Number of festivals in the Netherlands 2013-2018

The number of festivals held in the Netherlands increased annually between 2013 and 2018. In 2013, approximately 775 festivals were organized, whereas by 2018 this increased to a total of 1,020 festivals. A similar development was observed with the festival spending in the Netherlands. As of 2013, a total of 605.93 million euros was spent on festivals. In 2017, this increased to 929 million euros, a difference of 325 million euros compared to 2013.

Leading free and free-based festivals

The leading free festival (music, theatre and cultural) attracting the most visitors was the Vierdaagsefeesten Nijmegen in 2018. This festival is an annual event held in Nijmegen and is concerning the International Four Day Marches. This event welcomed over 1.5 million people. The Amsterdam Light Festival as well as GLOW Eindhoven had approximately 900,000 and 740,000 visitors in 2018. Looking at the leading fee-based festivals, the Amsterdam Dance Festival (ADE) attracted roughly 395,000 visitors and therefore ranked as the number one fee-based festival in the Netherlands.

Total number of festival visitors

The number of festival visits increased steadily between 2013 and 2017. A total of approximately 20 million people visited festivals in the Netherlands, whereas by 2017 this increased to a little more than 26.5 million festival visitors.

Number of festivals in the Netherlands from 2013 to 2018

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The figures have been taken from several publications.

The number of festivals consist out of 765 music festivals, 137 theatre festivals and 118 visual art festivals

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