Magneet festival: Amsterdam’s one and only bohemian hippie festival

Magneetfestival

Photo: modernehippies.nl

Magneet Festival is often compared to the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada dessert, but it has it’s very own style.  “No spectators, only participators” has always been the “Magneet philosophy”. It’s the first crowd sourced festival in Europe: anyone can pitch his idea for an activity/show on the website. If you get enough votes, the festival will facilitate the initiative. The festival offers lots of music, theatre, installations, poetry, arts and activities for kids. And of course many food stalls/trucks, restaurants (vegetarian too) and bars with cocktails, fruit juices and the usual drinks.

Most special is the festival’s atmosphere. The bohemian feeling is all around and it gives you a relaxed holiday feeling mixed with the energy of exciting things happening. The location adds to it. The festival is located at an artificial island, created to build a new part of Amsterdam, but at the moment it is just an enormous heap of sand. A bit of a Nevada dessert experience after all.

August 23 through September 8, 2013 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Tickets in presale are €12,50, tickets at the door are €15 (if not sold out)
Location: Oostpunt, IJdijk 10, Amsterdam-Oost
Public transport from Amsterdam Central Station: Tram 26 (direction IJburg),
stop: Zuiderzeeweg (near Piet Heintunnel).
Follow the signs to Magneet Festival from the tram stop.

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