Embassy, Consulate-General and Consulates, Australia

Arts and Culture

Welcome to the cultural section of the website of the Embassy of the Netherlands. Here you can find out all about Dutch-Australian Cultural Heritage and about Dutch Arts and Culture in general.

Dutch-Australian Cultural Heritage

The Netherlands and Australia share more than 400 years of history. Dutch-Australian Shared Cultural Heritage dates back to the era of the Dutch East India Company ( Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) when Dutch seafarers Willem Janszoon and Dirk Hartog were the first Europeans to make a recorded landfall on Australian soil, on respectively the north coast (1606) and west coast (1616) of the Australian continent.

Dutch Culture

The Netherlands is a world leader in the field of Arts and Culture. Cultural expressions, such as music, dance and architecture, show the Netherlands in a unique way and can expand contacts and promote dialogue and mutual understanding.

For requests related specifically to the activities of the Cultural Affairs & Public Policy Department, please send an e-mail to: can-pcz@minbuza.nl.