2011 will mark Melbourne's seventh Dutch Orange Day and it will be held on May 1. This special event recognises Koninginnedag, a national holiday in the Netherlands. Here in Melbourne, an entire day of fun family-friendly festivities have been organised to celebrate this annual event, which will be held at Queensbridge Square, which is located by the Yarra River.
This event will have you seeing orange, as the title suggests, it is Dutch Orange Day. Attendees are usually decked out from head to toe in the colour orange. This love of the colour orange is referred to as Oranjekoorts (Orange Fever).
Not only do those who attend dress in orange, but they also consume food and drink in all shades of orange too.
This year the popular cultural festival is expected to be a celebration of Winter also, so besides the open air markets selling a variety of traditional Dutch food, there will be ice sculptures and ice hockey presentations.
There will also be a range of live music performances throughout the festivities, which will begin at 11am, including the chance to participate in clogdancing. You can view the schedule of events at the Dutch Orange Day website here.
For more information on this upcoming cultural event and the chance to volunteer at this event, see here.