Liberation doll Haarlem reflects on freedom and unfreedom: freedom is not obvious

Corona is hardly behind and the war in Ukraine is in full swing. Can you celebrate freedom right now? The Bevrijdingspop organization thinks so, especially now that it is important to reflect on the fact that freedom is not self-evident.

In addition to the musical program, on May 4 and 5, various thematic components of the program will be organized around freedom, solidarity and democracy.

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Freedom Corridor at Schalkwijk Center
On Saturday, April 23, Mayor Wienen opened the Freedom Corridor 2022 in the center of Schalkwijk. Until May 9, there will be 36 canvases in the center of Schalkwijk with stories of resistance heroes from Haarlem and its surroundings. In this way, Haarlem pays tribute to people who lived through World War II, were in the resistance, had to go into hiding, survived a concentration camp or died there.

The many faces of women in resistance
A permanent exhibition has recently been installed in the North Holland Archief: The Many Faces of Women in Resistance. The exhibition features portraits of 135 resistant women from a list of more than 1,200 names on the two portrait walls that line the exhibition space. In the showcases, the various aspects of resistance are mentioned in six themes. These topics refer to ‘forgeries’, ‘illegal press’, ‘mail work’, ‘armed resistance’ and ‘hidden people’, but also to the topic ‘camp life’ in which the possible consequences of mail work are shown. endurance. For the visitor, the story of the woman(s) mentioned in the window is told in a special audio story in each window.

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During Freedom Week, Filmschuur offers a thematic program in which freedom is the focus.

May 4, 2022: Memorial Concert
The Bevrijdingspop Memorial Concert will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bevrijdingspop T-Mobile. Before the start of the Commemoration Concert, the National Commemoration in Dam Square will be broadcast on the giant screens next to the stage. There is also the possibility of commemorating locally. A commemoration and wreath laying will be held at the memorial in De Dreef. This year the Kennemer Youth Orchestra, conducted by Matthijs Broers, will perform with Rilan & The Bombardiers. There are also contributions from Mirjam Vrees and Haarlem city pastor Tom de Haan.

The Liberation Pop Entrance; from commemorating to celebrating
This year there is a new project in the main entrances of Bevrijdingspop. In the anteroom at the entrance there are large photographic canvases that allow us to reflect on war, liberation and the celebration of our freedom. All photos are historical photos taken in and around Haarlem around the war, the liberation and the commemoration just after the war. On the grounds of Bevrijdingspop there are images around the celebration of freedom. The Noord-Hollands archive has collected unique (moving) images of the war and liberation in Haarlem. This is displayed on a large screen at the entrance.

Light the fire of liberation
Like every year, the Fire of Liberation is carried from Wageningen by a group of relays to Haarlem. Running group 03 is making it through Haarlem this year. On May 5, Okrah Donkor, co-founder of Triple Threat, will light the Fire of Liberation. This year, she is one of fourteen difference makers designated by Liberation Festivals across the country. King Arthur van Dijk’s Commissioner will be present at this time. The Liberation Fire is lit on the T-Mobile main stage, after which the fire continues to burn throughout the day.

The 5voor5 moment with the Ukrainian singer Aleksey
At 5 minutes from 5 pm on May 5, with almost 1 million festival visitors in the country, we reflect on our freedom and the lack of freedom of others in the world. This year we will also pay special attention to the situation in Ukraine.

This year, Ukrainian actor and singer Aleksey Gorbunov will perform a song during the 5voor5 moment. Aleksey and his family have been staying with a host family in Overveen for a few weeks. In Bevrijdingspop, the singer is alone on stage: members of his own band had to stay in Ukraine.

During the 5voor5 moment, little children from the Ukrainian school in Haarlem throw the well-known inflatable balloons into the public.

Dreefplein – Freedom Central
The Dreefplein, at the heart of the festival grounds, is the place to experience and celebrate freedom on May 5.
Here is a varied program from 12:00 to 22:30. There will be speakers on the themes of freedom, solidarity and democracy and of course there will be a lot of music. We also allow the youth of our festival to think about democracy by playing a democracy quiz. In the evening, the DJ collective Superstijl offers “dance floor democracy”, where the audience decides what music is played. In addition, the refugee foundation offers our visitors the opportunity to experience what life is like in a refugee camp through a virtual reality experience. For the program at Dreefplein: see

Young people meet at Liberation Pop: Join Us Hang Out
This year, Bevrijdingspop is collaborating with the Join Us Foundation and T-mobile. This foundation connects young people in more than 60 locations in the country and through its online community. At Dreefplein there is a meeting place for young people to meet other young people so that they can enjoy the many performances together. Join Us employees and volunteers are on hand to connect youth with one another.
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Heritage bearers
This year there will be heritage bearers at the Children’s Festival and at the Dreefplein. This is a project of War in my neighborhood where young people have interviewed someone who lived through the war, they tell the stories of these people in a penetrating way so that the memories remain alive.

Freedom food in the center of Schalkwijk
On May 5, freedom meals are organized throughout the country. This year Bevrijdingspop Haarlem is organizing a Freedom Lunch in the center of Schalkwijk. With this, Bevrijdingspop Haarlem links the Freedom Hall with the food of freedom. Visitors to the center of Schalkwijk can see the corridor and enjoy the delicious soup of freedom that is offered there before or after. Everyone is welcome from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to enjoy soup and start a conversation about freedom. The core of the Freedom Meal is a special gathering at the table where visitors can start a conversation about freedom.

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