Het Jordaan festival is a three-day-long musical street party held every year in the Amsterdam Jordaan district.
Before you read any further, I think it fair to mention that the festival is pretty much a Dutch affair with Dutch musicians singing in Dutch. A lot of it is nostalgia, remembering how it used to be, living in the Jordaan etc.
The Jordaan once was the cultural centre of working-class Amsterdam; it produced its own style of music heavily influenced by the local’s original geographic backgrounds. Many had south European ancestors.
Their music is emotional, nostalgic and territorial. When their ancestors settled there, they made the area home; it was a close-knit society.
Now few of them still live there, and now it is a trendy area, full of students, artists and the professional young. Even as they were called, the old Jordan have all moved out of Amsterdam to the surrounding towns of Purmerend, Almere and Lelystad.
The last cities have been built in the late 70ties the early eighties and are spacious and green, including the houses. The Jordaan is not; it is almost devoid of any greenery whatsoever, and living quarters were cramped.
But once a year, somewhere in September, they all leave their comfortable suburban houses and return once more to the place they grew up and sing the old songs and meet the old friends and neighbours and try to relive a little of what was lost.
But it’s not only them that celebrate; their children do as well, and so do many others from all over The Netherlands to get together for a good sing-along. Tourists are welcome as well; the beer and white wine flow freely, and no shit ever happens.
The festival also has a winter edition.
The winter edition is held indoors, not as much fun, but it also only lasts one day and is not free. The date is the 12th of March (soon), it costs 22.50 or 27.50 at the door, and its location is Hemkade 48 Zaandam, not even in Amsterdam.
Zaandam lies about 10km to the northwest of the city. Click on the poster for further info.
The festival’s organizer is Jan de Bie, who has been organizing the event for the last 35 years. The location has recently changed from the Westermarkt (western market) to the Appeltjesmarkt (appel market).
We have the following link available for those who want to see the pictures or read Dutch. www.jordaanfestival.nl
Jordaan Festival 2023
The Jordaan festival is free of charge, and in 2023, it will be held on the 3rd and 4th of September!
The festival held at Appeltjesmarkt on Marnixstraat is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the neighborhood.
This location holds a special place in the hearts of the locals, as it was once a bustling fruit and vegetable market. Even though it has now become a bus station since 1957, the essence of its history remains intact.
During the Jordaan Festival, the familiar stretch of Marnixstraat is magically transformed into a lively and bustling outdoor venue.
The festival showcases the rich heritage and cultural diversity of the Jordaan neighborhood. It’s a time when residents and visitors come together to celebrate and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
As you wander through the festival grounds, you’ll be greeted by a delightful array of sights, sounds, and flavors.
From traditional Dutch music performances to captivating street art, there’s something to captivate every attendee. Local artisans and vendors set up stalls, offering a wide variety of crafts, artwork, and delicious culinary treats.
Whether you’re exploring the festival alone or with friends and family, you’ll find yourself immersed in the lively ambiance that fills the air.
Engage in lively conversations with locals, discover hidden gems, and create lasting memories as you experience the true essence of the Jordaan neighborhood.
So mark your calendars and make your way to Appeltjesmarkt on Marnixstraat for the upcoming Jordaan Festival.
Get ready to indulge in the rich heritage, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality that the neighborhood has to offer.
It’s a celebration not to be missed, where you’ll be greeted with open arms and a genuine sense of community. See you there!