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National Remembrance Day & Liberation Day

Rotterdam commemorates the fallen of the Second World War on Monday 4 May during National Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking). Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag), Tuesday 5 May, is celebrated with the Freedom Festival Zuid-Holland.

Franchise Freedom

On the evening of 5 May, Liberation Day in the Netherlands, the performance art installation Franchise Freedom flew above the River Maas in Rotterdam to celebrate our freedom. At the initiative of artist duo Studio Drift and art organisation Mothership, an impressive swarm of 300 drones used the sky as their canvas in a flying ode to freedom and as a tribute to everyone working day and night to ensure the freedom and health of others. Franchise Freedom flew to highlight the importance of two important principles of humankind, health and freedom, and help bring us together.

It is sad that we cannot meet this year to commemorate the destruction of our city center 80 years ago. But it is nice to see how everyone made a virtue of necessity in such a creative way. An enlightened heart above our historical heart; it is truly heart-warming

Ahmed Aboutaleb - mayor of Rotterdam

14 May

Normally there is on 14 May a big commemoration in Rotterdam because, on that day in 1940, a bombing by the Nazis destroyed almost the entire city centre of Rotterdam. This led to the capitulation of the Netherlands. The periphery of the bombardment was later marked as the Fire Boundary. Four days after the bombing, the people of Rotterdam started rebuilding the city.

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