With more than 25 cultural and political activities the Prinsjesfestival celebrates democracy in The Hague from 10 to 17 September (ending on Prinsjesdag).
Prinsjesfestival celebrates democracy, because living in a democracy is a privilege and not self-evident. The festival is organised around Prinsjesdag and adds to the significance of Prinsjesdag.
The festive opening of the 2019 Prinsjesfestival takes place on 12 September with the recitation of the Prince’s Poem.
Other activities include:
Prinsjes Hatwalk and Prinsjes market on the Plein
Prince’s Breakfast at a gigantic table along the entire length of the Hofvijver
performance of political satire in Theater Diligentia
photo expositions of best political moments in the Netherlands
a special children’s programme in the Koninklijke Schouwburg
Open Day at the Dutch Supreme Court
a Prinsjesdag concert by the Residentie Orkest in the Zuiderstrandtheater.
Other special recurring traditions will be a prize for the person who has played an important role in Dutch democracy and a prize for the best political book of the year and a prize for the best political photograph. A huge Prinsjesborrel reception will be organised in the Novotel City Centre on Prinsjesdag for politically-engaged young people.
Focus on Zuid-Holland
Each year a different Dutch province takes centre stage at the Prinsjesfestival. During this 7th edition of the festival, the honour will go to the province of Zuid-Holland. The flag of Zuid-Holland will fly from Nieuwspoort on the Lange Poten, this year’s so-called ‘embassy’, where the province will present itself in terms of food, health and sport.
The Prinsjesfestival is made possible by volunteers and friends who support the celebration of democracy through a diverse programme of activities. Nearly all of the activities are free of charge.
For more information go to prinsjesfestival.nl or the Facebook page of the event.