Have Some Good Old Dutch Fun!
The Annual 'Big Dutch Day Out' - in Foxton
The first ever national Dutch Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, will kick off in the heritage town of Foxton, on Saturday 24 April.
The official start will be announced by the Hon. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, together with Ambassador Mira Woldberg. In a symbolic act, Priyanca and Mira will ‘unveil’ a spectacular, colourful 40m Art Mural – designed by Amsterdam artist Jan van der Ploeg.
Typical Dutch delights
- ‘Ice Skating’ rink
- Traditional Dutch games
Kite or vlieger workshop
- Draaiorgel De Lieve stem (1880 Amsterdam street organ)
- Tours of windmill De Molen (blades spinning in the wind)
- 40 m new Art Mural unveil
- Modern Art exhibition opening: ‘Colourful Nation – Kleur Bekennen’
It don't come more double-Dutch than that...!
Some comments from a local who happens to be the Co-Chair of the Oranjehof museum, Arjan van der Boon: “Foxton is the right place to kick off all the Dutch Week festivities - with our annual Big Dutch Day Out. There will be an ice skating rink, with free skating on the day. And one high-flying feature of the day will be a 9 metre monkey kite, wearing a Dutch Week t-shirt, that will go up in the air as part of a vlieger workshop for kids.
“We also have Oranjehof here, that tells the story of the Dutch immigrants in New Zealand – right next to our 30m high icon of Dutchness, the flour-grinding windmill De Molen. There will be plenty of modern art on display, an 1880 Perlee street organ pumping its tunes, and lots of traditional games – With all that cheerful fun… Things don’t get much more Dutch than that."
Another event on the day is the opening of a brilliantly coloured art exhibition. The contribution by Leon van den Eijkel to the New Zealand art scene is celebrated in the Māpuna - Kabinet gallery inside Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom.
‘Colourful Nation – Kleur Bekennen’ is a retrospective that includes some major works from the collection of Te Papa. The art exhibition will be opened by Dutch born MP Marja Lubeck.
Symbolic start of Dutch Week
To launch Dutch Week, the Minister and the Ambassador will jointly reveal the community names who supported anew Art Mural on the wall of the Oranjehof museum. 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!
Thanks where Thanks are due
Support for Dutch Week 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.