NANR and Nuffic Neso Russia warmly welcome you to attend our annual Sinterklaas celebration on 9 December.
Via secret communication, Sint has told us that he just loves coming back to Moscow. This trip is always “carved in stone” (a direct quote!) in his agenda and he is looking forward to meeting you all again.
This year we will watch “Mees Kees”, a family film about a young, whimsical new teacher, who is just a little bit shy. He takes everything that his students think that a school should be and turns them upside down. It has never been this much fun for the kids. But with rule-obsessed principal Dreus prowling the corridors and a school inspection coming up, how long can the fun last? Hilarious and charming, we hope that this lighthearted movie will put you in the holiday spirit.
After the movie you will have the chance to take a photo with Sinterklaas himself. Hot chocolate, mulled wine and traditional Dutch pastries will be served to help us linger longer in the cozy holiday atmosphere.
Sinterklaas has prepared a poetry competition for those that would like to delve deeper into Dutch traditions. The winners will be awarded an orange backpack with Dutch souvenirs. Read more about it below.
Please note that due to enormous popularity we have to limit the number of participants this year, so click the “Join” button to let us know you are coming.
Dutch expats, Dutch students, students of Dutch language and those applying to Dutch universities for September 2017 can register here.
18:30 Guests arrive
19:00 Welcome words by Nuffic Neso Russia Director Jerke Verschoor
19:10 Movie screening
20:30 Sinterklaas arrives!
21:00 Reception and photo shoot with Sint and Pieten
22:00 Reception ends
One tradition associated with Sinterklaas celebrations is the writing of a Sinterklaas poem for the person that you will give a present to. A poem “should” be kind in tone, but there is room to poke fun at the individual’s bad habits or character quirks. And, yes, your poem must rhyme. The typical rhyming scheme of a Sinterklaas poem is A, A, B, B.
To participate in the competition you should:
1. Write a Sinterklaas poem and send it to us no later than 8 December
2. Be registered at NANR and like our page on Facebook
The winner will get an awesome orange backpack with a set of Dutch-themed souvenirs. The winner will be announced by Sinterklaas himself during our celebration.
This was last year’s winning poem:
I went to 'Nuffic Russia's course
To explore Dutch from the newest source.
I tried to learn it day and night
But this one thought was much too bright -
So I could think about one thing
That only Sinterklaas may bring:
"I want those lekker round smallies
I want to eat all olie-bollies!!!"
Someday this time at last will come
and I will learn my Dutch with calm!
Nadezhda Krokhina 2015
On the 19 of November we invite all the NANR member and friends to celebrate our 5th Anniversary.
In 2011 NANR was officially launched by Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte. Since then the number of our members has more than doubled. Currently there are 1317 members living in various countries worldwide and all over Russia. We have organized more than 65 events in Russia and The Netherlands: learned from the leading Dutch and Russian experts, had fun with football and ice-skating, partied during Queen’s (King’s) Days, participated in preserving cultural heritage mission. There’s been a lot!
So why don’t we celebrate these five productive and inspiring years with a big orange party? We will bring your Dutch experience back with traditional Dutch food and games; you will meet your university mates from other cities and have a chance to catch up with the alumni who work in the same professional area as you do. We invite representatives of EP-Nuffic who will tell you about global Holland Alumni Network. And of course we prepared a lot of quests, competitions and lotteries and other surprises where you can have fun and win some nice prizes.
Dress code: Cocktail attire.
What kind of a birthday party is it without presents? We brought it to the next level and prepared presents for YOU! Along with fun contests, lottery and competitions. Click the button to read more about what and how you will win during our birthday party.
Travel pack to celebrate NANR’s Birthday!
Do you live far from Moscow but are still eager to join our celebration? And we are looking forward to you to come and will help you with it!
Record a short video in which you congratulate NANR with its 5th Birthday. Two main requirements: it should be in English and not longer than 1 minute. The rest we leave for your own creativity. You should also be registered on our website and like a page on Facebook. You should live in Russia. Send your video to us before November 14. Moscow Alumni Board will choose the winner.
What: short video
When: before November, 14
Prize: tickets and 1 night in a hotel in Moscow
During the event you will play a quest with your fellow NANR members. Food tasting, traditional Dutch games, art and sport - we have prepared a great number of tasks for you. The winning team will get a prize!
Lottery: KLM ticket, concert, Dutch cheese and more
Come to the event and win a ticket to the Netherlands from KLM! During the event we will have a lottery in which you can win a ticket to the Netherlands, concert tickets, certificate to one of the Dutch universities online courses, Dutch delicacies and a lot more. Everyone is welcome to participate, just bring your business cards with you!
17:30 Guests assemble / Welcome drinks
18:00 How Dutch are you?
Take part in this team competition and get a chance to win a bottle of real Dutch jenever
19:30 NANR 2011 – 2016
Flashback on the NANR activities, congratulation speeches from our colleagues and friends
20:30 Anniversary buffet
Specially for this day we prepared some typical Dutch (but not only) food. Come and try it yourself!
21:30 Live cover band
The party is about good music and dancing! So don’t forget to bring your best dancing mood with you
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