Feb. 18 marks the premiere of the Distinctively Dutch Festival, a three-month, city-wide showcase of Dutch culture and arts. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a non-profit promoting the arts and serving as one of the catalysts to downtown Pittsburgh’s resurgence, is presenting the festival. Dance, theatre, music, visual art, film, literature and architecture of The Netherlands will be featured, capturing and displaying the creative spirit of the 75 talented artists. The festival is comprised of more than 25 events, which will be held throughout the Cultural District downtown and select locations in the city through May 20.

“Dutch artists are renowned for their innovation and creativity,” said J. Kevin McMahon, Cultural Trust President and CEO said. “The  artists whom The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has invited showcase the outstanding caliber of craft, technique, expression, collaboration and bold spirit of  exploration we identify as ‘distinctively Dutch’.”

Renée Jones-Bos, Dutch Ambassador to the United States, called Pittsburgh “one of the most creative cities in the United States.” The initiative “reflects the forward-looking mentality, entrepreneurial spirit and innovative nature that the Netherlands shares with the United States and with Pittsburgh in particular.”

There may be no need to “go Dutch,” as they say, as several of the festival events occurring in the Cultural District are free. Click here for more information and the schedule of events.

See Bill Flanagan’s interview with Dutch Consul Arthur Kibbelaar and Paul Organisak of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to learn more about how and why Pittsburgh is reinforcing its ties with the Netherlands.