Huge weekend planned for the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s Shark Bay visit

Cliffs in Dirk Hartog Island. Photo:
Cliffs in Dirk Hartog Island. Photo:

The Dirk Hartog Festival weekend will celebrate the Dutch contribution to WA as part of the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s visit to Shark Bay.

To celebrate, a whole weekend of activities has been planned in honour of the Dutch explorer.

On Friday October 14 there will be a Hartog night party at Little Creatures in Fremantle.

On Saturday October 15, the Forgotten Children of the Dutch East India Company exhibition will be launched Fremantle’s B-Shed.

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There will be a family bike ride on Sunday, departing Elizabeth Quay at 10am and arriving at Victoria Quay at 12.15pm.

Also on Sunday will be an academic forum at the NW Shipping Theatre, WA Martiime Museum, from 10 am-12 pm, a panel discussion on identity and belonging from 1.30-2.30 pm.

That will be followed by a heritage walk around the Port led by Dr Nonja Peters from 3-3.30pm.

There will also be food vans and stalls, crafts, story-telling and face painting, Dutch games and sea shanties.