What to do in May


Darkness Into Light – sunrise charity event

May 8thth, starting at 4:45 AM

Darkness Into Light is an international event promoting positive mental health. The yearly event helps raise funds and awareness regarding suicide prevention. Darkness Into Light started out as a 5km walk with 500 participants in Dublin, and has grown into a global movement with international partners in several continents. This year’s donations will go to the Dutch organisation 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. This year, you can choose to sign up for a special sunrise event (walk, swim, or bike) or you can take part in the Darkness Into Light Challenge.

You can find more information or sign up here: https://www.darknessintolight.ie/fundraisers/DarknessintolightNL/netherlands?fbclid=IwAR2El-nbqRfbPWZ4gaAnIUOvME6gOPzxrinRYMXCt4LdJbZ21zjEkOY0nQM


School of AI Netherlands: May Session

May 13th, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Every second Thursday of the month, the School of AI Netherlands holds an online session open to everyone. The agenda for May’s meeting includes an expert lecture by Prof. Bina Ramamurthy on the blockchain in action, an AI quiz, and an expert lecture by Ben Wilson on machine learning engineering in action!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/school-of-ai-netherlands-online-may-session-tickets-150914470243?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1


Eurovision Song Contest Rotterdam

From May 18th – May 22nd

After 40 years, the Netherlands was set to host the Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth time last year in 2020. Unfortunately, the event had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. That is why, this year, Rotterdam is set to host a special online edition of the Festival, including a spectacular interval performance, “Rock the Roof”, featuring six legendary Eurovision winners! Broadcasted live from the iconic Ahoy venue, and with 41 countries competing, it’s set to be a magnificent event!

You can find more information here: https://eurovision.tv/event/rotterdam-2021


National Mill Day

From May 8th – May 9th

Mills are a national token of the Netherlands! Unfortunately, in the early part of the 20th century many have disappeared. That’s why the Dutch Mill Society has been devoted to the preservation and restauration of the mills in the Netherlands since 1923. During National Mill Day, almost all of the windmills (and other mills) in the Netherlands will be turning, and more than 950 of them will open up to the public.

You can find more information here: https://www.molens.nl/english/



Brussels Jazz Weekend

May 29 – May 30, 2021


Brussels Jazz Weekend, the free city festival that annually attracts some 300,000 music lovers to our capital, will take place again this year. Normally, the festival always takes place in the last weekend of May, but last year the organisation was forced to cancel because of the corona crisis. They do not want to repeat that scenario: this year, they are retaining their place on the festival calendar and are launching an alternative ‘Balcony Edition’ on 29 and 30 May 2021. So the Brussels Jazz Weekend is once again treating the municipalities of the Brussels Capital Region to FREE open-air concerts.



May 7th – May 30th, 2021


An international festival in Brussels during the month of May with a wide range of contemporary creations from theatre, performance, dance, film and visual arts.

During the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May, you can enjoy contemporary theatre, performance, dance, film and visual arts for three weeks. Artists from Brussels and different parts of the world invite you to discover their creations and to reflect together on the present and the complex reality of the city.



Luxembourg Museum Days

May 15 – May 16, 2021


Visitors can visit the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of 44 museums and art centres in Luxembourg free of charge.

A varied cultural programme, including guided tours, workshops, performances, meetings with artists, lectures, concerts, tastings and children’s entertainment will be offered to the visitors.


Wine Taste Enjoy

May 23 – May 24, 2021


On the weekend of Pentecost, wine growers, wineries, distilleries, museums and nature conservation centres invite you to spend a wine weekend in their cellars, gardens and terraces. Luxembourg’s largest wine festival along the entire Moselle region is an absolute must for every wine lover. With wine tastings as well as fine brandies, music, art exhibitions and poetry readings in the wine cellars, guided walks and of course culinary specialities in wine taverns and regional restaurants, this event offers the ideal setting for everyone who wants to get to know Luxembourg’s Moselle, its winegrowers and of course the excellent Luxembourg wines and Crémants. Wine tourism at its best!


Spring procession of Echternach

May 25, 2021


Echternach, already famous for its Benedictine abbey founded by St. Willibrord (698), which experienced its days of splendour in the Middle Ages thanks to its gold illumination studios, owes its world renown to its or Hopping Procession. Every year on Whit Tuesday, thousands of pilgrims and spectators gather to participate in this unique cultural phenomenon in honour of the abbey’s founder. The procession takes them to the tomb of the patron saint located in the crypt of the papal basilica in the heart of the abbey city of Echternach.

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