More Dirk Hartog 2016 initiatives around Australia

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney proudly announce their support to four new Dirk Hartog 2016 projects.

Art installation Spice Winds at VIVID 2016 | Sydney

In celebration of our Dirk Hartog year, Dutch-Australian art installation Spice Winds will light up Circular Quay during Vivid Sydney! This installation is the result of a collaboration between designer teams Studio Toer (NL) and mcdermottbaxter (AUS). Spice Winds uses way finding directional lights and the kinetic energy of wind to pay homage to the early Dutch sailors and their skills in traversing the treacherous seas along the so-called Roaring Forties; strong western winds in the Southern Hemisphere. Flags of orange direct the lights to illuminate the surroundings and the audience. Spice Winds is supported by Philips and the Dutch Diplomatic Missions in

Hartog Commemorative Voyage of the Duyfken | Various locations in Western Australia

The Duyfken replica will depart Fremantle Harbour in August 2016 to begin its Hartog Commemorative Voyage to Shark Bay. During the voyage Duyfken will visit several ports on the west coast of Australia to interact with the communities of Bunbury, Mandurah, Hillarys, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton, and Denham, culminating with the official ceremony at Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island, on October 25, 2016.

Exhibition | The Dutch Are Coming | Hobart

In 2017 it will be 375 years ago since Dutch explorer Abel Tasman reached Van Diemen’s Land, nowadays Tasmania. To connect Dirk Hartog 2016 with the Abel Tasman commemorative year in 2017, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) and the Tasmania Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) will present an exhibition entitled ‘The Dutch Are Coming’. The exhibition presents items connected with the early Dutch explorations in the Southern Ocean and Abel Tasman’s journey to Tasmania and New Zealand. ‘The Dutch Are Coming’ will debut in late 2016 and expand into a major exhibition on ‘The Early Dutch Explorers’, which will run through the period of the AWBF in February 2017.

Dirk Hartog booklet | Australia

In cooperation with senior lecturer in maritime archaeology at Flinders University Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde and the Western Australian Museum, the Embassy will release a new publication about Dirk Hartog in October. This free booklet will shine a light on the life and seafaring adventures of Dirk Hartog as well as his ship, the plate he left behind at Cape Inscription, and other contemporary inscriptions.

More information about Dirk Hartog 2016

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at Cape Inscription, in the Shark Bay area. Visit the Dirk Hartog 2016 website for more information about the anniversary and an overview of upcoming events. For enquiries, please contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, via the cultural affairs and public diplomacy section, tel: + 61 (0)2 6220 9400 or

4 thoughts on “More Dirk Hartog 2016 initiatives around Australia

  1. Halfway through 2016 now, Renee. So good to see you still being SO INVOLVED!! Keep up the good work. Cannot help repeating my ‘mantra’: “We are NOT the INVISIBLE Dutch!! ( ….here)!!

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