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Events 2022

Good Old Dutch Fun!

And lots of yummie treats...

Foxton's 'Big Dutch Day Out'

Dutch Week 2022 will take off in arts 'n heritage town Foxton, on Saturday 23 April - for the second year in a row.

The official start will be announced by Ambassador Mira Woldberg, as 300 colourful kites - vliegers - take to the air. They will happily fly alongside a giant 7m orange monkey kite in a Dutch Week t-shirt.

The Big Dutch Day Out - organised by windmill De Molen for over 10 years - will feature plenty of old-fashioned fun.
Here's your Programme-BigDutchDayOut-2022  
And of course: It's all part of Dutch Week.  

Big Dutch Day Out

Sat 23 April from 11am-3pm:
Kites, Foods, Castle Games, Old Odd Dutch Games, Music, Art

  • 11.00 am: Big Dutch Day Out - Start: 
    Ambassador Mira Woldberg / Mana Whenua / Mayor
    Giant Kites go up. Kids colour in small kites.
    Kick-off 'Oud-Hollandse Spelen'
  • 11.30 am: Exhibition opening: Ans Westra Photographs: after Handboek  
  • 12.00 pm: Dutch Week 2022 - Official Start:  Ambassador / MPs
    'Op de Fiets'
    + 300 kids vliegers go up
  • 1.00 pm    Prize Giving: De Molen local art competition on Diversity 
    Prize Giving: National Clog Art Competition 'Klompenkunst'  
Saturday 23 April, 2022 – 11.00am to 3.00pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom / Riverside Cultural Park
92 Main Street, Foxton

Our Nation - Through the Lens of an Immigrant

The major arts event on the day is the opening of a classic photography exhibition. The decades-long contribution by Ans Westra to the New Zealand art scene is celebrated in the Māpuna - Kabinet gallery inside Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom.

‘Handboek’ features some 80 black 'n white and colour photographs, from the celebrated 2004 retrospective publication and exhibition of the same name. Organised by Suite Gallery, the art exhibition will be opened by the Hon Marja Lubeck and Ambassador Mira Woldberg.

More info: Media_Release_-_Exhibition_-_Ans_Westra_-_March_2022_V_1-0 

Dutch Names who Support our National Cultural Heritage

In 2021, an Art Mural on the outside wall of the  Oranjehof museum was revealed, featuring community names who support the Dutch Connection Centre. You can join in! 
Find out how: ArtMural-MemorialWall 

In 2022 - there will be opportunity, to add some 30 family names, and 2 Major Sponsors to the Art Mural. Click here to add Your Name.

Its striking design incorporates Dutch and Māori colours, as well as Kiwi black. The wave elements point to the local Awa and the river landscape loved by Māori and Dutch alike, in the direction of the Tasman Sea – behind the sand dunes, only a few kilometres away.

In Foxton, the official launch of Dutch Week will be very, very Nederlands. Join in the fun!

Things don't come more double-Dutch than that...!

“Windmill De Molen has successfully organised our annual Big Dutch Day Out for over 10 years now,” says Arjan van der Boon, Co-Chair of the local Oranjehof Dutch Connection museum.

“But this time we want to add a special show, with plenty of kids' activities on the day. The Oranjehof museum is organising a first-ever national clogs art KlompenKunst competition. Klompenkunst-ClogArt-Competition 

Plus, we’ll let youngsters from all over the country play in a competition of traditional Old Odd Games: Oud-Hollandse Spelen. It will involve clogs, stiltwalking and jumping around in coffee sacks. With the novelty factor here in Aotearoa – where they’ve probably never done it before – it should be heaps of fun. Perhaps there will even be some adults who want to play the fool, if they can remember how to do it..."

The Oranjehof museum tells the story of the Dutch immigrants in New Zealand – right next to the 30m high icon of Dutchness, the flour-grinding windmill De Molen. A 1880 Perlee street organ will pumping its tunes, and there will be typically Dutch Treats to eat…

"Things don’t get much more Dutch than that," says Arjan.

More info on Dutch_Week_News.  

Thanks where 'Thanks' are due

Support for Dutch Week 2022 - across Aotearoa New Zealand and in Foxton - is provided by the Office of Ethnic Communities, local Councils and a raft of ‘Dutch’ individuals, organisations and businesses.

Please note, we've worked out what it all can look like, under the current Covid setting. Rules may change.
Come back to this Dutch Week page, to find out more. New postings, closer to 23 April.


2021: Big Dutch Day Out - Start of ‘Dutch Week’ 

Dutch culture and language celebrated nationwide

City Icons to Light Up in Orange

Come and join the festivities when the first ever Dutch Week is officially launched - in Foxton - by Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, together with Ambassador Mira Woldberg.

24 April is Foxton's big Big Dutch Day Out, with lots of festivities and entertainment. Most importantly - a 40 m Art Mural by Amsterdam Artist Jan van der Ploeg will be unveiled. (You can still add your name, next to the Painting

Things don’t get much more Dutch than this…

Join us and celebrate all things Dutch, like the opening of the brilliantly colourful Leon van den Eijkel retrospective exhibition - 'A Colourful Nation'. Discover all those Dutch immigrant stories in the Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre. Or take a tour of flour-grinding De Molen, with its blades spinning in the wind.

You can also try some 'ice' skating on an Ice Skating rink. Let the kids join a  Kite-making and flying workshop, or play traditional Dutch Games. There will be music pumping from 1880 street organ De Lieve Stem. We will have an accordionist play 'Daar bij die Molen' and other classics. And you can eat yummy food. Lots of great, tasty, wholesome and sweet Dutch foods - like kroketten, uitsmijters, stroopwafels en frikandel!

A festive launch

From Saturday 24 April onwards, Dutch community organisations and party-goers will spread a hue of orange and a celebration of ‘all things Dutch’ across the country – until Sunday 2 May. Dutch Week will be a nationwide fest - and it all starts in Foxton.

To officially start off Dutch Week, the Minister and the Ambassador will jointly reveal the community names who supported our new Art Mural. It has a striking design that incorporates Dutch and Māori colours, as well as Kiwi black. The wave elements point to the local Awa and the river landscape loved by Māori and Dutch alike, in the direction of the Tasman Sea – behind the sand dunes, only a few kilometres away.

Your Name next to Art? Click here - Find out more!

And claim a tax rebate of 33% from the IRD. We're a registered charity.

De Molen was opened is turning 18 this year, and its birthday is perfectly timed to celebrate the nation’s first ever Dutch Week. Out here in Foxton, where the official launch of Dutch Week will be very, very Nederlands!

The Big Dutch Day Out: Saturday 24 April, 2021

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom / Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park

92 Main Street, Foxton. Free event. 

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