Dutch Film Festival: Why We Cycle

When: Thursday, 18th October

Where: The Vic Devonport, 48 – 56 Victoria Rd, Auckland

Cost: Free

Organised by: The Embassy of the Kingdom the Netherlands in Wellington

More info: Eventbrite


The Dutch Film Festival from September to November 2018

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington warmly invites you to the Dutch Film Festival in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Let’s get together to enjoy incredible Dutch film magic.

We bring to you the best cinematic offerings with the below films playing in all three cities. The Netherlands Embassy is proud to host “Why We Cycle” Opening Nights with drinks and delicious Dutch nibbles starting an hour prior to each screening.

Festival admission is free, please register for your tickets via the below Eventbrite links. Tickets are on a first come – first served basis. In case you have reserved tickets but are unable to attend, please cancel via Eventbrite so we can redistribute your tickets.

All movies are in Dutch with English subtitles.


7pm – Drinks and Dutch nibbles upon arrival

8pm – Film screening

9:10pmEveryone is welcomed to stay on for a cycling panel discussion co-organsied with the Cycling Action Network.

WHY WE CYCLE – Opening Nights

2017 | 57 min | Documentary | Directors Arne Gielen, Gertjan Hulster

To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. Perhaps the fact that they do not think about it, is the key to the bicycle’s success in the Netherlands. Since the Dutch do not give cycling a second thought, they do not really know what the deeper needs of cyclists are. In the documentary “Why we cycle,” we take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities.

An hour before the screening, at 7 PM, you are invited to enjoy some typically Dutch drinks and nibbles. The screening starts at 8 PM. After the screening, everyone is welcomed to stay on for a panel discussion about the rise of cycling in New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Biketober Auckland is presented by Bike Auckland, the non-profit organisation working for a better city for people on bikes.