V.S. (Vreugdevuur Scheveningen)
29 minutes, shot and edited by Romke Hoogwaerts
premiered at Eindhoven Film Festival 2019 and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2020
This bonfire tradition started shortly after World War II ended, when the youth of The Hague echoed the traumas from the days of Nazi conscription by conscripting discarded Christmas trees and lighting them on fire upon every new year. This grew into street skirmishes between neighborhoods, mass confrontations with the police and ever-escalating fires. In the 90’s the bonfires had become so large and organized that wooden pallets became the dominant material, and the beach of Scheveningen became the sanctioned area of operation. There, a rivalry between two neighborhoods grew. Romke documented Scheveningen’s bonfire community for its final three bonfires, between 2016 to 2019.

Transmitter Gallery, New York City 2020
inkjet printed photographs, 32x40" (4) and 16x20" (4) 
frames by Ashley Cortes, produced in the Bronx
prints available (including additional options)

Vreugdevuur Scheveningen
2018 photobook published by Gnomic Book

Vreugdevuur Scheveningen, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9985180-1-5
160 Pages, 84 duotone plates
210x254x18mm, 760 grams
First edition of 500
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