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The Biggest Festivals in the Netherlands



The Biggest Festivals in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has many great festivals and the festival calendar for 2022 is packed. Below we have listed the best and biggest festivals in the Netherlands, let the anticipation begin!

Have you missed the big festivals in recent years? Many festivals have been moved to 2022, which promises to be a great summer of love . Hopefully we can go wild at the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, about which I tell you more in the list below.

Best Kept Secret Festival

Best Kept Secret Festival
Date : 10 – 12 June 2022
Number of Visitors: 25,000 per day

Listen to the best music for three days and see the most beautiful live acts; this is Best Kept Secret in the Beekse Bergen. The festival also has several stages where you can enjoy music styles ranging from indie rock to hip hop . This weekend you will stay at a nature campsite or in one of the more luxurious log cabins. The 2022 edition will take place from 10 to 12 June.


Pinkpop Festival
Date : 17-19 June 2022
Price : €110 (day ticket) and €230 (weekend ticket) Number of
visitors : 115,000

Pinkpop is known as the festival with the big names. As the oldest festival in the Netherlands, quite a few special artists have already visited here. Think of Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Bruce Springsteen . Pinkpop takes place every year in Landgraaf. The 2021 edition has been moved to 2022. Tickets already purchased are valid for the next edition. It is also possible to get your money back.

Mystic Garden – a paradise where fairy tales come true

Mystic Garden Festival
Datum: 18 juni 2022

In the middle of the nature of the Sloterpark you will find the Mystic Garden festival, a wonderful spectacle where music and art meet. The entire festival is dominated by creativity and dreamy decors. Tickets for the festival cost €47.50 to €61, depending on whether you bought your ticket on time.

The Zwarte Cross – the largest festival in the Netherlands

Zwarte Cross
Date : 14 – 17 July 2022
Price : sold out
Number of visitors : 220,000

Founded in 1997 as an event by the Achterhoek band Jovink and the Voederbietels, the Zwarte Cross has grown into the largest festival in the Netherlands. 120,000 day trippers and 25,000 camping guests come to the east of the Netherlands to “watch mopeds”, listen to music and follow the motorcycle races. A few things have not changed in all those years: neighbor aunt Rikie is still there and no one is better than anyone else at the Zwarte Cross, a unique festival where music is not the main focus.

Milkshake festival – being yourself

Milkshake Festival
Date : 30 and 31 July 2022
Tickets On sale on 10 February 2022 Number of
visitors : 12,500

Everyone is welcome at the Milkshake festival in Amsterdam, but the festival is mainly intended for the LGBT community in the Netherlands. The Westerpark will be the location on 30 and 31 July 2022 to put on your best outfit and enjoy the best tunes together.

Solar festival – four days of pop and dance

Solar Festival
Date : August 4 – 7, 2022
Price : Sold Out Number of
visitors : 31,000

We continue with the list of the best festivals in the Netherlands. I would also like to add the Solar Weekend Festival to this. In addition to wonderful music, this is also a festival where you can let your creative mind run wild. Creativity is central during the Solar Festival, and is therefore brought out through various theater plays, art installations and games. From Paul Elstak to Typhoon and from FeestDJRuud to the best techno and house, everyone is happy at Solar.

Decibel festival

Decibel Festival
Date : 19 – 21 August 2022
Price : €160 for the weekend ticket incl. resort campsite. Other tickets sold out.
Number of visitors : 60,000

Music flavors such as Hardcore, Hardstyle and Industrial can be found here in the form of a wonderful line-up. For the real music fans there is a campsite where you can stay overnight, so that you can be fresh and fruity for the stage the next morning. Here you will find more information about Decibel Outdoor Festival .

Lowlands – The place to be

Lowlands Festival
Date : 19 – 21 August 2022
Price : sold out
Number of visitors : 50,000

Unfortunately, the site in Biddinghuizen will not be transformed into a festival Valhalla in 2021 either. Fees for 2020 and 2021 tickets will be refunded to the original purchaser. Hopefully Lowlands will be sold out again in 2022, in any case we can’t wait!

Mysteryland – the longest running dance festival in the Netherlands

Mysteryland Festival
Date :26, 27, 28 August 2022
Price €69.90 (day ticket Sunday), almost sold out Number of
visitors : 100,000

The three-day Mysteryland Festival normally takes place in August. The slogan of this festival is ‘Yesterday is history. Today is a gift’. With 16 stages and more than 300 artists, the festival area around the Haarlemmermeer is transformed into a wonderful world where everyone can be themselves. This festival is also interesting for a broad target group, because you can expect music from hip-hop to hardcore and from techno to dance music. The line-up is there every year with, among other things, greats from the Electronic Dance Music movement.

Home port – a party (almost) every weekend

Home port festival
Date : almost every Sunday
Price : day tickets cost €19.50 Number of
visitors : 2,000

Do you already know Thuishaven? This popular festival in Amsterdam takes place (almost) every weekend, often on Sundays. By the weekend, the organization will check whether the weather forecast is good enough to organize a festival during the weekend. It is not so much one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, but it is very nice to spend a Sunday afternoon! I can highly recommend this festival, especially when the weather is nice and there is dancing outside the tents! Depending on the Sunday that you visit this festival, you will encounter different artists. Think for example of De Sluwe Vos, Dimitri or a Techno special. Thuishaven is one of the best festivals in Amsterdam and also organizes events during the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Majority of the Netherlands support LGBT people



According to a study conducted in the Netherlands, support for LGBT individuals was calculated as 76 percent. While 20 percent of the society is undecided on this issue, only 4 percent have negative feelings towards LGBT individuals.

The research was conducted by SCP, the government’s socio-cultural think thank. Gay, lesbian and bisexuals came to the fore among the LGBT individuals accepted by the society.
On the other hand, support for transgender people is lower at 60 percent. The proportion of people who have negative feelings towards transgender people was also higher at 9 percent. For this group, the rate of undecided is also higher.
SCP noted that over the past 15 years, attitudes towards homosexuality and bisexuality in the Netherlands have progressed much more positively than in other European countries. Only in Iceland is society more positive towards LGBT people than in the Netherlands.
Despite the general support, 19 percent of respondents said they found it ‘disgusting’ for two men to have sex. Those who found the intercourse of two women ‘disgusting’ were calculated as 7 percent. Also, 20 percent said they showed less reaction when they saw two women holding hands than when they saw two men holding hands.

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Face mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended



Mask mandatory in public transport in Belgium ended

The mask requirement applied in Belgium due to the Covid-19 epidemic has also ended in public transportation. Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks.

Due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in Belgium, the obligation to wear a mask, which has been applied in public transport for more than two years, has been lifted.

At the end of the meeting of the Belgian government on Covid-19 measures, a statement was made to the press.

According to the decisions taken by the government as of Monday, May 23, passengers will not be required to wear masks in public transport.


Only hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies will require masks. It will be recommended to wear a mask in places such as very crowded places and sick and elderly care homes.

The measures, which were previously applied and some of them were relaxed, were also lifted during travels to Belgium. Thus, the restriction applied to “non-essential” travel to Belgium from non-EU countries has ended.

Those coming from outside the EU are no longer required to show a valid Covid-19 certificate recognized by Belgium. The Covid-19 certificate shows that you were vaccinated, had the disease within 6 months, or had a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours.

Passengers will also no longer be required to fill out a tracking form for Covid-19 upon arrival in Belgium.

In Belgium, the positive trend in the data on the epidemic in recent months continues. In the country where the cases continue to fall, the number of daily cases is currently 3 thousand 500, the number of daily deaths is around 10.

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Netherlands: minimum wage is rising



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In the Netherlands, the cabinet is considering a minimum wage increase next year. The information came in collaboration with RTL Nieuws and NOS. 

According to previous statements, this increase would be in 2024, but the date has been moved forward. With the increase, the minimum wage for those aged 21 or over will be 1,725 ​​euros. The cabinet wants to increase by 7.5 percent in 2024 and 2025. This year’s increase will be at the same rate. 

With the first increase in the minimum wage, there will be an increase in the pension. It is unclear whether there will be an increase in this area in the other two planned years. The decision will likely be finalized at the Council of Ministers on Friday.

Previously, the cabinet did not want to increase the pension along with the minimum wage. However, this drew intense criticism from the opposition. 

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