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Live entertainment for the next Festival, which will be held at Sandown Racecourse, is currently being organized and it promises to be another great spectacle for all who attend. Watch this page for regular updates to see who will be performing. Watch this website for updates on the 2014 Festival.

Please visit this page on a regular basis as we are preparing our activities for the next festival.



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Monique Tim


Monique Smit (Sister of the well-known performer Jan Smit) and Tim Douwsma, will be performing at the next Holland Festival.

Monique (24) and Tim (25) have know each other for a long time, they both worked for the Dutch broadcaster TROS. After they met again during the series “Dancing on Ice” (Dansen op het IJS) they decided to record a single: Een zomeravond met jou in 2011 which was the start of a successful partnership – followed by an album.

Both Monique & Tim have been singing for some time, recording as solo artists and as a duet. If there is one thing they have in common it would be their love of music. Both have been performing from an early age. You could well say that performing is in their blood!

They are currently recording their first album together. They have admitted, picking the songs they like the most, will be difficult.

But besides their music successes, they both are well-known TV presenters. Monique has had the honour of being: The most favorite TV presenter. She started het TV career in her brother’s reality soap series. She has been the hostess of the popular children’s program: Kids Top 20 as well as other TV programs, including: “My Dad is the best” on Dutch TV.

Alpine Band


Alpine Cocktail is a 4 piece band covering a wide variety of music which caters for events ranging from small functions to large festivals.

For festival style events they provide music covering German/Austrian traditional and beer drinking songs, add a mix of various other
European tunes and top it off with a wide range of rock flavored material. Their music engages audiences of all ages and every song will
make people want to get up and dance, tap their feet or hum & sing along.

They also provide non-traditional music including swing, blues, country, rock, soul, latin, funk, reggae & pop.

You can expect three part harmonies backed up by rich mix of instrumentation from button accordion, electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards and drums.



Sparkling Trumpets

The trumpet duo The Sparkling Trumpets was formed by Hugo Kamps and his son Bert Kamps. Ever since Hugo’s first trumpet lesson, he became part of the trumpet duo. For many years he performed with his partner in music; as Trumpet Duo Peter & Hugo. During a musical trip to the Spanish Mallorca, Hugo had to find a replacement, when he decided Bert would make a good choice. The performance at the famous “Ballerman 6” was so successful; they were invited to return to perform the following year. In 2006 Bert officially became part of the duo and the name was changed to Trumpet Duo Bert & Hugo. When Hugo was asked in 2001 to take a trip to Australia with artists from Limburg, the name: the Sparkling Trumpets was decided upon. When they perform outside of Limburg or abroad, they still use that name.

Hugo started his musical career at the age of 5 as a percussionist, with various fanfares & other musical outfits. At the age of 12 he chose the soprano and alto saxophone, like his father, but not before long he started playing the trumpet. He played in various bands, ensembles, big bands: gaining a lot of experience in different styles of music. Bert started his musical career at the age of 5, also as a percussionist and had trumpet and music lessons from the age of 10. He too, like his father played in various bands, ensembles and big bands, gaining experience

In March 2001, the Sparkling Trumpets toured for the first time in Australia, with performances in:Traralgon, Tinamba, Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne for various Carnival Clubs such as the Wombats, the Limburger Kangaroos, the Raddraaiers and the Windmills. In February 2002, they got the invitation to play at the 29th Holland Festival in Melbourne, where together with Angelina, a singer from Maastrich, they performed some great shows, for more than 10.000 visitors to the Festival

Simone Nyhuis


Simone started singing and dancing training at the age of four and already by the age of eight started her professional performing career.
Her musical theatre credits include playing the role of Patty Simcox and understudy to Sandy in the national tour of “Grease the Arena Spectacular”, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “Call Me Madame” and “South Pacific”.
TV credits include “In Melbourne Tonight”, “Good Morning Australia”, “State Coroner”, “Getaway”, “Young Talent Time”, “New Faces”, “The Today Show” & “Halifax FP” to name a few.

Simone has also appeared in numerous television commercials, instructional videos, films and has also performed overseas for shows such as the “Rock n’ Roll Monster Show” at Universal Studios Japan and as a lead singer/dancer onboard P&O’s Fairstar.
She has hosted numerous childrens entertainment shows for over 20 years for companies such as “Showtime Attractions” and “Conrad & Co” and has been a lead singer in various bands over the years as well as also recording original material.
Some well known events Simone has performed at over the years include events such as “The Royal Melbourne Show”, “Good Friday Appeal” and of course “The Holland Festival”.

Hans Nyhuis

Hans Nyhuis

Hans migrated to Australia from Hengelo in 1953 and has been playing the accordion for over 59 years.

Coming from a musical family, Hans and his siblings decided to start their own family band, “Zwervers” and played in numerous Dutch, German, Latvian, Austrian & Australian clubs around Melbourne and country Victoria. The band stopped performing together at around 1994 and Hans then went out on his own playing the accordion at various venues and continues performing today at a variety of different functions like big birthday celebrations, anniversaries, at the Holland Festival etc and at clubs such as the “Abel Tasman”.

Hans is also a member of the “Tukkers Dance Group” and has been dancing and performing with them for 36 years alongside his beautiful wife Engelina.

Dutch Much

Dutch Much?

are a fun, vibrant, contemporary Pop Rock Coverband consisting of members with a Dutch-Australian background. Formed in 2012, Dutch Much? combines some of Melbourne’s most experienced musicians with vast live experience in coverbands and stage performance.

Tara-Lynn Sharrock

Tara-Lynn Sharrock

was born in Durban, South Africa.Her grandfather on her mother's side originated from the Netherlands. She sang her first song 'Jesus Loves Me' in Zulu at the age of one and a half years. April 1992 she migrated to Australia with her parents and four siblings At the age of 17, she had won or placed in several talent shows and singing competitions i after that she spent six years in North Carolina, United States, For three years in a row, she was the headline act at the North Carolina Education Ball, a charity event to raise funds the furthering of education for underprivileged children.

In 2007, she was a Top 20 Finalist out of six hundred participants in a television show in the USA and the following year, Tara-Lynn was the state (North Carolina) winner of American Idol. In 2009, she returned with her family to Australia and joined a Top 40s band as lead singer. She performed with the band at several venues over the course a year, as well as charity events 'The Longest Lunch', and 'Relay For Life' in support of cancer research.

In 2011, Tara-Lynn placed in the Top 6 of her category in X-Factor Australia. However, due to delays with her passport, she was unable to travel for the next leg of the competition, and unfortunately had to withdraw. Tara-Lynn placed third in a Youtube competition in 2013, in support of raising awareness of violence against women. and currently she is working on a Tribute Album in memorium of a young cancer victim, and is also working on recording an original song, written for her by Pete Briquette of Boomtown rats. To listen to Tara-Lynn sing look on You Tube .

Tara-Lynn Sharrock - I Will Always Love You (Audition - The X Factor Australia 2011)

Australian Youth Band

The Australian Youth Band

The Australian Youth Band was formed in 1979 as the Melbourne Moomba Marching Band. The band is proud to hold the title of the premier youth performance ensemble in Victoria and performs regularly at popular regional festivals, major sporting events, marching band festivals and corporate functions.
AYB performs as a fully-equipped American-style marching band in parades, tattoos, ceremonies and marching band competitions. Some of the events at which the band has performed as a marching band include:
- Shanghai International Band Festival, China 2013
- Georgetown Festival, Penang, Malaysia 2012
- Calgary Stampede, Canada 2010
- American Independence Day Parade, San Diego, USA 2010
- Beijing 2008 Olympic Orchestra, China



Cook Island Dance Group

Cook Islanders

Cook Islands Royal Polynesian Dance team is situated in Victorian South East region.
For the last 13 years of exposing our culture to our community we have established a reputation of a high standard quality performing arts dance group followed with the sound and symphony of drum beats traditional to the Cook Islands.

Also we specialise in our cultural dancing as the Cook Island Royal Polynesian Dance Group is formed of 22 members combined of both drummers and dancers roles we have presented our culture nation wide with outstanding performances and wish to continue and pass on history to the future.

Frankston Band

The Frankston City Band

THE Frankston City Band is a community brass band located in the seaside suburb of Frankston. This year it celebrates 60 years of music in the community. Numbering around 30 musicians of various ages, the band has established a reputation for a high standard of performance with a musical program to suit all tastes. The band is well-known for its toe tapping music at previous Holland Festivals.



melbourne tukkers


Dutch Folk Dancing Group "Melbourne Tukkers" consists of couples wearing traditional Dutch costumes, including clogs.
We perform traditional Dutch folk dances from all over Holland.
We have an announcer who talks about the Dutch, e.g. Clogs, Windmills, Tulips etc., and introduces each dance.
Music used is traditional. The group was formed in Melbourne in 1974, with the aim to retain and perform the traditional folk dances of Holland and to exhibit them here in Australia. Some of these dances date back 200 years.
The dancers and costumes mainly come from the County of Twente, which is in the eastern part of Holland.

bay city clog dancers

Bay City Clog dancers

The Bay city clog dancers ,now in their 21st year have been performing far and wide even as a smaller group then compered to years ago.They specialise at doing there traditional dutch folk dances in some 7 different costumes and also do community singing
they can perform doing a dutch as well as australian singing show to please both cultures.
They specialise at performing in nursing homes,retirement villages and festivals.



Slovanian Band “The Melbourne Oberkrainer”

We are a Slovenian band based in Melbourne. The band was established in 2010 however the members have been performing in other bands for many years. We are very popular within the Slovenian, Austrian and German communities and have performed at various functions. Our repertoire consists of traditional folk music as well as a mixture of other styles.

The Amigos

After many years of performing in a dancing group, a few members of the group came up with the idea of starting a variety show and have found it quite successful. They have performed at various functions which has always given them a great deal of pleasure, seeing the enjoyment of the audience watching the show. The Amigo’s hope to see you at the Holland Festival and are looking forward to performing their Mexican show for you.



Peter van Abel

Peter v Abel

Peter v Abel started his musical career in 1963 with a Dutch band named 'The Sidewalkers'.
After about ten years the band changed its name to 'The Quintells' and continued on for another 22 years.
The Quintells played for all the Dutch Clubs in the community at various functions of all sizes.
Peter went solo in 1995 and is still going strong after 13 years.
Hopefully, he will continue to do so for many more years to come.
Peter plays solo at all types of functions, from Dinner Dances and RSL functions to weddings.



dutch duo


Performed in a wide range of venues, Andy and David are regular performers at ‘The Austrian Club’ in Heidelberg, as well as being the house band for the 'Rifeleers Carnival Club'.

Audiences have responded positively to the wide variety and dynamic musical pieces, most of wich are played 'live’ (i.e. not pre-recorded) on a Keyboard and sometimes Guitar. Andy provides wonderfully strong vocals, while David plays the Keyboard and Guitar and sings backing vocals.

Andy and David look forward to providing great dance music for your next event. Continental, Jazz, Easy Listening, Rock’n’roll. DUTCH DUO HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.