in a WordPress based blog.

Therefor I’m hoping we can tag it along this blog and Absolutely The Hague | Posterous and find a way of having a supporting community that sends stuff to the Posterous account so that we get ideas here to work out. We will see what happens.

The Example: My Life in Leeds


I got my idea for this blog from My life in Leeds which is set up by Darren Cronian who is widely known from Travelrants, a blog aiming at the travel consumer, with whom I’ve maintained contacts over the years.

Darren’s city Leeds faces the same sort of problems we have in The Hague:
Like everybody knows London and not many people know Leeds, everybody seems to know Amsterdam while not many people know The Hague…