Thursday, June 6

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On July 1st 2013, it will be 150 years since The Netherlands officially abolished slavery in the colonies. To commemorate this fact, many public debates and other events are organized around this , otherwise rarely discussed, issue in The Netherlands. To begin the day, HIA has invited Markus Balkenhol and Kenneth Regilio Donau to share their insights on how we commemorate slavery in The Netherlands today.

In the afternoon we will embark on a journey in a boat on the canals of Amsterdam, to look for hidden traces of our slavery past: The Black Heritage Tour.

This day culminates in debating centre De Balie, where we will participate in a public event with renowned Surinamese writer Cynthia McLeod. She will be interviewed by Dutch TV presenter Zarayda Groenhart. Singer Shishani Vrankx will also perform.
Today is not a good day to bring your bicycle!

Anne Frank House, Westermarkt 10

Commemorating slavery in the Netherlands

09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the day – Nienke Venema
09.30 – 11.00 ‘Nativism, Race and the commemoration of Slavery in The Netherlands’
by Markus Balkenhol, researcher Meertens Institute
11.00 – 12.00 ‘The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation’
by Kenneth Regilio Donau
12.00 – 12.30 Quick lunch outside (own expenses)
12.30 – 17.00 “Black Heritage Tour”
Guided by Jennifer Tosch, researcher, we will discover the traces of The African Diaspora in Amsterdam by boat. Including visits of the Canal House museum, Maritime Museum and the Slavery Monument in Oosterpark.
17.30 – 19.00 Dinner together near Oosterpark
19.00 – 19.30 Travel from Oosterpark by tram to De Balie
20.00 – 22.00 ‘The legacy of our slavery past’
Public lecture by Surinamese writer Cynthia McLeod, who will be interviewed by Zarayda Groenhart (BNN Television).

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