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Our History

In 2010, the KerkenRaad (Dutch Church Council) decided to open up their historic building, the Dutch Church at Austin Friars, to the wider (Dutch) community in London at the very location where in 1550 King Edward VI had granted Dutch and French-speaking refugees shelter and freedom of worship. After the redesign and restyling of the ground floor hall of the Dutch Church, the Dutch Centre was established in 2013 as a centre for Dutch arts and culture in London.

The objectives of the Dutch Centre are:

  1. To promote and educate the public in Dutch arts, music, language and Dutch cultural heritage in particular (but without limitation) by the provision of a Dutch cultural centre in London;
  2. To advance and promote the preservation and conservation of the Dutch Church at Austin Friars for the benefit of the public.

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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