Dickens Festival – Dutch town turns into Charles Dickens’s novels

Student ambassador Jane has been traveling Holland visiting museums and cultural events. This blog is about the Dickens Festival in Deventer, not the first thing you would think of, but definitely worth your consideration.

Posted by Jane Hang Hoang - Student Ambassador - The Hague UAS at Jan 02, 2019 01:40 PM
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Going back to the 19th century and meeting with characters from Charles Dickens’s books… How amazing is that!?

When it comes to the Christmas season, the very first places people go to are the Christmas markets. However, not everyone would know about the Dickens Festival. This is one of the most fascinating Christmas events in the Netherlands. Additionally, it is also one of the biggest and most reputational Dickens events in the world.

Dickens Festijn

The annual event took place in Deventer on Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. Last year, I heard about the event when a friend of mine shared the photos from the Festival and I so regretted that I did not know about this event. Therefore, I decided to wait until the following Christmas for the Dickens Festival and it was really worth the wait.

The vibe of the festival could be sensed immediately when I arrived at the train station. People were dressed up as if they came from the Victorian era. Following the crowd to the historic centre of Deventer, there were hundreds of characters from Charles Dickens’ books come to life. They were strolling down the street along the ‘Dickens route’. I ran into many iconic characters such as Mr Pickwick, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Making my way through the streets, I also indulged in the euphonic sound from carols singers performing lovely Christmas songs, or choirs and orchestras playing music. There were also animals, namely sheep and donkeys which made many pedestrians gasp with astonishment.

This was an astounding event which gave off the feeling of a traditional and wonderful Christmas during the Victorian era. Moreover, Dickens Festival brought the 19th- century world in which Charles Dickens lived to life. From wealthy men and ladies in uniforms with hat and beautiful dresses to beggars sitting on the sidewalk, this event makes me feel as if I am celebrating Christmas back in the writer’s time. Walking by the ‘Dickens route’, I could imagine the scene of Charles Dickens wandering the streets and getting inspiration to write incredible stories and novels.

Dickens Festival is an annual event so if you missed it this year, remember to save the date and enjoy it next year. I can guarantee that you cannot fail to feel festive atmosphere.

Posted by Jane Hang Hoang - Student Ambassador - The Hague UAS at Jan 02, 2019 01:40 PM
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