The 5 best liberation festivals on May 5

Sven Peeters
Sven Peeters19-04-2023
Bevrijdingsfestival Utrecht - intro

On May 5, we celebrate the liberation of the Second World War in the Netherlands and reflect on the importance of freedom and democracy. One of the ways we celebrate this is by organizing liberation festivals all over the country. Below we highlight five of these festivals, namely the Liberation Festival Vlissingen, Liberation Festival 's-Hertogenbosch, Liberation Festival Rotterdam, Liberation Festival Utrecht and Liberation Festival Zwolle.

5. Liberation Festival Vlissingen

Bevrijdingsfestival Vlissingen
Bevrijdingsfestival Vlissingen
Fr 05May2023
Bevrijdingsfestival Vlissingen Liberation Festival
The Liberation Festival Vlissingen is an annual event that takes place in the beautiful city of Vlissingen, located on the coast of Zeeland. The festival is held at various unique locations, namely th

The Liberation Festival Vlissingen will be held at the following locations: Bellamypark, Jan Weugkade and the old market in Vlissingen. It is one of the largest festivals in Zeeland and attracts thousands of visitors every year. There are several stages on the festival site where various artists perform.

The Bellamypark is a historic square that overlooks the Western Scheldt and the boulevard of Vlissingen. The square is named after Jacobus Bellamy, a famous poet from the 18th century who was born in Vlissingen. It is a nice location for the liberation festival because it is centrally located and easily accessible for visitors. In addition, the Bellamypark offers sufficient space for the various stages and activities that are organized during the festival.

The main stage of the Vlissingen Liberation Festival is one of the most impressive stages of the festival. The stage is on the Jan Weugkade, a beautiful location on the quay of the Western Scheldt in the heart of Vlissingen. It offers a spectacular view over the quay and the sea and creates a unique atmosphere for the festival.


Various popular Dutch artists and bands will appear, including Van Dik Hout, which will play timeless hits such as Stil in mij and Alles or nothing. Jairzinho is also coming to Vlissingen with a rousing mix of hip-hop and R&B. Emma Heesters from 's-Gravenpolder also sings; she previously scored hits such as Pa Olvidarte and Including. Later in the evening, the Tante Joke Karaoke Band takes the stage, inviting visitors to sing along with well-known hits from various genres.

dance stage

Vato Gonzalez, Idaly and Sick Individuals are the big names on the Liberty Dance Stage. The afternoon program is full of urban hits played by a selection of DJs from the Kunstbende and Zeeland DJs such as FEBBA, JONNA, Hillfire and Team Peach.

Idaly performs early in the afternoon, with songs like Hoog/Laag, No Go Zone and Goonies & Hoolies. In the evenings, the urban hits are exchanged for the best house beats by Vato Gonzalez and Sick Individuals, which is the closing act on this stage.

4. Liberation Festival 's-Hertogenbosch

Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant - Liempde - Nederland
Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant - Liempde - Nederland
Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant - Liempde - Nederland
Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant - Liempde - Nederland
Fr 05May2023
Bevrijdingsfestival Brabant Liberation Festival - Liempde
The Brabant Liberation Festival in 's-Hertogenbosch is an annual event that takes place at the Pettelaarse Schans. It is a day on which freedom is celebrated and where we reflect on the fact that free

The Liberation Festival 's-Hertogenbosch is held at the Pettelaarse Schans, a beautiful green area on the edge of 's-Hertogenbosch.

The Pettelaarse Schans is a beautiful green area on the edge of 's-Hertogenbosch. It is an ideal location for the liberation festival, because it is a large site that is easily accessible by public transport and car. There are several stages on the site on which different artists perform. There is something for everyone, from pop music to hip-hop and from singer-songwriters to electronic music. There is also a special stage for children where they can enjoy music and theatre.


main stage
Gaidaa 15:00-16:00
5 for 5 moment 16:40-17:00
Gold band 5:00 PM-5:45 PM
Dubioza Kolektiv 1 19:00-20:00
Go_A 21:00-22:00
SENA Performers Internship
Roufiada 13:00-13:30
Babs 14:00-14:45
Mood Bored 16:00-16:45
Anna Rose Clayton 18:00-19:00
Pyro 20:00-21:00
Maurino 22:00-23:00
Extraordinary internship
Demi Maria 13:00-14:00
Murcy 14:00-15:00
Masquraid & M.C. Donson 15:00-16:00
Winners Hip-Hop Contest 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sam Asari & DJ 17:00-18:00
Floris Keizer 18:00-18:30
Leev 18:30-19:00
Matt Ardeo 19:00-20:00
Toxic Joy 20:00-21:00
Poltergst 21:00-22:00
Flux overload 22:00-23:00

3. Liberation Festival Rotterdam

Bevrijdingsfestival Rotterdam
Bevrijdingsfestival Rotterdam
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Fr 05May2023
Bevrijdingsfestival Rotterdam Liberation Festival
The locations of the liberation festival in Rotterdam are very diverse. The festival site is spread over various squares and parks in the city, giving the festival a unique atmosphere and something to

The Liberation Festival Rotterdam is held at various locations in Rotterdam: The Park at the Euromast, the Schouwburgplein, Museumpark, Stadhuisplein and a stage on the Noordereiland. It is a large festival with various stages where national and international artists perform.

For example, the stage in the Museumpark where various singer-songwriters and acoustic acts perform. There is also a stage on Stadhuisplein where young, talented artists get the chance to show themselves to a large audience.

Another special location where the liberation festival takes place in Rotterdam is the former prison on the Noordereiland. This prison is used as the backdrop for a special theater production in which the audience is taken into the history of the Second World War and the liberation. This performance is very impressive and shows how important it is to reflect on the past and what freedom means to us.


Erasmus stage

The largest stage of the Liberation Festival in Rotterdam is the Erasmus stage. At this time, the following names have been announced for the line-up of this stage.

  • Gold band
  • Shirak
  • Bente
  • DeWolff
  • Paul Elstak
  • Redeboys and DJ DNA
  • Pink Oculus
  • Siggy & D1ns
Sena Performers Internship

In addition to the Erasmus stage, you can also enjoy the best music on Liberation Day at the Sena Performers Stage. The following artists are currently on the line-up. The timetable will be published at a later time, keep an eye on the website for that.

  • Susan Right
  • HATO
  • Jeangu Macrooy
  • Primate
  • Wowi
  • Kiiro

2. Liberation Festival Utrecht

Stichting Bevrijdingsfestival Utrecht - Utrecht - Nederland
Stichting Bevrijdingsfestival Utrecht - Utrecht - Nederland
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Stichting Bevrijdingsfestival Utrecht Liberation Festival - Utrecht
The location of the liberation festival in Utrecht is the beautiful park Transwijk, which is located on the south side of the city. The park offers a large green area where visitors can enjoy the many

The Liberation Festival Utrecht is held in the beautiful park Transwijk. There are several stages on the festival site where various artists perform. The beautiful Transwijk park is located on the south side of the city. The park offers a large green area where visitors can enjoy the many performances and activities organized during the festival. There are various entrances and exits that ensure that the festival site is easily accessible for visitors. In addition, there is the freedom stage where hip-hop and electronic music can be heard. This stage mainly attracts a young audience and offers a good mix of national and international artists.


On the main stage there will be performances from 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm by Nielson, BENR, Tusky and Tabanka, among others. Mahabe, artists from BOKS Cultuurhuis and DJs from Stranded FM will be on the Vrijheidspodium. Main Stage powered by Sena Performers Nielson, BENR, Tusky and Tabanka will be added to the main stage performers. Earlier, Liberation Festival Utrecht announced that MEAU, Retro deLuxe, LIONSTORM, Personal Trainer and Snelle & De Lievejongens Band will be on the main stage powered by Sena Performers.

  • Nelson
  • Fast & The Sweet Boyband
  • Benr
  • Meau
  • Retro deluxe
  • Lion storm
  • Tusky
  • Personal Trainer

1. Liberation Festival Zwolle

Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel - Zwolle - Nederland
Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel - Zwolle - Nederland
Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel - Zwolle - Nederland
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Fr 05May2023
Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel Liberation Festival - Zwolle
Annual festival, music, culture and political speakers. Celebrates the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II

The Liberation Festival Zwolle is held at the Ter Pelkwijkpark in the center of Zwolle. There are several stages on the festival site where various artists perform. The festival celebrates the liberation of the Netherlands in World War II and has a focus on music, culture and freedom. There are numerous performances by national and international artists, as well as various activities for young and old. There are also often political speakers speaking. Liberation Festival Overijssel often attracts many visitors and is an important event in the region.

Program 2023

Main stage Hanzestrohm
9:15 pm Son Mieux
7:45 p.m Altin Gun
6:30 pm Tabitha
5 p.m Bökkers
3:45 p.m S10
2:15 pm El Salvador Ensemble
13.00 Froukje
12:45 p.m Ignite Freedom Fire
Podium Abbott
8 p.m The Scratch
6:30 pm Arp Frique & Family
5:15 p.m The Vices
16.00 hours Tim Knol & The Wandering Hearts
2:45 p.m Gold kimono
1:30 pm Spencer MacKenzie
12:15 p.m Bumble B Boy
Sena Performers Internship
21.00 o'clock Julia Sabate
7:30 pm Ness & Guan
6 p.m Muamma
4:45 p.m Black Water
3:30 pm Oh Whale
2:15 pm JesperJesper
13.00 Vera Bonn
Windesheim Dance Theater
10:30 pm KD Sound System
19:00 Afro Jam
5:30 pm G Trumpetty
16.00 hours Yade
2:45 p.m WinWel
1:30 pm DJ Jasmine
13.00 Low Reply
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