External Events 2012

Our friends from other clubs and societies, particularly GNE and BritSoc, have provided us with a fascinating list of external events that may be of interest to CADS members.

Sunday April 1, 2012

Spring High tea in The English Bookshop. The bookshop will turn into a classic tea room with a service offering of English tea, a glass of champagne, sweet and savory pastries and tasty finger sandwiches. Catering by De Dikke Lepel, cost 25 euro‟s. Registration necessary.

Address: Lauriergracht 71, free parking at Nassaukade. Time: 2. pm.

Sunday, April 1.

Time: 8.15 pm: 

Concert in the Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, with a 50% price reduction for GNE members (15 euro‟s, including coffee etc. instead of 30). Tickets can be ordered via the internet or by telephone. The code to be given to get the 50% reduction is MK120401.

Programme: Paul Barritt, violin – James Lisney, piano, playing Beethoven (two sonata‟s, including the Erzherzogssonate), Poulenc, Janacek

Wednesday April 4:

Venue: Kriterion Roeterstraat Amsterdam.
Time: 19.30 hrs

El Premio.

Documentary film about a seven year old girl suffering from persecution under the military junta in Argentina. Following the film the audience can join in a discussion with politicians and human rights activists. English subtitles.

Sunday, April 8: 

Barok Opera Amsterdam with a Purcell Gala in the Concertgebouw. A theatrical performance staging the main political and historical developments. The focus is on the later work of Henry Purcell, court musician to William and Mary.

Sunday, April 15

Time: 3. pm:

Venue: De Veranda, Amstelveenseweg 347 
De Tijd van de Tudors 

The lecture that had been carefully planned by your committee was to analyse the pictures of Charles I (remember the old cigar boxes?) and the work of the famous Anthony van Dyck. Unfortunately our speaker had to cancel his tour for personal reasons, causing us to find a replacememt. And did we succeed!! We wanted to stay as close to the original subject as possible and found the art-historian Rita Boogaart prepared to deliver her lecture about the Tudors for us. Since this is an existing lecture, originally prepared for the Volksuniversiteit, it will be in Dutch. Here follows a little of the contents: „In de zestiende eeuw raakte het contact van Engeland met het vasteland van Europa verstoord. Mede daardoor ontstond er een typisch Engelse cultuur in gebouwen, kunst en kunstnijverheid, mode, gebruiken, muziek en theater. Natuurlijk is vooral de hofkunst bewaard gebleven, met de Tudors in de hoofdrol. Met veel dia‟s en een beetje muziek zal een beeld van deze glorietijd worden gegeven.‟

Tuesday April 17th 2012

Time: 1:30pm.

The National Final of the BBC and ESU Public Speaking, Young Writers and Digital Voice Awards 2012.

Location: Dutch View Media Park – Studio Centrum Sumatralaan 45 1217 GP Hilversum


The finals will start at 1.30 pm, and everyone is invited to a simple luncheon at 12.30.

If you would like to be in the audience to cheer on your favourite contestant, then please register using this link: http://www.bbcawards.nl/2012/main/reg_final.html .

Note: Dutch View is walking distance from Hilversum Noord railway station. 


Wednesday, May 9:


Location: Kriterion Roeterstraat Amsterdam

Time: 9.30 pm 

A documentary film about failing justice in Congo under pressure of local and international NGO‟s. Language: French, Subtitles in English.“JUSTICE FOR SALE follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in Congo. She investigates the case of Masamba, a soldier who was convicted of rape, and discovers that his trial was corrupt and unfair. He was jailed without any concrete evidence. In Claudine‟s journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored.”


Thursday, May 10.

Time: 6.45 pm:

Husbands. The Prospero project 

Husbands is an international co-production and part of the prestigious Prospero project, for which just one director is chosen every year. As such, the production can be seen exclusively in Amsterdam‟s Stadsschouwburg and six other major European theatres in Berlin, Liege, Lisbon, Modena, Rennes and Tampere.

More info at: toneelgroepamsterdam.nl.

Toneelgroep Amsterdam would appreciate our judgment about the English surtitling of Husbands, a play based on the film by John Cassavetes, with among others Hans Kesting and Halina Reijn. We are invited to a free back stage tour (in Dutch) in the Stadsschouwburg: Reception with coffee, explanation about the theatre, the stage, the mechanical possibilities and especially for GNE: the ins and outs of the English surtitling. We reserved a number of seats with a discount on the admission price (for us 26,50 euro‟s). Please give Monty a call (020- 3315399) or mail (M. Kraayeveld@kpnmail.nl) before April 27.

Time: we meet in the lobby between 6.30 and 6.45 pmfor tour and coffee. Payment before April 27 to GNE Afdeling Amsterdam, ING 4677160


Zondag 13 mei:

Vlaams Cultureel Centrum De Brakke Grond, Nes 45, 14.30 uur Extra event: Ford Madox Brown, pionier van de Engelse Prerafaëlieten Op het ogenblik vindt -tot 3 juni a.s. – in het Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Gent een overzichtstentoonstelling plaats van het werk van Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893). Opgeleid in Antwerpen, Gent en Brugge, daarna bedreven in vele verschillende stijlen, is hij vooral bekend geworden als voorloper van de Prerafaëlieten. Zo was hij leraar van Dante Gabriel Rossetti, van wie we nog niet zo lang geleden met GNE een expositie in het Van Gogh-museum hebben bezocht. De huidige tentoonstelling was eerder te zien in Manchester. De waarnemend directeur, tevens curator van de tentoonstelling in Gent, Bruno Fornari, is bereid gevonden, speciaal voor GNE Amsterdam, hier naartoe te komen om een inleiding te geven, in een powerpointpresentatie, over deze belangwekkende schilder. De lezing zal in het Nederlands zijn. Toegang voor leden is gratis, voor niet-leden 10 euro. Laten we hem verwelkomen met een volle zaal. De Nes loopt van de Dam naar het zuiden, evenwijdig aan het Rokin, vanaf Krasnapolski. Halverwege is een klein pleintje en daar is het. De lezing wordt gegeven in het restaurant op het eerste verdiep.

Thursday, May 24.

Time 9.15 pm: 

Purcell‟s famous Dido and Aeneas will be performed by Holland Opera. Reduced price 49,50 euro‟s for GNE members, provided the booking is made before April 15. Reservations can be made by telephone: 033-2020929. To get the reduction of 10 euro‟s you need to mention you are a member of GNE. Dining before the performance is possible in restaurant Dido, nextdoor to the Veerenfabriek. Three course menu with mediterranean, Middle-east and Asian dishes. More information at http://www.hollandopera.nlLocation:de Veerenfabriek, right behind Amersfoort Central train station, parking space available.From the (Dutch) website:In het meesterwerk van Purcell wordt het verhaal verteld van twee ontheemden. Dido, verbannen uit haar eigen land en Aeneas op zoek naar een nieuw rijk.Dido vraagt asiel aan en moet in een gevangenis haar aanvraag afwachten. Daar ontmoet zij Aeneas, een politicus met grote ambities. Dido en Aeneas worden wanhopig verliefd. Kan zij blijven en kiest hij voor haar? Of wordt zij teruggestuurd en reist hij verder naar een land waar hij zijn ambities kan verwezenlijken?

Saturday, 2nd June:


Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with the GNE 


The Genootschap Nederland‐England (GNE) would like to make an advance announcement of an event to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. As part of the many celebrations that will take place both in the UK and The Netherlands, the GNE also intends to celebrate this very rare and special occasion. We will have a visit to the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, in Enschede, for a guided tour of a collection of British portraiture on loan from Tate Britain, followed by a traditional British garden party. Our guide to the collection will be one of the senior curators from the Tate, who is coming over specially.This event will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, 2nd June, which was the actual day of the coronation in 1953! It will be open to all GNE members and their guests, as well as other associations which are celebrating the occasion. Please put this date in your diaries. The event is still being planned but a confirmation with details will be announced soon on the GNE website (http://www.nederlandengeland.nl ‐> GNE national events).We are looking forward to welcoming you in Enschede!For further information, please visit the website of the museum http://www.rijksmuseumtwenthe.nlThen go to Agenda, click on Ladies and Gentlemen and scroll to the bottom where you will find the link to MUSE, the museum‟s magazine with an article by Martin Myrone and a lot of information regarding the exhibition.


Wednesday, June 6th:

Time: 20.30

Venue: Theater Bellevue (Holland Festival) 


“In an unnamed Arab state, in which all forms of theatre and public gatherings have been banned, a condemned 1960’s performance of Shakespeare ‘s Twelfth Night becomes the focal point for resistance blogs and dissident social networks. The state, eager to quell this dangerous mixture of nostalgia and dissent, commissions the Speaker, a once radical theatre maker, now regime apologist, to make a forensic recon-struction and public denunciation of the1960’s piece. But as the Speaker and his group of volunteers delve deeper. They find themselves increasingly engaged with the condemned material and discover in the act of performance, a solidarity that transforms the gathering into an unequivocal act of defiance towards the state.A dark satire on the decades of hopelessness and political intertia that fed the recent revolts across the Arab region.”Dutch subtitles. We have reserved 10 (!) seats for our members. Price: €. 22,50. Please let Monty know before April 5 if you want to join: first come, first served.

Introduction at 19.45 pm, play starts at 20.30.

Friday, June 8:

Location: De Balie Amsterdam 


The In-Players with three one-act plays by Noel Coward.

Friday, June 15:

Time: 8.15 pm

Venue: Concertgebouw Kleine zaal. 

Concert with a discount for Members of GNE. Dame Emma Kirkby-soprano, James Lisney-piano, Joy Lisney-cello.Programme: Schubert-Beach-Debussy and the world premiere of the England based Dutch composer Jan Vriend‟s „Joy‟

GNE members pay 22,50 instead of 35 euro‟s, including coffee/tea/refreshments. To get the reduced price use code number MK120615


June 16th:

Nieuwe Bibliotheek, Almere Stad 13.30 hrs

From our National Committee: 

Op 11 februari j.l. was er een National Event in de Artisbibliotheek in Amsterdam met als hoofdattractie een optreden van de inmiddels overal bekende Redmond O’Hanlon. De zaal was geheel volgeboekt. De spreker bleek echter de nacht tevoren ziek te zijn geworden, waardoor er een aangepast programma is gepresenteerd, met de belofte dat geprobeerd zou worden O’Hanlon later alsnog te laten spreken.Dat is gelukt; hij komt nu op zaterdag 16 juni a.s. voor ons spreken in De Nieuwe Bibliotheek aan het Stadhuisplein in Almere-stad. Aanvang 13.30 uur, einde ongeveer 16.15 uur. Onderwerp zal zijn de reizen die hij gemaakt heeft, met diaprojectie op de achtergrond, met de nadruk op de tocht met de Beagle in het voetspoor van Darwin.Er zal gelegenheid zijn hem boeken te laten signeren. De bibliotheek (de modernste van het land) ligt op 5 minuten van het station; er is parkeergelegenheid (garage).Degenen die al in Amsterdam waren, ontvangen persoonlijk bericht. Er zal voor een beperkt aantal personen die alsnog willen komen gelegenheid zijn deze middag bij te wonen. Kosten 12 euro voor leden, 16 euro voor niet-leden.Dit kan een aanleiding zijn om belangstellende vrienden kennis te laten maken met het GNE. Inlichtingen en aanmelding, onder vermelding van GNE-branch en complete bereikbaarheidsgegevens, bij Monty Kraayeveld, Herengracht 409, 1017 BP Amsterdam, tel. 020-3315399, bij voorkeur per email m.kraayeveld@kpnmail.nl.Deadline is 12 april a.s. Betalingen naar GNE Hoofdbestuur te Nederhorst den Berg, ABNAmRo  In april komt er nader bericht aan degenen die zich hebben aangemeld.


Thursday June 28th:

Gilbert and Sullivan at the Koninklijke Schouwburg

Thursday, August 30:


The well known open-air Shakespeare theatre lllyria plays Henry V 

19.30 hrs 

Location: Raadhuis De Paauw, Wassenaar 

Tickets €. 15 when pre-booked between April 1 and June 1. Code for GNE: ADILL12.

This is an offer exclusive for our members, on top of an already reduced price.

Booking via the STET ticket-shop, to be found at http://www.theenglishtheatre.nl


September 15/16:

Tour to the battlefields of the Somme.

Tour led by the British Consul, John Cameron Webb

Mr Cameron Webb is an expert on World War I. Only a few places are still available. Please phone Monty Kraayeveld for more info. Tel. 020-3315399.

Saturday 8th December
The British Society Christmas Ball in the Barbizon Palace.

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