The 17th ETN CONFERENCE, including the General Assembly Leiden/Netherlands, from 15th to 17th of May 2015
(from 13th to 19th of May)

The theme: DUTCH TEXTILE ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN in the framework of the 4th „TEXTIEL FESTIVAL"

Organizers: ETN together with the STIDOC Foundation (festival organizer) and the Dutch New Institute

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For this ETN Conference the invitation came from the Dutch “Textiel Festival” (www.textielfestival.nl/), a meeting place of several textile-related associations who have jointly have set up the STIDOC Foundation. This Festival, that started in 1997, is bringing together all the different fields of textiles (museums – adult education – professional training – textile craft, design and art) on all levels. It is unique in Europe for its wide scope. This years edition has over 34 venues with over 42 exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, a symposium "Biodesign in Textile" of the Textielcommissie.nl (www.textielcommissie.nl, Dutch textile curators association) and the 17th ETN Conference. Furthermore the Rijswijk Textile Biennial is taking place at Museum Rijswijk near The Hague (www.museumrijswijk.nl/rtb2013/rtb201501ENG.html). A working committee was created to ensure the most interesting programme for the day on Dutch Textile Design, made up of Hanny Spierenburg, STIDOC festival organiser (project leader amateur art at LKCA, Landelijk Kennis instituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst) Anne Mieke Kooper, weaving artist and former Head of Textiles at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; and Beatrijs Sterk, organiser of the ETN Conference and former publisher of Textile Forum magazine, assisted by Christine Vroom, programme manager at “The New Institute”, Netherlands Institute for design and fashion.

The Conference programme

The day on Dutch Textile Design is giving the Dutch vision on what is done in textiles today from different viewpoints, from museum curators, professional educators and from textile designers/ artists/ craftmakers. Speakers will try to give an answer to the question “What is typical Dutch Design” and they will cover aspects like sustainability, smart materials & techniques, new importance of craft in a changing world. All eight speakers have confirmed to speak.
The networking day is offering the opportunity to give a 10 minutes/10 images speech for all ETN-members and guests. We prefer talks on projects involving more than one person and/or countries. Projects taking place in the Netherlands are especially welcome! These talks are now fully booked!

Beatrijs Sterk, ETN secretariat

General information


Leiden is about 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport in direction The Hague, www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home will give you the information (one way 5,60 Euro) for the train. From Amsterdam it is about 30 minutes by train. Do not take a taxi as the traffic is very dense, the conference hotel is opposite of the Leiden central station! Address: IBIS Leiden Centre, Stationsplein 240 – 242, Leiden; tel +31.71/5160000

To get around in Holland with trains and public transport it is advised to buy an anomymous "chip card", available on nearly all stations. This allows you not to have to buy single tickets and to always getting the cheapest price automatically, when travelling together enter your chip card and tick "Samen reizen (travelling together)" for group reductions.

- Wikitravel Leiden: http://wikitravel.org/en/Leiden
- Cultural information: http://portal.leiden.nl/en/tourism_leisure
- Visitor Centre Leiden: Stationsweg 41 Leiden (near the central station)                                         
- Textiel Festival Route: www.textielfestival.nl/textielroute.php
- Recommended café: Stadscafe van der Werff, Steentraat 2, Leiden; Contact place vis-a-vis of the conference venue



Rijkswijk Museum

The Rijswijk Museum: Visit of the Textile Biennial on Friday, 15 May 2015 in the evening
Photo: B. Sterk

Conference Leiden

Museum Volkskunde in Leiden: ETN Conference venue in May 2015
Photo: B.Sterk

Zaanse Schans

De Zaanse Schans, part of our Dutch Folklore day on Monday 18 May 2015
Photo: Frans Sellies

Leiden view

View on Leiden from the water
Photo: B. Sterk


Traditional house on the Island of Marken, visit on Monday 18 May, 2015
Photo: B. Sterk