Dutch Australian

2019 Feel at Home in The Hague Fair

The annual Feel at Home in The Hague Fair has been bringing the international community in The Hague together for over a decade. Organised by TheHagueOnline, this year it was held on 03 February 2019, with a a record registration of 4730 tickets. Visitors enjoyed a diverse programme with performances, information and connection. Aimed at both newcomers and also those who live longer term in The Hague, this event is held in the impressive Atrium of The Hague City Hall.

I’ve lived in The Hague for almost 7 years now, and try to attend every year. I always appreciate the opportunity to catch up with friends in the international community, and reconnect with or discover organisations and activities in this great city.

Much of the information is in English, though there are also several Dutch language schools have stands so that “buitenlanders” can leer Nederlands, such as Direct Dutch with their great “Spreek Nederlands met mid” badges. One of the biggest challenges when you’re trying to learn Dutch is that almost everyone will reply to you in English once they hear your accent. These badges are a fun way to educate people to please not do that. Many other cultures and languages are also represented.

One of the things I like most about this event is that free stands are offered to community organisations. Great to see the ANZC club there – with ANZAC biscuits! (If you’re an Australian you’ll know exactly what I mean)

The AATG give a wonderful Christmas Pantomime every year, as well as other English language theatre events and performances.

ACCESS has been assisting English speakers in the Netherlands for over 30 years and are a partner in the fair.

The WWF was there, their panda was popular with the children.

Toastmasters International is an organisation I’ve been involved with in the past, and encouraged my students to start one at The Hague University of Applied Sciences – public speaker and leadership skills are so important.

Nice to see some colleagues from The Hague University of Applied Sciences there, sharing information about the Bachelors and Master’s programmes:

The Enactus student organisation were there too:

Always nice to see the WBII (Women’s Business Initiative International) each year.

Schools, sports clubs and other organisations give wonderful performances, these belly dancers from MounaMay were especially impressive.

There are many organisations and companies sharing information about their services in areas such as real estate, finance and more.

There is also an international food market, Ebere Akadiri from Ataro’s Food and Spices had her vibrant West African cuisine available:

Billy Allwood started this Fair and prefers to remain behind the scenes but I want to acknowledge all the hard work he puts in to support the international community in The Hague. Below with Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines and Manager of The Hague International Centre, Mandy Soonieus.

I worked with him for several years as editor at TheHagueOnline and still help out at the Fair with some photography and social media each year. THANKS BILLY! He also has put together a great team to run this event, so a huge thanks to them too.

For my own Google photo album, with many more photos and some short videos, visit: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bJQyn6EvHgK3ZzN2A

For more information, and to attend future editions of the FAHITH Fair, visit: http://feelathomeinthehague.com

For news and information about The Hague and surrounds, visit: https://www.thehagueonline.com

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