From sports to nookie monsters: 12 great things to do in June

Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal will be speaking about his work at the What Design Can Do event. Photo: WDCD

Stock up on chips and beers, because the Dutch get ready for some serious sporting action, even when you’re not. But don’t worry, non-athletes, there’s still a lot going on in June.

Find out what design can achieve

The Internationaal Theater in Amsterdam is hosting the 10th edition of What Design Can Do with a packed programme. How can design help the most pressing social and environmental problems? Top designers and start-ups have all pondered this question and will share their ideas and thoughts in workshops, lectures and interactive networking sessions. 3rd of June. website

Watch a cricket match

If you’re not one to happily snore during a cricket match, you’re in luck: the West Indies, England, Pakistan and New Zealand all play Oranje in the coming months. It is, say Dutch cricket officials, the greatest season ever for the Dutch team.

The season begins with Amsterdam club VRA hosting the West Indies on May 31 but they will compete again on June 2nd and 4th, followed by England on June 17th, 19th and 22nd. website

Roll up for rugby

Rugby fans can look forward to more sporting action at the Amsterdam 7s rugby tournament on 4th and 5th June. A total of 70 teams – men and women – fight for the title over two days. You can buy tickets online with a 20% discount quoting DN2022. website

Meet the Nookie Monster

It’s not quite Sesame Street, so parents don’t take their kids to Avenue Q, which has similar furry creatures, but ones that swear and have sex. This award-winning musical is about a college grad trying to find his way through life. Not everything is cookies and cream, he thinks. June 24th to July 10th. site

Whoop it up at Oerol

It won’t be long until one of the country’s oldest and most likeable festivals begins on the Wadden island of Terschelling. Celebrating its 40th edition last year, Oerol is a melting pot of international theatre, dance and arts set against a backdrop of sand dunes and hopefully sunny skies.

The program is full of new and established talent sharing and talking about their work. Don’t be surprised if a person with a bench appears next to you and invites you to chat: it’s part of the Oerol community spirit. 10th-19th June. website

Also visit Crave Festival in The Hague (June 4th), Mañana, Mañana in Laren (June 9-12) ((Gelderland), Best Kept Secret in Hilvarenbeek (June 10-12) and Mystic Garden in Amsterdam (June 18) .

Turn to the Groote Museum with your big questions

Photo: Maarten van der Wal

“Plants don’t mind throwing away the old and superfluous,” says one of the exhibits in the brand new Groote Museum next to the Artis Zoo.

Through a combination of art and natural history, the museum tries to shed light on “the big questions”, such as: Who are we anyway? There are many interactive things to do e.g. B. put on a cozy coat or monitor the water intake of a nearby tree. Great fun but not cheap at €17.50 for non-museum card holders. website

Take a trip to Greenland

The New Continent, performed by the International Theater Collective Eindhoven (ITCE), is about the resilience of a group of people condemned to be in close quarters. En route to the promised land of Greenland, where they have bought land, their ship breaks down and they are forced to spend their time in the hold, where paranoia soon rears its head.

“It’s about how people deal with uncertainty,” says author and director Geert Niland, “and about empathy for people who react differently to uncertainty than we do.” 9th and 23rd June. site

Collect your art on the beach

Museum Beelden aan Zee and Festival Classique have joined forces to organize a cultural day for everyone. Visit the museum by day and see La Traviata on Scheveningen beach by night. For the little ones there will be 9-13 Aadje Piraatje from June 4th. website

Follow the flag bearer

Rembrandt’s standard bearer, bought for a controversial €150m to protect him for the nation, is currently touring 12 museums and no doubt driving up insurance costs.

Part of the standard bearer by Rembrandt

After a month at the Fries Museum, it is now the turn of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht to increase security. The painting will return to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam next May. In the meantime you can follow the progress on this website.

Step into paradise in Friesland

Oranjewoud in Friesland, the domain of wealthy people who built their mansions and gardens there in the 17th century, is the lush backdrop for Paradys – Arcadia, an aptly named open-air performance by artists as diverse as Marianna Simnett, Charles Avery , Mercedes Azpilicueta, Diana Scherer, Erik van Lieshout, Augustas Serapinas, Isa van Lier, Louis Le Roy, Kasper Bosmans, CATPC / Athanas Kindendie, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Alexandra Pirici, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Gregor Schneider and Alicja Kwade. Enough! Until August 14th. site

Fall under the spell of Ararat

Photo: Ararat 2020. Photo: Hans Avontuur

The Drents Museum in Assen has set up a spectacular exhibition of archaeological treasures entitled ‘The Slayer of Ararat’ which takes the viewer through the history and culture of ancient Armenia.

The focus of the exhibition is Mount Ararat, which is not in actual Armenia but is closely connected to it and on which the legendary Noah’s Ark stranded after the flood. One of the top exhibits is a fragment of wood said to have come from the ark. Until October 30th. site

Experience more is more in Gorssel

He is Chaïm Soutine, Francis Bacon, Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney on steroids, wrote one critic about the German painter Norbert Tadeusz (1940 – 2011), whose work is now being exhibited for the first time at the More Museum of Contemporary Realism in Görsel.

Subtitled Life as Spectacle, Tadeusz’s works are monumental bursts of color full of nods to the masters of the past that might earn him a place in their ranks. Until October 2nd. site

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