2010 was the year of the very first Shanty Festival in Willemstad.
Now, Willemstad has endless activities. Especially in the maritime context. But this was a successful first time with no less than 9 choirs on 3 stages against the backdrop of picturesque Willemstad.
It's a free festival!
This festival was on Sunday afternoon 12th of September 2010.
I'll keep my eye open for next year's edition!
The town is definately not that big. You can easily mistake it for a small village if it weren;t for the fortifications and the monuments spread through the place. Willemstad's citizens are however proud to be inhabitants of the wonderful historical town and the dress up there town in the most wonderful way. Some even think of things that make the visitors look strange first and then ... laugh out loud.
Like in the whole history of The Netherlands, the real enemy was most of the time not the Vikings, French, English or Germans, but the water of the North Sea and rivers usualy bring fortune to our country. On the gatehouse there are some memorial plates in the wal that show the various flood levels in the years these disasterous events occured. Last time in 1953 the highest flood wiped away three quarters of the province of Zeeland. By the way, does it show that the levels are steadily rising!?!
Our queen and her ancestors all had a long list of titles. One of them is "Vrouwe / Heer van Willemstad" (Lady / Lord of Willemstad). This tite is also in the hands of Beatrix and will become a part of the title of Willem Alexander, that can truely again call it "his" town.