About

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The Holland Festival was held in Melbourne each year for 40 years until 2014. After a hiatus of three years, the Holland Festival returned in 2017, managed by The Holland Festival Inc, a Not-For-Profit Organisation controlled by the Rotary Club of Casey.

Please Note: This website is being developed for the 2019 Festival – please note that the content is ostensibly from the 2017 Festival. While we expect that much of what is presented herein will be the same, there will be changes as the committee develop the plans to make the Festival bigger and better from the feedback provided in 2017. The website will be upgraded and edited in the months leading up to the end of 2018 as new plans are developed and participants confirm their participation.

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About The Holland Festival Inc

The Holland Festival Inc is a newly incorporated association created with the sole purpose to operate a cultural festival for the benefit of the community, including people of Dutch heritage and to raise funds from the event for charitable purposes including Rotary community service projects.

It is managed by volunteers, all of whom are members of the Rotary Club of Casey which ultimately controls it.

The Holland Festival Inc. in turn, has a Working Committee that operates the Festival also made up of Rotarians and invitees all of whom are volunteers.

The Net Proceeds from the Festival will benefit local charities and not for profit organisations, as well as community service projects of the Rotary Club of Casey.

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About the Rotary Club of Casey

The Rotary club brings together people of passion, diverse experiences, and perspectives to exchange ideas and take action. They work to empower, educate, and develop youth, to build goodwill and understanding between cultures, communities, and countries. Through these initiatives, Rotary aims to promote peace, resolve conflicts, prevent and treat disease, improve sanitation, improve maternal and child health, and to develop economies and communities.​

The Rotary club brings together people of passion, diverse experiences, and perspectives to exchange ideas and take action. They work to empower, educate, and develop youth, to build goodwill and understanding between cultures, communities, and countries. Through these initiatives, Rotary aims to promote peace, resolve conflicts, prevent and treat disease, improve sanitation, improve maternal and child health, and to develop economies and communities.

​In 2016/17 members of the Rotary Club of Monash formed The Holland Festival Inc, a Not-For-Profit organisation to return the Holland Festival back to Melbourne and 2017 saw the first festival produced under this new leadership and structure. The Rotary Club of Casey has now taken over that control and will manage the Festival in 2019.

About the Venue

The Holland Festival will be held in Akoonah Park in the eastern suburbs of  Melbourne. Akoonah Park is is also known as the Berwick Showgrounds in the City of Casey in Melbourne.

The showgrounds have been developed by a team of volunteers to provide facilities for the Berwick Agricultural Society and recreational facilities for the community. The park is available for hire for markets, festivals, and other community and special events.

Akoonah Park is working with the Holland Festival Committee to deliver a safe and clean event for attendees.

Tickets

The Festival aims to minimise its impact on the environment by having electronic tickets. Tickets can be purchased online and stored in mobile phones or printed. They will be scanned for entry at either of the three entrance Gates for swift access to the festival.

Tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card on the day of the festival, but the best way to skip the queues at the Ticket Booth is by purchasing tickets online.

Early Bird Discounts of 20% will be available for tickets purchased prior to midnight 28th Feb 2019

Online Discounts of 10% will be available for tickets purchased from 1st March and prior to midnight 15th March 2019

A kids Kermis Wristband is $5 for unlimited Carnival rides from 10am to 6pm (no discounts for buying online)

Online ticket sales to commence – TBA

 Buy Tickets button (Link to www.ticktebo.com.au/gazelle-holland-festival.html)

Please read the Festival’s Terms and Conditions prior to purchasing a ticket

Parking and Public Transport

Parking is available on site at the Berwick Showgrounds. Vehicle entry to the car park is only possible from Princes Hwy Outbound (Gates 3 & 16).

Those wishing to use public transport are advised to catch a train to Berwick or Beaconsfield Railway Station and use taxis or Uber to get to Akoonah Park. An estimate of the fair is approx $6 – 12, (not including surge rates).

Alternatively, Pakenham bus 926 has a stop outside Akoonah Park.

Childrens Carnival (Kermis)

Parents are able to purchase a Kermis Wristband for their children, which allows unlimited access to the rides in the Kermis.

​Tickets are available online, at the gate, or at the Information Booth inside the festival.

 Keep Akoonah Green and Clean

The Holland Festival aims to have 70% of the waste created by the event be recyclable/biodegradable. To achieve this goal, we need the help of every attendee.

Please place all waste in the appropriately marked bins throughout the festival, and remember that the Gazelle Holland Festival is a smoke-free event.

Festival FAQS

Have a stress-free festival when you know the ins and outs.