June is festival time par excellence and The Hague is the place to be
During the fifth edition of The Hague Festivals, the city and the seaside resorts of Scheveningen and Kijkduin will be the proud venues for many great festivals and events. To kick off, there will be the Royal Beach Concert at Scheveningen, featuring Bryan Adams and Elton John. On Sunday June 26th ,Parkpop, Europe’s largest free pop festival, will close the ranks. Don’t miss Shopping Night on Thursday June 23rd, featuring a large catwalk in the middle of the street and tips on your mobile phone about great offers and the latest trends. This formula is so successful that other Dutch cities are following our example. The motto is 'Shop till you drop!’.
But that’s not all! 'The Hague is truly a jazz city and it shows: The Hague Jazz (June 17 – 19) is growing year by year and this year’s edition (number six) will be held at Kyocera Stadium, with plenty of room for more jazzy tunes. Big names will perform, including the extravagant diva Grace Jones. For a more intimate atmosphere, check out Jazz’in de Gracht; musicians on canal boats entertain the audience on the quay with jazz, funk and blues.
The Hague’s historic Hofvijver will once again be the main but not the only location for Festival Classique (June 14 – 19). Beautiful classical music will be heard at many special places in town, the motto being ´no nonsense, just good music`. ´Bolle buiken, ronde klanken´ is performed especially for pregnant women, featuring soothing harp music to relax both mothers to be and their unborn babies. Too normal for you? In the Gevangenpoort, a former prison, you can catch 'Bach in de Bajes’ (Bach in Jail). Perhaps Bach’s best music stems from his period in jail…
The Hague Festivals presents a wealth of big name performers in June: Bryan Adams, Golden Earring and Elton John on Scheveningen beach during Royal Beach Concert, Jamie Cullum at Parkpop and Grace Jones, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Duran Duran at The Hague Jazz. Who’s next?
June line up
The Hague Festivals presents over twenty festivals and events. Big names to look out for: Royal Beach Concert (June 4 and 5), Shopping Night (June 23) , Parkpop (June 26), Den Haag Sculptuur (June 6 – September 1), Vlaggetjesdag (June 11), The Hague Jazz (June 17 -19) , Festival Classique (June 14 – 19) and Nederlandse Veteranendag ( Dutch Veteran’s Day, June 25). For details, please visit www.thehaguefestivals.com.
The Hague Festivals
The Hague Festivals will put Den Haag in a festive mood all throughout June and showcase what the city can offer. From classical concerts to midnight shopping. From rock bands to outdoor exhibitions. From marching veterans to free pop concerts. From sampling delicious herring to enjoying jazz legends. Feel free to celebrate!