Cittaslow Netherlands presents the headlines of the program:
Start of the international congress
Vaals, the youngest cittaslow of the Netherlands gives all the delegations a warm welcome on Wednesday 18th June. The walking official dinner offers all guests the ultimate possibility to meet and greet.
The first and official part of the general assembly of Cittaslow International 2014 will start in a very European setting on Thursday. The neighbor city of Aachen/Germany will host the meeting. The Governor of the King in the province of Limburg will be one of the key note speakers and we welcome the new accredited members in our Cittaslow organization. The historical center, the unique hillside woods, nature reserves, winery, sustainable beer brewery and an extraordinary local slow community will provide the participants a very Limburg slow feeling with a cultural event in the evening.
Awareness, inspiration and future
On Friday the delegation will travel to the next province of Brabant, where in Alphen-Chaam the famous Dutch trendwatcher Ruud Veltenaar invites all to join his inspiring journey in the future world of sustainability, identity and modern technology. Because of the European year against food waste, leading caterer in the South of the Netherlands Bob Hutten will give 10 of the most innovative solutions to reduce food waste. Students of the regional culinary school will guarantee the high level of international hospitality based on local food tradition and the quality of the Slowfood products in the Netherlands. All participating members could visit during a regional tour for example the Van Gogh House and ‘Mail Art' exhibition bases on the theme of waste of food.
Last part of the congres and cittaslow experience program
After an excellent but short overnight stay in Midden-Delfland, we will continue officially the congress with a second part on Saturday morning. After a welcoming ceremony provided by our national and regional government, several speakers inspire all delegates in our 15 year old association. During this part of the congress our association issues will be dealt including the launching of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation for the European part of cittaslow International. We will also elect our new Cittaslow president. After the closing of the assembly we continue our Dutch Cittaslow experience program with participation of local people in the green surroundings of Midden-Delfland. All characteristics of the Dutch culture will be in the program including a music spectacle at the Dutch mill in the polder landscape during the later evening.
All members of Cittaslow Netherlands cannot wait to see you in June this year, Alphen-Chaam, Borger-Odoorn, Heerde, Midden-Delfland and Vaals