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#TheCityIsOurCampus: Liberation Day Weekend

Date:03 May 2018
Freedom ;-)
Freedom ;-)

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Remembrance Day

On May 5th 1945, the Netherlands was liberated by Allied forces, leading to the end of the second World War for the Netherlands. Nowadays, the Dutch remember all those who died during the war on May 4th and celebrate their freedom on May 5th.

At 20:00 on 4th May, the country observes two minutes of silence to remember those who died during World War 2. Public transport stops for a few minutes, drivers will stop their car on the side of the road, and if you are in a public place, make sure that you also respectfully observe the silence.

Liberation Day

On 5th May, the Dutch celebrate their liberation and freedom, which means that there are festivals (“Bevrijdingsfestival” in Dutch) all over the country. In Groningen, the main liberation festival is in the Stadspark and has free entrance (probably because everyone is still broke after Kingsday). I recommend checking out Pushin Wood Soundsystem, and you have to go to the party bus at some point throughout the day.

There’s plenty to do after the Dutch weather kicks in and it becomes too cold to stay outside as well - Club Oost is throwing liberation parties both on Friday night and Saturday night and Ongehoord has a Liberation After Party.

ESN International Dinner

Every three weeks, ESN Groningen organizes a dinner cooked by students from a different culture. This weekend, the dinner country of choice is Ukraine. Recommended if you're like me and have no clue what kind of food they will serve. 

Stormbaan Martiniplaza

Ever watched Wipeout, but think you can do better? This weekend, you can put your money where your mouth is on the Stormbaan at Martiniplaza. The Stormbaan basically it's a huge bouncy castle that is 400 meters long - literally straight from my dreams. Who needs to study anyway?

Language Cafe

Learning languages is super useful - it’s a way to make cash money, make friends, and seem very impressive to everybody around (chicks dig a guy who can speak Spanish). Just using Duolingo and watching La Casa de Papel is not enough though, so one way to practice is by attending a language cafe. There’s one on Thursdays every few weeks at the Harmony building, so you can practice a bit there and also teach some people some of your native language.

Will we see you at the Bevrijdingsfestival?


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