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August full of music, culture, history and nature!

August is a time to enjoy music, culture, history and nature. Get to know your own city better by participating in one of the many city walks where passionate guides will tell you about our city's rich history and you can even get a look from the water on one of Si Barone's classic Italian boats. Or go into Dordrecht's nature with IVN. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the organ in the Grote Kerk and the carillon of the Town Hall.
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Brand Parkies - every Monday night through Aug. 22

Also in August we just stick an extra day to the weekend and enjoy a wonderful summer evening with live music in the Wantijpark. Parkies is back and many Dordentheans are very happy about that. "Of course it was a little tense whether everyone would come back, but the people of Dordrecht have found us again," Bas Witlox of the organization says about the editions that took place last month. "At the kickoff we couldn't have had better weather either, so that was really enjoyable." The coming Mondays will again feature a diverse range of live performances.
Parkies | lineup:
Aug. 1 | Radio negra
Aug. 8 | Dragonfruit
Aug. 15 | Jared Grant

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Handsome Poets Parkies

Pasar Malam Istimewa - Aug. 7 to 10

Sample Indonesian culture during Pasar Malam Istimewa. In case you forgot about the event for a moment, the delicious food smells will lure you to the downtown area during the Pasar Malam Istimewa. For four afternoons and evenings, there will be stalls in downtown Dordrecht serving the tastiest Indonesian and Indian dishes, live music and a literal and figurative taste of the diverse Asian culture.
"Pasar Malam Istimewa in Dordrecht is the largest free pasar malam in the Netherlands," says Marcel Neervoort of the organizing Istimewa Events. "Visitors come from all over the Netherlands to this market for the delicious food, music and fun." Organizers expect some 60,000 visitors this year, spread over the four days.

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Film in the backyard - Aug. 5 to 27

'The ambiance of the garden adds an extra dimension to the movie experience'. Feel like watching a good movie on a nice summer evening? Then do it outside! Cinema The Movies is hosting six screenings in the Monastery Garden this summer, with films such as Licorice Pizza, A Bigger Splash and Le Grand Bain. "As people have come to expect from The Movies, we offer quality cinema," says owner Geert ter Steeg. "The ambience of the garden at dusk, finely enclosed by the historic setting of our beautiful city, adds an extra dimension to the movie experience." Films are on Friday and/or Saturday nights and begin around 9:30 p.m., but the garden and bar open as early as 6:30 p.m. "Often the visitors settle down early to get a good seat and enjoy a wonderful summer evening," he said. Tickets at 8 euros each are on sale at In case of bad weather, the film will be shown in one of the cinema halls.

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Rockabilly Square - Sunday, Aug. 28

'It promises to be another wonderful, convivial festival'. Get those petticoats out of the attic, pull those polka dots out of the closet and get your hair varnished, because on the last Sunday of the month we are going back to the '50s and '60s. During the festival Rockabilly Square you will hear catchy rock 'n' roll from two stages on the Statenplein and Statenplaats. Chances are you won't be able to stand still. "During this sixth edition there is again a great line-up of artists," says organizer Wendy Stendert. "What I'm very happy about is that The Voice Kids winner Dax Hovius is coming to sing. I had already asked him before the whole corona event and in the meantime he has become quite well known. There will be many local bands and artists playing and food trucks from local entrepreneurs. It promises to be a wonderful, convivial festival." The festival begins at 1 p.m.

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