Frisian ‘Shit Week’ on intangible heritage list


The so-called ‘Strontweek’ (shit week) which takes place in Friesland every year has been added to the Netherlands’ intangible cultural heritage list.

The Strontweek, named after the early 20th century tradition of transporting manure by boat from Friesland to the bulb cultivation areas near Lisse and Egmond, comprises a series of events in which the century-old traditions of Frisian fishery and sailing are the principal attractions.

The events kick off with the arrival of the manure which will be used in the main event, the shit race, in which 70 to 75 traditional barges take part which sail the route from Workum to Warmond.

Visitors can catch a whiff of the tail end of this year’s Strontweek on Friday and Saturday. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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