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Wim Kan, Corry Vonk and Mies Bouwman during Open Het Dorp

Open Het Dorp ("Open The Village") was the first big fundraising TV show in the Netherlands. It aired on Dutch TV on 26 and 27 November 1962.

Het Dorp is a special village/community for disabled people. To raise the required funds to build and open the community a TV show was organized.

The program was at that moment[1] the first nationwide fundraising TV-show, and it was done in the format of a telethon, lasting for 23 hours. Mies Bouwman entirely presented it. Most local corner-shops cooperated: viewers could donate by putting cash in a small box (matchbox) and bring it to the local shop: most shops opened their doors on the evening of 26 November; the show was aired on TV and radio simultaneously as large numbers of people did not own a TV at that time.

Director of the TV show was Theo Orderman. During the show over 400 artists and other VIPs appeared in the show.

After 23 hours fundraising a total amount of 21 million Dutch guilders was collected which was used to open the community for disabled people Het Dorp near the city of Arnhem.

In the archives only short fragments are available regarding this event.[2]


  1. Detail on TV-action Open Het Dorp in databases Memory of The Netherlands of the Dutch Royal Library, retrieved 17 November 2008
  2. Article and link to video on Birth of TV website, viewed 5 December 2008