The biggest hardstyle Carnaval event in Europe returns this year with two days featuring more than 100 artists. Here is all you need to know about this year’s edition of Karnaval Festival.

Amy Melissa Farina

Karnaval Festival will take place on Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th in Moergestel, Netherlands.

What is Carnaval?

Carnaval is a holiday celebrated predominantly in the Southern and Eastern regions of the Netherlands. The origins of Carnaval first arose from a 5,000 year old pagan feast. However, in the 11th century the Catholic Church incorporated the feast into its traditions. Carnaval takes place annually in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and Lent. Today people celebrate Carnaval by dressing up in fun costumes and attending parties and parades.

What sets Karnaval apart from other Carnaval events?

Karnaval Festival, hosted by the organizers of Intents Festival is the place to go for hard dance lovers next weekend. Additionally, this year’s edition is bigger than ever with two spectacular end shows. Along with this, Karnaval Festival has seen an increase in popularity among the international community in previous years, namely from Germany.

The festival will consist of five stages:

  1. Mainstage
  2. Fanaticz (Saturday) // Dynamite (Sunday)
  3. Flugel Festtent
  4. Karnaval Festival Partyhut
  5. Boombox

In addition to your usual festival happenings, Karnaval Festival has many activities to explore on the festival grounds. From bumper cars to warm festive drinks there’s something for everyone at this festival. Karnaval also has a variety of food options including gluten free and vegan.

The festival also has a commitment to sustainability with places around the festival to turn in your cup.

Practical Info

Location: Evenemententerrein Moergestel

Address: Pijnendijk, Moergestel

Festival times: Saturday 18 February: 12:00-23:00 & Sunday 19 February 13:00-22:00

Dress code: Costumes are compulsory

Age requirement: Saturday the minimum age is 18 and Sunday the minimum age is 17

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