Embassy, Consulate-General and Consulates, Australia

Queensday fete: 28 April at embassy in Canberra

It is tradition in the Netherlands that kids & adults sell their unwanted / no longer needed goods on 30 April in the streets of the city they live in. This year on the 28th of April between 9.00 hours and 13.00 hours, we will use the Netherlands Embassy terrain to hold a Queens birthday fete and fundraiser. People with a Dutch interest and / or Dutch background are selling secondhand or new, handmade goods at this market.

This is the third edition of this event.

Besides the stalls with secondhand and handmade goods on the Fete, there will be old-fashioned Dutch games like: koekhappen, zaklopen, sjoelen en boerengolf and they will take place between 10.00 and 12.00. Volunteers of the ACT Dutch school & playgroup and the Embassy will be there to help and explain how to play the games.

Dutch pancakes, kroketten, cheese , licorice and more Dutch food will be sold on the day too.


The beneficiary of this years fundraising effort is Ms Niki van Buuren.

Here’s why:

As you may or may not know, Nikki was attending her horse in 2003 when she and her mother Wendy got trapped in the firestorm that swept through Canberra on 18 January 2003 and which eventually cost 4 lives and burned 500+ homes.

Niki received approximately 66% surface area burns, predominantly third degree and she spent 10 months recovering from her injuries in a Sydney hospital.

During her recovery she became inspired to continue riding as a para equestrian and set herself the goal of competing at an international level in dressage.

She is now at a point where she is ready to participate in the 2012 World Para Equestrian Driving Championships, which will be held in Breda (the Netherlands) from 30 August till 2 September 2012. Since she and the team she will be travelling with do not receive any government financial support, the team relies on sponsorship, fundraising and grants funding to reach their target of a minimum of $50.000 by mid July. We’ve decided to join in the effort to get Niki to Breda in August.

Niki herself will be at the Dutch Queens birthday market on 28 April to talk to people about her quest to get to Breda. 

Please see the attached documents for more information.


On 25 April the organisers have decided that the event will go ahead as planned.