‘I would be happy to let my 15 year old daughter go here’

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The Black Cross once again proves its power to unite party

By Henri Walterbos

LICTENVOORDE – ‘Life is one big party’. A spell on a dated black motocross shirt over Aunt Rikie’s head. The spell, however, is anything but dated and still a truth like a cow. At least at the site of the Zwarte Cross. Two editions were canceled, meaning no Zwarte Cross for almost 3 years. How would it go this year ?, many wondered. And that in a world and life full of insecurities, discontent and even a threat of war. At the site of Zwarte Cross it is ‘pais en vree’ for 4 days. All world problems seem very far away for a while, or like a festival goer in the Grolsch café sitting outside when he sees 4 men sitting on bar stools and drinking beer and laughing out loud at each other; ‘Put all the rotten world leaders and politicians here on tap with mekare and noa dree times, ne kere with voest on the table, and fifteen beers she closed each other laughing on the shoulders and shouting’ ah lao’w she still drinks just one and has no more . ‘ Life is not so hard for the black cross.

Hot bath
Zwarte Cross 2022 is again one big hot bath, like a spa, one big practical course ‘how do I make sense of life?’ and one great advertisement for what one great party life can be like. If you put your best foot forward at all. It always starts with you. All the ingredients for a thundering party are present on Aunt Rikie’s sacred meadows. And an organization that knows and feels exactly what a Black Crosser needs. Or as a ‘preacher’, Özcan ‘Eus’ Akyol preached on Sunday morning ahead of the real high mass of Boh Foi Toch and Aunt Rikie’s contamination. “I have come here to say something sensible about the state of the country, and my verdict is; ‘it’s all shit’. Holland can become beautiful if Holland starts to look like the Black Cross. Did everyone in the Netherlands know how nice and comfortable it is here. “Texts that eat the public.

Fortunately, there is still a lot that is nice in this country, but his phrase makes sense. And why is it so cozy at Zwarte Cross? Ultimately, it is these people, the visitors, who create the atmosphere, provided with the right tools. The Achterhoek party has now become a party that the whole of East-North-South Holland feels at home and likes to identify with, including Randstad residents who sometimes prefer not to return to their concrete villages at all with their caravan. ‘Spread the word’ and take the Achterhoek values, norms, genius and a little ‘noaberschap’ with you.

‘Pride’
A dress code does not apply, any combination is possible and visible, and everything is connected. Young and old party together. If you accidentally bump into someone, a ‘jofel’ sounds, or a shrug and a wide smile follow. “I would not hesitate to let my 15-year-old daughter come here. Rather than go out in Enschede town center. There is always something happening there, ”says an Enschede resident. Social media in Achterhoek these days is only about this year’s party, with all ‘proud’ as the common denominator in both messages and ‘comments’. Susan Hoffman from Groenlo proudly posts a picture with her 83-year-old father Henk at the entrance to the Zwarte Cross place. How beautiful, as well as small children on their fathers neck for performances on the Main Stage. One time the children are with father, as maybe with Di-Rect, the other time is father with the daughter for a show with Snelle. It’s Black Cross too, no, especially that!

The 230,000 visitors will once again experience a weekend that will be talked about for a long time to come. And relatives. All the languages ​​of the world can be heard in any busy summer airport, while at the Zwarte Cross you can hear dialects and accents from all corners of the Netherlands at bars and during casual meetings. The motto ‘Welcome Thuus’ completely covered the load. Everyone felt ‘at home’. Beautiful memories have been made that will do well for birthdays in the years to come.

All happy
The programming was similar. Also a big party. Something for everyone, very diverse and varied. And you ran out of time to check everything from your favorites list. Behind the bars again nice volunteers from parade groups, associations, foundations. The beers are bottled and served with a smile. All also true ambassadors for the event. Everyone is happy and looking forward to the 2023 edition.

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