Welcome at the website of Bevrijdingsfestival Groningen!
National celebration of liberty
On May 5th, freedom in The Netherland is celebrated. We celebrate that in 1945 we were liberated from German occupation in Europe and the Japanese occupation in Asia and since then we in the Kingdom of the Netherlands are free from war and oppression. May 5th is a day to reflect on the importance of freedom and to realize that freedom is fragile. For freedom in the Netherlands, many have fought and even sacraficed their lives.
The end of the Second World War has not meant an end to war in the world. Everyday people suffer from armed conflicts and the violation of human rights. In many places in the world, people fight for their daily existence. May 5 is therefore a day on which we reflect on freedom elsewhere in the world.
On May 5th, freedom in The Netherlands is celebrated at fourteen liberation festivals spread throughout the country. In Groningen the "Bevrijdingsfestival", takes place in the Stadspark in Groningen and is free accessible for everyone. Here you can find music, art, theater and plenty of food and drinks. In addition, attention is given to the theme: "Freedom is something you pass on" with the help of discussions and activities co-organized by organizations such as Amnesty International and Stichting Vluchteling. The festival starts at 12.00 am and lasts until midnight.
It is best to travel by bus, train, bike or walk to the festival site. At the entrance of the Trotting and Race Course, the central meeting point is situated. Here you can find the festival booklets and other festival information.
At the entrance to the festival grounds at the Paterswoldseweg, a large guarded bicycle parking (behind the Noorderpoortcollege) is situated. There is also a bicycle parking on the south side of the Race Track, at the entrance to the Gasunie. In addition, there are bike racks at each entrance to the festival.
The festival site is accessable by public transport from Central Station in Groningen. Alight at Concourslaan. The entrance to the festival site is on the north side of the Trotting and Race Course. On May 5th there will be extra buses.
Plan your train journey in advance with the NS planner so you are well prepared. Note the return journey by train: after 11pm no trains depart. Also, the last train is often very crowded. If possible, take a train earlier. The ticket machines and charging points for your OV chip card are also more crowded on Liberation Day. Make sure you have enough money on your OV chip card or buy an e-ticket in advance at www.ns.nl.
You can park your car at Transferium Hoogkerk. From there buses will drive you to Stadspark. There is also limited parking available in the parking lot of Martiniplaza (full day) and in the parking lot of Gasunie. Follow the instructions on the spot.