Our friends from ElvisMatters will organize a huge event in Breda, The Netherlands, the birthplace of Col. Parker. From June 26 - June 29 Breda will turn into Elvis Town with several exhibitions, a film festival, a concert with the TCB band and much more. We congratulate ElvisMatters with making this event possible. Here is an excerpt from their announcement, you can read the complete announcement in our events section and of course on their own site.
100 years Parker, 1000 x Elvis
On 26 June 2009 it will be exactly one hundred years ago that Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk (known as Dries) was born in Breda. This Dries, who emigrated to America at the age of nineteen, changed his name into Colonel Thomas A. Parker. Colonel Parker became world-famous as the manager of Elvis Presley. For 22 years, from 1955 till Elvis’s death in 1977, Dries van Kuijk, born and bred in Breda, was the manager of world’s biggest entertainer. As an Elvis Presley fan club we cannot and will not let this unique fact go by unnoticed. On 26, 27 and 28 June ElvisMatters organises a great Parker and Elvis weekend in Breda. This weekend will include several fascinating activities. A taste of what’s in store:
Main exposition: 100 years Parker - 1000 x Elvis
This is the most important and spectacular item of the entire event. In the chapel of the Holland Casino Breda, that was built in 1501 and has a surface of 300m², there will be held a unique exhibition about Elvis Presley. This exhibition will consist of 1.000 items and it will be the greatest exposition that has ever been held outside of Graceland. Numerous of precious and unique items from several private collections will be exceptionally displayed. A stage costume of Elvis, shirts he wore on stage, private clothing, his last guitar, film clothes, personal jewellery, stage outfits of his musicians, contracts, original signatures and so on. The list is practically endless. This exhibition will not only be a must for the Elvis fan, everybody that likes music will want to take a close look at this piece of history. As an extra, there will also be displayed 100 original and extremely rare film posters.