CELEBRATE FREEDOM IN THE HAGUE

De Liberation Day Festival takes place on May 5. You are welcome on Malieveld between 12.00 and 23.00 hours for free concerts by international artists like Álvaro Soler (Spain), DJ’s Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano (Holland), Will and the People (UK), The Beat (UK), The Cool Quest (Holland) and Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (France). There’s also an English speaking activity organised by Voice 4 Thought, with poet Croquemort (Chad) and musician Barbara Gwanmesia (Cameroon). In addition to this, interesting stories from human rights activists who live, temporary, in The Hague (Shelter City Bus Tour).

You can also visit the large information market, the children’s area, the many food and drink stalls and thousands of freedom loving Dutch people!

THE HAGUE FREEDOM WEEKS

In the weeks before the Liberation Day Festival you can visit a wide range of English activities in the city. A few examples of these are:

Tuesday 19 April – 19.30 – Justice and Peace (Nutshuis) – Admission is FREE
FILM SCREENING and DISCUSSION: ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE
This award winning film portrays the hopes and dreams of a group of five Palestinians and Syrians, who fled to Europe – to escape the war in Syria. In Milan, they meet a poet and journalist who agrees to help them complete their journey to Sweden – by faking a wedding party. As their Palestinian friend puts on her wedding gown, for a celebration attended by a dozen Syrian and Italian ‘guests’, they commence their 4-day journey, covering almost 3,000 kilometres, through the so-called ‘Fortress of Europe.’ After the screening, a short discussion about the movie will be held in Café Juni in the Nutshuis.

Thursday 21 April – 19.30 – Justice and Peace (Nutshuis) – € 5,-
FILM SCREENING and Q&A: A HAUNTING HISTORY
It took the sisters Ilse and Femke van Velzen 2.5 years to complete this ‘telling’ documentary on South Sudan. The film follows young and ambitious lawyer, Anuol, as he returns to his homeland. Haunted by the traumatic war that defined his childhood, we watch as he clings to his belief that the law is the only true way to achieve lasting peace. When a new bloody civil war breaks out and his countrymen seem to want to forget the past, he fights to sue those responsible for the violence. Will Anuol be able to bring about the justice and reconciliation he wants so badly? After the screening there will be a Q&A in Café Juni in the Nutshuis.

Sunday 24 April – 11.00 – The Hague Shakespeare Festival (Theater aan het Spui)
SHAKESPEARE AND JUST WAR
The theatrical presentation Shakespeare and Just War, is part of the Shakespeare 400 commemorations in The Hague (18-24 April), organised by the The Hague Shakespeare Festival, with the British Embassy and the British Council. The British Ambassador Sir Geoffrey Adams, will open the commemorations, after which, Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism of International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), will deliver the keynote speech, Shakespeare and Just War, exploring the first notions of human rights and wartime rules and regulations found in a common code of chivalry, in Shakespeare’s texts. His speech will be illustrated by carefully selected scenes, performed by Dutch actors Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Pierre Bokma. After a musical intermission, a panel of experts from the theatrical, legal and academic world will give their responses to President Meron’s speech. The audience will then be given the opportunity to join in the debate and ask questions.

Tuesday 3 may – 16.00 – 17.30 – Justice and Peace (Nutshuis) – € 5,0-
BOOK PRESENTATION ON FREEDOM OF PRESS: WHO TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TRUTH?
This World Press Freedom Day, will serve as the launch of Blad voor de mond, a book featuring journalists who outline the ways in which their work is impeded, both in the Netherlands and worldwide. It’s pages describe how citizens are denied access to the truth and how news is being manipulated, claiming that authorities can do as they please and, subsequently, how democracy fails. Listen to the stories of two international journalists, who are staying in a Dutch City Shelter, temporarily, because of the pressure and threats they have experienced in their own countries. They are interviewed by journalist Eric Smit, who will officially launch the book with a column entitled Who takes responsibility for the truth? And what are the consequences? Please register via 3mei@bladvoordemond.nu

April 15 until May 4 – City Hall
EXHIBITION THE SURVIVORS
The Survivors is an art project that will challenge and confront our large and varied public, to consider the daily reality of the lives of Syrian refugees. 17 artists are asked to react to the drawings of an 11 year-old Syrian boy, Taim Safar. They then create their own original works. This shows that something, as simple as the drawing of a child, can lead to unique and innovative art projects. The 17 artists taking part in this project are: Saskia Burggraaf, Eva Murakeozy, Rik Smits, Airco Caravan, Wouter Willebrands, Leonard van de Ven, Albert Zwaan, Floor Frencken, Malou Cohen, Hanna de Haan, Helen Hintjens, Rutger van der Tas, Jakob de Jonge, Suzanne Somer, Robert Roelink, Alexandra Arshanskaya and Bassam Alkhouri.

Sunday 1 May – The Hague Boat (departure Mauritskade 10)
JEWISH HISTORY BOAT TOUR
On Sunday, May 1st the Jewish History Boat Tour will reveal, the secrets of Jewish history in The Hague. The guide Remco Dörr is an art historian and inspired narrator.

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