Zwarte Cross

Zwarte Cross

Zwarte Cross is a rock & roll music festival in Netherland. Combining the seemingly random mix of music, motocross, stunts, comedy and theatre together, there is something for everyone here.

The Zwarte Cross is the largest festival in the Netherlands and is best known for its fringe program. From the broad theatre program and the cinema to the fairground attractions and the iconic crosses. It is not for nothing that the festival won the Festileaks Festival Award for 'Best Fringe Program' in both 2018 and 2019.

With onsite camping available, the Festival brings a range of different artists to gather for the party of a lifetime, across a multitude of genres. Its recent lineups have included Black Eyed Peas, White Lies, Scooter, Royal Republic and more.

In addition to the music, Zwarte Cross also has a programme of acts for children, the motocross event and more.



Lichtenvoorde is a town in the east of the Netherlands, in the municipality of Oost Gelre.

Lichtenvoorde was the name of a municipality that included the town and the villages of Lievelde, Zieuwent, Vragender and Harreveld, until 1 January 2005, when all were merged into the municipality of Oost Gelre.

Its inhabitants are known colloquially as keienslöppers (boulder draggers) due to a historic event. On 15 March 1874, 99 of the town's shoemakers dragged a 20 ton boulder a distance of around four kilometres to the marketplace to serve as a centerpiece for commemoration of King William III's silver jubilee, after 25 years on the country's throne. The boulder remains there to this day, topped by a stone lion holding the town's coat of arms.

Lichtenvoorde holds a flower parade (bloemencorso) every September at the start of its annual festival. The parade features float covered in flowers (usually dahlias*) in imaginative designs depicting a variety of themes.

Lichtenvoorde has a motorcross circuit on which international grands prix are held.

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Also, check our list of the best hotels in Lichtenvoorde and book your stay during the event.

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