By far one of the biggest and best cultural festivals in Holland the Holland Festival in Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest international artistic festival. The scope of the festival intentionally embraces all cultures and cultural genre from live theatre and dance to workshops and films. The festival is usually themed so that the varying cultural activities and performances share a common thread.
Another similar festival which has been going strong for over 30 years is the free Uitmarkt Festival which heralds the beginning of the Dutch cultural season. Every year the festival features an amazing line up of music, dance, cabaret and theatre performances as well as film screenings, book markets and various workshops. The festival attracts more than half a million visitors to Amsterdam from around the Netherlands and the world.
Both of these festivals represent both Dutch culture and also the smaller communities and immigrant cultures of Holland. All mixed together to create a wonderful and entertaining cultural smorgasbord. These two are without a doubt Amsterdam’s biggest and best but Holland is a country that loves a good festival. Other smaller cultural events take place throughout the year and around the country.
For food lovers Holland puts on a culinary festival of epic proportions. The four-day ‘t Preuvenemint culinary event is a great way to get to know the culture of the province Limburg as well as food wonders from around the world. ‘t Preuvenemint is a four-day culinary event on the Vrijthof square in the city of Maastricht. Throughout the festival visitors have the opportunity to taste delicious national and international food and wine and enjoy a variety of live music. To top it off this amazing food festival is a charitable event with all proceeds going to good causes. So no guilty food indulgences here – it’s all for a good cause!