Dutch Days in China
Another series of Dutch Days hits China in 2016! Read about the activities in different locations throughout the country and learn about the Netherlands, at the Dutch Days.
The Dutch Days are organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Consulate-Generals and the Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSO’s) in China. Every edition showcases different interesting aspects of Dutch culture and business, through a series of events and activities.
As the Dutch Days aim to bring cultural exchange, business opportunities and political engagement to a large Chinese audience, events are organized in many cities spread throughout China, at different times during the year.
Kick-offs in March
Wuhan kicked off the Dutch Days in 2016 with an opening event on March 14, bringing along a business delegation from Wuhan’s Dutch twin city Arnhem. During a conference Dutch fashion designers and textile innovators presented Dutch creativity and innovativeness, followed by sharing their work experience with students at the Wuhan Textile University.
It was the second time the city of Wuhan organized this series of Holland-themed events. Other interesting events in their programme included a workshop on ‘the Dutch mindset’, a football workshop by Dutch premier league football club Vitesse and several film screenings of Dutch films and documentaries.
Dalian hosted their very first Dutch Days from 25 to 28 March at the beautiful Galleria Dalian. Everyone could join the free activities such as the pop-up Dutch Design Exhibition and the Dutch Bicycle Experience, that was festively unveiled during the opening ceremony.
All over China
Dutch Days are annually organized and every edition has its own theme, showcasing the diversity of strong Dutch disciplines. For example, Jinan will host their Dutch Days at the Tulip Park in the second half of April, where all flowers will be in bloom, providing a beautiful decor for the activities. The success of Dutch horticulture will be the focus of the events, sharing experience and knowledge.
Beijing will organize Dutch Days at the end of spring, showing the diversity of the Netherlands. Lectures, film screenings and workshops will engage the audience into the themes of water, agriculture and creative industries. Cultural activities will also be part of the programme, presenting the big diversity in Dutch art and design.
Shanghai is up next with Dutch Days early June. Of all cities Shanghai has the longest experience in organizing Dutch Days and will again design an interesting programme for the Chinese audience. This year the focus of the activities will be water, one of the areas the Netherlands is very well-known for.
Last but not least, Chongqing will host their second edition of Dutch Days in the autumn of 2016. Last year, the bar was set with a great number of public and professional events ranging from fashion and electronic music to urban planning and city branding. The next series of activities will provide an equally interesting programme.