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Hartjesdagen at Zeedijk

On 19 and 20 August 2006, Zeedijk once again celebrates the traditional ‘Hartjesdagen’.

This originally medieval national holiday has recently developed into an Amsterdam carnival that draws thousands of visitors each year.

An exuberant street gathering that turns the entire Zeedijk upside down and where the men become women and vice versa.

The Hartjesdagen start in the night of 18 August with the Night of Romance, filled with nostalgic love songs and compelling dance music.

On Saturday, from 2 p.m., there are spectacular street theatre acts, the vocal talent festival, sing along with the Zeedijk choir, surprising acts and live performances on three stages all over Zeedijk.

There is also plenty of music on Sunday, but the main focus will once again be on the Hartjesparade, that starts at 4 p.m. A brightly coloured parade of men dressed as women and women dressed as men, followed by the election of the Hartje van de Zeedijk 2005.

After this, the drag queens, accompanied by the distinguished ‘miss’ Kimberly Clark, will present a dazzling show.

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This post was last updated: Sep. 25, 2011