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Tips for Liberation Day

Following directly on from Remembrance Day, 5 May is a national day of celebration known as Liberation Day. Throughout Amsterdam, you will find a wide variety of entertainment and events to commemorate the liberation of The Netherlands during World War II. With these top tips, celebrate freedom, human rights, and life in general during Liberation Day 2022.

Liberation Festival Homomonument

Nowadays, the pink triangle at the Westerkerk is an important symbol of LGBTI emancipation, but it was the sign for gay prisoners in the German camps during the Second World War. The events at the Homomonument are organized entirely by volunteers and financed with the proceeds from drinks sales. All profits benefit the LGBTI community. 

15:00 - 23:00 | Homomonument Westermarkt | free 

Freedom Ferry

You can sit down for a so-called Freedom Meal throughout the city, a worthy tradition for 11 years. On squares and stages, in streets and parks. And on the water, as Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord arranged the Freedom Ferry. Maître Sergio Vyent receives the guests, and while sailing on the IJ, chef Samuel Levie serves the Freedom Meal. Several artists will step on board, such as the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Yung Nnelg and Giobi Quendas. 

Multiple shifts between 17:30 - 22:00 | starting point: De Ruijterkade, ferry behind CS | €7.50 | buy tickets

Open-air performance 'Don't Mention The War'

On the Boerhaaveplein near Mike's Badhuistheater you can see the open-air performance Don't Mention The War. The performance is about René Artois, who runs a fictional French restaurant during the Second World War. 

15:00 - 15:30 | Mike's Badhuistheater | free

Het Vrije Westen

With freedom currently being fought in Europe, it is vital to celebrate freedom and life. During Het Vrije Westen in the Westerpark, the entire cultural area is packed with DJs, puppet shows, live performances, dance, spoken word, food and a dedicated Ukraine stage.

14:00 - 23:00 | Westerpark | free 

De ondergedoken camera

At the end of 1944, the Jewish photographer Emmy Andriesse decides to leave her hiding place. Using false papers, she joins a photographer's collective and documents the Hunger Winter, despite the occupier's explicit prohibition. Maurice Rummens of the Stedelijk Museum reflects on Andriesse's photo series of the Hunger Winter from 1944-1945, a series now on display in the Stedelijk Museum.

3 time slots between 11:00 - 16:00 | Stedelijk Museum | free