Community and community events: Netherlands

Community and community events: Netherlands

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Find out what the expat community is doing over the next few months and inform the community about new events.

(Please note: this page is currently being updated - for more information on groups and clubs please visit the groups and clubs sections 1, 2 and 3.)

Expat groups and clubs in Holland - Part I

Expat Advice and Information, Activist Clubs, Art and Photography Clubs, City Clubs, Food and Wine Clubs, Educational Clubs, Family Clubs, Gay and Lesbian Clubs, Language Clubs, Literary Clubs.

Expat groups and clubs in Holland - Part 2
Music Clubs, National Clubs, Political Clubs, Professional Clubs, Regional Clubs, Religious Clubs. Social Clubs.

Expat groups and clubs in Holland - Part 3
Sports clubs, theatre clubs, writing clubs and women's clubs.

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21 April
he business of being born - a film by Abby Epstein
Executive Produced by Ricki Lake

When: 19:30
Where: Keltelhuis, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Cost: EUR10 (seating limited, reservations required: - All proceeds from this screening will go to benefit maternal health in South Africa.)

Footage of women having babies punctuates the “The business of being born” Each experience is unique; all are equally beautiful and equally surprising.  Giving birth is clearly the most physically challenging event these women have ever gone through, but it is also the most emotionally rewarding.  Along the way, director Epstein conducts interviews with a number of obstetricians, experts and advocates about the history, culture and economics of childbirth. The film’s fundamental question: should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?  As Epstein uncovers some surprising answers, her own pregnancy adds a personal dimension.
To see the trailer and for more information go to  (This special benefit screening of the film was arranged by Jennifer Walker and Jacky Bloemraad-De Boer)

For our listings of family/ baby clubs check out Groups and clubs in the Netherlands (1) under Families.


Every Friday

Various Art Exhibitions

HPVK (Hang Plek voor Kunstenaars), Raamgracht 58
Time: 5-8pm; Price: free

Every Friday a different underground artist exhibits at this social/cultural 'Hangout for Artists'and, as is the custom, leaves one artwork behind for the walls, along with works by other artists. The gallery is open Wed-Sun between 2pm-6pm.


Friday Night Curry Club
Bistro Bonjour, Keizersgracht 770B
Time: 7.30pm; Price tbc

A monthly friday night event for avid curry lovers upstairs at Bistro Bonjour. Each event offers a different banquet  menu, and guests gets the chance to taste authentic regional cuisine from India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Check out website for further details or email:   


Every Sunday

In Your Face!
Comedy Café, Max Euweplein 43-45 (Tel: 020 638 3971)
Time: 9pm; Price: EUR 13

During the week, this centrally-located comedy café offers stand-up comedy from both Dutch and international comedians. But come Sundays, they offer a 'no holds barred hit-and run' English-language improvisation show.


Every first Wednesday of the month

Sugar Factory, Lijnbaansgracht  238 (Tel: 020 428 4600)
Time: 8pm (doors open 6.30pm)-11pm; Price: EUR 15 (per team), EUR 5 (per non-playing person in the audience)

A brand new music quiz held every first Wednesday of the month.  For teams up to five people. Prizes include EUR 100 or free-entrance to the Sugar Factory for a month.


Every last Friday of the month

Open Mic Night
ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11
(Tel: 020 535 2573)
Time: 8pm; Price: EUR 4.50

All performers are welcome to showcase their talent at the microphone to a live audience: poets,  (performance) artists, songwriters, (short)storytellers, writers, singers, and comedians. Organised in the annexe building of the American Book Center. Register via or by phoning: 020 535 2573.


Every first and third Monday of the month
Taste & Toastmasters Club
ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 (Tel: 020 320 6828)
Time: 8pm; Price: free

 Taste & Toastmasters Club, a sisterclub of Toastmasters International, gives communication and leadership training every first and third Monday of the month. They warmly invite you to toast and celebrate cuisine specialities. Guests are always welcome. Please send a quick email to them at

More information available at:

English language listing of free (classical) concerts in the Netherlands

Compiled by Anne:



Autism Association for Overseas Families (NL)

 Informal parents coffee mornings.

AAOF is an English language group serving the international community in the Netherlands, consisting of parents/family members and professionals offering support and information to families of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, living in the Netherlands.

    Every second Sunday of the month

    The ABC Book Club
    ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 (Tel: 020 320 6828)
    Time: 3-5pm; Price: free

 Ever feel the need to share your book-experience with others? The ABC Book Club meets every second Sunday of the month to discuss a recently published novel in a relaxed and friendly setting.

 Various dates

  Spoorsingel 26 Bank
  2613 BE Delft
  Tel: 015 2123290
   Online: or

 DFAS exists to stimulate enjoyment of the arts through a series of illustrated lectures and other activities delivered in English by leading British and European speakers, all of them experts in their own field specially brought in to address the DFAS audience.



Lesbian Community in The Hague
Tel: 070 326 80 09

    An informal group of English-speaking women-identified women, meeting in The Hague for discussion and shared meals. The members are  middle-aged professionals who want to socialize with other lesbians, but aren't interested in the bar scene. The goal is over time is to build women's community based on common interests and friendships.  

Love Exiles Foundation / Stichting Love Exiles

    The Love Exiles Foundation educates the public about immigration issues facing same-sex couples and provides support and outreach to bi-national same-sex couples. The local group in the Netherlands organizes regular social events and provides a support network for same-sex couples who have moved or are planning to move to the Netherlands.

Women Out

Gaymix COC Rotterdam

    Special group focusing on lesbian women and gay men coming from outside Dutch culture; offers help, support and assistance; and has a dance and café night.  

Gay Swim Amsterdam
Tel: 06-2417 3268

    The best way to get to know us is to come and swim. To participate in training sessions, come to the swimming clubs' entrance of the Sloterparkbad (President Allendelaan 2, within easy reach of the last stop of tram lines 13 and 14). Be there a good quarter of an hour before starting time. One of the welcoming committee will tell you everything there is to know about GSA. For your first visit to our training a contribution of EUR 3 will be asked.

Yahoo group for gay people
Web address:


Every Tuesday

iNew Amigos! Language Café
Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170
Time: 7pm; Price: free

Regardless of your native language, proficiency level, cultural background and age, you are welcome to this café evening to meet people from all walks of life who come together to play the ¡New Amigos! language board game, learn foreign languages and make new friends. This is one of a network of language cafés that exist across Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France and The Netherlands.



La marcia del V2-Day

25 April
VDay2 in Amsterdam (referendum to abolish privileges within the Italian publishing world)

For the first time in Italian history there will be the opportunity to promote a referendum to abolish privileges within the Italian publishing world.
Everyone who wishes to participate in Italy’s freedom of information can vote against the "corporation" of journalists, the public funding for the press and the Gasparri law for broadcasting companies. Aimed to destroy the political and financial subjugation of Italian media and newspapers, the referendum is being lead by Beppe Grillo in most of Italian cities as well as many international capitals including Amsterdam. You can vote by the stall in Van Baerlestraat from 17.00 on (Museumplein, near AH).

For more details check


British Conservatives Abroad in the Netherlands
Burgmeester Warnaarkade 4
2391 AW Hazerswoude-Dorp
Contact: Malcolm Smith
Tel: 0031 172 58 83 81

Democrats Abroad
Robert Bragar

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organisation for some six to seven million American citizens who live outside the USA. Democrats Abroad/Netherlands offers election information, voting assistance and a link to fellow Democrats in Holland.

Overseas Vote Foundation

Republicans Abroad Netherlands
Phone: 06 18240923

We provide a unique opportunity for Americans living overseas to communicate their concerns to the Republican leaders in Washington, to participate in non-partisan voter registration and information drives. We participate in American outreach programs and are working to strengthen the Dutch-American relationship through intercultural exchange and networking. We also support the Voting Assistance Program


30 January

Business strategy and ethics in the global environment

19:00 - 21:00
De Burcht (Vakbondszaal), Henri Polaklaan 9, Amsterdam

For the MBA school of the University of Amsterdam.
Martial arts practitioner Brent Hire is giving a lecture in English focused on stimulating innovation and inspiration of business strategy and ethics in the global environment.Hire looks at corporate ethics and governance from the perspective of the archetype of the Japanese Samurai. The lecture covers concepts of business strategy, globalisation and conflict resolution from the perspective of the modern warrior.

Please confirm if you wish to attend.
For more information visit:


The European Professional Women’s Network in Amsterdam

European Professional Women’s Network is a vibrant growing pan-European federation of more than 15 women’s network. Our common objective is to provide women with the tools, networks and support they need to assume leadership. We aim to share knowledge across Europe, and are participating in several Europe-wide initiatives. We combine a sophisticated online networking platform, linking several thousand business women across Europe, with regular, offline events in many cities including Amsterdam.


The Hague International Network (THIN)
If you are interested in networking and/or would like to know more about the above subject, simply reply by clicking Please include your name as well as the name of your company or organisation and the date of the meeting. If you have suggestions for future events, please feel free to contact Marianne van Zon (tel.: 070 - 306 2211), who is in charge of  organising the network meetings on behalf of the Municipality of The Hague and the Hague Chamber of Commerce.

    Registration is compulsory and please bring a valid identification.
    for more information visit

    More general information for expats in the Hague:

Leiden Expats Club
E-mail address :
Web site :


 The MEETinEINDHOVEN group's primary focus is to provide a relaxed, 'non-pickup-scene' social environment for people to enjoy without paying membership fees. If you just moved to Eindhoven or if you have lived here for a while, this group can be a great way to meet new people in the area. Join us for happy hours, camping, hiking, clubbing, art gallery tours, barbecues, ski trips and many other social events around the Eindhoven area. is 100% free and 100% volunteers.


Sunday, 23 March
Easter Celebrations in HICC

Where: Zuiderkerk, Neuweg 148, Hilversum
Service at 9:30 (English) with separate activities for children.
Service at 11:15(English) Children stay for first part of service and then take part in separate activities.

On Easter Sunday, everybody you are warmly invited to celebrate Easter with Hilversum International Christian Center (HICC). In the morning there will be two Easter celebrations with singing (accompanied by a band) with a short message about Easter. After the service there is time to mingle over a cup of coffee.

Hilversum International Christian Center is an international, multicultural church that is open to anyone, regardless of their background or nationality. Except for Sunday services, HICC is also active outside the four walls of the church. For more information about HICC and its activities, check out

For more events check out our listing of religious services and celebrations in English across the Netherlands.


Want to play football, cricket, basketball or any other sport? Then check out Expat groups and clubs in Holland - Part 3.


Every first and third Monday of the month
Taste & Toastmasters Club
ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 (Tel: 020 320 6828)
Time: 8pm; Price: free

    Taste & Toastmasters Club, a sisterclub of Toastmasters International, gives communication and leadership training every first and third Monday of the month. They warmly invite you to toast and celebrate cuisine specialities. Guests are always welcome. Please send a quick email to them at

More information available at:

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