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Discover Benelux | Netherlands | Top festivals, exhibitions & events 2016

showUP: Setting home trends showUP, the leading Dutch home and gift trade show, is pulling out all the stops for its eighth edition this August. With 250 participating design brands from the Netherlands and a host of other countries, the eighth showUP trade show will be the largest edition in its three-year history. Over these three years, founders Daan van Trigt and Maya Kol have established their event as the leading trade show in the Netherlands for home accessories and gifts. “More and more buyers are finding their way to the Expo Haarlemmermeer venue,” says Daan. “Buyers from the Netherlands as well as abroad. After all, it is only a short drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.” From the start, showUP has distinguished itself with a fresh and innovative concept, replacing the old-fashioned trade show set-up with an open and more inspiring layout. “We like to call it trade-show 2.0,” Daan explains. “The creative displays really do justice to the products and the openness promotes easier networking.”

TEXT: FRANK VAN LIESHOUT PHOTOS: SHOWUP

As well as famous names such as Dutch designers &Klevering and Scandinavian favourites House Doctor and Ferm Living, the August expo will also welcome exciting new talents. “These up-and-coming brands will no doubt set new trends in contemporary design, aesthetics and sustainability,” says Daan. “We are very excited to have them. “Each day we’ll also have four keynote speeches on new developments within the home and gift market,” he continues. “So if you want to stay on top of all the new trends, you won’t miss a beat at showUP.” Registration for showUP on 21 and 22 August is free. Go to www.showup.nl/about-showup

Photo: © Timo Sorber

20th edition

DNA : in search of essence

The Delft Chamber Music Festival has grown into a world class chamber music festival since it start in 1997. Violinist and artistic director Liza Ferschtman invites top of the bill classical musicians from all over the world to make music against the historic decor of Delft and its surroundings. In a festive, summery and intimate setting, they perform the most beautiful and unique programmes.

The Delft Chamber Music Festival is internationally renowned for the outstanding quality of the musicians, the enthusiasm of their performances and the unique approach of music – whilst remaining true to the classical music tradition.

Th 28 July ------Su 07 Aug 2016

Info and tickets at delftmusicfestival.nl