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.

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).

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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]

On May 24th the Gemmrig park in Long Beach will once again be the venue for the Annual Holland Festival. This  will be the 26th year that the Dutch community comes together. Friends and families of up to 4 generations have their reunion. Most of the people have roots in the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) and will gather to celebrate their shared heritage.   People spend the whole day in the park where they have claiming their little space with their picnic blankets, folding chairs and gather around, sharing stories, laughter, listening and dancing to familiar Dutch 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.

Due to stricter rules by the park, the organization will not allow any  alcoholic beverages and food to be brought into the venue. This will be strictly enforced. As always, there will be a beer stand and plenty of food booths inside. The doors open at 10am, and it is encouraged to get your food as early as possible.

The organization is still 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]

For online tickets (move faster in line) go here

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ENTERTAINMENT:

1) DEE DEE & BATAVIA BAND:

Dee Dee Ray Barkey, Harry Brender Abrandis, Willem Lesmana, Don Sigarlaki, Frank Ketting-Olivier.

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2) FAMILY AFFAIR –  under the leadership of Jos Smith (Steel Guitar), is a compilation of some of the best INDO musicians in Southern California.

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The members are (left to right); Eddie DeVroede, Lead Guitar & Vocals, Maarten Couwenberg, Drums & MC, Ronny Kakebeen, Bass & Vocals, Harry Brenders, Lead Guitar & Vocals and Jos Smith, Leader & Steel Guitar.

 

SAVE THE DATE – MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our 25th annual Holland Festival celebration in Long Beach.

This amazing event will be held on Sunday, May 25th (memorial weekend) 2014.

Same location as always: Gemmrich park in Long Beach.

Time: 10am – 6pm.

Are you a VENDOR or a VOLUNTEER and would like to participate in this memorable Holland Festival, please send an email to Hans Hoogendam: ahoogendam @ ymail.com.

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Save the date, Sunday May 26th, 2013!

Another traditional event: the 24th Annual Holland Festival celebrated on the Sunday of Memorial weekend.

The United Netherlands Organizations (UNO), umbrella organization of all the Dutch clubs in Los Angeles, are inviting you to join families of the Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian (Indo) community to come and celebrate their shared cultural heritage of the Netherlands and the former Dutch East-Indies (colonial Indonesia). Enjoy the large variety of food from Holland and Indonesia and browse the different vendor booths. Come and listen and dance to the life music. Bring your picnic chair and blanket to relax on the grass, while the younger kids can enjoy the bouncing inflatable houses.

 
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