Below is the press release for the 2017 Feel at Home in The Hague Fair – but I’ll also add that I have been to many of these and also work a few hours a week with Billy at The Hague Online….highly recommend going to this Fair if you are in The Hague or surrounds, always a highlight of the year! And if you are in Australia or elsewhere in the world, even just reading through this article and checking out the website will show what’s going on in The Hague – it’s a great international city-Renee
On Sunday 5th February 2017, The Feel at Home in The Hague Fair will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. The Fair will be officially opened by the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, who will address a special welcome to the international community which plays such an important role in the region.
More than 4000 visitors attended the event in the Hague City Hall in 2016 and appreciated the unique ambiance created by the combination of 150 diverse exhibitors with a dynamic programme of activities and entertainment, workshops and seminars.
A meeting point for the whole community
No other expat event in the Netherlands engenders quite the same sense of community as The Hague Feel at Home Fair, where nearly a half of the stands are local sports and social clubs or volunteer organisations. These groups exhibit free of charge and relish the opportunity to network, advertise their activities and recruit new members.
Showcase for Small Businesses
Alongside these community groups are dozens of small business stands, many of them run by internationals who themselves moved to The Netherlands as an expat. They take great pleasure in animating the Fair with activities, tastings and performances which help them to connect with fellow internationals.
A Free Seminar Programme
This year, Education will be the central theme, covering the range of educational choices from pre-school to adult education. Contributors to the Education Programme of talks, seminars and workshops include many of region’s international schools and universities, and visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the speakers and panelists informally in the Education Zone.
There will also be a complementary series of seminars and workshops on all aspects of life in The Netherlands, from buying a house to learning about Dutch culture. Attendance at all seminars and workshops is free.
Entertainment and Food
The day is made richer through a lively entertainment programme provided by our international schools, amateur clubs and local professional cultural organisations. This year, with its focus on culture, the Fair will be especially animated, with three different performance spaces – The Podium, Central Park and STET’s Children’s Theatre.
Furthermore, The Feel at Home in The Hague Fair will be taking its entertainment programme out into the city centre, with some performances being repeated in De Bijenkorf department store.
The icing on the cake is an International Food Court taking a culinary trip around the World, from Africa to India, Peru and back to Europe . The combination of these elements gives the Feel at Home in The Hague Fair a unique flavour, which explains why the event plays such a special role as a meeting point for the entire international community.
A Dynamic International City
As you might expect, around a fifth of our visitors last year were newcomers to The Netherlands, but perhaps more surprisingly, over a third had lived here more than 10 years! What these two groups had in common was a desire to learn more about things to do and events and activities happening in their region.
By showcasing the huge range of clubs to join and things to do locally, The Feel at Home in The Hague International Community Fair is a celebration of the region as an interesting and dynamic place for internationals to live.
For Internationals and internationally-minded locals to come meet with friends and share in the pleasure of the great city of The Hague.
Registering for Free Tickets
Entrance is free for visitors who register in advance on our website: www.feelathomeinthehague.com
On our website and Facebook page visitors can also keep up to date with developments on the Fair.