Van Gogh drew up own funeral arrangements

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4 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Theo van Gogh drew up instructions for his funeral several weeks ago and his production company, Column, will arrange his final farewell according to the murdered filmmaker's wishes.

4 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Theo van Gogh drew up instructions for his funeral several weeks ago and his production company, Column, will arrange his final farewell according to the murdered filmmaker's wishes.

Yet, it was the fear he would not survive a scheduled flight to New York rather than the threat of assassination that prompted Van Gogh to plan his funeral.

A pre-funeral party on Monday night will see singer/songwriter Spinvis (Erik de Jong of Nieuwegein) perform, plus Gabriël Rios of Puerto Rico.

Producer Gijs van de Westelaken, poet/writer Theodor Holman, cabaret performer Hans Teeuwen, and Doesjka van Hoogdalen will address the crowd throughout the night. Other stars are still being approached to contribute to the event.

Column did not reveal where the event would be held, but said it had been in contact with youth broadcaster BNN to televise the event. It has not been decided either whether the event is suitable for television and whether broadcast time can be obtained on channel Nederland 2.
 
Van Gogh will be cremated on Tuesday, but no funeral procession will be held because of Van Gogh's aversion to them. The public is welcome to attend his funeral at the crematorium De Nieuwe Ooster in Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam.
 
Due to the anticipated large crowd, big television screens will be placed outside the crematorium for people to follow the ceremony.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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