Five Dutch Days

New York City is celebrating “Five Dutch Days 2009” this week from November 12 untill 16, 2009.

5 Dutch Days is a five day cultural event which takes place in New York City every November. It celebrates the continuous influence of Dutch arts and culture in New York City and brings together arts and cultural organizations from across the city. Programs include walking tours, lectures, concerts and contemporary art offerings.

It begun in May of 2005, when three directors of Dutch-American sites in New York City (Sean Sawyer, Felicia Mayro, Susan De Vries) first began discussing the possibility of a collaborative effort to mark Dutch-American Heritage Day and the continuous influence of Dutch culture in New York City. That small idea grew into a wonderful annual event.

5 Dutch Days is celebrated in all five boroughs. New York City, one of the largest cities in the world, is segmented into five boroughs; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island.

Brooklyn’s part in this event commences at 6:00 this Thursday evening, November 12, at Borough Hall, with a welcome from Borough President Marty Markowitz, and a preview of the HOME/LAND art project, a portion of which will be at the Old Stone House this weekend.

Thursday’s festivities then move to the Brooklyn Historical Society, Pierrepont and Clinton, for a viewing of Pages of the Past: The Breukelen Adventures of Jasper Danckaerts.

So put on your best orange and enjoy the festival at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall to kick off 5 Dutch Days 2009.

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