Hollands Historisch Festijn
The first Hollands Historisch Festijn (Historical Festival Holland) was held in 2016 and was called the Haags Historisch Festijn. The name was changed because it is about the history of Holland and the Netherlands and not only The Hague.
Nowhere in the Netherlands is the Dutch history so apparent as on the streets around the Binnenhof in The Hague. It is one huge history book whose pages we want to present as a coherent story to people of all ages.
Part of the story is the transfer of power from the nobility to the people. This is seen in the history of the Counts of Holland, the battle for the County, the Stadhouders, Napoleon Bonapart, the Monarchy, World War II and the current Government.
The Netherlands was shaped into the country that it is now from the seat of government at the Binnenhof in The Hague. For eight centuries, the Binnenhof has been the centre of power. This makes it one of the oldest seats of government in the world that is still in use!
Our experience and love of re-enactment and historical theatre brings history to life among the centuries old archaeology of the buildings, streets and monuments. We hope to show more and more history with our partners in the years to come. The nobility used to hold power, now it is the people that hold power. Democracy, on which the society in the Netherlands is built, is an important achievement.