©Musée Mauritshuis La Haye Dutch Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (Nov. 2003 - May 2004)
Cultural events in Strasbourg
During the Chairmanship
Five Dutch cartoonists took turns sketching European events from a vantage point outside the Netherlands for the newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace.
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A Poetic Journey
Eight poets signpost the way for a spiritual stroll through the city of Strasbourg.
Location : Places Hans-Jean Arp, Gütenberg, Kléber, de Zürich, de l'Université, d'Austerlitz, rue de Rotterdam, parvis du CE
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Rembrandt Exhibition
The Strasbourg museums hosted an exhibition of 51 etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn, works from the collection of Amsterdam’s Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis Museum.
Location : Galerie Heitz - Palais Rohan
Date : 22/11/03 - 12/02/04 (every day but Tuesday, 10-18h).
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The Odyssée cinema offered a three-stage tour of the Dutch cinema, documentaries as much as feature films.
In November 2003 and April 2004
Odyssée cinéma

Literary get-togethers
Leon de Winter at the FEC Salle Léon XIII, 26/11/03
Hafid Bouazza at the Auditorium MAMCS, 5/12/03
Joke van Leeuwen at TJP, 27/01/04
Toon Tellegen at TJP, 28/01/04
Lieve Joris and Oscar van den Boogard at FEC Salle Léon XIII, at the same moment 6/04/04

Colloquy : "Dutch Identities"
An initiative of the Dutch language department of Strasbourg’s Marc Bloch University. Among the subjects to be discussed: Calvinism, the birth of the Netherlands, Germanness, World War II, the Jews.
Location : Salle Fustel de Coulanges, Palais Universitaire
Date : 5 December 2003


Jazz with the Braam-DeJoode-Vatcher Trio
: Cheval Blanc - Schiltigheim
Date : 4 February at 20h30

Four Saxophones and a piano
Four renowned saxophonists had come together to form the Aurelia Quartet. The quartet performed with pianist Ivo Janssen.
Location: Munsterhof - 9, rue des Juifs
Date : 5 February 2004 at 20h00

Contemporary and modern composers
The ensemble “Leo Smit” interpreted works by Dutch composers from before the war.
Location : Palais du Rhin
Date : 8 February 2004 at 11h00

Ton Koopman plays the Silbermann organ
The great musican and conductor played the composers of ancient music.
Location: St.-Thomas Church
Date : 14 February 2004 at 19h00

Two Harpsichords in Concert
Ton Koopman completed his visit to Strasbourg with a harpsichord concert featuring himself and his wife, Tini Mathot, a soloist with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
Location : Salle du Synode, Palais Rohan
Date: 15 Feburary 2004 at 11h00

The Nits from the Neth’s
All-Dutch pop group.
Location : La Laiterie - Strasbourg
Date : 1 April 2004

©Concertgebouw Amsterdam
On the occasion of the Dutch chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Netherlands held a series of cultural events in Strasbourg, Jazz concerts, classical and contemporary music, film viewings, literary discussions, colloquia, a painting exhibition, weekly publication of cartoons in les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, an homage to Dadaism, and a "poetic journey" throughout the city...

[27/04/04] Presentation of a monograph on the residence of the Netherlands Ambassador to the Council of Europe

The Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Bernard Bot, made a presentation on 28 April at 1 pm to launch a book about an all-European house, namely the residence of the Netherlands Ambassador to the Council of Europe. Written by the Dutch historian Reinildis van Ditzhuyzen, the book tells the story of the residence of the Netherlands Permanent Representative in Strasbourg, a town house dating from 1904, and through it the modern history of the city and more broadly of Europe. This initiative is part of the cultural programme organised by the Netherlands on the occasion of their chairmanship of the Organisation's Committee of Ministers. (more ...)
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Two events marked the end of the Chairmanship in April 2004

The Holland Dada tour of 1923

Just as Tristan Tzara was deciding, in Weimar, to put an end to the Dada movement, Kurt Schwitters, led by Theo van Doesburg, was launching a drive to arouse enthusiasm for the movement in the Netherlands. A large number of performances were given in 1923. The ensemble Ex Vo Co has reconstructed one of these soirées and has compiled an anthology of sonorous literary, musical and visual expressions from first generation Dadists.
Location : dadaïst, to be announced two weeks before the event on the Chairmanship’s website
Date : 15 April 2004 - 19h00

Aubette, colour in architecture

At the request of Hans Arp and Sophie Täuber, Theo van Doesburg was involved in the planned alterations to the Aubette, Place Kléber. A seminar on the “Sistine Chapel of modernism” will focus on colour in architecture and the historical importance of the Aubette in this context as well as the restoration process and the subsequent use of the premises.
Location : consult the chairmanship’s website


The Netherlands is guest of honor at Strasbourg's Christmas Market 2003

All around the cathedral, a village of wooden huts invites the public to rediscover the region that spread the legend of generous Saint Nicholas--Santa Claus. While traditional dishes like erwtensoep soup and oliebollen fritters simmer nearby, children frolic on the ice. Opens Saturday 29 November 2003.
More information


Hans Grooten, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the Council of Europe
Tel : 00 33 (0)3 88 36 20 48

Reference sites
Special file "Dutch Chairmanship"
Chairmanship's website

Useful links
City of de Strasbourg
Strasbourg Museums
Office du tourisme de Strasbourg