Your Dutch Dance

Do you want to know when your favorite DJ will be laying some tracks, or are you curious about new Dutch voices in town? In “Your Dutch Dance Agenda,” we will post monthly updates on who is playing when and where, and highlight different Dutch DJs that are spinning their decks in the US at the moment.

Let’s face it: the best party, is a Dutch party. As a brand, a passion, and a movement, “Dutch Dance” has been dominating the international dance scene for years. Many Dutch DJs have gathered a worldwide following, and fly all around the globe to move from one enthusiastic crowd to the other. Proving that established dance icons and fresh talent do not need to stand in each other’s way, Dutch legends like Tiësto have been taking the new generation underneath their wings.

From underground talents to household names, the Netherlands’ party scene has built the reputation for harboring “everyone’s kind of DJ.” However, with so many successful and famous DJs from such a small dot on the map, it is almost impossible to keep track of all Dutch DJs that are performing in the United States.

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Candy Dulfer Announces New US Shows

Candy Dulfer just released her new album ‘Together’ and also announced new tour dates in the US.

The album, ‘Together‘, was inspired by all that’s great in jazz, disco, soul, dance and r&b, but is also a contemporary interpretation of what’s happening in music and the world today. Candy created a deeply personal and unique blend of musical genres & influences, bound together by her trademark sound, showcasing her extreme versatility.

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The first Holland Festival was organized in 1990, by the combined Dutch clubs in Southern California. The plan was to give the Dutch community one big event per year, where family and friends would come together to celebrate Dutch culture. To ensure that this was all well organized and executed, a new non-profit umbrella organization was established called United Netherlands Organizations (UNO). The board of directors consists of representatives and volunteers of all the affiliated social Dutch clubs/organizations.

Who is coming to this event?

Many visitors of this event have roots in Holland and some have lived in Holland before they came to the States.  Some still have or had Dutch nationality. A large and still growing percentage of the American born public have roots in both Holland and the former Dutch East Indies – a former colony of Holland now known as Indonesia.  Before Indonesia became independent the country was under Dutch rule and had a Western/Dutch oriented society. Over a period of hundreds of years, a hybrid community emerged in South East Asia. Many people are also of mixed race, often children of European fathers and indigenous women. Regardless of their often Dutch or now American nationality, this ethnic group of Eurasians call themselves also INDO (from  the word Indo-European and not Indonesian). They like to celebrate their unique sub-culture, which has cultural elements of both continents. After World War II most Dutch nationals migrated to Holland and some migrated through to the US.  This explains the many Indonesian themed vendors and the Indo rock music performed at the Holland Festival.

Change event name?

Suggestions have been made to change the name of the event to reflect the growing number of people of mixed Indo-Dutch heritage.  The board has discussed the possibility of changing the name. After giving it considerable thought, the board members have decided by majority vote, to remain true to the name and the theme as initiated by its founders.  The name of the event has become a strong recognizable brand. Not only to keep attracting people with an affinity for Holland, but also to interest future sponsors who want to be associated to this festival. After all, we are a non-profit and to make this festival happen we want to make it affordable and fun for all.

We now celebrate multicultural Holland. Instead of changing the name of the event to recognize people who claim multiple ethnic affiliations and who have roots in both continents, the following subtitle was added: A celebration of our shared cultural heritage of Holland and Indonesia (the former Dutch East Indies).

The objective remains to deliver on the brand promise and offer a memorable experience with an even mix of all cultures. This event has become the largest Holland and Indo Dutch community event in North America.

Read about our last 28th annual Holland Festival.

Save the date – labor day weekend Dutch food and beer!

The organization couldn’t have picked a better name: Orange! That’s why our Dutch booth is featured on their website:

The United Netherlands Organizations (UNO) is taking over the Dutch representation at this annual fair from the Holland Soccer Club,  connecting people for 60 years  (1957-1917).

More details to come.

The UNO’s main events for the year are:

  1. Dutch King’s Day Los Angeles April –
  2. Holland Festival Long Beach – May –
  3. Orange International Street Fair (Labor Day Weekend) Sept 1 – 3


Happy faces, dancing feet, shining musical performances and delicious street food on a perfect weather day.  Those were the ingredients to a memorable gathering at the 28th annual Holland Festival Long Beach. Every year, friends and family reunite at, what is called, the largest Holland and Indo Dutch community event in North America. The event is held at the Gemmrig (POA) park in Long Beach, on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

Friends and families of up to 4 generations had their reunion. Also Dutch expats and Americans are drawn to this yearly festival. Most of the people have roots in the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) and gathered to celebrate their shared heritage. People spent the whole day in the park, where they claimed their little space with their picnic blankets, folding chairs and gathered around, sharing stories, laughter, listening and dancing to familiar Dutch, American and Indo Rock music. Another important reason why people keep coming, are the traditional Dutch and Indonesian foods. When you ate enough you can either decide to burn off some of those calories on the dance floor or by strolling along the many vendor booths selling clothing, arts, crafts and many other things. Children always have a great time in the two bouncy houses.

Some history regarding the Holland Festival; The first event was organized 28 years ago in 1989, by the combined Dutch clubs in Southern California. To ensure that this was all well organized and executed a new non-profit was established called United Netherlands Organizations. The board of directors consists of representatives of all the affiliated social Dutch clubs/organizations. Once a year, all clubs come together and join forces to offer the Dutch community their Holland Festival, a celebration of anything Dutch. The audience consist mostly of people who lived in Holland before they came to the States. They had or still have Dutch nationality. A large percentage of the public also has roots in the former Dutch East Indies (a former colony of Holland), now known as Indonesia. This explains the many Indonesian themed vendors to join in on the celebration of a shared cultural heritage. Suggestions have been made to change the name to reflect the  make-up of the audience, being Indo-Dutch (mixed heritage).  The board has considered the suggestion, but has decided to remain true to the initial intention and name of the event, which is to celebrate multicultural Holland, which also has a large community of people with roots in the former ‘Western/Dutch oriented’  Dutch East Indies.


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The organization of this event is in the hands of the UNO, which stands for United Netherlands Organizations; a non-profit umbrella organization of affiliated Dutch clubs in Southern California (AVIO, NAS, Holland Soccer Club, Dutch School SoCal, NAF).

  1. Dutch King’s Day Los Angeles April –
  2. Holland Festival Long Beach – May –
  3. Orange International Street Fair (Labor Day Weekend) Sept 1 – 3

The organization is always looking for volunteers to assist on the day of the event. In return the volunteers are granted free entrance for a minimum  of a 3 hours shift. To sign up, send an e-mail to [email protected]

If you are a vendor or a sponsor interested to join, please send an e-mail to [email protected]

Come join us to celebrate Dutch King’s Day on one of the most popular sites in Los Angeles: ShoreLine Aquatic Park in Long Beach. Go To

Save the date, as you are in for a ‘Dutch treat’ on Sunday April 30, 2017.

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