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About The Dutch Centre

The Dutch Centre is a place to showcase, engage and inspire. A place where people who are interested in the rich culture that the Netherlands has to offer come together.

Our base is the Dutch Church at Austin Friars where in 1550 King Edward VI granted Dutch and French speaking refugees’ shelter and freedom of worship. Here in the heart of the City of London we have all the facilities needed to host exciting events and extend a warm welcome to all our guests.

The Dutch Centre was founded in 2013 as a Centre for Dutch arts and Culture. Under the inspiring leadership of Leonard and Carola Broese van Groenou, with financial support of the Dutch Embassy and the Dutch Church and a large grant from the Abellio foundation. Since 2013 the Dutch Centre has showcased hundreds of diverse events promoting Dutch language, culture, and heritage across the United Kingdom.

Our programme today is packed with a broad range of events highlighting the Netherlands‘ cultural life, often with an additional UK perspective; bridging the two countries is at the heart of what we do. Dutch film screenings, literature nights, live comedy, concerts, talks and exhibitions by Dutch artists and designers… There really is something for everyone!

We bring our audience a diverse programme that is informative, educational, thought provoking, engaging and entertaining in a welcoming and inclusive environment, our very own wonderful venue at Austin Friars. Many of our events are now also available to follow online.

Our Audience

Our diverse audience is made up of people who have one thing in common: a love for – or curiosity about – Dutch life, heritage and culture. Anyone who’s keen to discover more about what’s going in the Netherlands in terms of arts, culture and contemporary issues will find a home-from-home at the Dutch Centre. We hope we can welcome you here soon!

Events are either held in English or have English subtitles. We occasionally put on events in Dutch. This is always clearly announced beforehand. It’s also a great opportunity to practise your Dutch!

Joelle Steijnis

I'm excited to be part of the Dutch Centre team! I'm an Event Coordinator with a passion for bringing people together through cultural experiences. In my current role at the Dutch Centre, I manage all communication for our cultural events.
This includes creating content for the website, social media, and newsletters, as well as recruiting and training volunteers to help out at the events. As a Sponsorship and Raffle Donations coordinator I'm also actively involved in organizing the annual Dutch King's Day celebration in London. Prior to joining the Dutch Centre, I have over 10 years of experience in event management, marketing, and communications. I've worked with a variety of organizations, from the Netherlands Film Festival to the Nederlandse Reisopera. In all my roles, I've thrived on creating successful events and using communication to connect with audiences.


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