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Events Calendar

This calendar lists committee events, as well as other Baltimore-area events related to Rotterdam and Netherlands & other events of interest.

Q1 2017

Maryland & South Holland

Cybersecurity soft landing program

The Maryland Department of Commerce has launched the Maryland-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform together with The Hague Security Delta (HSD) and InnovationQuarter, the regional economic development agency for the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland (where The Hague and Rotterdam is located). Maryland cybersecurity companies can explore the Dutch market, and Dutch cybersecurity companies can set up operations in Maryland on a trial basis. The initial trial period is January to March 2017.

Press release on Maryand Department of Commerce website

Press release on Netherlands Embassy website

Participants in the Q1 2017 pilot program




Operation Trash

Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Baltimore-Rotterdam high school exchange program

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts coordinates “Operation Trash” Baltimore-Rotterdam exchange program with Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School and Bard High School Early College Baltimore and two Rotterdam high schools, to teach students about sustainability and recycling.

More info about diStefano's work on our Artist Exchange website


May 4


Wreath-laying ceremony at Netherlands Carillon

On Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 1:55pm, the Netherlands Community in the Washington, DC region will commemorate the members of the Netherlands Armed Forces and Civilians who died during wars or crisis management operations worldwide since the Second World War.

More info on the DC Dutch website


May 4

North East

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration in eastern Maryland

6-8pm, 100 Tiger Drive, North East, MD 21901

Explore Asian exhibition, performances, and desserts. Special guests include Mendy Nitch, Director of International Affairs and the Maryland Sister States program and John C. Wobenwmith, Maryland Secretary of State.

More information


May 6


Baltimore-Rotterdam committee member hosts film screening about immigrants

2:30–4:30pm, Enoch Pratt Library, Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St, Baltimore

“New Roots” is a 50-minute documentary by Exsul Van Helden about the challenges faced by female immigrants and refugees who have come to the United States and find themselves living between cultures. Women from China, Serbia, Senegal, Colombia, Russia, Lebanon and Vietnam share their experiences and feelings about assimilation, values, child-rearing, and being foreign-born in contemporary American society. The film’s director, Exsul Van Helden (a member of the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee), will lead the post-screening discussion.

More info on the Enoch Pratt Library website


May 8


Networking Event and Presentation by Arnon Grunberg

Lecture by Arnon Grunberg, Dutch author, playwright and Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA. Organized by The NAF Washington DC Chapter and the University of Amsterdam. Registration required.

At B Too, 1324 14 St. NW, Washington, DC.

Info and registration


May 9


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



May 13


EU Open House at Netherlands Embassy

On May 13th, 2017 the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States will open their doors to the public for the annual EU Embassies’ Open House: a day of family fun, food, culture and more. The Netherlands embassy will be open as well and like other years, members of DC Dutch will be serving “Poffertjes”!

More info on the DC Dutch website


May 16


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration in Batimore


Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee, and MIMA (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs) are partnering with Exelon Corporation’s Asian American Group to host this annual celebration. Advance registration required.

More info & registration


May 18


Operation Trash educational workshop with Filbert Street Garden

An event for kids in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, in conjunction with the Baltimore-Rotterdam “Operation Trash” educational exchange.

More info about the exchange


May 18


Netherlands America Foundation Ambassadors’ Awards Dinner 2017

All day at the Mayflower Hotel in DC.

Event page


June 4


Indonesian-Dutch cooking workshop with master chef Jeff Keasberry

Chef Jeff Keasberry and his Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets cookbook

Hosted by Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee.


Until June 9


Film: The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

From December 15, 2016 until June 9, 2017, this documentary will screen all over the United States.

More information


Jun 13


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



June 16

NYC Coney Island

Soccer: Dutch Heritage Night game in New York

NY Cosmos vs New York Dutch Lions (legends from the Dutch national team).

6pm, MCU Park, Coney Island

Info & tickets at


July 21-23



Artscape, an annual summer event in Baltimore, is America’s largest free arts festival. Stop by the Baltimore Sister Cities booth for fun kids activities, and to learn more about Rotterdam and our other sister cities!

Festival website




Circular Economy

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee is planning to host a talk about Circular Economy. This event will be at the same time as Baltimore Innovation Week, a yearly week-long celebration of technology and entrepreneurship in Baltimore. Stay tuned for more information about this talk. The Circular Economy concept is about transforming trash into something new. It addresses the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. It is about making more durable products that last longer & can be transformed into something else at the end of their lifecycle.

About Circular Economy

Netherlands is a Circular Economy hotspot

Circular Economy blog

About Baltimore Innovation Week


Oct 4


Annual Maryland State of the Ports event

Networking event hosted by Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). State of the Ports attracts major exporters and companies providing services through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport. This event offers prime networking opportunities with members of the port community and WTCI members.

Event website


Oct 22, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018


Exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

National Gallery of Art

Gallery website


Dec 6


Annual Maryland Global Gala

Networking event hosted by Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI).

Event website


For more Dutch cultural events in the USA, visit and