On Saturday 31st of August and Sunday 1st of September 2013 the Harbourfestival IJmuiden presents a unique and free event around the harbour of IJmuiden.
The location for this event consists of old factory premises and peculiar ships. The scenery accommodates a wide range of events like youth and street theatres, concerts of pop, world and classical music, fine arts, poetry and film.
The harbour festival IJmuiden is a cultural and nautical event which annually takes place in their beautiful fishing harbour.
All day long Shanty choirs will be heard singing, swinging rhythms from Caribbean singers and orchestras will be heard everywhere, old ships can be visited, and so on.
THE SETTING OF THE HARBOUR FESTIVAL
The festival site is set directly in the middle of the unique and characteristic fishing harbour in IJmuiden. All the activities of the Harbour Festival take place at the Trawlerkade, right up to the lighthouse and fishing harbour. On weekdays, the harbour is filled with the hustle and bustle of the fishing and transshipment industry. During the weekend pedestrians and cyclists are drawn to the harbour and marvel at all the boats and ships. You wouldn’t normally associate the harbour and its users with the world of the performing arts. So it is quite a challenge to confront these people with this world and to overcome the distance.
Coming South, direction A9 or A208, coming North direction A9 (after the Velsertunnel) and from Amsterdam along the Noordzeekanaal (Amsterdamse weg):
Take exit IJmuiden and follow the signs IJmuiden. You will find the Noordzeekanaal on your left hand side. This is the Stationsweg. Turn right at the traffic lights at the end of the Stationsweg (Pontplein). Follow the signs Haven-Engeland. This is the Kanaaldijk, the Noordzeekanaal is still on your left hand side. Keep going straight and follow the signs Haven – Zeehaven. Cross the railway and follow the signs IJmuiden aan Zee. Go straight ahead at the first roundabout. The festival site is situated at the first right after the second roundabout. Parking places can be found along the festival site: in the Middenhaven area and in the residential quarters on you left hand side.
Busses drive regularly to the harbour area or to the direct vicinity of the harbour area from Amsterdam and from the railway stations in Haarlem, Driehuis and Beverwijk.
Amsterdam: bus 82 to stop Orionweg or Kromhoutstraat
Haarlem: bus 75 to stop Orionweg or Kromhoutstraat
Driehuis: bus 75 (Vondellaan) to stop Orionweg or Kromhoutstraat
Beverwijk: bus 74 to stop Vissershaven
Coming from all directions you can change at stop Plein 1945 to bus 74 direction IJmuiden Zeewijk.