The Dutch Diplomatic Missions in Australia and Sydney Festival proudly present ‘Bach and his Dutch contemporaries’ – a concert by Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy in celebration of the Dirk Hartog year. The concert will take place on January 17, at Sydney’s City Recital Hall and marks the start of the Australia wide celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch captain Dirk Hartog at Cape Inscription in Western Australia.

Celebrating Dirk Hartog 2016 at Sydney Festival

On Sunday 17 January 2016 The Hague-based Baroque orchestra New Dutch Academy (NDA) will kick off the Dirk Hartog 2016 anniversary year with a special concert at Sydney Festival. Performing at Sydney’s much beloved venue the City Recital Hall, New Dutch Academy will celebrate the Dirk Hartog year with music by various composers  from the Baroque era; Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, de Fesch, van Wassenaer and more.
The Dutch Diplomatic Missions are proud to present this concert with world-renowned Sydney Festival, that will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Over the past decades Sydney Festival has brought many international artists and productions to Australia, among them, in more recent years, the Netherlands Dance Theatre, Toneelgroep Amsterdam and the Rubber Duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.
New Dutch Academy, with Sydney-born conductor and viola player Simon Murphy, was established in the Netherlands in 2002 and is an international award winning orchestra, specialising in early music performed on authentic instruments. NDA is known for its engaging and dynamic performances and particularly for bringing newly re-discovered 18th century works onto the concert platform.

Multipacks for the festival are available from 9 am this Thursday, October 22. All tickets will be available from 9 am on Monday, October 26.
Dirk Hartog 1616-2016

On 25 October 1616 Dutch captain Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at Cape Inscription in the Shark Bay area and consequently became the first European to set foot on Western Australian soil. 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of this historical event. During the Dirk Hartog 2016 year a wide range of commemorations, celebrations and community activities will take place to highlight this special anniversary and the continuing friendship between Australia and the Netherlands.

More information 

www.dirkhartog2016.nl | Tw @DirkHartog2016| #DirkHartog2016 | #DH2016 | #SharedHeritage
www.sydneyfestival.org.auTw @Sydney_Festival | #SydFest |
www.newdutchacademy.nl | www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/bach-and-his-dutch-contemporaries