A visit to Asia and the Pacific. Visit the biggest Eurasian festival in the world and embrace music and dance from East and West, the Tong Tong Fair on the Malieveld. The event is a cultural festival, exhibition and food fest rolled into one.
The fair is held in an archipelago of tents and stands. One of the biggest attractions is the Tong Tong Festival, with hundreds of performances spread over 12 days. The daily entry ticket for the Tong Tong Fair also includes a theatre pass for the Tong Tong Festival.
If you don’t have the time or money to travel all the way to Southeast Asia, come to the Tong Tong Fair in The Hague and imagine that you are in the East. The Tong Tong Fair comprises the immense Grand Pasar, the famous East-West exhibition with hundreds of stands offering Eastern merchandise and food. Many of the exhibitors come all the way from Indonesia especially for the event; a growing number come from Vietnam and Malaysia. Equally famous is the Food Court with dozens of restaurants and ‘warungs’; it is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
The international Tong Tong Festival takes place in 4 theatres on the fair site. The Tong Tong Podium is where the major music, dance and fashion artists perform. The intimate Tong-Tong-Theater presents lectures, interviews (mostly in Dutch, but increasingly in English too), acoustic and theatrical performances.
Apart from dance, music and puppet theatre, there will be many discussions and lectures on (post) colonial history and literature.
In the Bengkel (studio) you are welcome to participate in all kinds of workshops: in music, dance, art, cooking and lots more. Don’t forget to drop by the delicious Kooktheater (Culinary Theatre), where chefs prepare special dishes and let you taste!
The festival will be open daily from 11.00 to 22.00 hrs. on the Malieveld in The Hague.
Presale tickets range in price from € 4.00 to € 13.50, depending on the purchaser’s age, the date of purchase and festival day. To purchase tickets go to tongtongfair.nl/admission
More information about this year’s highlights and other festival information can be found at http://tongtongfair.nl
24 May 2017, www.denhaag.nl