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 5 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 reflects on innovations in these fields. We are proud to present and share the advances in these sectors of Holland with Hong Kong.
Co-organiser Dutch Days in Hong Kong
Director of Asia Week Hong Kong
I am delighted to present to you the programme of this year’s Dutch Days Festival, co-organised by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Asia Week Hong Kong, and associated partners.
In Dutch culture, special meaning is attached to the cycle of five years. With the 2019 edition, the Dutch Days in Hong Kong celebrate our first lustrum, our fifth anniversary. And we are very honoured that Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is marking this occasion by her personal welcome message in this booklet.
This edition is also special because this year we mark the 350th anniversary of the death of the great Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669). I am therefore very pleased that the executive director of the Rembrandt House Museum, Ms. Lidewij de Koekkoek will give a lecture at the opening of the Dutch Days. This museum is located in Amsterdam in the exact house where the painter lived and worked all those centuries ago. Rembrandt, as he is universally known, was an innovative artist who became a symbol of the Dutch Golden Age and, using new revolutionary techniques and insights, changed the way of painting forever. His influence lasts until today.
With the overall theme of “Rembrandt as Innovator” this year’s programme contains a number of events which put the spotlight on innovations in different sectors of the Netherlands, such as water management, and recycling. Apart from that, cultural events are showing the link with Rembrandt: three young Hong Kong artists created artworks inspired by Rembrandt, and Dutch musicians will perform music from Rembrandt’s time.
I would like to thank all our partners and sponsors for their contributions. I hope you will get to learn about Dutch innovations, enjoy the Dutch art and culture that we are bringing to Hong Kong in this year’s Dutch Days!
Consul General of 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.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Asia Week Hong Kong
Asia Week 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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