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The Netherlands celebrates Liberation Day on Thursday, marking 71 years since Germany surrendered at the end of World War II.

The celebrations started in Wageningen around midnight where the Liberation flame was lit and torches then taken by runners to other fires all over the country. Germany signed the capitulation documents in Wageningen on May 5, 1945. The south of the country had been liberated months earlier.

The focus of this year’s events is Groningen where journalist Thomas Erdbrink will give the traditional May 5 reading. Prime minister Mark Rutte will then light the Liberation flame and start up the party. Ali B and Typhoon are among the stars performing at the Groningen festival.

In total 14 formal Liberation Day festivals are being staged all over the country: in Zwolle, Leeuwarden, Assen, Almere, Utrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Wageningen, The Hague, Roermond and Vlissingen.

Helicopter

Dutch solo performers Kovacs and Nielson, rapper Def P and DJ duo Sunnery James Ryan Marciano are this year’s Liberation Day ambassadors, making whistle stop tours of the 14 festivals by helicopter.

The celebrations end with the traditional May 5 concert on the Amstel river in Amsterdam, which is broadcast live on television and will be attended by king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima.

Holiday

Bevrijdingsdag is only an official day off work for most workers once every five years but this year has coincided with Ascension Day, which is a public holiday.

While last year’s festival was marred by bad weather and hail storms, this year will be sunny and dry, with the temperature reaching up to 20 degrees in the south.

The sunshine will continue over the weekend, when it could reach up to 25 degrees, the KNMI weather bureau said.

 

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Article source: http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/DN-Dutch-The-Dutch-celebrate-Liberation-Day-with-festivals-of-freedom_672471.html


It will be held from May 10-12 in Dublin and is one of three conferences the research company holds around the world, with the other two taking place in the US and Asia.

 

Phocuswright Europe will consist of panel conversations and one on one interviews, with speakers including Citizen M Hotels chief executive Michael Levie and TripAdvisor president and chief executive Steve Kaufer.

 

The event is also taking place with TTG Media as one of its media partners. Managing director Daniel Pearce said: “Technology is at the heart of the travel industry, so to support a conference dedicated to the topic is a must from our point of view.”

 

Phocuswright managing director Tony D’Astolfo added: “Phocuswright are delighted to be partnering with TTG Media.

 

“With a pedigree that stretches back over 60 years in travel trade publishing it is an honour for us to be working with such an esteemed company.

 

“Over the last three years Phocuswright has established a greater reach here in Europe with the launch of our European conference, which was held in Dublin, and now moves to Amsterdam for 2017.”

Article source: https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/news/phocuswright-europe-opens-in-dublin-next-week-4701


The last thing you want from a multifunctional event space is for it to be constrained by the design of its interior, so one art center has foregone any interior at all. Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands, instead fills its empty space with moveable architectural and furniture units.

Kunstfort Vijfhuizen is located at Fort Vijfhuizen. The decommissioned fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is said to be one of 42 forts in the defense line of Amsterdam. The art center makes use of the 8 x 35-m (26 x 115-ft) space afforded by one of the fort’s old military engineering hangars.

The Moveables, as the collection is appropriately called, were designed by PolyLester and is aimed at providing a flexible and multipurpose interior for the old hangar. While the idea is reminiscent of reconfigurable spaces such as the Small Home Smart Home in Hong Kong and the Kinematix office space, it offers more adaptability by virtue of its elements being freestanding on wheels.

There are a variety of different types of units that can be arranged within the space for hosting different types of events, such as exhibitions, talks or meetings. There are four tables, a reception desk, a projection wall with storage space, a meeting room unit and two tiered stages that double as cloakrooms.


Each unit was designed to be multifunctional. The wardrobe and storage units can be combined, for example, and the reception desk has shelves and folders and space for two people to sit and work. The units can also be used as a means of dividing up the space.

In addition to serving the needs of the arts center at different times, the Moveables allow users to be creative about how it the space is configured. The moveable nature of the units is similar to construction games, jigsaw puzzles and computer games such as Tetris, with the design of the units contributing to this sense. They are geometrical and clear-cut in shape and volume, with a stark white and yellow color scheme.

The units can also be used outside and can be stored outside if they are not needed for a certain event. Elsewhere, the hangar boasts six industrial lights that hang from the ceiling, the height of which can be adjusted by way of a motorized system.

Polylester began work on the Moveables project in 2014 and, following some delays as a result of funding and architectural issues, it was completed recently.

Source: Polylester

Article source: http://www.gizmag.com/polylester-the-moveables/43162/


Tim Cook is no stranger to conferences and keynotes, and later this month the Apple CEO is set to appear at the first Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam. Cook will open the event as its keynote speaker on May 24th, followed by appearances by other big names including Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Uber’s Travis Kalanick. Google and Apple-partner IBM are among Startup Fest’s sponsors.


Here’s how Startup Fest Europe describes the event:

Startup Fest Europe is a one-of-a-kind nation wide festival of more than 25 independently organised events in the Netherlands that helps startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals).

The purpose of Startup Fest is for entrepreneurs to make deals with investors, establish partnerships with corporates and attract the right talent. From 24-28 May 2016 The Netherlands will be the place where every startup in the world wants to be.

If you’re in the region and want to attend the event, tickets are on sale now but they’ll cost you; a conference pass goes for €995.00, or just over $1100 USD, so you’ll probably want your boss to cover the expense. Startups looking to attend the event, however, can apply for discounted or even free admission.

With the event’s startup focus, showing up on Apple’s radar could prove invaluable as Cook spoke openly about the company’s merger and acquisition approach and ‘always looking’ on CNBC earlier this week:

Could it come in services? Yes, and we’ve bought some companies to help us in services. But it can also come in a number of other areas. We’re barely acquisitive. We haven’t acquired a very large company yet, but we’ve acquired a lot of companies. We generally acquire a company every three to four weeks on average. And so it’s a rare month that there’s not a company being bought. We typically buy for technology and really great people. And but you know, we’ll see. We’re always looking.

Cook has previously appeared at various conferences and events including Box’s fireside chat with CEO Aaron Levie last fall as well as the Wall Street Journal’s annual WSJD event. It will be interesting to hear Cook’s remarks just weeks before Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference where it’s set to unveil iOS 10, OS X 10.12, and the next versions of tvOS and watchOS.

Article source: http://9to5mac.com/2016/05/06/tim-cook-startup-fest-amsterdam/


  • Queen Maxima, 44, wore a glitzy gold dress to the celebrations
  • Liberation Day marks when the German army surrendered in 1945 
  • Dutch royal last wore the dress in March on a royal visit to Paris

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Queen Maxima certainly knows how to stun as she attended the Liberation Day Concert in a glitzy golden gown.

The Dutch Queen wore the floral-sequinned dress to take part in the celebrations in Amsterdam, which mark the day the German army surrendered in 1945.

The 44-year-old had been presented with purple blooms as she waved to the crowds, watching the concert before taking to the river.

Queen Maxima stunned in a glitzy golden gown as she attended the Liberation Day Concert in Amsterdam

Queen Maxima stunned in a glitzy golden gown as she attended the Liberation Day Concert in Amsterdam

Maxima and King Willem-Alexander attended the celebrations with the King, walking the red carpet

Maxima and King Willem-Alexander attended the celebrations with the King, walking the red carpet

The Argentinian-born royal paired her show-stopping dress with metallic court shoes, while her husband King Willem-Alexander wore a pinstriped suit and cobalt-blue tie.

The monarch’s honey-blonde hair was worn in tousled waves and she accessorised with diamond bracelets to add even more sparkle.

The Queen looked radiant with natural makeup and carried an oatmeal shawl, just in case the temperature dropped. 

After watching the celebrations, the couple left on a boat down the river Amstel, waving to the crowds gathered. 

Maxima last wore this dress in March, when she attended a state dinner in Paris with French president Francois Holland during a royal visit.

Following directly on from Remembrance Day, May 5 is a national day of celebration known as Liberation Day throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands. 

The Dutch Queen wore a floral-sequinned dress to take part in the celebrations which mark the day the German army surrendered in 1945 Maxima carried an oatmeal shawl, just in case the temperature dropped

The Dutch Queen wore a floral-sequinned dress to take part in the celebrations which mark the day the German army surrendered in 1945

The Argentinian-born royal wore metallic court shoes matching her show-stopping dress

The Argentinian-born royal wore metallic court shoes matching her show-stopping dress

People stand on a bridge - which displays a banner reading 'Pass On Freedom' - and gather in rowing boats to watch the Liberation Day Concert

People stand on a bridge – which displays a banner reading ‘Pass On Freedom’ – and gather in rowing boats to watch the Liberation Day Concert

The King and Queen intently watched the concert which traditionally takes place on and around the river Amstel in front of the Royal Theater Carre

The King and Queen intently watched the concert which traditionally takes place on and around the river Amstel in front of the Royal Theater Carre

The crowd were certainly in a joyous mood at the celebrations and clapped performers

The crowd were certainly in a joyous mood at the celebrations and clapped performers

Maxima applauds with the King Maxima laughs during the celebration,

Maxima laughs during the celebration, right, as she applauds with the King, left

The royal couple wave to the crowds at the Dutch celebration which takes place every year on May 5

The royal couple wave to the crowds at the Dutch celebration which takes place every year on May 5

Maxima wave as they leave with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on a boat after the event

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and the Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left on a boat on the river 

The German army surrendered on this day in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for the Netherlands

The German army surrendered on this day in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for the Netherlands

Queen Maxima last wore the gold dress when she attended a state dinner held by Francois Hollande in Paris, with her husband Willem-Alexander, in March

Queen Maxima last wore the gold dress when she attended a state dinner held by Francois Hollande in Paris, with her husband Willem-Alexander, in March

The Queen wore gold for the state dinner held by French leader Francois Hollande tonight during her two-day state visit to France

The Queen wore gold for the state dinner held by French leader Francois Hollande tonight during her two-day state visit to France

The concert traditionally takes place on and around the river Amstel in front of the Royal Theater Carre.

The German army surrendered on this day in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for the Netherlands. 

Since then, the nation has strived to be the capital of freedom, independence and tolerance. To celebrate its continual liberation and societal freedoms, various activities and events are planned throughout the city.

The festivals have extensive musical programmes and big-name acts relating to the theme of freedom. At various spots in the city, Dutch bands and international musicians and DJs perform live.


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LAW: Some think comic books are just for kids. They’re surprised to discover adults read comics and they wonder why.

Ironically, the fact that some people don’t expect complexity from comics might be the very reason why social issues are often addressed in them, yet “fly under the radar.” Just as comedians Key Peele are able to point out the ways President Obama has been unfairly treated, yet their satire isn’t as controversial as if Obama himself or another politician said the same thing, comic book writers can make social commentary in ways that might be controversial if the same things were printed elsewhere.

That’s the basis for the upcoming Marvel Studios film “Captain America: Civil War,” opening this weekend. Trailers and commercials have shown it will star most of the actors reprising their roles from the Avengers movies, along with Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman and Anthony Mackie as War Machine, the Black Panther and the Falcon, respectively. Quinton and I are familiar with the comic mini series events that inspired the film. When comic stories are adapted into movies or TV shows, they usually make changes from the original story, so expect this article to give you a general framework of the film without major “spoilers” (we haven’t seen it yet).

What’s key is the original Marvel “Civil War” comic story came out after the United States government’s response to the shocking and tragic 9/11 attacks. The Patriot Act was approved. The Department of Homeland Security was created. And we became familiar with the terms “enemy combatants,” “advanced interrogation techniques,” “waterboarding” and “the War on Terror.”

QVW: In the “Civil War” comic series, D-list teenaged superheroes, The New Warriors, are in Stamford, Conn., trying to boost ratings for their reality TV series. They are spotted by a pack of foes of the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Hulk and Captain Marvel villain Nitro.

LAW: The New Warriors know they are unprepared and probably in over their heads, but they also know confronting these villains on live TV will boost their fame. So the teens do what folks on reality TV shows do: act irresponsibly and start a fight to get higher ratings.

QVW: Not realizing, or just being careless, their fight spills into the middle of a school zone, where Nitro does the unthinkable and detonates, killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children on live TV, leaving the world in a state of shock and terror. With this disaster seen and heard worldwide, the U.S. government issues a Superhuman Registration Act.

LAW: Under this act, anyone with superpowers must register their identities and abilities with the government. Once registered, anyone who wants to use their powers must agree to be approved by, trained by, accountable to and assigned to fight by and for the government. In this “you’re either with us or against us” era, non-cooperators are immediately taken off U.S. soil and detained without trial.

QVW: Some heroes, such as Iron Man, are ready and willing to go under this act with a sense of guilt due to the tragedy in Stamford.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2016/may/05/captain-america-civil-war-conversation/


If you’ve always wanted to experience the story of Anne Frank in virtual reality, then you’re a little weird. But you’re also about to get exactly what you want because producer Jonah Hirsch and director Danny Abrahms’ new film Anne is exactly that: a virtual reality retelling of Anne Frank’s story that will immerse viewers in her terrifying but true world.

“Anne Frank’s story has kept the memory of the Holocaust alive and promoted tolerance for generations,” said Abrahms in a statement. “We are deeply committed to sharing Anne’s experience using cutting-edge modes of storytelling so that her story can live on and reach as many people in the world as possible.”

In the proposed film version, audience members would be immersed in the world as Anne Frank saw it. Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, viewers would actually be able to move through her room as though they were there back in 1942. Here is an early rendering of the room in the secret annex where Frank lived for more than two years, courtesy of Hirsch.

Anne-Movie-VR-Test

Generations of students around the world have grown up reading The Diary of a Young Girl, the Dutch-language diary that Frank kept while she and her family hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. First published in 1947, the diary offers a harrowing insight into life during wartime, and the emotional development of a young girl living under unthinkable circumstances. Frank was ultimately arrested—along with the other residents of the annex—and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she perished from Typhus. However, in the wake of the Holocaust, her story has been taught in classrooms around the world, and her diary has been published in more than sixty languages, making it a cultural touchstone for many when discussing the events of World War II.

While Abrahms is clearly very excited by VR’s storytelling potential, using it to tell the story of Anne Frank seems like an odd choice, especially for something that seems like it could be marketed as entertainment. In fact, many may find this particular choice of subject matter to be in poor taste. The level of immersion one can achieve through VR truly must be seen to be believed, but there’s something about Anne that has the potential to feel exploitative. That is not to say that it is inherently exploitative; I’m sure that the filmmakers have the best of intentions. Rather, it is a delicate tightrope to walk as Hollywood continues to explore VR’s potential and capabilities for larger scale cinematic undertakings. And based on what I saw at this year’s Sundance, virtual reality is poised to become one of the hottest new trends in filmmaking. So, fingers crossed that Anne will be a piece that creates empathy with Frank and her struggle in a way that her words alone could not convey.

With all that said, this actually isn’t the first VR experience designed around Anne Frank. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam has created a 360-degree, interactive video that allows users to explore the secret annex. The project is meant not only to spread awareness of Frank and what she experienced, but also to allow guests unable to climb the stairs to the attic a way to experience this important piece of history too.

What do you think of a VR retelling of Anne Frank’s story? What else would you like or not like to see in VR? Let us know in the comments below.

Images: AnneFrank.org; Jonah Hirsch


Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter (@Osteoferocious).

Article source: http://nerdist.com/these-filmmakers-want-to-make-a-virtual-reality-anne-frank-movie/


Entertainment Netherlands

Amsterdam celebrates sunny Liberation day


Liberation Day festival in Westerpark, Amsterdam, 5 May 2016 (Photo: @45meiamsterdam/Twitter)

Like everywhere else in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is celebrating a beautifully sunny Liberation Day on Thursday. As it is also Ascension Day, many Amsterdam residents have the day off to visit one of the many parties and events in the city.

The biggest Liberation Day party is happening in Westerpark, where Def P de Beatbusters, singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser and punk band Indian Askin, among others, are performing. There is also a sunscreen stall in the park to make sure visitors don’t go home with a sunburn, according to Het Parool.

Many Amsterdam residents and visitors are spending their free day on the canals. The waters are packed with boats, especially on the Amstel, where the traditional 5 May concert is taking place tonight.

Kids have their own liberation party in Voldenlpark, with bands and other forms of entertainment, according to the newspaper.

A floating pontoon bridge was built across the IJ especially for this occasion. The bridge is a temporary monument to the makeshift pontoon bridge that served as a crossing between the city center and Amsterdam Noord between April and August 1945. Only those who bought tickets can make the crossing on the temporary bridge however. Those who did not get tickets, can experience it here:

Amsterdam tram packed with people on Liberation Day, 5 May 2016 (Photo: Zachary Newmark/NL Times)

Amsterdam tram packed with people on Liberation Day, 5 May 2016 (Photo: Zachary Newmark/NL Times)

A pontoon bridge crosses the IJ in Amsterdam for Liberation Day, 5 May 2016 (Photo: @Simon773/Twitter)

A pontoon bridge crosses the IJ in Amsterdam for Liberation Day, 5 May 2016 (Photo: @Simon773/Twitter)

Crowd walking across a pontoon bridge crossing the IJ in Amsterdam for Liberation Day, 5 May 2016 (Photo: @45meiamsterdam/Twitter)

Crowd walking across a pontoon bridge crossing the IJ in Amsterdam for Liberation Day, 5 May 2016 (Photo: @45meiamsterdam/Twitter)

 


Article source: http://www.nltimes.nl/2016/05/05/amsterdam-celebrates-sunny-liberation-day/


Archer added that river cruise prices had plummeted by as much as 60% compared with brochure rates in previous years.

The Luxury Cruise Company general manager Scott Anderson pointed out that with so many five-star river lines, it was difficult for customers to differentiate between brands.

And he criticised the poor standard of many of the river lines own websites, adding: “They are all quite bad. They might look good, but the user experience is awful.”

He also cautioned against the constant flow of new river vessels launched each year, which he said would impact at the most popular spots, where river vessels regularly have to moor three or four deep.

Archer felt a shortage of mooring spots along the Douro would turn it into “the M1” due to the number of river cruise vessels now plying the river, while popular European ports such as Amsterdam and Passau are also experiencing heavy demand.

There was general concern that the explosive growth of river cruising could undermine the market’s success if consumers become accustomed to booking late and paying less, as they have with ocean cruises.

“There is no pattern to sales now. Bookings used to be 18 months in advance, but now customers can book later and even get two for one deals too,” explained Archer.

But the retailers cited the growth of more exotic river cruise destinations for helping to attract more first-timers and adventurous travellers to the market, something that Trailfinders cruise consultant Rebecca Cosford said the company commonly saw, particularly for more exotic destinations such as Burma.

The number of different river cruise brands and vessels also left agents optimistic.

“There is lots of potential in the market – the challenge is finding the right customer,” said Reader Offers’ head of commercial Sarah Wikevand.

Article source: https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/news/river-sector-victim-of-its-success-4657