On November 13 in 2018, it will be 400 years since the opening of the famous Synod of Dordt. In 2018/2019 Dordrecht will exalt in the commemoration of this Synod.
The city will facilitate and initiate local, regional, national and international initiatives related to the Synod and Calvinism. A seven month celebration including many events and exhibitions for international visitors, and conferences for specialists will take place.
Dordrecht will show the Synod’s revolutionary character in exhibitions and conferences. It will reveal its lasting effect on our shared heritage and culture, not only in the Netherlands, which has been regarded as a Calvinist country, but in other parts of the world as well, such as America and South Korea.
The Synod’s legacy, which is rooted in the 17th century, still shows its influence today in many parts of the world. We invite everyone to visit Dordrecht, see the beautiful city and enjoy the international exhibition in the Dordrecht Museum. If you would like to contribute to the celebrations or want to organize trips to Dordrecht, please contact us. We welcome you in our beautiful city!
One of the components the city will offer its visitors is a large exhibition in the Dordrechts Museum with the preliminary title: Work, pray and admire. New views on Calvinism & art. The exhibition, which will open on 10 November 2018, follows the entire period of the original Synod (from November 1618 until May 1619). Visitors can experience the richness of seventeenth century Dutch art as well as its Calvinist connection. Calvinist identity is still closely identified with the Dutch Golden Age.