The Holland Festival’s 50th anniversary

Amsterdam’s great concert hall, the Concertgebouw, decorated for the Holland Festival (© Thonik )

The Holland Festival is the oldest and largest performing arts festival in the Netherlands. Founded after the war in 1947, it first took place amid the optimism and hope after the darkness of the war years. Every year since, during the entire month of June, Amsterdam venues host world-famous conductors and orchestras, opera stars, theatre ensembles and artists to create a festival of music and art of the highest standards. This programme was recorded to highlight the Festival’s achievements in its first half-century.

Producer: Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast: June 3, 1997

Interview with the first director of the Holland Festival, Peter Diamand (1913-1998)