Liberation Day Festivals 2014

Festivals / Other
05 May 2014, Various

Various cities throughout the Netherlands
+31 (0)20 718 3500
€: Varies (most are free)

In the Netherlands, May 5 is Liberation Day and to mark this annual celebration of freedom, festivals in cities around the country will be organised called Bevrijdingsfestivals ('Liberation Festivals'). 

Liberation Day Festivals (Bevrijdingsfestivals) 2014

Often free of charge, the events extend to include activities for all ages. 

In addition to the festivals, each year the comité 4 en 5 mei names "ambassadors" who act as representatives travelling around the Netherlands promoting the importance of acknowledging the freedoms fought for in World War II and today. This year's ambassadors include the Utrecht-based band Kensington, singer-songwriter Douwe Bob Posthuma and musician Gers Pardoel.

On the fifth of May, the festivals honour the idea that freedom is an important yet vulnerable state by asking people what freedom means to them, observing a moment of silence for those who fought for these freedoms and to celebrate freedom in the Netherlands.

Each festival will have a main stage, observe a moment of silence at five minutes before 5pm and have seperate activities organised at its Plein van de Vrijheid. 

Liberation Day Festival Locations

These places will be hosting major festivals on Liberation Day. Have a look at the highlights and click the city or province for more information!


Where: Stadspark in Groningen
Who: The Hives, Chet Faker, Douwe Bob


Where: Baggelhuizerplas in Assen
Who: Funkerman, Handsome Poets, Skitzofrenix


Where: Park de Wezenlanden in Zwolle
Who: Chef's Special, Great Minds, VanVelzen & Innocent Balume

bevrijdingsfestival 2014

bevrijdingsfestival 2014


Where: Esplanade in Almere
Who: Racoon, Gers Pardoel, The Party Squad


Where: Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem
Who:Niels Geusebroek, Les Enfants Durs, Sven Hammond Soul


Where: 10 locations with the main festival in Westerpark
Who: Amsterdam Klezmer Band XL, Beans & Fatback, Cheaters


Where: Park Transwijk in Utrecht
Who: Great Minds, 90's Now, Knalland


Where: Beuningplein and the inner city of Wageningen
Who: JP Soars & the Red Hots, Prok & Fitch, My Baby

The Hague

Where: Malieveld in The Hague
Who: Hollerado, Baciamolemani, Di-rect


Where: Euromast Park in Rotterdam
Who: Michael Prins, Bongo Botrako, BrandWerk

North Brabant

Where: Pettelaarse Schans in Den Bosch
Who: Kraak & Smaak, Go Back to the Zoo, Karmaflow


Where: De Markt in Roermond
Who: Stream of Passion, Re:Freshed Orchestra, Kensington


Where: Bellamypark in Vlissingen
Who: Tangarine, Postmen, Nielson

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