On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August there will be a smell of fresh-smoked fish all along the quay, where artisans show how pulleys and fishing nets used to be made in the olden days. The annual Maritime Festival is a fixture in the programming of the Zuiderzee Museum. It is during this weekend that the members of the Society for the Preservation of Smacks meet in large numbers at Marken Harbour in the Outdoor Museum. They do some fishing during the night and by day they make sailing trips with Museum visitors on the IJsselmeer and tell you everything about the history of fishing.
Songs of the sea and shanties
Those who love songs of the sea and shanties can enjoy their favourite music all over the Outdoor Museum. By now, choirs from this country and abroad singing shanties from all parts of the world have become inextricably bound up with the event.
The Zuiderzee Museum aims to keep crafts alive and this season they receive even more attention within the context of the central theme Handmade. In the Outdoor Museum, visit the workshops of the fish smoker, sailmaker, ropemaker, netmaker, smith, cooper, stoker and basket weaver. Find out how it is that even today their craftsmanship is of great value and get to work on these trades yourself! In a pavilion designed especially for this year, you can set to work with typical Zuiderzee materials. Discover your creative talents and artisanal qualities. A great experience!
The Museum ferry will take you on the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum, where you can make a walk through history. Go for a stroll on the cobbled streets along more than 140 authentic dwellings, shops and workshops from villages round the former Zuiderzee including a chapel and a fish smoking shed. Give craftsmen in the Marken harbour a hand making nets, make a rope in the special workshop, give the housemaid a hand or have a chat with the Urk 'residents'. On the city canal there is a dressing-up chest with colourful traditional costumes that the children can put on. Join the family in a 1920s household for a meal or tuck into a lovely fresh-smoked fish.
A number of presentations offers modern interpretations of traditional techniques, materials and themes, such as Richard Hutten's Zuiderzee Chair in the chapel.