National celebration of liberty
In 1945 The Netherlands was liberated from war occupation. We live in freedom now, but during the war many fought and even sacrificed their lives. Therefore we celebrate freedom on May 5th. It’s an important day to reflect on the importance of freedom and realising that freedom is fragile.
The end of World War II sadly did not mean the end of 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 5th is a day on which we also reflect on freedom elsewhere in the world.
In Groningen the "Bevrijdingsfestival" takes place in the Stadspark and is free accessible for everyone. Here you can find music, art, theatre 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 different organisations.
It is best to travel by bus, train, bike or walk to the festival site. At the entrance of the 'Drafbaan' (Race Track), the central meeting point is situated, as well as the festival information point.
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 'Drafbaan', at the entrance to the Gasunie. In addition, there are bike racks at each entrance to the festival.
The festival site is accessible by public transport from Central Station in Groningen. Alight at Concourslaan. The entrance to the festival site is on the north side of the 'Drafbaan' (Race Track). 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 (payed) parking lot of Martiniplaza (full day) and in the parking lot of the Gasunie (free, open from noon). Follow the instructions on the spot.