By Svetlana Skibinsky
The ninth Window on the Netherlands festival opened Monday to showcase cultural, scientific and commercial aspects of Dutch life in the city. Organized by the Consulate of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg, the festival will include about 40 events over two and a half weeks.
"Window on the Netherlands is an umbrella covering a wide array of connections the Dutch have been forming in St. Petersburg for the last 300 years," said a representative from the Consulate of the Netherlands.
Founded in 1996 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great's embassy to Holland, the program has since gained public recognition and become much easier to organize, the representative said.
"Nearly all event initiatives come from the participating companies," she said. The consulate provides the organization and the presentation framework, without allocating major funds, and manages to make a big impact, the representative said.
Even Dutch companies not involved in the festival say it has a positive impact on business. Several said that the program increased general interest in the Netherlands and in the activities of Dutch companies.
"The program and its format has become a tradition in the city," said Vladislav Bocharov, a representative from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' service center. "And, it does have a positive effect on sales," he said.
This year, the festival's events range from a modern Rotterdam painters' exhibition at the city's Borei gallery to the launch of a new Unilever manufacturing plant for the production of Dove brand products.
Of special interest to the local business community, consular officials said, is the Biomass: Alternative Fuel Conference organized by the Gorni Institute, which takes place on Wednesday.
The Consul General of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg Eduard Hoeks, in an open letter to city residents published in the business daily Delovoi Peterburg, said that he hopes the ninth festival will serve as a catalyst for further economic development between the Netherlands and the city.
Some of the most interesting parts of the festival, Hoeks said, are the events held to celebrate the 300 years of a Dutch community's existence in St. Petersburg.
The anniversary, celebrated on Sept. 18, will be marked with a church service in the Former Dutch Reform Church on Nevsky Prospekt - the first service to be conducted in the church for almost 80 years.
At 2 p.m. and 4 p.m, buses will leave from the church for tours of "Dutch St. Petersburg." A Dutch business fair representing companies from the Netherlands operating in the city will also be running throughout the day.
"The program is focused on the city's residents, but it includes all aspects of cooperation between our countries: culture, science, law, healthcare, environmental issues and others," said Hoeks at the program's news conference Friday.
The festival began Monday with the opening of the Dutch painter Bakker's exhibition at the Peter and Paul fortress and runs though Sept. 30.
PROGRAM “ WINDOW ON THE NETHERLANDS — 2004 ”
TUESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER
10.00 Legal seminar, Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel,
57 Nevsky Prospekt (by invitation). Tel. 324 7324
14.00 Meeting of the Ombudsman of Amsterdam,
Mrs. N. Salomons, with the deputies of the Legislative
Assembly of St. Petersburg Mariinsky Palace, 1 St. Isaac's Square.
17.00 Opening of the exhibition of Rotterdam artists
Borey Gallery, 58 Liteiny Prospekt (free entrance).
Tel. 275 3837
18.00 Workshop by Jorge Isaac on using of electronics
in contemporary music, Pro Arte institute, Nevskaya
Kurtina of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Tel. 233 0553
19.00 Concert of the Dutch ensemble "Oxalys,"
Menshikov Palace, Universitetskaya Nab. 15.
Tel. 334 0200
WEDNESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER
20.00 "Mensa Secunda," multimedia performance for the
block-flute musicians Jorge Isaac and presentation
CD "Touch-and-Go" with electro-acoustic music
by Roderik de Man, Museum-flat of Samoilovs,
8 Stremyannaya Ulitsa (by invitation).
20.00 Exhibition "Dutch Design 2"and photo-exhibition of
Vladimir Balabnev "Amsterdam-St. Petersburg"
(open till Sept. 24, 2004), Bulthaup Center Design Gallery St. Petersburg, 2 Bolshaya Konyushen-
naya Ulitsa, main entrance, 3rd floor ((by invitation).
Tel. 102 05 10)
THURSDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER
14.30 Lecture by the Ombudsman of Amsterdam, Mrs. N.
Salomons, to students of St. Petersburg State
University. Faculty of International Relations of the
University, Smolny, 1/3, entrance 8.
Tel. 276 19 47 (by invitation).
19.00 Concert of the Dutch ensemble "Oxalys," Glazunov
Hall of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, 3 Teatralnaya Ploshchad (tickets from box offices).
FRIDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER
17.00 Meeting of the Dutch-Russian Club, Menshikov palace, 15 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya (by invitation).
SATURDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER
Special day dedicated to the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of the Dutch Community in St. Petersburg
10.00 Church service by Pieter Holtrop
Church hall of the building of the Former Dutch
Reformed Church in St. Petersburg on 20 Nevsky. 11.30 Special guided tours in the State Hermitage
"Dutch Hermitage" (in Russian), State Hermitage Museum. Meeting point - in front of ticket-office
(tickets at ticket-office)
12.00 Special guided tours of the Peter and Paul Fortress called "The Dutch and Peter and the Paul Fortress" (in Russian). Meeting point - in front of ticket-office
(tickets at ticket-office)
11.00 Non-stop show of the documentaries
"Dutch Petersburg," "Beatrix, Queen of the Dutch"
16.00 "My chere Annett."
Kazemat of the Tsar Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress (free entrance)
12.00- Fair of the Dutch companies working in St. Peterburg
17.00 Church Hall of the building of the Former Dutch
Reformed Church in St. Petersburg at 20 Nevsky Prospekt. (free entrance)
12.00 Bus guided tours "Dutch Petersburg" (in Russian)
14.00 Departure from the building of the Former Dutch
Reformed Church in St. Petersburg at 20 Nevsky.
(Tickets available on the bus, price: 50 rubles, all
takings are for the renovation of the Former Church
building after fire)
16.00 Lectures "Dutch in St. Petersburg" and "Anna
Pavlovna - Russian Great Duchess and Dutch Queen" by P. Holtrop, H. Slechte and Nika Strijak
Kazemat of the Tsar Bastion of the Peter and Paul fortress (free entrance)
22.00 Orange party by DJ Natascha (Holland)
Flying Dutchman entertainment centre, 6 Mytninskaya Naberezhnaya (by invitation).
SUNDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER
p.m. Opening of the Study week of the joint Russian-Dutch
16:00 Showing of the film "Drunk Angel"
Art Center "Pushkinskaya 10" (free entrance).
Tel. 164 6527
19.00 Jazz concert by Monsieur Dubois group
JFC Jazz Club, 33 Shpalernaya Ulitsa (tickets from the ticket-office). Tel. 380 9109
MONDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER
10.00 Conference about Public Health and AIDS
Conference hall of the Mariinsky Palace, 1 St. Isaac's Square (by invitation), Tel. 314 1892
TUESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER
18:00 Poetic evening by A. Kushner connected to the
S. Bakker exhibition
Cycles about Mandelshtam and Armenia
Kazemat of the Tsar Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress (free entrance). Tel. 327 0887
20.00 Jazz concert by Monsieur Dubois group
Jet Set club, 58B Furshtadskaya Ulitsa. (free entrance)
WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER
10.00 Biomass Conference
Mining Institute (by invitation)
14.00 Dissemination seminar on the PSO project
"Logistics centres in the North-West of Russia and
Regional Distribution Council"
20.00 Concert by Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman
Red Club, 7 Poltavskaya Ulitsa (tickets available at ticket office)
THURSDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER
11.00 Masterclass by the soloists of the "Flanders
Recorder Quartet" (part of the Earlymusic
Festival), Museum G.R. Derzhavin, 118 Fontanka.
p.m. Meeting of the working groups on transport and water
management in connection with the Standing
Committee between the Administration of St.
Petersburg and the Ministry of Transport and Water
Management of the Netherlands
TBA. Tel. 334 0200
20.00 Concert by Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman
JFC Jazz Club, 33 Shpalernaya Ulitsa (tickets available at the ticket office). Tel. 380 9109
FRIDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER
16.00 Program of the Netherlands Institute in St. Petersburg
dedication to the finalisation of the restoration of the
16th century Dutch Atlas "Civitates orbis terrarum"
Russian National Library, 165 Moskovsky Prospekt, (by invitation). Tel. 327 0887
17.00 Closing of the Study week of the joint Russian-Dutch
17.30 Opening of the exhibition "The Mirror of the World:
Five centuries of geographical atlases. From the collection of the Russian National Library"
Russian National Library, 165 Moskovsky Prospekt (by invitation). Tel. 327 0887
18.00 10th Anniversary of the flower firm "Flora International"
11 Shturmanskaya Ulitsa (by invitation). Tel.334 0434
19.00 Concert of the "Flanders Recorders Quartet"
(part of the Earlymusic Festival)
Small Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, 30 Nevsky Prospekt (tickets from box office). Tel. 325 7052
SUNDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER
Masterclass by Maria Leonhardt (part of the Earlymusic festival)
TBA. Tel. 325 7052
MONDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER
10.00 Conference on the MATRA program of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
St. Petersburg City Palace of the Creativity of Youth, 39 Nevsky Prospekt (by invitation). Tel 334 02 00
19.00 Concert of Gustav Leonhardt (part of the Earlymusic festival)
Small Philharmonia Hall, 30 Nevsky Prospekt (tickets from box office). Tel. 325 70 52
TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER
11.30. Opening of the new personal care products factory of the Unilever company. Tel.(095) 745 73 21
WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER
18.00 Nijhoff Lecture by Kees Verheul, Irina Mickailova
and Alexei Purin
Poterna of the Tsar Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress (free entrance), tel. 327 0887
THURSDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER
10.00 Enviromental conference of the DCMR Agency (Rotterdam)
"Environmental Control, Perspectives for Co-operation"
Yusupov Mansion, 9 Moskovsky Prospekt (by invitation). Tel. 359 5936
18.30 Opening of the "Third Session of the Dutch Salons"
program. Lecture by Mrs. G.V. Rodionova:
"The Dutch Spirit of the Menshikov Palace"
Menshikov Palace, 15 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya,
Tel. 327 0887
News source: times.spb.ru
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