Aaltje van Zweden (at left in photo), the wife of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is a stoere vrouw, Dutch for strong woman, according to Margriet, one of the oldest and most famous magazines in The Netherlands.
For its 80th anniversary, Margriet has chosen 80 women to be celebrated for making large and small dreams come true. That certainly describes Aaltje’s work with the Papageno Foundation, which she and Jaap founded to help autistic young people engage with and be part of the community at large.
The kick-off event is today at the Amsterdam Museum, with Aaltje as one of the keynote speakers. She will discuss her work with the Papageno Foundation and her book, Om wie je bent (Who You Are), about her experience with her son Benjamin, who is autistic.