Netherlands, Dokkum, 18 november 2017
Children dressed up as Black Pete at the celebration of the national arrival of Sint-Nicolaas - Sinterklaas. A United Nations committee has urged the Netherlands to get rid of Black Pete, a popular children’s character who has long been portrayed in early winter by white people in blackface makeup, usually with exaggerated red lips and gold hoops in his ears. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urges the Netherlands to stop portrayals of Black Pete: “the character of Black Pete is sometimes portrayed in a manner that reflects negative stereotypes of people of African descent and is experienced by many people of African descent as a vestige of slavery.” In Amsterdam the Black Pete is abolished. Each year there are demonstrations to get rid of Black Pete as well as demonstrations pro-Black Pete.  

Catalan pro-independent protester

Catalonia, Barcelona, 1 october 2017
An occupant at a primary school at the illegal referendum about the independence of catalonia from Spain.

Netherlands, Utrecht, 16 September 2017
The great South African Poet Antjie Krog at the Nacht van de Poezie.

Netherlands, Amsterdam, 21 August 2017
Hartjesdag at the Zeedijk in Amsterdam. Originally a medieval tradition with cross-dressers and lots of food and drink. It was the only day in the year when the regular public could hunt wild deer (herts) - a sport traditionally reserved for the nobility. Today it is a festivity at the heart of the city at the Zeedijk where there is a large gay community.