Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia

ORANGE WEEK: Dutch week in Belgrade!

On the occasion of the end of the EU Council presidency, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organising an Orange Week - a week of the Netherlands in Belgrade from 27 June to 2 July 2016.

Orange Week is created to show you what the Netherlands is all about. The Netherlands has a centuries-old tradition of doing business globally. Dutch society is based on building bridges, seeking consensus and ensuring alignment between the political, business and social arenas. The Netherlands has a vibrant economy with a strong knowledge base and expertise in a range of sectors: for example the country is the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter; the Port of Rotterdam is one of the world’s largest harbors; the country enjoys a formidable position in the areas of delta technology and water technology. The Netherlands is also famous for its achievements in arts, architecture and design; it is world-known for its DJ’s, innovators and gaming-industry. It is a country with more bicycles than people. There are hundreds of outstanding museums, exhibitions and festivals to visit and promising artists from all over the world are heading to the Netherlands to work or study. We are proud to share at least part of this with audiences in Serbia during our Orange Week.  

An orange tram will be circulating around Belgrade for a whole month in order to promote the Orange Week.

Orange Week will start with Applied nostalgia, a photography exhibition of a Serbian and a Dutch photographer, which will be exhibited at the Mikser House. Marko Rupena has photographed places and situations in Amsterdam which remind him of Belgrade, while Ilvy Njiokiktjien photographed Belgrade that resembles the Netherlands capital. This project is an initiative of the Office for European Integrations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, with aim to enhance cultural cooperation and promote the presiding country, as well as to promote and support Serbia on its path to becoming a member of the EU.

Orange Week continues with a Deli Monday at the Cultural Centre Grad, where the Embassy staff will cook for the guests, while there will also be a delicious orange surprise. The orange team is expecting to see you in the beautiful Grad garden, where good music will complete the atmosphere!  

During the week Dutch movies will be screened at the Belgrade Youth Centre. Win tickets via our FB page!

Orange Week will be more than just fun. Namely, the initiative The Netherlands does ( Nederland doet) of the Dutch association Orange Funds will be implemented for the third time in Belgrade. This initiative strives to highlight the importance of voluntary work and active citizen participation in developing the community they live in. The staff of the Embassy will again support a local initiative.  So far we have helped Shelter for children, Shelter for adults and old people in Belgrade and one of the NURDOR houses.  

The grand finale of the Orange Week will be on Saturday, 2 July, when the Bridge on Ada and the Albania Palace will be lit orange.  

On that day you will be able to participate in a few large events in Belgrade. In the morning, at 10.00 at the Republic Square, we will announce the name of the orange rose that was planted on the promenade by the sport centre Milan Gale Muškatirović and hold a ceremony to celebrate the event.  

At 17.00 a mass Orange Bike Ride will start from the Republic Square. By organising this bike ride we want to draw attention to the rights and duties of the cyclists, to promote the bicycle as a healthy, economic and environment friendly transport. Dress code: orange! 

Under the Film Street program, starting at 20:30 next to the Music pavilion in Kalemegdan, a Dutch film The Admiral, made in 2015 and directed by Roel Reine, will be screened. When the young Netherlands Republic was attacked by the great British Kingdom, France and Germany, while the country was on the verge of civil war itself, only one man could handle the most powerful weapon in the country, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter.  

Finish the Orange week with a grand party at the Belgrade Fortress (Basketball club Partizan playground) and if you dress in orange you have secured yourself a free entrance to the Orange party until 23.00. DJ's from Serbia and The Netherlands will be there to entertain you. 

Entrance to most of these events is free of charge as the Orange Week was sponsored by the following Dutch companies:  Heineken and Vahali (golden sposors); Levi9, Kupujem prodajem and Wind Vision (silver sponsors); Nul Tien and Pheno Geno (bronze sponsors). City of Belgrade is supporting the Orange Week. 

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