Are you ready to party? Koningsdag 2024 is only months away, and we simply cannot contain our excitement!

The magnificent Pipe Shop at the Shipyards in North Vancouver will become our vibrant hub for the entire day. Brace yourself for an explosion of Orange entertainment as a Dutch festival takes over. With the support of Dutch organizations and the Consulate of the Netherlands, our day program promises to be phenomenal. And that’s not all – be prepared to tantalize your taste buds with a mouthwatering selection of typical Dutch food from the delightful food trucks stationed outside.

Koningsdag 2024But wait, it gets even better! The Dutch Network party in the evening will be an absolute sensation! Brace yourself for an epic dance party! As the Godfather of Dutch dance music DJs, the illustrious Ben Liebrand, a Dutch Network member, will take center stage at our highly anticipated ticketed event. For those who remember the glory days of Radio Veronica on Hilversum 3 in the 80s and 90s, you’ll instantly recognize Ben from his iconic shows like ‘In The Mix,’ ‘de Minimix,’ and the legendary ‘100plus Grandmix.’ This extraordinary artist has collaborated with music legends such as Sting, TLC, Phil Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Bill Withers, Salt-N-Pepa, and so on. It’s no wonder that Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Olav Basoski, DJ Jean, Ferry Corsten, and DJ Dano consider Liebrand their main reason for entering the music business.

The Koningsdag Event has been sold out. Thanks so much for your support and see you at the event!

Dutch Canada Liberation 2024Dutch-Canadian Remembrance Day Service 2024

On Saturday, May 4, 2024, members of the Dutch Canadian Community will commemorate the fallen “Dutch citizens” and the contributions of Canadian veterans and families to liberate the Netherlands from Nazi Germany’s occupation during the Second World War.

In the Netherlands, the memorial commemoration event is known as “Dodenherdenking”. The “Dutch-Canadian Remembrance Day Service” will take place at Mountain View Cemetery on May 4, 2024 at 10:15 am.

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Welkom / Welcome to the website of the Dutch Network!

We are a non-profit Dutch-Canadian Cultural Society based in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia.
We are a lively organization with weekly events for young and old. We are always looking for new activities and initiatives.

Events are organized for Dutch-Canadians so that they can get together to celebrate, enhance and preserve the Dutch heritage, Dutch language and Dutch cultural traditions in BC, such as: monthly pub nights and coffee clubs, annual events which include King’s Day, Sinterklaas and the Easter Egg Hunt. Find an overview of our events below. We look forward to seeing you at our events!
If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the link for volunteers in the link above or write us a message via Contact Us.

Community Announcements

Dutch Network’s on-air radio show “Dutch Connections”

Connections Radio with Host Harma Volders every Saturday morning from 8 am to 9 am PST. Through the radio show, Harma connects the Dutch-Canadian Community with music and current affairs; showcasing diversity of talent, entrepreneurship, and community leadership. I

There are many ways to listen to our Dutch Connections Radio program:

Listen Live:
1. Radio: Set radio dial to 91.5 FM Connect FM in the greater Vancouver area
2. Computer: Go to the website: www.connectfm.ca
3. Apps: to listen to radio shows on your phone, tablet or PC: look up Connect FM 91.5
Website address: http://www.radio-canada-online.com/connect-fm-915

4. Replays: These will be posted on the Dutch Network website soon but for now they are posted on Facebook and a radio link will be a standard item in the monthly Dutch Network Newsletter, in the Whatsapp group called Dutchies in Van & Beyond or at this website.

Host Wanted For Vancouver Pub Nights

The Vancouver Dutch Pub Nights are held at the Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village on every third Wednesday of the Month. We are currently looking for somene to host this fantastic event. All that is needed is to make a reservation and show up at the pub night. Please contact us if you are interested.

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Make an impact. Join De Esdoorn’s Board of Directors!

Are you eager to be a part of a dynamic school and play a pivotal role in nurturing the Dutch language and culture within the vibrant Dutch community of British Columbia, Canada?

Right now, we’re actively searching for passionate and dedicated individuals to join the esteemed De Esdoorn Board of Directors. If you possess expertise in Financial Management/Accounting, we want to hear from you.

Discover more about the exciting opportunity to become a part of our Board of Directors, and find all the details on the application process in our comprehensive job posting on our official website. This is your chance to leave a lasting mark on our thriving community. Join us today! https://lnkd.in/gicBYUCh

De Esdoorn Dutch Language School
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CAANS Annual Meeting – Call for Papers

The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies will be held at McGill University in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) on 15 and 16 June in conjunction with Congress 2024, the yearly Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences organized by the FHSS (Federation for the Humanities and the Social Sciences). The event allows for remote participation.

This year’s meeting will focus on the status of Dutch as a language of higher education in Belgium and the Netherlands. A roundtable discussion on Dutch Studies in the Americas is also planned. For more information, https://caans-acaen.ca/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/CAANSconference2024-CFP-Eng.pdf

Dutch Library Update

Current library location is at The Holland Shopping Centre
141 E Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 3V9

New books are placed on the shelves every month, so come and check it out.

Currently looking for a bookshelf location in Vancouver or North Vancouver. If you would like to host a space for use to place a bookshelf and books, contact us at dutchinbc(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com.

Newsletter, Library and Social Media Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to help with maintaining our social media platforms and to provide content for the newsletter. Do you like to read Dutch news? Why not post it on our Facebook page and keep your fellow Dutchies up to date?

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The Vancouver Koffie club

DAY/DATE: 1st Thursday of the month, TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Location: The New Chelsea Society, 95 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Please contact Adriana Zylmans at 604-816-3243 or send an email to azylmans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)telus.net to confirm your attendance.
  • A Dutch flag will be placed outside the buildings for easy recognition of the location.

The social gathering will be held at The New Chelsea Society. The Society recently built housing facilities on Southwest Marine Drive in Vancouver. The Dutch Network is grateful to the New Chelsea Society for providing the privilege to use one of their social suites for social functions. The address is 95 Southwest Marine Drive. Parking is available on the street in front of the complex and in the surrounding neighbourhood.Hope to see many of you. Tot ziens!!!

New Coordinator Wanted For the New Westminster Coffee Club

The New Westminster Coffee Club is looking for a new coordinator. The group had met at the White Spot in New Westminster Royal City Centre Mall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  If anyone is interested in restarting and coordinating this group, please contact Adriana Zylmans at azylmans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)telus.net or 604-816-3243.

Vancouver Island Coffee Clubs.

There are many people interested in joining a Coffee Club in various locations on Vancouver Island.  As there are many Dutch-Canadians living in Nanaimo, Parksville, Chemainus, Comox, Victoria etc. the possibility of having various clubs meet on the Island is certainly possible, but we need coordinators.  If anyone is interested in coordinating a group in any location on Vancouver Island, please contact Adriana Zylmans at azylmans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)telus.net or 604 816-3243.  The task is not onerous.  Select a location, identify a time of day and a day in the week to meet, and the Dutch Network will advertise the event.

Morning Nature Walks

Morning Nature Walks ~ meets weekly

DAY/DATE: Every Friday, TIME: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jeanette van Hattem hosts the Friday Free Nature Walk. She loves the great outdoors, local walks, trails, the forest and dykes. She discovers something new every day and would like to share with people that have the same interest or want to learn about their natural surroundings.

Walks begin at 9:30 am and will be about 2 hours in length, rain or shine. Bring your camera and binoculars.

Please visit Jeanette’s website: thenaturenut.ca/events/ for up-to-date information and meeting points.

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