Celebrating freedom in Amsterdam
On 5 May
, all of the Netherlands will pause to commemorate the country’s liberation
. The German army surrendered on this day in 1945, bringing the Second World War to an end for the Netherlands. Since then, the Netherlands has strived to be the capital of freedom, independence and tolerance. To celebrate its continual liberation and societal freedoms, various activities and events are planned throughout the city.
The Liberation Festivals
taking place across the country are a
highlight of Liberation Day
. The festivals will have extensive musical
programmes and big-name acts relating to the theme of freedom. At
various spots in the city, Dutch bands and international musicians and
DJs will perform live.
Open Jewish Homes – Resistance Homes
On both Remembrance Day
and Liberation Day, there will be small-sized
commemoration gatherings in the living rooms, attics or cafés of
former Jewish residents and resistance fighters.
Speakers will tell their stories about life before, during and after
the war, persecution, resistance and liberation. These stories will be
accompanied by films, music, poems, photos and personal diary
Celebrate freedom together, and join or help cook one of the Freedom
! Everyone is welcome this day to participate in the Freedom
Feasts organised all around the city. You can look forward to intimate
and grand feasts in community centres, parks and living rooms or on
streets or squares.
The War in My Neighbourhood
Prior to 5 May, primary school students throughout Amsterdam will
interview senior citizens about their neighbourhoods during the war.
The students will receive the title 'new heritage bearer of a war
story' in the Amsterdam City Archives
on Liberation Day. They’ll
then head out to the neighbourhoods to tell the war stories to all
willing listeners. The project ‘The War in My
aims to keep
these stories alive, so that they can be passed on to a new
Liberation Day for kids
Special events for kids
are being organised to celebrate freedom. For instance, there's a special Liberation Day festival for kids taking place in the
Vondelpark’s Open Air Theatre
, while the Hemeltjelief Festival
is exceptional fun for all ages. There’ll also be guided tours, historic tram rides and city
walks relating to war, freedom and resistance on 4 and 5 May
more information, see the website of the National Committee for 4 and
will conclude with one of the biggest events of the
day, the Amstel Concert
. Starting at 21:00, artists from diverse
musical genres will perform on an enormous floating podium, with the
stately Royal Carré Theatre
in the background. The concert will
be attended by the King and Queen, as well as all volunteers for the 4
and 5 May festivities.
Due to the various Remembrance Day gatherings and Liberation Day
festivals, the routes for public transport
will be different on 4 and
5 May. To find out more, check the GVB
website later or call the Customer Service Department at 0900-8011.