News from Amsterdam for October

As of today (Monday, 30 September), the Amsterdam Museum wing of Hermitage Amsterdam will include a new exhibition: Dutch Masters Re-Viewed. Curated by Jörgen Tjon a Fong (Urban Myth), this presentation complements the Amsterdam Museum’s permanent exhibition at Hermitage Amsterdam, ‘Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century’ (formerly known as ‘Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age’). Surrounded by the huge group portraits in the grand hall, Dutch Masters Re-Viewed shows 13 portraits of prominent Dutch citizens, who based on historical research, are known to have lived in the 17th- and 18th-century Netherlands. The exhibition will run until 2 February 2020.

IDFA is a renowned International Film Festival that treats documentary lovers to the latest and greatest domestic and international arrivals from the documentary film world. No other festival brings together so many great films, devoted fans and talented film-makers in one place, making IDFA one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals. The films presented at IDFA all tell extraordinary stories about life – often revealing and moving, they can also be shocking or funny. IDFA will take place during the last two weeks of November 2019.

Highlight of the holiday season and 2019/2020 marks its seventh edition. As in previous years, a whole host of Dutch and international artists will contribute to the festival, creating spectacular light sculptures around Amsterdam’s historic Canal Ring, the River Amstel and other special locations. The best way to experience the Amsterdam Light Festival is by taking canal cruise. Another option is to walk along the ALF canal tour.

Art, interior design, gastronomy, jewellery, yachts, cars, watches and other covetable items will be on show at beautifully designed stands at this platform for the luxury segment. Masters of LXRY, at Rai Amsterdam, features exclusive product launches, limited editions, the latest trends in travel and interior design and the newest cars as well as fashion shows, networking events, live music and the culinary creations of a variety of chefs.

Rembrandt-Velázquez: Dutch and Spanish Masters will present an outstanding selection of paintings by Dutch and Spanish masters of the 17th century. For the first time this selection includes some of the greatest pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn, Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Bartolomé Murillo, Johannes Vermeer and Francisco Zurbarán. In partnership with the Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid), this unprecedented exhibition at the Rijksmuseum will mark the 200 year anniversary of the Prado and the Rembrandt Year in 2019.


HF Holidays gets Which? top marks for escorted tours

HF Holidays named Which? recommended provider for escorted tours

Saturday 3 August 2019

HF Holidays, the guided walking and activity specialist, has announced that they have received the Which? Recommended Provider for Escorted Tours for a third year.

The Which? ratings are all based on feedback received from their members. Only holiday companies which had at least 30 responses are reported on; the results are based on 8,315 Which? member experiences.

Carried out in March 2019, the survey focuses on Escorted Tour Providers used by UK residents. Escorted tours are classified as being holidays which have a set itinerary where all or most of the holiday is led by a dedicated guide.

Which? members are asked to score holiday companies on a range of measures including value for money, customer service, accommodation, accuracy of tour description information and organisation of the holiday.

Commenting on this accolade, Michelle Laverick, Head of Sales, Marketing & Membership, said: "We are delighted to receive this accreditation again from Which? members. We recognise how great our holidays are in the UK and around the world and this award is recognition of all the hard work which goes into organising every HF holiday.  The achievement of this rating means that customers can book with HF Holidays secure in the knowledge that they will be travelling with a trustworthy tour operator which delivers great value, quality holiday experiences."


The crew of the East Anglian Air Ambulance receive the Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group's donation of £10,000 from Mike Rodwell, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Managing Director (second from left) and Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager, at its airbase at Cambridge Airport.

Fred. Olsen-related companies support the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a further £10,000 donation

Thursday 1 August 2019

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to pass on a donation of £10,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance ('EAAA'). This significant donation, which follows previous awards of £5,000 each in 2017 and 2018, has been brought about by the generosity of the Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group, acting on behalf of Bonheur ASA (Bonheur) – the ultimate parent company of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – based in Oslo, Norway, in order to benefit the safety of passengers and staff of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

As an integral part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Bonheur makes discretionary annual contributions towards, not only social and charitable causes, but also projects and activities considered to be close to its sphere of interest. As such, donations towards third-party air and sea rescue activities – in support of safeguarding both the thousands of passengers and staff members aboard Fred. Olsen-related seagoing vessels – have been identified as falling within this remit.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a close and long-standing relationship with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which provides an important life-saving resource across our region and the county of Suffolk, where our Ipswich Head Office is located. We are therefore delighted to be able to pass on a donation from the Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group to them once again.

"With our continued focus on upholding the highest standards of safety and well-being in all areas of our operation, it is important that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines works with the relevant agencies and organisations, in order to be able to provide the best facilities for our passengers and colleagues in the rare event that the worst should ever happen.”

Ben Walker, Community Fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “As a charity, we receive no regular government funding, so all donations help keep our helicopters in the sky and our crew saving lives. With each mission costing on average of £3,500, the generous donation of £10,000 from Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group will contribute towards saving further lives in the region.

“Without the support of the community, we would not be able to continue providing our life-saving service, so we'd like to say a big thank-you once again to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines”.

East Anglian Air Ambulance ('EAAA') is a 365-day helicopter emergency medical service, covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. In 2018/19, the charity undertook 2,821 rescue missions and treated 1,664 patients. Since the launch of the charity in 2000 and the first flight in 2001, EAAA have been dispatched to over 26,000 missions covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, an area of over 5,000 square miles. From their Norwich and Cambridge bases the high performance helicopters can reach anywhere in the region within 25 minutes.