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Social programme

Welcome Reception – Thursday 21 May

ECU cordially invites all participants to join their fellow delegates at the traditional Welcome Reception. It will be the perfect opportunity to renew old friendships and build new ones, and to meet with the exhibitors, while enjoying some light refreshments.

All Convention delegates and registered accompanying persons are welcome!

Time: 19.00 – 20.00

Cost: Complimentary for registered delegates, €25 for accompanying persons

Location: Jaarbeurs – exhibition area

Dress: Casual

Winkel van Sinkel exterior

Dutch Evening – Friday 22 May

The Dutch Evening will be held in the Winkel van Sinkel. Set in the very heart of Utrecht along the Oudegracht canal, this 19th century national monument building combines culture with Dutch hospitality.

The Winkel van Sinkel was the first department store in the Netherlands. In 1837 Mr. Anton Sinkel converted this grand canal house into a ‘shopping palace’ where you could buy almost everything, from “baskets with figs, hair pomade, bottles of orangeade, hats and caps and lady’s corsets, licorice and pills…. “.

 

Winkel van Sinkel interior from the gallery looking down

The store was famous throughout the Netherlands and lasted more than fifty years. In 1898 a bank took up residence for over a century. Nowadays Winkel van Sinkel is a grand café and restaurant during the day and transforms into a club at night, and the perfect venue for the ECU Dutch Evening!