Breda is a beautiful little city in the province of North Brabant. It has a centralised square with the Grote Kerk church and filled with multiple restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the weather outside. The shopping street has all the usual stores with a few unique boutiques too and between the city center and the train station there is the Valkenberg park.
To me, Breda is the place where every year more than a thousand redheads meet together for the annual Redhead Days festival. This beautiful city comes alive with people of all ages who want to experience how amazing and unique it is to be in one place with so many other redheads of all colours.
I have been to the festival three times in total. I first time I attended was in 2012 after moving to the Netherlands, so there had already been 6 years that I had missed, however each year it has been expanding with popularity. The colour theme for 2012 was green, which is one of my favourite colours so I had plenty of clothes to choose from!
For 2013 the colour theme was blue. I was chosen from the 2012 festival to use one of my photos on part of the new advertising, which was pretty cool!
When I attended the 2nd time in 2013 we broke the Guinness World Record again for having 1,672 redheads in one place!
The festival always organises a group photo of all redheads at the Valkenberg park, where they also count how many redheaded people there are. This is the main part of the festival with the opening from Bart Rouwenhorst, the CEO who started the festival now 11 years ago. The festival also has many other activities such a a pub crawl, catwalk shows, live music, free mini photoshoots, kids activities and more.
The 3rd time I attended in 2014 the colour theme was purple, another great colour that goes well with the different red hair colours. They had a fantastic idea of stickers of your nationality flag to stick on you, so you could easily spot others from the same country and to meet new people who have travelled from abroad to visit the festival.
I even took part in the 2014 crowdfunding video for the festival to raise more awareness of the festival. So awesome to support the festival!
This year it will be the 11th year of the Redhead Days festival, with the colour theme as red. The funny thing is, red it not actually a colour I wear as I feel it clashes too much with my hair colour (pink and orange too!) but I will embrace it and plan to wear a red dress!
Being a redhead is something I have always loved, even with all the verbal abuse I had during my younger years. It wasn’t easy, but I’m still unique and I’m proud to be supporting the 2% of redheads in the world.
I was unable to attend in 2015, so I can’t wait for this year’s event in September. Will you be there too?