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July 2017 / Newsletter #33

Dutch Design Collective at Sydney Indesign

11-12 August 2017

In anticipation of the opening of the NL Curated // Dutch Contemporary Design pop up shop in Surry Hills, NSW in October this year, the Consulate General  brings you a taste of some of the wonderful Dutch design brands that will all be sold in the store. Siba Sahabi, Leff, United Nude, ByBorre, Stiger Woods, Studio Drift, Vlieger & Vandam, Mae Engelgeer and Olivier van Herpt will all be exhibiting in the Dutch Design Collective at Sydney Indesign. Indesign is one of Sydney’s largest bi-annual design events and features exhibitions, seminars and interactive showrooms throughout Sydney.

Please pop in to our Dutch Design Collective during Sydney Indesign! We will be open on Friday 11 August from 12-9pm and on Saturday 12 August from 12 to 6pm. You can find us in the lower room (close to the registration desk) at The Venue, 55 Moody Street in Alexandria. The Venue is Indesign’s large exhibition space this year where, besides the Dutch Design Collective, another 30 odd Australian and international designers will showcase their designs.

For more information please have a look at the Sydney Indesign website.
Registration for Indesign is free.

Great news for cheese lovers!

Dutch cheese specialty company Westland has confirmed that in the next few weeks, the first pallets stocked with their delicious Old Amsterdam cheese will be shipped to Australia! Old Amsterdam cheese is very popular in the Netherlands but has, up until now, not been commercially available in Australia. The brand has won many international prizes over the years like ‘Best Dutch Cheese’ at the International Cheese Awards & ‘Best Aged Gouda’ at the World Championship Cheese Contest. Westland expects that the cheese will hit Australian supermarket shelves in 2-3 months. We will bring you more information in next month’s newsletter. Or follow us on Facebook to stay informed about the latest developments. Welcome to Australia, Westland!

The Hartog plate is still in Sydney - don’t miss out!

5 May - 29 October 2017

All the way from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Hartog plate is currently still on display at The Australian National Maritime Museum. The plate is on special loan from the Rijksmuseum and is the first European artefact that was found on Australian soil. It will be in Sydney until the 29th of October.

On 25 October 1616, Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog (1580-1621) sailed into history when he made the first European landing on the west coast of Australia. He left the Hartog plate as evidence. The story of his landing is also displayed as a spectacular light show on the roof of the museum in Darling Harbour. Don't miss the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of this original artefact right in the middle of Sydney!

Tamar Davidowitz, metals conservator at the Rijksmusem especially came to Sydney to present a lecture on her painstaking work to restore the famous plate. Consul-General Willem Cosijn launched the exhibition of the Dirk Hartog Plate at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Short news

Get a taste of Dutch design at Gallery by Toko

Gallery by Toko presents 'True Blue'. Starting August fifth, the gallery displays current Dutch abstraction through the art of screen printing. Art pieces of seven Dutch creators from Studio Onvervalst go 'Down under' in Syndey. Gallery by Toko is founded by Dutch designduo Michael Lugmayer en Eva Dijkstra. The gallery is known for connecting architecture, art and design. Don't miss it!

Opening hours: 
Monday to Friday, 9:30am- 5:00pm
Saturday 5 and 11 October, 10am - 2pm

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Big welcome to training vessel built by Dutch Damen

We are proud to announce the official transfer of the Scyamore MA Training Vessel to the The Royal Australian Navy. Ambassador of the Netherlands Erica Schouten and Consul-General Willem Cosijn were present in Sydney, alongside the Royal Australian Navy, to give MV Sycamore its warm official welcome to Sydney.

Built by the Dutch Damen Schipyards, MV Sycamore is a special purpose schip that is designed and constructed to combine both commercial and militairy characteristics. The vessel will perform diverse training and support duties for the Royal Australian Navy.

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Consular team Sydney visits Brisbane for passport applications

Since October first 2015 passport applications can only be submitted in person at the Netherlands Consulate-General in Sydney. However, the Consulate-General occasionally offers the opportunity to submit a passport application on location. On Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 31st of August there is a limited possibility for Dutch nationals to apply for a passport of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on location in Brisbane.

If you would like to take this opportunity, you can express your interest by sending an email to Requests will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, but applicants with a medical condition have priority. There are no additional costs involved; passports will be charged at the standard rate. Please attach a medical statement issued by a GP or specialist, the application form and other documents required for the passport application.

For more information click here.

Reminder: new law regarding voting outside the Netherlands

The Dutch government changed regulations regarding voting outside the Nederlands. Since April first 2017 voters outside the Netherlands only have to register once to vote during elections. After this 'premanent registration' you will receive voting papers automatically. In the past it was required to register separately for every election. Register now and never miss the change to vote during elections.







Register here.

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