The south of the Netherlands is known for its carnival celebrations. Every year, 40 days before Easter, the provinces of Limburg and Noord Brabant have 4 days of carnival celebrations. The tradition is catholic and so are people that live in these provinces (well, at least it used to be this way). Some say that especially in the Noord Brabant the carnival has been celebrated since the medieval times.
The story of the carnival is the same every year, there is a parade, parties everywhere, specially decorated bars and of course the Prince of the carnival and his council of eleven (Raad van Elf). Some suggest that 11 is an evil number because it exceeds the number 10 (commandments) some say that 11 is fools number. The day when the Prince meets the Raad van Elf for the first time, before the carnival, is November 11.
This is year (2005) 94 different teams marched through the city, the last in the long row was the carriage of the Prince Carnival. One of the traditions is, of course, throwing confetti. If you happened to watch the parade and to stand very close to the procession be ready to find the little white dots even in your underwear.
Taptoe is a military music festival that used to be held in Breda every last week of August. In the year of 2004 it was the last time when Taptoe occurred in Breda. It was the 50th time the Dutch and other military orchestras marched playing different musical instruments, from drums to back pipe. And it was the last time they marched through the streets of Breda. Starting 2005 the event is moving to the capital of the province Noord Brabant – Den Bosch (‘s Hertogenbosch). If you have a chance to see it don’t miss it. For more information you can always check the official Website
Evry year (usualy in May), since 1970, there is a jazz festival taking place in Breda. Jazz bands from all over the world are coming to the city to play the music. Some of these bands are very famous in their countries and even in the world. Jazz has many different styles and most of them can be heard during the festival. Podiums are placed all over the city and most of the performaces are free, unless there are some special ones that you have to pay for.
This year we had a great VT meeting and I think about making it a tradition. So, make sure you can come to Breda next year!
The Ballon Fiesta.
This takes place 2, 3 and 4 August 2001 and you can admire hundreds of hot air balloons that cover the sky!
On the Sunday during the Jazz Festival you can enjoy live Gospel music in the 'Grote Kerk' (the big church on the 'Grote Markt').
Visit Breda when its annual Jazz Festival is taking place. In 2001 this will be from May 24 til May 27.
During the festival the city is packed with concert stages, people and terraces.
It start during the day and goes on til the early morning hours. The atmosphere is great: you get to enjoy all sorts of music (not just jazz), have a couple of drinks, meet friends...
Breda 750 years!! - indeed, in 2002 the city of Breda celebrated its 750th birthday. Lots of activities are planned, as you can see on the website.
It is called : The Singelloop.
Once a year everyone can participate in, lets say, 'the marathon of Breda'.
One of the unique locations of the concert stages during the Jazz Festival is on a boat at the 'Haven'.