On December 9, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was in Utrecht to attend the closing ceremony of the project Thousand and One Force. This event, organized by Movisie, encourages local organizations and ethnic minority women to actively participate in society.
On November 29, 2011, H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended a gala dine, held at Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag, in honor of the President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure’s, official visit to the Netherlands.
On November 29, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the new Zonnehuis in Zuidhorn. Upon her arrival the princess was greeted by Mayor Bert Swart and Commissioner Max van den Berg. After the opening Princess Maxima mingled with the residents of this new housing and care facility for the elderly.
On November 24, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended a conference organized and held at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen.
As the Secretary-General’s United Nations Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and Honorary Patron of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion of the G20, the princess spoke at the conference regarding inclusive finance. This year’s theme, “Sustainability in the Financial sector, Are We Ready?”, brought in other guest speakers including the chairman of the SER, Alexander Rinnooy Kan, and the head of the Principles of Responsible Investment, Rob Lake. The conference concluded with a panel discussion on sustainability in the financial sector.
On November 21, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the première of the film, Nova Zembla, held at the RAI Theater in Amsterdam. Also, in attendance were Princess Aimee and Prince Floris as well asPrincess Marilene and Prince Maurits.
The film, directed by Reinout Oerlemans, tells the true story of the:
… legendary failed mission of the late sixteenth century Dutch flotilla trying to find a trading route to Asia across the North Pole. The ship crew, who got stuck in the ice of Nova Zembla and had to survive the dark coldness of winter in the most gruesome of circumstances. source
The film looks pretty good, judging by the official trailer. Hopefully it will be released in the United States sometime soon. 🙂
To view photos as well as to learn more about this film please click the links below:
On Friday, November 18, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the VSO Secondary Social Education school in Noordwijk.
The school is designed for students with limited learning abilities between the ages of 13 to 20 years and teaches 100 students who are divided into 10 groups. The school’s director, Henk Dinkelman, was extremely proud that the VSO school was chosen.
The princess arrived in the mid-morning and was welcomed by Mayor Lokker. Soon, she was escorted into the school where the students were busy with their work. Throughout her visit the princess witnessed presentations by the students, listened in on various discussions, interacted with the students as well as faculty, and much more.
T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the première of the documentary film, The Sound of the Bandoneón, held at the Tuschinski Theater in Amsterdam on Friday, November 2011.
So what is this documentary about? Here is a synopsis:
The Sound of the Bandoneón a musical road movie about the instrument that is most often associated with passion: the bandoneon. Like the tango is a dramatic and melancholy story hidden behind the bandoneon. The instrument ended late nineteenth century by German immigrants in Argentina, where it won a place in the tango and folk music. But the old and new tools perish bandoneón be made only piecemeal. Now tourists take them as souvenirs from Argentina, is the continuation of the instrument at risk. One of the famous bandoneonist of Argentina, Nestor Marconi, followed during rehearsals and concerts in Buenos Aires. As bandoneon player Daniel Vedia in northern Argentina teaches poor students. The film shows the struggle being waged to see the instrument alive. source