Prince's Festival ('Prinsjesfestival') celebrates democracy every year in The Hague. With its brimful programme, this multi-day festival adds lustre to Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day), the annual opening of Dutch parliament. The festive activities shed light on the meaning and function of our democracy. Prinsjesfestival is for both young and old, for residents and visitors. Everyone who whants to experience, understand and enjoy The Hague as a democratic governmental centre in the days before and on Prinsjesdag.
Events To name just a few events from the current programma of Prinsjesfestival: passion and political theatre are highlighted by Prinsjescabaret, as well as in Prinsjesfilm and in the political youth's debate, Prinsjesdebat. The majestic Lange Voorhout is the stage of a large fair, Prinsjesmarkt and the largest hat show the Netherlands has to offer: PrinsjesHatwalk.
Democratie in woord en beeld (Democracy in words and images) hosts the election of the best political book and the best political picture. The prestigious Prinsjesprijs will be awarded to the politician that most eminently contributes to the authority of the Dutch parliament.
Furthermore, restaurants in the centre of The Hague offer an exquisite menu as contrived by the chef of the festival, the Prinsjeskok.
Provinces Prinsjesfestival connects with The Hague, international city of peace and justice, and with the provinces. Every year one province in particular contributes to the festival. The spotlights are this year on Drenthe. They have the opportunity to demonstrate what the province has to offer the Netherlands.