The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

Dutch Wave Environmental Festival to Raise Awareness of Plastic Waste

(Miami, Fla.) -- The Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will join the City of Miami for the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival from 2-5 p.m. January 23 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove.

The Netherlands and Miami are keenly aware of the effects of plastic waste on society. The Netherlands is moving closer to a circular economy where everyone works to minimize the waste of energy and materials. The City of Miami wants to ensure its residents can continue to enjoy a clean and sustainable environment. 

The Dutch Wave Environmental Festival is a free event designed to inspire people to take action to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the ocean, their daily lives, and their communities at large. At the same time, Dutch Wave will call people to use their creativity, innovation and imagination to come up with solutions that can contribute to solving the larger issue of “waste problems.” As long as there are humans, there will be waste, but waste can be reused and repurposed to work again and again.

Mayor Tomás Regalado joins Henne Schuwer, the Dutch Ambassador to the United States, and Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Dutch Olympic windsurfing champion, at this family-friendly event. Dutch Wave Environmental Festival attendees can participate in interactive activities and learn how each person can contribute to a cleaner environment. The Dutch Wave Festival is next to the ISAF Sailing World Cup, so attendees can enjoy a fun and educational day by the water.

“It is very fitting that we join Miami for the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival. Miami, much like the Netherlands, is impacted by water,” said Ambassador Schuwer. “It’s our duty to call attention to the problem of plastic waste, and the power each of us has to reduce and reuse it.”

At the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival attendees, will try to break the US record for the longest chain made from plastic bags. This will be the first attempt in the US to do so. The world record is held by South Africa. The chain made at Dutch Wave will be transformed into a work of art and donated.

Dutch Wave will also feature:

  • The 2015 ISAF Sailing CUP winner and Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe, who will be interviewed about his sport and what he encounters surfing. Van Rijsselberghe will compete in the Summer Olympics in Brazil.
  • Presentations by Frost Museum, the Plastic Soup Foundation, Surfrider and WWF Brazil and others; 
  • Workshops on transforming plastic waste into art works (David Edgar) and beach jewelry (Barbara de Vries);
  • Cartoonist Gustavo Rodriguez (“Garrincha”) will live sketch the Dutch Wave festival and hold a workshop on cartoon drawing;
  • Music by Dutch DJ Raynor Bruges; and
  • Raffle trip for two to Curacao
  • Closing presentation with Nathalie Olijslager, the Miami Dutch Consul General, and Raquel Regalado of the Miami-Dade County School Board in Florida.

The Dutch Wave Environmental Festival is the Miami Consulate’s kick-off event of the Netherlands Presidency of the European Union. The Netherlands holds the rotating presidency of the EU until June 30, 2016. During its EU Presidency, the Netherlands will lead the focus of the EU agenda on climate and energy policy, international security and migration, and innovation. For more about the Netherlands Presidency of the EU, visit

On Twitter, use #DutchWave to follow the event.

Members of the press who wish to cover the event should contacts  Jacquelien Nienhuis, Royal Netherlands Embassy, 202-274-2606 or 202-262-0995, or Willemijn Kallenberg, Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami, 786-866-0483 or 786-200-5866.