Asia and The Netherlands:
The Culture of Luxury
in the Golden Age and Beyond
DUTCH DAYS IN HONG KONG 2021
29 April - 31 December 2021
Orangerie Salon Series
One can say the similarities between the people of Hong Kong and the Netherlands are striking. Both share a long history of maritime trade, an avid entrepreneurial spirit, an openness to the world, the love of food, and a passion for the greatest art and culture, to name a few. Both face similar challenges, such as scarce land and water resources, growth and pollution, and an ageing population. We can learn so much from each other and benefit from the sustained exchange. It is in this spirit that I founded Dutch Days in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Dutch Consulate General five years ago. Our fifth year anniversary coincides with the 350th anniversary of the passing of Rembrandt.Rembrandt is no to nly known as the greatest painter of the Golden Age,but he was also an inspirator and innovator of his time. With this in mind, the theme of DDHK 2019 focuses on innovations in various sectors.
Our festival aims to be a platform for exchanging culture and knowledge. Dutch Days in Hong Kong is where professionals, scholars, and members of the public are invited to engage in dialogues between Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Dutch innovations, technologies and diversity continue to be of interest to many stakeholders in Hong Kong. This year, we are proud to present two museums, the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam and the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics to share their respective knowledge in the history and legacy of Rembrandt and the maritime ceramic trade. We also work closely with Hong Kong’s best. For our Dutch Days in the Neighbourhood, we learn from Kade Chan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Origami Academy, how to fold tulips for a Garden of Friendship. The workshop is supported by paper experts Polytrade Paper and to make Dutch poffertjes pancake with our famous Dutch milk company FrieslandCampina and Orange Tree, the oldest Dutch restaurant in Hong Kong.
Looking back on the last 6 years, we are so pleased to see how our programme has developed, encompassing Dutch culture and art to share Dutch excellence in industries ranging from arts and museums to health, and from sustainability and design to finance. Our anniversary year reflected on innovations in these fields. Although the Covid-19 has slowed us down, it also created an amazing opportunity to connect and to show the newest innovations. We are proud to present and share the advances in these sectors of Holland with Hong Kong. We hope you will enjoy our digital programme!
Co-organiser Dutch Days in Hong Kong
Director of Asia Art Hong Kong
It is a great pleasure to be here with you today to kick-off the 2021 edition of Dutch Days. I am excited that we are doing this in the residence on Mount Cameron Road on The Peak. The Netherlands is one of a handful of countries that has an own residence in Hong Kong, and I am thrilled to make this historic 1920’s home available to launch this year’s edition of Dutch Days.
I want to thank the organisers, and in particular Candice Lee, for showing so much perseverance in pulling off this unique edition of Dutch Days. I applaud everybody for tapping into their most creative and innovative energy sources during these incredibly challenging times to putting together a string of events that show up the special ties that bind the lowlands and the fragrant harbor.
Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel Dutch Days last year. In 2019 we celebrated the fifth anniversary of Dutch Days with an extensive program of arts, music, design and culture. Ever since its inception in 2014 – and with the continued support of Asia Arts Hong Kong – this annual “look at Holland” has become a must-see and –do event for many.
Where we had hoped things would have returned to somewhat normal this year, we have had to adapt the program again to sync with restrictions still in place, not only in the Netherlands, but in Hong Kong too. Once again, a great thank you to everybody for the flexibility shown. And this year too promises to be special in many ways.
Thank you for letting me participate in this event, and I look forward to participating in others still to come.
Arjen van den Berg
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
I am pleased to congratulate the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Hong Kong and Asia Week Hong Kong on organising the fifth edition of Dutch Days in Hong Kong.
Launched in 2015, Dutch Days in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong version of King’s Day, an occasion for us to enjoy the cultural excellence of the Netherlands and celebratethe long-established ties and friendship between Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
The theme of this year’s Dutch Days, “Rembrandt as Innovator”, commemorates the 350th anniversary of the death of the great Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. As in previous editions, the month-long festival offers a wide range of activities, including exhibitions, seminars, workshops and more, for audiences to explore the diverse culture of the Netherlands. One of the highlights this year is a pop-up art exhibition at our creative landmark, PMQ, where our local artists showcase their artworks inspired by Rembrandt.
I am sure that this year’s Dutch Days will be a delightful experience for all and I wish our friends from the Netherlands a wonderful year ahead.
Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching, JP
Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs
Asia Art Hong Kong
Asia Art Hong Kong takes place during Hong Kong’s Spring auction season in collaboration with leading Asian Art dealers, galleries, auction houses, museums, cultural institutions and collectors’ societies.
We present a series of educational programmes celebrating Asian art from antiquities to contemporary through gallery exhibitions, collectors’ round table discussions and lectures from renowned museum curators and scholars.
In 2015, we initiated our first cross cultural exchange project and co-organised with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong and Macao the inaugural Dutch Days in Hong Kong festival. Our series of Museum lectures with distinguished speakers from the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk museum was the start of an annual series of museum seminars bringing focus to Dutch history and heritage with a series of lectures by eminent scholars and museum curators from the Netherlands.
The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
in Hong Kong and Macao
The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong and Macao is the diplomatic representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative Region. The Consulate General is part of the China diplomatic network, which consists of the Embassy in Beijing, and Consulates General in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Hong Kong. Furthermore, Business Support Offices in Chengdu, Dalian, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, and Wuhan foster economic links between China and the Netherlands. Our vast economic network is an asset at the disposal of all Dutch businesses.
The Consulate General focuses on four main areas: economic diplomacy, cultural exchanges, science co-operation, and consular affairs. In the area of cultural exchanges, we aim to promote and strengthen the bilateral cultural ties between the Netherlands and Hong Kong and Macao, as well as to assist Dutch cultural institutions and musical groups in their endeavours to showcase Dutch knowledge and expertise.
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