Whether you are new to THE HAGUE or have been here for years, DutchbuzZ is here to help you feel like this is your city. In our weekly radio broadcast, we tell you, in English, what is happening around you, and how you can make the most of your time here.
Every individual, group or community needs a VOICE that reflects who you are, your goals and expectations, your interests and concerns or merely your rants and raves. DutchbuzZ aims to be that listening ear, sounding board and reflective voice for the whole international community in The Hague.
Our programme is packed full of news, views and interviews about the buzzing city we call home.
We kick off with the talking point of the week, and how it may affect YOU. This could be changes in the coronavirus measures, the local impact of Brexit rulings, the municipality's controversial building plans, developments at the popular beaches, or an interview with one of the city's many prominent visitors.
Broadcasting from the city of international peace and justice, we cover news from the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the Tribunals. DutchbuzZ is passionate about protecting human rights and the environment and we follow initiatives that make our city greener and more inclusive. We also bring you news about sporting, social and cultural events in the weeks ahead and our art and theatre critics share their reviews of current exhibitions and performances around the city.
The DutchbuzZ TEAM is made up of presenters, producers, journalists, writers, critics and sound engineers from at least 4 continents, who have a shared passion for The Hague and for radio.
News Story of the Week: Compulsory face masks in public indoor spaces_ December 1, 2020
As of Tuesday this week face masks became compulsory in all public indoor spaces. As Dutchbuzz contributor, Elena Gkiola found out, not everyone in The Hague was happy with this new measure ...
Deborah Valentine_ The Hague Pearls
Since 2011, Deborah Valentine has been Executive Director of Access, the volunteer-managed organisation that provides help and advice to internationals in The Hague. In this interview she tells DutchbuzZ how she has helped professionalise the organisation during her tenure, how she stayed focused on looking after the volunteer staff during the turbulent year of 2020 and what her priorities are for the future. In the second part of the interview, Deborah shares her thoughts on women’s rights, feeling at home, learning Dutch and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
News Story of the Week: Bronovo hospital as Covid unit
The Hague Medical Centre (HMC) now has a major shortage of IC capacity due to the increasing number of corona infections in our region. The Ministry of Public Health and The Hague’s Mayor, Jan van Zanen, are considering the opening of a special emergency hospital with extra medical capacity as a viable solution. Bronovo, which faces closure over the next four years, does not have an intensive care unit or an emergency room, however it appears to be the best candidate for an emergency short term covid19 nursing unit. DutchbuzZ spoke to Rins van Kouwen, spokesperson for The Hague Medical Centre, for the latest news on this issue.
Elske Van Holk _ The Hague Pearls
What would Christmases have been like in The Hague without the English theatre productions that Elske annually brought to our city? Summer without one of Elske's outdoor Shakespeare plays? Unthinkable!
For the past 14 years Elske has entertained and inspired the international community in The Hague with her hand-picked theatre productions from all corners of the world. Selected as a special guest for our 10th anniversary and one of Dutchbuzz's 'Pearls', Lily-Anne Stroobach spoke to the founder of the English Theatre Foundation about bringing English language theatre to The Hague, and what she values most in her life; culture and family.