Kingdom of the Netherlands
Welcome to the second edition of the “Dutch Days in Hong Kong” organised by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Asia Week Hong Kong and associated partners. We are very proud to present a Festival that showcases a diver programme including a fine selection of Dutch art and culture during the month of April in Hong Kong.
We will kick-off with a museum seminar “Masters of the Golden Age” in collaboration with renowned Dutch museums: Mauritshuis Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum and the Rijksmuseum. The Dutch Contemporary Art section will feature lectures (Frank van Driel and Robert Aronson) and exhibitions (paintings by Wessel Huisman, glassware by Anniek Verholt, shoes by Amber Ambrose Aurèle) in renowned Hong Kong galleries. Following from the Festival’s tradition, the week-long Dutch Film Festival at The Grand Cinema and culinary evening “Taste of Holland” will return. New this year will be two performances of Dutch music ensembles: jazz by Rembrandt Frerichs Trio and chamber music by the Amatis Piano Trio. Also new is a family cultural workshop at the Lucie Chang Gallery.
A Festival like this would not have been possible without the valuable help and contribution from all our partners and sponsors. We owe them a big thank you. Finally, I would like to thank you, our audience, for coming to the programmes and for supporting the promotion of Dutch art and culture in Hong Kong.
Carrie Lam, GBS, JP
Chief Secretary for Administration
The Government of the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region
My congratulations to the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong and Asia Week Hong Kong for bringing us the second edition of Dutch Days in Hong Kong. The three-week celebration, running from 5 to 27 April, presents an engaging programme of events and activities that is sure to be one of the season’s cultural highlights here in Hong Kong.
Following the success at its debut last year, this year’s line-up features a wealth of arts and cultural offerings from the Netherlands, ranging from a Dutch film festival to dance, lectures, art, photography, design and glasswork exhibitions and a welcome spotlight on the culinary arts.
Also on the exciting programme is the Museum Seminar week, under the theme “Masters of the Golden Age”. Taking part are high-profile speakers from the world-renowned museums – the Rijksmuseum, the Mauritshuis as well as the country’s maritime museum, the Scheepvaartmuseum.
Music lovers have much to celebrate at this year’s Dutch Days, including a performance by the winner of the audience prize in the renowned Amsterdam Grachtenfestival Competition Amatis Piano Trio, founded only two years ago and already celebrated throughout Europe. And lovers of jazz will want to catch the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio.
This year’s Dutch Days in Hong Kong is sure to attract enthusiastic audiences, strengthening the ties our two communities have long enjoyed. May I wish it a huge success and all participants a most enjoyable cultural journey.