At the end of each summer the Uitmarkt launches the national cultural season. It provides a preview of what's on offer in theatre, cabaret, dance, pop music, classical music, opera, mime, children's theatre, street theatre and film. The Dutch love massive celebrations and the Uitmarkt, which is attended annually by some 500,000 people, is no exception. It comes as no surprise that the Uitmarkt is considered to be one of the biggest cultural event in the Netherlands, and this year again it will feature hundreds of performances and concerts. All of the performances are free, and the atmosphere resembles that of a big street party.