The Tong Tong Fair is rooted in the Indian capital of the world, The Hague, and originates from the Pasar Malam Tong-Tong / Besar. We are a current mix of East and West, always on the move. We continue to develop Indian culture through being together and creativity. The Tong Tong Fair: inspiring, relaxed and welcoming. Since 1959!
Did you know that 3 out of 4 Dutch people have a link with the Dutch East Indies? The Indian culture is so ingrained in Dutch culture that you don’t even think about it. The Tong Tong Fair at the Malieveld in The Hague is the largest Indian happening in the world, where East and West meet in an atmosphere of friendship, hospitality and inspiration. For some it is a feel-good event that feels like a mini vacation to Southeast Asia & the Pacific (but without the jet lag), for others a festival where theater makers, artists, dancers, musicians, designers, photographers, writers and scientists with the eyes of now investigate Indian culture and colonial history. For everyone it is an overwhelming culinary trip and a greedy shopping galore .
In 1959 there was a group of Dutch Indian people who thought Indian culture was so beautiful, inspiring and important that it started organizing an event to show it. Then the Indian manifestation was called Pasar Malam Tong-Tong (in the 1970s the event was called Pasar Malam Besar). The purpose of the first pasar malam in the Hague Zoo was to raise money for the Tong-Tong Indian Art Circle (IKK). With the proceeds the IKK could finance a cultural program. More than 60 years later, that objective is still the same. Even now, the proceeds from recette and stand rental are used to make the cultural program, the Tong Tong Festival, possible: a form of internal subsidization.
A stage for Indian culture
The idea that Indian is an inalienable part of Dutch history is also unchanged in all those years. Indian culture will be given a place at the Tong Tong Fair in The Hague. The Indian (Eurasian) culture is valuable enough to preserve and offer as a source of inspiration to Indian and non-Indian interested people of all ages.
International fair + food event + cultural festival
The Tong Tong Fair is the sum of an international trade fair, a food event and a cultural festival, organized in various theme pavilions with stages. In the Indonesia Pavilion you will find exhibitors from Jakarta, Depok, Garut, Tangerang (West Java), Semarang, Yogyakarta, Sleman (Central Java), Malang (East Java), Bukittinggi (West Sumatra) and Bali. There are exhibitors from the Netherlands, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, India and Malaysia on the Grand Pasar . The foreign exhibitors come to the Netherlands exclusively for the Tong Tong Fair. The Tong Tong Fair is therefore one of the largest international events in our country, which also attracts visitors from surrounding countries.
In the Eetwijk you will find Indonesian and Indian restaurants and warungs.
The international Tong Tong Festival presents a new cultural program every year around the mix of East and West in performing arts, exhibitions, spoken word and current affairs. The performances of the Tong Tong Festival take place on the Tong-Tong-Podium, in De Rotonde and Studio Tong Tong. There are also annually changing exhibitions. Food for thought!
The Tong Tong Fair entrance fee includes a passe-partout for the Tong Tong Festival. There are programs in the themed theaters every hour of the day.
The Tong Tong Fair received the Grand Prix of the National Event Awards in 2007, the Oscar of the Dutch event industry. You can read more about it on this page.
Tong Tong Foundation
Tong Tong Foundation, responsible for the programming of the Tong Tong Festival, aims to stimulate Indian culture and to promote knowledge about Indian people and their (cultural) history. For more information, visit the website of Stichting Tong Tong .
Pasar Malam Tong-Tong, Pasar Malam Besar?
The Tong Tong Fair was originally called Pasar Malam Tong-Tong. In the 70s the name changed to Pasar Malam Besar and since 2009 we are called: Tong Tong Fair.
61st Tong Tong Fair
The 61st Tong Tong Fair will take place from 23 May to 2 June 2019. This year the Tong Tong Fair again presents a kaleidoscopic crossover of Eastern and Western cultures, with a strong international program.