What actually is Kingsday?


Festival season is finally approaching and get ready, because the Netherlands can surprise you with an abundance of lively experiences:  Every Dutch festival is a reason to celebrate, eat Dutch food and party, so grab your calendars to mark the best of the Netherlands’ upcoming festivals!

2nd of June: The Crave Festival

The Crave Festival in The Hague is an electronic music dance event among the several huge festive multidisciplinary art events — more than 200 — in several venues all over the city. A few names for the 2018 lineup are Alienata, Aurora Halal, DJ Stingray, among others. Check it out at www.thehaguefestivals.com

16th of June: Flag Day (Vlaggetjesdag), Scheveningen

The harbour, crowded with fishing boats and lined with restaurants that serve up fresh seafood, is where the Dutch herring fleet is launched with a colourful Vlaggetjesdag (Flag Day) Netherlands festival, held annually on the first or second Saturday in June. Fishermen’s wives dress up in their traditional costume. The fleet then returns with the new season’s herring catch, amid much fanfare. For more: www.vlaggetjesdag.com

15-17 of June: Pinkpop, Landgraaf

This huge pop and rock Dutch music festival, held in the city of Landgraaf in Limburg, has been running since 1970, making it one of the oldest in the world. Its name comes from the Dutch pinksteren meaning Pentecost, which is when it’s traditionally held. It’s a three-day festival with all-star lineups from the worlds of rock, pop, dance, electro, hop, indie, punk, folk, alternative and more. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars are a couple of the headliners for the next festival, on 15-17 June 2018.  

13-15 of July: North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

This jazz Dutch festival began in 1976 and has run annually since then. The performances in the three-day event are held in an indoor sports arena and a concert venue, Rotterdam Ahoy. Although the audiences are big the festival still seems to retain an intimate atmosphere. The 2018 programme opens on 13 July and continues until 15 July.  

July: Rotterdam Summer Carnival (Zomercarnaval)

Now more than two decades old, this carnival welcomes more than one million visitors to Rotterdam for the Dutch answer to Rio. Latin music and the vibrant energy of Brazil are played by more than 25 bands marching noisily through the city streets. At night, revellers can enjoy live music performances played on two stages in the city centre. In 2018, the carnival starts on 27 July, the Battle of the Drums is on 29 July, and the street parade is on 29 July.  


Where to go during Festival Season


The few months of spring leading up to summer and the summer months themselves are known as Festival Season in The Netherlands and our bordering countries. Also during this time, this wonderful country has many national holidays and days free from university (jeej!) for us to party!

Here’s a lineup of some cheap, fun festivals near or in Rotterdam for you to check out.

Kingsnight – 26 April 2018

This is the evening before the King’s birthday and so many parties already start then.

  • TIKTAK Kingsnight in Maasilo, Rotterdam €29,98
  • La Rêve – A Night of Kings in Q-factory, Amsterdam €16,39


Kingsday – 27 April 2018

One of the biggest party days of the year as it is a national holiday, celebrating King Willem Alexander’s birthday.

  • Oranjebitter at Euromast Park, Rotterdam €34,30


  • Kroon Festival at Willemsplein, Rotterdam €16,25


  • Dancetour at Spuiboulevard, Dordrecht FREE


Liberation Day – 5 May 2018

The fifth of May is also a day for celebration as the whole of the Netherlands was liberated by the French and the British in the Second World War.

  • Bevrijdingsfestival in Euromast Park, Rotterdam FREE


  • Thuishaven 5 Years in Thuishaven, Amsterdam €15




  • Expedition Festival in Vroesenpark, Rotterdam €22

7th of July (13:00-23:00)

  • Triangle x Woest & Wild Festival in Roel Langerakpark, Rotterdam €29.50

21st of July (12:00-23:00)

  • Crazy Sexy Cool Festival in Zuiderpark, Rotterdam €25

4th of August 2018 (12:00-23:00)


So make the most of your days off by going to one of these fun events. Fingers crossed that the weather will be okay!


Generation Timeline: From Courageous Baby Boomers to Internet-Driven Generation Z


The first thing you’re probably asking yourself is how you can take a bunch of people, and claim they have anything in common? Although it may look like a stupid generalization, many scientists think there is value in discussing and analysing big cohorts of people. First of all, because identifying characteristics about generations can help groups of people work more effectively and collaboratively, but also because generational commonalities can provide an opportunity for bonding – don’t we enjoy those memes about being a 90’s kid? When we see them we usually laugh, not because they’re so funny but because we remember the reference as a cultural touchpoint that binds us together. So, if you ever wondered what were other generations like and what brought them together, here’s a guide to generations and their odd nicknames:


Generation Z

image4Born between 2001 and 2013, they are also called Post-Millenials. This generation is considered to be the most technology-dependent one and was described as “the first tribe of true digital natives”. Apart from their technological knowledge, these teens are considered smarter, safer and are keen on changing and improving the world. Generation Z therefore is (nauseatingly) worthy and deserving of Millennials’ applause.



Generation Y (Millennials)

Born between 1980 and 2000 and before the founding of Google. Their catchphrase is “let me take a selfie” and they’re considered the most selfish and self-regarding generation of them all (oops). One of them is this billionaire: 



Generation X

Born between 1965 and 1979, they were originally called the baby busters (as fertility rates fell after the boomers). Sometimes they are referred to as the MTV generation but most of us now will imagine them like this bunch of adults:


The X generation has been characterised by permanent cynicism. Too young to have fought in any major war, old enough to have enjoyed a free education – they have spent too much of their adulthood sitting around in coffee shops trying to set the world to rights.

Baby Boomers

Born between 1943 and 1969, in the immediate years after WWII. These are the men and women who tuned in, got high, dropped out, dodged the draft, swung in the Sixties and became hippies in the Seventies. Some, like Bill Clinton, made it to the White House. 


Idealistic and uncynical, this was the generation that fought the cold war and smashed down the Berlin War. But just as many sold out the moment they were able to buy a house and a car. They were the first generation able to go abroad not to fight a war, but to sit on a beach.