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(en) Holland, Organization Dutch Anarchist Eastern-festival has started

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(pinksterlanddagen-A-hotmail.com)
Date Tue, 8 Feb 2005 13:15:25 +0100 (CET)

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The organization of the yearly Dutch Eastern-festival that always takes
place in Appelscha, has started. On 5 february the first meeting of the
organizing committee took place in Utrecht. The festival will as always be
held from friday 13 till monday 16 may on the anarchist campingsite ‘Tot
Vrijheidsbezinning’ (free translation as think about your freedom). The
Eastern-festival has a long tradition in the Dutch anarchist movement. The
first edition was in 1927 organized by young anarchists in the north of the
Netherlands. In 1933 local anarchists in the village Appelscha where the
movement was quite strong, bought for 500 guilders a piece of land which
they changed in a camping- and meetingplace. They feared local autorities
wouldn’t let them use the forrest anymore (as they always did) because the
political climate had changed dramatically under influence of the
international situation, (the takeover of Hitler in Germany) With exception
of the period of Worl War II (the nazi’s forbid the anarchist movement)
every year the Eastern-gathering took place. For years it is the biggest
anarchist event in the Netherlands, last year with more than 500 visiters.

The festival has a political program, a cultural one in the evening with
music, movies, poets and so on and a childrens program as well. Since the
nineties more and more children and their parents attend the festival as
well. Furtheron there are many bookstalls. Last year we invited the
Anarchists against the Wall from Israel which was the take off for a small
European tour in England and Germany as well and welcomed Abel Paz, an old
warrior from the Spanish revolution. The program is always overloaded with
items, the policy is that everyone who wants to do something gets a change
to do so. This year also we have plans enough for asking groups to
contribute to the program, but it is ofcourse too early to be specific about

A new feature this year will be the broadcasting of the days by
internetradio. Radio Black Red Active will take care of this adventure.

As always the mobile kitchen of Rampenplan (www.antenna.nl/rampenplan) will
prepare the daily hot meal (biological and vegetarian/vegan).They do so
since they started in 1985! There will be also a canteen for bread, coffee,
thea, cookies only with biological products.
Although the language is Dutch of course, the organization is open minded to
everyone who wants to contribute to the festival. You can write to:
Check out our website: www.pinksterlanddagen.nl which will be up to date
within some days with the 2005-section. Information is also available on

The adress of the campingsite is: Aekingaweg 1a in Appelscha. By train you
go to Heerenveen or Assen and take there bus 16 to Appelscha. Step out at
the busstop called the ‘Camelmarket’. From there signs will guard you to the
place to be! The costs for the whole weekend are only 10 euro (food not
included). Bring your campingstuff along.
The campingsite is also open in the period of may until october. Especially
during the summermonths a lot of people visit the camping for holidays
and/or activities.

Organization Eastern-Festival

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