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welcome reception

Wednesday 27 September 2023

18:00 - 19:00 hrs.

The Welcome Reception will take place in the exhibition area, right after the last session on Wednesday, from 18.00-19.00 hrs.

Free of charge for registered participants. 

Please note: pre-registration required.

Dutch Evening

Friday 29 September 2023

18:30-23:00 hrs.

The Dutch Evening will take place in the Railway Museum, housed in a former station in Utrecht. From the very moment you arrive in the historic Maliebaan Station, the atmosphere of Dutch railway history is  palpable.

The entrance to the museum dates from 1874 and is where the train to Paris used to depart. The hall with enormous chandeliers, marble floor and walls covered in murals also boasts several waiting rooms, including a real-life Royal waiting room. The parcell corridor is elaborately decorated with suitcases and travel trunks. ‘Never board a train without your suitcase of dreams’ is the message written on the wall.

Via the train platform where you will enter the Museum Hall. The historic locomotives, coaches and trains  - one of which the oldest original steam locomotive in the Netherlands - make a memorable backdrop for the Dutch Evening! Enjoy an informal Streetfood dinner and after dinner dancing with one of the best DJs in the Netherlands. DJ Charleon's saxophone solos are the pinnacle of his DJ live show and have got not only the Dutch audience dancing, but he’s shared his music and performances globally for tours in China, India, England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.

The museum closes at 23.00 hrs., but you will have the opportunity to be dropped off close to the historic city centre of Utrecht. Its intact medieval buildings, the canals with centuries’ old wharf cellars – unique in the world – and the tallest church tower in the Netherlands are not to miss. This part of town is packed with restaurants, bars and outdoor terraces along the Old Canal to cater everyone's taste. 

Costs: € tbc. Pre-registration via the online registration form is required. Registration opens on 15 May. Early booking is recommended.