Conference

From 2-4 October 2017, The Hague, the first city in the Netherlands to join the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, will be hosting the Age-friendly Cities Conference The Hague on innovation, health and active ageing. This conference will give you the opportunity to share ideas and experiences relating to age-friendly cities and innovations in healthcare with participants from all around the world. The main themes of the conference: diversity, participation, accessibility, ageing, vitality and ICT, will be addressed by several keynote speakers and in a number of workshops. The workshops and seminars will be organised at various locations throughout The Hague where you will be able to see and experience first-hand how the city is making itself age-friendly.

Festive Closing Ceremony at The Pier

In conclusion of the Age-friendly Cities Conference, there will be a Festive Closing Ceremony at The Pier in Scheveningen on Wednesday October 4th. Here, elderly and professionals will be brought together to participate in various cultural activities, ranging from theatre to painting. There are many cultural activities in The Hague especially for the elderly. However, not many are aware of the existence and accessibility. With this event we will showcase a range of cultural initiatives that take place in The Hague on a daily basis, in order to stimulate own initiative and participation.

Hosts

Karsten Klein (fotograaf: Roos Trommelen)
Gerben Hagenaars

Deputies of the cities

Esme Ward
Frédéric Lauscher
Karsten Klein (fotograaf: Roos Trommelen)
Gerben Hagenaars
Donna Corrado
Christiane Schubring
Paul McGarry

Speakers

Anne-Sophie Parent
Dr. Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer
Dorien Voskuil
Joris Slaets
Joris Wijsmuller
Laura Christ
Mary W. Craig
Nick Guldemond
P.W. (Paul) Doop MSc
Andy Bleaden
Christiaan Rademaker
Eveline van de Putte
Hariëtte Mingoen
Lola Casal-Sanchez
Suzan van der Pas

Workshop directors

Jan Booij
Willeke van Staalduinen

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Schedule

Tuesday October 3
Wednesday October 4
Time
Activity
Location
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Walk-in
Diligentia Theatre
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Opening by chairman of the day, Johan Overdevest
  • Presentation of the cities about the joint action led by Andy Bleaden, Ms. Christiane Schubring (Frankfurt), Mr. Ramesh Kumar / Ms. Mauli Maulishree (Bangalore), Ms. Esme Ward / Mr. Paul McGarry (Manchester), Mr. Victor Calise and Ms. Donna Corrado (New York), Mr. Sun Huizhong (on video), Mr. Gerben Hagenaars (The Hague) and Hariette Mingoen as a The Hague citizen will present their cities and the opportunities on age friendly cities
  • Hariette Mingoen and Anne-Sophie Parent about getting older
Diligentia Theatre
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Transfer to the workshops and working visits
Transport
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Six workshops will take place on several locations in the city of The Hague. Each workshop will have introductory speeches, field visits and project presentations. Click here and find out more about the workshops.
Various locations
All international invitees
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Close of session, drinks and dinner
Stichting Federatie Eekta
Time
Activity
Location
9:00 AM - 9.45 AM
Walk-in
Koninklijke Schouwburg
9:45 - 10:15 AM
Opening by Johan Overdevest and Gerben Hagenaars (Director of Health).
Koninklijke Schouwburg
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Keynote speaker on Silver Economy & Innovation
Koninklijke Schouwburg
10:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Keynote speaker on positive health
Koninklijke Schouwburg
11:20 AM – 11:30 AM
Explanation about the workshop program
Koninklijke Schouwburg
11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Lunch
Koninklijke Schouwburg
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Afternoon programme on location (speakers, discussion)
Various locations
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Off-time
Various locations
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Closing ceremony – cultural event at De Pier
De Pier

Practical information

Central Library The Hague

The Central Library is the largest library of The Hague. Not only can you borrow over a million books in this library, there are also a lot of activities which makes the library an important venue for the society in The Hague.

Address:

Spui 68
The Hague

Travel directions

Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag is a museum with a 360 degree painting made by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. The cylindrical painting is a representation of the village of Scheveningen back in 1881 with its sea, dunes and fishing.

Address:

Zeestraat 65
The Hague

Travel directions

The Penthouse

The Penthouse is The Netherlands’ highest restaurant, situated on the top floor of The Hague Tower it offers a great view up to 45 kilometers.

Address:

De Haagse Toren
Rijswijkseplein 786
The Hague

Travel directions

Diligentia Theatre

Diligentia Theatre is a theatre located in The Hague city centre, which is a famous venue for cabaret, stand-up comedy, popular music and family shows. With a history of over 200 years, it has become an important place in The Hague’s theatre world.

Address:

Lange Voorhout 5
The Hague

Travel directions

Royal Theatre The Hague

Royal Theatre The Hague or Koninklijke Schouwburg in Dutch was originally built as a palace in the 18th century, but nowadays it is one of The Netherlands’ leading theatres and the home to the Dutch National Theatre Company.

Address:

Korte Voorhout 3
The Hague

Travel directions

The Pier

The Pier is an icon of the Dutch coast extending 400 meters into the sea. It offers a range of activities and food for visitors, such as a Ferris wheel, a zip line and different spots for shopping.

Address:

Strandweg 150-154
The Hague

Travel directions

Eekta Foundation

The Eekta Foundation was found as an umbrella organisation for the Hindu social-cultural institutions in and around The Hague. The Eekta Foundation supports the integration of Hindu senior citizens by many social and cultural activities.

Address:

Boylestraat 20
The Hague

Travel directions

Hotels

There are many good quality hotels in The Hague. You can find them through the link below. October is a popular month to visit The Hague, so remember to book your hotel well in advance.

Hotels

Travel & transport

The Hague lies along an 11 kilometre stretch of beach on the West Coast of the Netherlands and is easy to reach by boat, plane, train or car. Rotterdam-The Hague Airport is less than 30 kilometres away and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is approximately 40 kilometres from The Hague. There are plenty of car parks. Once you've arrived in The Hague it's easy to get around by public transport: it takes just 10 to 15 minutes to travel from the city centre to Scheveningen beach by tram or bus. The two train stations are situated in the middle of the low-traffic zone of the city centre.

The Hague city centre is easy to reach by public transport and car. It takes no time at all to reach the centre from one of the two international train stations, and car parks are easily and quickly accessible from all directions. Once in the compact, traffic-restricted shopping area you can head anywhere you need to on foot. Or, you can hire a bike and cycle to the beach within fifteen minutes.

Public transport in The Hague

The Hague boasts excellent public transport. Countless bus and tram routes bring you right into the heart of the city; just disembark at Spui (in the tram tunnel), Centrum, Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis or Amsterdamse Veerkade. Also, Scheveningen beach can be reached in no time at all by tram and bus!

Transport during the conference

During the conference transport between the different programme locations, workshops and site visits will be provided.