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Unlocking Dutch Culture: Upcoming Events for International Students

As an international student embarking on your journey in the Netherlands, immersing yourself in Dutch culture is an essential part of the experience. From vibrant festivals to traditional events, there are so many opportunities to explore and celebrate the culture of this dynamic country. These experiences not only offer a glimpse into Dutch traditions but also provide a platform for cultural exchange and an opportunity to connect with locals and fellow international students alike. Here are some upcoming must-see events and festivals that should definitely make it onto your bucket list for the next months.

1. Tulip Festival

21 March – 12 May 2024

One of the first things that come into our mind thinking about the Netherlands is definitely the endless tulip fields (and the windmills of course). Springtime in the Netherlands means it is the time for the iconic Tulip Festival, a celebration of the colourful bloom of these flowers all over the country. From March to May, visitors can immerse themselves in the wonders of the tulip season at various locations, including the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens and the Flower Parade on 20 April. Tulip Festival offers an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Dutch springtime.

2. King's Day (Koningsdag)

27 April 2024

On 27 April, the Netherlands turns into a sea of orange as the nation celebrates King's Day, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Join millions of Dutchies in celebrating the birthday of King Willem-Alexander with a day filled with, music, dancing and attend flea markets and fun fairs. Dance to live music performances, try delicious street food, and immerse yourself in the energy of the celebrations all across the country. Don’t forget to wear something orange!

3. Dutch Beer Week (Week van het Nederlandse Bier)

23-26 May 2024

Raise a glass to Dutch brewing heritage during the Week of Dutch Beer, a celebration of the most popular drink in the country and its traditions. In May, breweries across the Netherlands open their doors to beer lovers, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the art of brewing. Join guided brewery tours to learn about traditional brewing techniques, experiment with trying unique beer styles at beer tasting or showcase your knowledge at pub quizzes.

4. Amsterdam Art Week

29 May – 2 June 2024

Experience the vibrant pulse of Amsterdam's contemporary art scene at the Amsterdam Art Week, when creativity and innovation is celebrated at more than 800 locations. The city comes alive with a diverse array of art exhibitions, gallery tours, performances, and artist talks, showcasing the best of local and international talent.

5. Holland Festival

6 - 29 June 2024

The prestigious international performing arts festival fusions art, culture, and creativity in the Netherlands. Spanning over several weeks each June, the Holland Festival offers a diverse program of theatre, dance, music, opera, visual arts, and interdisciplinary performances. Besides attending performances, you can meet with artists, visit workshops, watch films, making this festival truly unique.

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