this is the
English version of the newsletter concerning the
redheads gathering on September 7th, 2008, in Breda,
the Netherlands. The Dutch version is over
here. In this newsletter you will find info on
the event, and some practicalities too.
Readhead Art day 2007
On September 2nd
2007, about 800 natural redheads attended a
meeting in Breda, which gave the city a special
If you like to
see and hear about it (in Dutch only) see the
broadcast of Dutch national television NOS [link],
or search google [link].
If you did attend
the redhead gathering 2007 yourself, you might want to
recieve the group photo. Send me an email with your
address, and I will send a 30 by 20 cm (12" by
8") to you, for free. You can see
ten different examples of the photo's at [www.bartart.com/foto.htm].
While you are
reading this, someone is working hard. Reinier
wants to create a new cutting edge redhead
creation of last year can still be seen at
www.roodharigen.nl, but in a month or so it
will be completely different.
Some features of
the new website: Reinier want to provide each redhead a
profile-page, with the possibility to send
each other messages. There will be a forum too, a
graphical overview of the redheads that will attend
next meeting, and a
graphical interface to sign up
for specific activities with a limited number of
Red Hair day 2008
The last meeting
in 2007 was a perfect preparation for next
meeting. Anything that went wrong (but which
most attendees did not notice) will be
fine this time. And the event will be bigger, more
interesting, and more surprising.
This year, on
September 7th, we
want to welcome 2500 real redheads, and an large
number of activities to choose from.
people signed up (March 2008) from 12 countries:
Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, UK,
Ireland, Spain, Switserland, US, Canada, and
Australia. There are activities planned for all ages:
exhibitions, dance workshops, paint workshop for
300 children, lectures on genetics and social
status of redheads, info on cosmetics, special
actions of cafés and restaurants, photoshoots to participate in etc etc.
Already 100 artists
volunteered up to contribute to this event. There are painters,
photographers, singers, musicians, statue
makers, etc etc. They
will show you, let your hear, let you feel and
let you taste how special redheads are.
Brabander had some long thoughts about that, and
developed a recipe. Hidde is not just somebody, he is
a top patissier. He creates great cakes and
desserts for top restaurants in the Netherlands
He will give
you, and all other redheads, his redhead
dessert. In order to cater all redheads, he will
make no less than 3000 desserts and hand them
out with a small crew.
Yes indeed. But there are more incredible plans and
there you don't even know :)
Since you read
this text in English, it is likely that you do
not live in Breda. If so, and if you consider
attending the meeting, there are some things
that you might want to know.
Breda is easy by road or train if you live in a
neighboring country. In the inner-city of Breda
there are enough parking space to park your car
near to a hotel. Hotels can be arranged by the
friendly people of the tourist office Breda (www.vvvbreda.nl).
There are some great hotels right in the middle
of the historic center. If you fly to
Holland, you can choose between flying to
Amsterdam, or Bruxelles (Belgium). Both airports
are about 100 km from Breda. Use train to come
to Breda, public transport is of very good
If you fear
that your ability to speak Dutch is rather
limited, know that 99% of the Dutch population
speaks English, and welcomes foreigners. We are
used to the fact that only a very limited number of
people in this world speak our language.
program starts at Sunday September 7th, at 11.00
with the opening words at multiple locations
around Breda. At 12.00 is something you really
don't want to miss: the general group-photo
For redheads from far away who will spend the
night from Saturday to Sunday in Breda, there is
a diner planned at Saturday evening. So far, we
have not planned where, but we will let you
know. The dinner is a Dutch treat ("you pay for
yourself"), but it may be fun to meet the other
foreigners and the organization. We are also
working on organizing a feast later that
evening. You will enjoy :)
You may have
more questions or remarks. Since the number of
foreign visitors is still limited, we can
personally assist you with your questions,
preferably by email (email@example.com)
but also by phone, if required. +31 6 4553 0043
Schilderij van Kristel
meeting 2007 organized by ferocious efforts of a few. This year there is a larger
Jos: Artistic leader. Photographer Jos is
responsible for the quality of the art that you
will enjoy on the red hair day.
Reinier: Website builder. March and April
stressful for him, after that you can enjoy his
Arwi: Projectleader. If anything is
finished on budget, on time, it is caused by Arwi.
Riquette: Redhead and organizer. She
already planned two activities in detail.
Derk Jan: IT man and stage manager.
Tomas: Graphical designer. He works on a
Josine. Redhead and commercial support.
Linda: Redhead and binding factor. She
organises the team.
Bart: Director of the whole event.
Want to help?
Painting of Mirjam,
Zaza, Saskia and Kristel
- traveling to Holland may be even more fun if
you take some more redheads along with you. Ask
some fellow redheads in your neighborhood.
- press coverage in the Netherlands is large,
but in other countries there is limited contact
with the press. If you can assist us in
contacting press, please do.
Schilderij van Milanne
Lat year, a
redheaded girl wrote me proudly: "I was
there, at the start, in 2005!"
that attended the first meeting in 2005, were
there during the second meeting. And many many
redheads from the second meeting asked my
to organize a third meeting. It might be that
these first three meetings, are the legendary
fist meetings of of a long lasting ever growing
spectacle. And in 10 year, you may say, I was
there, in the very very beginning, while all
redhead still fitted in the main church...
Time will tell...
organizing the event I am working on a large
number of new paintings. You see three recently
completed paintings in this newsletter...
+31 6 4553 0043
photo: Maaike Hermes