At this year’s Tong Tong Festival in The Hague, Asian food, culture, dance, fashion and markets come together, to provide two weeks of multicultural entertainment. Located on the Malieveld park, opposite The Hague’s Central Station, you may only be a 40-minute train ride from Amsterdam, but you’ll be transported to different Asian countries as you wander through the tent-lined streets.
The centrepiece is the Grand Pasar, a huge market the size of a football field, where the fragrances, colours and sounds conjure up visions of evening market in South-East Asia. Wander through the alleys and discover stall holders selling everything from silver to art, and from cooking utensils to herbs and spices.
Throughout the day and night there are numerous performances from dance groups who have flown in specially for the event, workshops such as batik fabric painting, cooking demonstrations, and talks and presentations, covering everything from native costumes to traditional story telling. Many of the activities are also suitable for children and most will be in English.
The event runs every day from midday until 22:00 and entrance costs Euro 11.50 during the week and Euro 14.50 at weekends, with reductions for over 65s and children under 11.
Visit www.tongtongfair.nl for further information.