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Frequently asked questions
Why are the Vierdaagsefeesten canceled in 2021?
The chance of a regular Vierdaagsefeesten gradually decreased. The opening strategy of the national government as it is now in place offers too little certainty for events in the beginning of the summer, so we must conclude together with the municipality and emergency services. Waiting any longer with the concrete preparation of the largest event in the Netherlands is unfortunately no longer an option, and postponement to the autumn also appears to be impossible.
Alternatively, together with the organizers of our stages, we had also prepared a scenario where everyone can keep a distance from each other. Sitting on the terraces of our beautiful city and in a number of gated parks and squares, enjoying custom programming. Everything with reservation and ticket sales in advance, a "limited edition". Unfortunately, the curtain is now finally falling for that scenario: it has been discussed extensively with the emergency services and the municipality, but the plans appear not to be feasible due to the current corona situation.
The emergency services advise the municipality on safety and health issues at events. It is estimated that the appeal of the Vierdaagsefeesten, despite a limited edition, will lead to uncontrollable numbers of people in the city center this summer. So the problem is not the plans themselves, but a fear of the manageability of the whole: how many people will come to Nijmegen, even if they don't have a ticket? What if the then applicable corona rules are not sufficiently maintained?
The Vierdaagsefeesten is an unique festival: the entire city is our event area. The people not only party there, but also live, work and shop. We are very proud of that open character and the appeal of the parties, but that also means that we cannot install a fence and entrance gate and thus cannot ensure that only a limited number of people will be present. The 'limited number' for which we have made plans, still some 40,000 people per day, would also be too large for the risks that lie ahead. Waiting any longer before taking a decision was also not possible for this limited variant, which also requires preparation time to be able to organize everything safely and responsibly. That is why we announced on April 23, 2021 that the parties will not take place.
What remains is to share the Vierdaagsefeesten feeling. That is why, just like last year, we are going to give a little color to the third week of July. We will keep you informed about what is possible from 17 to 23 July and create atmosphere in the city and online. The first announced relaxations give good hope for this. We are happy to hang the garlands with you and toast, live or not, to better times! We no longer consider the name Vierdaagsefeesten to be appropriate here. That is why also in 2021 the following applies: no Vierdaagsefeesten, but still a bit of a party!
What happens now that the Vierdaagsefeesten are canceled?
Just like last year, we are going to give a little color to the third week of July. We will keep you informed about what is possible from 17 to 23 July 2021 and create atmosphere in the city and online. The first announced relaxations give good hope for this. We are happy to hang the garlands with you and toast, live or not, to better times!
Zomerfeesten or Vierdaagsefeesten?
Starting from the first edition in 1970 our event was called the Zomerfeesten (Summer Festival). In 1998 we changed the name to Vierdaagsefeesten, to emphasise the link with the Four Day Marches and the festival’s unique character. So our event hasn’t been called ‘the Zomerfeesten’ anymore for over twenty years!
Are the Vierdaagsefeesten and the Vierdaagse organized by the same organization?
No. The Vierdaagsefeesten are always organized by Stichting Vierdaagsefeesten, while the Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen are organized by Stichting DE 4Daagse. We do work together in many different areas, to make sure the week runs as smoothly as possible.
Sustainability and Vierdaagsefeesten: How does that work?
As a member of the Plastic Pact and Plastic Promise coalitions, we try to incorporate sustainability in as many areas as possible during the Vierdaagsefeesten. Some of our initiatives are listed below:
- Working towards a circular and clean event: cup in the trash bag!*
- Environmentally-friendly firework
- Sustainable manifestations
- Safety net along the Waal
- Water service points
- Extra space for bike storage
- Electricity supply
- Peeback coating
You can read more about the sustainable initiatives taken during the Vierdaagsefeesten right here.
*Why does the organization not make use of the deposit system for plastic cups?
Because of all the different sub-organizations catering to our event — all providing different products at different prices bought with different paying methods — it is impossible for us to create the ‘statiegeldsystem’ in which you get paid a few cents for handing in a cup. We are currently discussing what the most sustainable option could become. One of these solutions would be to buy high-quality, recyclable hard and soft cups that can be cleaned and re-used. For implementation reasons, we are currently choosing for the collect and recycle option. This might change in the future, as we continuously keep sustainability and innovation at the top of our list of priorities when organizing the Vierdaagsefeesten with our partners.
Celebrate the summer. In the city, in the park or on the beach.
Celebrate the long, sultry summer nights. Soak up the atmosphere. The beautiful city of Nijmegen. The music. The more than 1000 performances. Get together with your friends. And with respect. Dance, laugh, eat and drink. Enjoy to the full. Every day. Enjoy the festival: the seven most amazing days of the year!