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Celebrate Dutch culture at the Holland Festival 2014

3 April 2014

Celebrate Dutch culture at the Holland Festival 2014

Whangarei is having its own Holland Festival again on Saturday 26th April starting from noon at the Quarry Arts Centre.

This Orange Street Party with traditional games and entertainment, kids ‘free’ market and Dutch and international food, celebrates Dutch culture and is open to the whole community.

It is the fourth time the event is organised by the local Dutch community; last year there were more then 4.000 visitors. Entrance is free if people wear Orange or they can buy a $2 orange item at the door.

The Holland Festival is strongly connected to Koningsdag (Dutch King’s Day), a national holiday in the Netherlands on the 27th of April and one of the most colourful events in the world. Literally a whole country turns orange.

This year it will be even more special: it will be the first King’s Day. Last year the Netherlands got a new king: Willem-Alexander. After more then 30 years Queen Beatrix abdicated and passed her crown to her oldest son and his wife Princess Maxima. From now on the 27th of April will be the new King’s Day in the Netherlands, as it will be the birthday of king Willem-Alexander.

The Whangarei Holland Festival 2014 will have a variety of events.

The family fun starts at noon with the Kid’s Market were all kids can offer their stuff for sale, they can sing, play or busk, or play one of their own games. This market is for all kids under the age of 14 (accompanied by an adult). They have to bring their own tarpaulin to sit on and it is good way of making some extra pocket money.

From 1pm the Traditional Games Competition starts with all sorts of traditional games, including ‘spijkerpoepen’, ‘koekhappen’ or ‘sjoelen’. There will be royal crafts and story telling.

At the Dutch Delicatessen Food Court people can try oliebollen, poffertjes, haring, broodje kroket, dropjes, stroopwafels, zuurkool, delicious cheeses and more. The entertainment includes Dutch music, with DJ Van Gaalen from The Hague.

The prize giving for the Games Competition is at 3pm, then it will be time for ‘Borrelen’ – having drinks together, mix and mingle and karaoke, a full bar is available.

Alongside the Holland Festival there will be an exhibition by local artists of Dutch descent ‘Art Hollandaise’ at the Yvonne Rust Gallery, Quarry Arts Centre from 26 April till 16 May. The opening is at the same day as the Holland Festival at gallery at 11pm.

Check out Holland Festival 2014 Whangarei on Facebook for more info or email: hollandfestivalnz@gmail.com

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