Whats On

Helene Hagemans – Master of Ceremonies 
Helene was born in Groesbeek and raised in Nijmegen and later Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She arrived in Australia in 1999 and has been living in Melbourne for the past 18 years. She runs her own catering business, Fine Food Catering and is the Vice President of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia.

Hans Rubens – Master of Ceremonies

Hans calls himself a “DBA” (A Dutch Born Aussie). He was born in s’Hertogenbosch, arrived in Melbourne as a 5 year old and has called Melbourne home ever since. Hans and his Aussie wife Mary just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren, who all know how to sing “Klap is in de handjes”. Hans has a deep understanding of Dutch culture & food and was a Director of Dutch Food Importer “Rubsons” for 25 years.



jolpieJopie Witzand

Broadcaster journalist of 25 years for SBS Dutch Radio with close ties to the Dutch Community in Victoria and nationwide. A close colleague of Yvon Davis with whom Jopie has represented SBS radio at all the previous Holland festivals in Melbourne and with whom she has also shared various co-hosting events.




Carole Overmaat 

Editor & producer of the Dutch Courier.  Manager & announcer DutchTV on Channel 31. Human Resource manager for the Holland Festival 2019.



wooden-tulipsClog Making Display

See how clogs and wooden tulips were traditionally made with a display by Kees & Nellie Klep.




inflatable-catDutch Football Lion

In Holland, the Dutch sing a song about not “letting the Lion into your singlet” whenever Holland plays football against England.

“Laat de Leeuw niet in je hempdje je staan”

Which is basically a euphemism for, “don’t let the English into your shirt”.

This giant inflatable lion dressed in an orange/Dutch Football jersey will be waiting for festival goers to kick a football through his belly.


Findlay-Organ-webFindlay Fairground Organ

Des Lang’s Findlay Street Organ will entertain in the streets of the Festival in true Amsterdam style.





The small street organ with the big heart and the big sound. Ron Vulling’s pride and joy!




chessGiant Chess & Checkers

There will be a giant chess and and checker set for people (young and old) to challenge each other.




giant-clogsGiant Clogs

Get your family photographed in the largest set of Clogs in the Southern Hemisphere – in Dutch Costume, clogs and all,  if you so desire!




inflatable-cowGiant Cow

Friesian cows are a big part of Dutch (cheese) culture (get it…? “Culture”).

Kids (and adults) can come and milk the giant cow (Shhh…! Don’t tell them it’s just white-coloured water).



ryders-pony-rideLittle Ryders Pony Rides

Pony rides for children.

Cost:  tab

Visit their facebook page  –  https://www.facebook.com/LittleRydersPonyRides/  



“The Creative Fun For Everyone”

For kids young and old (including adults), SandWizard appeals to all age groups because the activity is so simple to do, yet the end result can be stunning.

Everyone can be a SandWizard!    Cost: tba              Visit their website (link to http://sandwizard.com.au/)


Little Wings – Face painters





SjoelbaksSjoelbak Competition

Sjoelbak [pronounced Shool-buck] is a traditional, 19th Century Dutch tabletop shuffleboard game. Come and try your skills at the Holland Festival Sjoelbak Championship

Win great prizes sponsored by, Bendigo Bank of Berwick  Wood and Iron Designs (sjoelbak manufacturers) and ADINA Watchmakers

Competition Costs:   Adult: $5      Teens (13 – 18): $2    Children (<12): $2          Read the Sjoelbak Rules



There will be many attractions to entertain the young and the young at heart.

Kermis (Carnival)

The festival is committed to being an all-ages festival and do its’ best to provide entertainment for children of all ages, without bankrupting their parents. A Kermis (pronounced Kar’rem-iss) is a Dutch children’s carnival.

Parents can purchase a Kermis Wristband for their children for $5 each, allowing unlimited access to the 3 Kermis rides and the Jumping Castle from 11am  to 6pm. There is an extra cost for the Face Painting,  Pony rides, Plaster painting & Sand Painting, Henna Art and others.

Parents are requested to please ensure that their children are always supervised and never left unattended.