Celebrating 30 April 2013

Just a few more weeks and then … we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Festival of 30th April in the Archipel! And this time it will be extra-special because of the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the inauguration of her son Prince Willem-Alexander. To enable us all to witness the event together we rented a large LED screen, sothat we can see the ceremonies life on Bankaplein.
Let us not forget that our community events would not be possible without the loyal sponsoring by our local shopkeepers and businesses. So please pay close attention to the advertisements, sothat you will know where to do your shopping. Special thanks are due to 4Meetings on Bankaplein, who allow us to use their location and electricity for the fourth time in a row!

This year we make a different start: at 9.30 am we serve a delicious breakfast, sothat you can watch Her Majesty’s abdication while enjoying a croisant with a cup of coffee. After this special moment, while balloons fly away in the direction of Huis ten Bosch, we will wake up the rest of the neighbourhood: the Legendairs Brassband will lead us through the district with their Caribian rhythms. Beautifully dressed up children will of course accompany us, the dress code being “Het Majesty’s Last”. Back on Bankaplein there will be a prize for the most striking outfit.

Circus PomPom will do its amazing acts, Rag Mob will provide the music. Meanwhile there will be breadrolls for lunch. Home made cookies will be everywhere. The street market and the streets football tournament will be in full swing. Jump till you drop on the giant spring-cushions. Later in the afternoon the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander will be life on screen.

After the football final DJ Nijkie starts his musical performance en we go for the barbacue: delicious meat from Matla, salads from the Exotenhof and a bread-roll from Bornhijm … our thanks go to our local shopkeepers! And when the children take a rest on the lawn near the fountain the grown-ups can show how they can dance – to whatever music the DJ has in store for them …!!

Even Her Majesty’s Last, Koninginnedag (the Queen’s Day) 2013, will come to an end and we can begin to look forward to Koningsdag (the King’s Day) 2014 …


Membership contribution  2013 is the same as last year:  €€17,50 per family. Please pay it before  20 April on bank account  62.41.7 4.646 of the  Oranjevereniging Archipel, Den Haag.

Barbecue and Breakfast

For the  BBQ one has to register. Members’ prices:  €€7,50 per grown-up and € 5,00 per child. Drinks not included.

For non-members the prices are: € 15,00 per grown-up and € 10,00 per child. Drinks not included.

Breakfast, with the abdication life on screen, costs € 3,00 per person.

Please write on your bank cheque the number of grown-ups and children in your family that will take part in the BBQ and/or  Breakfast.


If you wish you can of course pay in cash: Tickets for the whole day and the BBQ will as usual be sold at the Orange Cafe Banka Hoek, on Saturdays 13, 20, 27 April from 11 am till 16 pm.

See you on 30 April!  het Oranje Comité Archipelbuurt:

Coert van Beijma, Paddy Coyne, Anja Figee, Petran van Heel, Barbara van Hellemond, Victor van Koolwijk, Jacobien Muntz-Beekhuis, Caroline Noothoven, Titia Nunnikhoven-Van Sminia, Jaap Jan Stapel, Gregor Vos, Rosalie Weijers

30 March 2013