Windmills are an iconic symbol of the Netherlands.
Windmills are an iconic symbol of the Netherlands. Bas Lammers

Tweed festival relishes its local Dutch culture

THIS September, the Dutch community in the Tweed will host its first Dutch-Australian festival.

Drawcards include a display of handcrafted traditional Dutch clocks, which will also be for sale, and a stall where visitors can fit, try out and buy their own pair of genuine Dutch "klompen" or clogs.

Scaled reproductions of well-known Dutch historical buildings, a virtual tour of the famous windmills of the Netherlands and a sample of the more than 5000 Dutch heritage items to be found in the homes of Tweed Valley residents will be on show.

Festival founder Martien Jansen in de Wal has been trying to get the celebration off the ground since 2011.

Born in the Netherlands, Martin arrived in Australia in 1951 at the age of 13.

He estimates there are 2000 people with Dutch connections in the Tweed region alone.

"We're hoping for 500 people at the festival," Martien said.

"People are more aware of their ancestry these days.

Martien issued an invitation to everyone to attend the festival.

"We discovered Australia, so it's your turn to discover who we are," he told the ABC.

Venue: Under Croft of All Saints Anglican Church, Murwillumbah, September 23 & 24, 9am to 4pm.


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