What is clear, is that Dickens never visited Deventer, and there seems to be no known connection between him, any of his work and the town. Why was there a weekend-long Dickens Festival in a small town in the eastern Netherlands?
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Dickens Festival, Deventer, Netherlands " data-medium-file="https://notesfromcamelidcountry.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_0295.jpg? It’s deservedly famous (around 140,000 people visited it this year), yet no one I know could tell me why a small Dutch town has an festival dedicated to a Victorian-era British novelist.
The official website gives few clues as to how and why this 26 year-old tradition stared, and online searches were equally unhelpful.
This was started in 1996-1997 with around 20 older people and has grown to a ‘fully consolidated programme across Spain, operating in 27 cities in seven autonomous Communities…’ (extract from the book).