Date(s) - 16/08/2013 - 18/08/2013
UPDATE: unfortunately the organizers were not able to raise enough money to organize the Hartjesdagen this year. The succes of this event meant the costs of organizing it rose so much, they had to look for new funds. In these times of economic crisis, they were not able to find enough sponsors.
In one of the oldest neighborhoods of Amsterdam, the Zeedijk street near Central Station, one of the old traditions are the so-called “Hartjesdagen”. This event is a sort of mini carnival with a parade men dressing up as women and women dressing up as men. The origin of this peculiar party is not quit clear, but has probably to do with the fact that this used to be the sailors neighborhood. In recent year this event has undergone a revival and renewal. Nowadays it is not only a parade of cross dressing men and women. One particular favorite of ours is the Opera-am: schooled opera singers, sing arias from the windows of the houses in the Zeedijk. Combined with the cross dressing neighbourhood folk, this gives this event a charming and magical atmosphere.
Look at the Hartjesdagen facebook page for more information and to pledge your (financial) support. You’ll need Google translate if your Dutch is a bit rusty.