The peak tourist season is approaching here in Zeeland, which means there's no shortage of festivals and events on the horizon in the land of the Zeeuws. Live here or just planning a visit? Here are a few that I've come across, and I'll add more as they come along:
World of Silk
April 4 - June 1
Exhibit of pottery, paintings, and sculptures from various artists. Location: Galerie World of Silk in Meliskerke.
Theo Voorzaat - Drawings, Paintings, Lithos
Mai 1 - October 1, Visiting Hours: Thursday - Saturday from 1 PM - 4 PM
(Art on loan from the Lieve Hemel Museum Gallery in Amsterdam.)
Location: Zorge'sweg 1 in Dreischor
"Waar ik woon" or "Where I Live"
April 24 - June 12
A photography exhibit by Ben Seelt, featuring 20 large-format photos depicting how people make their homes in various parts of the world. At "Zeeuwland" in Zierikzee
The Factory Years
April 5 - June 26
A "Pop Art" exhibit including pieces from artists such as Warhol, Haring, Lichtenstein, Copley, Ramos, Raischenberg and Wesselman (from the 70s). Another segment of the exhibit showcases the French New Realism movement. Le Coin Couleurs in IJzendijke
(see also http://www.theaterverkoopzeeland.nl/)
"Romeo en Julia" at Stadsschouweburg (Middelburg)
Wednesday, May 13th, 8 PM
Translated into Dutch by Frank Alberts. Location: Middelburg's "Stadsschowburg".
"Nymfomannen" Stadsschouweburg (Middelburg)
Friday, May 15th, 8 PM. Adults €15.50. More info coming soon.
The Fringe Night at the Zeeuws Museum (Middelburg)
Friday, May 15, from 7:30 PM
With various local artists and live music. Entry is just €4 per person.
"Flames of the Dance" at Theater Mythe (Goes)
Thursday, May 14th, 8 PM
A sparkling, fast-paced , tap-based dance perfo.rmance featuring internationally-known dance soloists. Location: Theater Mythe in Goes. Adults: €29.50
Veerse Meer's Summer Concert by "Het Zeeuwse Orkest" (Zeelandic Orchestra)
June 26, 8:15 PM
Location: "Grote Kerk". Entrance fee: €20 (retirees and children under 18 are half price).
Amuse Me Vlissingen
May 30 - 31
At this event, the idea is to walk from restaurant to restaurant and enjoy a (small) 3-course meal and accompanying glass of wine for just €9.95. Choose from 10 participating restaurants. www.amuseme.nl
Outdoors / Miscellaneous
Vlissingen, A City of Tales
("Vlissingen, een stad van verhalen")
Every Sunday from April 26 - November 1, 2 PM
Guided walks originating from the Zeeuws Maritime muZEEum in Vlissingen. Duration: 90-minutes. Cost: €6.
A bicycle ride through the "Zak van Zuid Beveland", or the "Pocket of South Beveland". Start and finish at Boonman's Winery in Nieuwdorp between 9:30 AM and 1 PM. A scenic 35-kilometer ride through the berry fields and surrounding countryside.
Open Garden Days at Fort Rammekenshof
May 31 - June 1
Hike - "Hans Verkooijen Wandeling" at Neeltje Jans
2009 Dates: June 21, July 5, July 26, September 5
Description: A walk around the tide line. At Deltapark Neeltje Jans, walk starts at the flags marked "Zeeuws Landschap en Natuurmonumenten", across the street from the parking lot (parking for a fee) at Neeltje Jans.
Sea Lessons in Kamperland (for children)
July 26 and August 1, 1:30 PM
A free nature excursion for children. Meeting Point: Banjaard Beach ("Banjaardstrand") just outside of the restaurant, or "strandpaviljoen".
Veerse Meer Flea Market
July 3-4 and 24-25, August 28-29 (from 9 AM ro 4 PM)
No entrance fee. Location: Nicolaaskerk (or Nicolaas church)
"Peelanderloop" at Veerse Meer
June 14, 12:00
5, 10 and 15 km run at Campenseweg 2, Kamperland (Waterskibaan De Schotsman)
Pre-registration is €3.50, or €4.50 on the day of event.
Zeeuwse Zonneboot Race 2009 - Veere
A race for solar-powered boats, including about 40 entrants from around the world. http://www.zonnebootrace.nl/
"Mars Rond Walcheren"
June 13, 8 AM
25-, 40- and 65-kilometer walks around the Walcheren area. All walks begin at 8 AM at the "Welzijnscentrum" on Adriaan Coortelaan 1 in Vlissingen. For details (in Dutch) click here:
"Mars Rond Veerse Meer"
June 27, 8 AM
60 km walk through the town of Veere and the surrounding area. Including 2 mandatory stops at participating restuarants.
July 7 - August 25
"Op stap door Veere" met Anna. An 90-minute guided tour through gorgeous Veere. Adults €5, children €2.50.
For more information on any of these events, contact the Zeeland Visitors Bureau, or "VVV".