The National Youth Commemorations

Phone down – heart open. On May 4th, the first National Youth Commemorations will take place in Rotterdam as part of the many commemorations that take place throughout the country. It will be a memorial for and by young people; to give new meaning to the topic: remembering all war victims throughout history, including a special program that will provide an experience for all senses.

Program and location

The commemoration will take place in the new Luxor Theater and will feature special guests: The Smartphone Orchestra and Akwasi, as well as vlogs of players, a pop-up poetry store, a "wereldwensenmuur" (world wishing wall) and short scenes of "oorlog in mijn huis" (war in my house). The program will conclude with the moving, visual performance De loop der dingen (a chain-reaction of things) made by Hofplein Rotterdam in which 40 young players create a link to the current situation in the world without using words.

At a secret spot in Rotterdam, a big light monument will be created on May 4th. Everyone is invited to help with the display, which will consist of more than 10,000 colored candles that together form a large light drawing designed by Rotterdam artist Iwan Smit.


Midday/evening                    Creating large light monument*

18.30                                    Hall open, start commemorations program

19.30                                    Start stage program

20.00                                    2 minutes of silence

20.02                                    Continuation commemorations program

21.00                                    Commencement performance by Hofplein Rotterdam
                                             De loop der dingen as part of  "Theater na de Dam".

* Please follow our Facebook page "De Nationale Jongerenherdenking", to find out where and when the large light monument is going to be created.

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