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looking forward to see you Stadsschouwburg Utrecht is a leading theatre in Central Netherlands. Many events are accessible for non-dutch speakers. Have a look at our september selection. We welcome you! ICK Amsterdam performs ‘Sweet like a chocolate’ with a touch of Beethoven | 4 & 5 sep Hiphopcollectief DOX | DIEHELEDING dances ancient fairytales from One Thousand and One Nights (14+) | 17 & 18 sep Rapper and producer Ronnie Flex treats us on a magnificent show | 19 sep Nederlands Dans Theater 1 dances the triple bill ‘Endlessly Free’ with choreographies of Medhi Walerski and Crystal Pite | 22 & 23 sep ‘Quake’ (Theater Utrecht & DOX) is an energetic, touching danceperformance of a promising multitalented dancegroup | 14 & 15 oct ‘Blasfemie Rapsodie’ by ICK Dans Amsterdam originated during the corona crisis and examines the moving certainties | 20 oct


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Welcome to Utrecht The measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus are still in place, but that doesn’t keep the cultural organisations in the city to organise events. Of course, these events are all corona proof. But we must stress that all our tips are conditional. So please make sure to check the current situation before you head out. But wherever you’re going: enjoy!


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Exhibitions & Museums Body Language Literature International Literature Festival Utrecht Music Gaudeamus Music Week Architecture Remarkable buildings Kids Theatre, nature & art Movies Netherlands Film Festival Cultural Sundays Head west to Leidsche Rijn Theatre 4x go

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September & October

What’s happening? THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO

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Garden festival

If you’ve always wanted to take a peek at the green oases hiding behind the city’s numerous hedges, fences and walls, then Sunday 6 September is your chance. For one day only, some 60 Utrecht residents will be throwing open their gates and transforming their gardens into intimate, corona-proof open-air theatres. Come and sit on the cool grass to watch free performances by local talent, from singer-songwriters with golden vocal cords to unexpected theatrical acts. Every artist will perform three 30-minutes acts. The festival is free, but voluntary contributions are always welcome. > 6 September, various gardens throughout the city struinenindetuinen.nl


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OPEN-AIR ART

The ‘random walk’

Photography Maarten J Eykman, Adriaan van Dam, Unsplash / Hudai Gayiran

Ideal in times of corona: art with no fixed route, no entrance gates and no opening hours. Luckily, Utrecht has enough to offer in this respect. Such as the mural on Oosterkade, close to Vaartsche Rijn station. This design created by De Strakke Hand artists’ cooperative is an ode to the Utrecht physicist Leonard Ornstein (1880-1941). He and a colleague described the so-called ‘random walk’, in which an object makes a series of random movements. A drunk doesn’t walk in a straight line, for example, but follows a process of randomly stepping forwards, sideways or even backwards. Fate dictates the direction. > on the side of Oosterkade 30

MADE IN UTRECHT

Domstad Blend

Thanks to the Utrecht-based coffee roaster Het Koffielab, these days you can buy a bag of Domstad Blend coffee to make yourself a cup of real Utrecht coffee when you get home. The coffee itself can best be described as full and strong. ‘Straightforward, just like the people of Utrecht’, according to the makers. > Domstad Blend is available from Van Pommeren (Lijnmarkt 47) hetkoffielab.nl

Optimism about optimism

Many people believe things are bad and will likely get worse. In this free lecture, Philosopher Dr Hanno Sauer (UU) explains why we’re naturally inclined to be pessimistic, and what we can do about it. He’s optimistic himself: there is moral progress in the world, and we’re likely to see more of it in the future. We merely need to allow it to happen. > 22 September, Academiegebouw (Domplein 29) sg.uu.nl


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What’s happening?

DISCOVER THE REGION

Morning stroll

If you want a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are plenty of pretty, tranquil spots in the region around Utrecht. Take Leersumse Veld, for example, an area of natural beauty located between Leersum and Maarsbergen. It’s one of the quietest spots in the Netherlands. You can follow a six-kilometre trail around the Leersumse Plassen, which takes you along the banks of the lakes, through the woods and across the heathland. It’s particularly stunning early in the morning, when nature is just waking up and all the other ramblers are still eating their breakfast. > every day, car park at Maarsbergseweg 16 staatsbosbeheer.nl/routes/utrechtseheuvelrug/wandelrouteleersumseveld

PLANT BASED

Steck & Greennest Gallery Let your inner gardener out. Garden shop Steck in Overvecht sells a wide range of garden- and houseplants, items to take good care of them as well as design outdoor furniture. Also open again is the Greennest Gallery, the magnificent plant shop in the tropical greenhouses of the Botanical Gardens Utrecht at Utrecht Science Park. > Steck, Gageldijk 3 & Greennest Gallery, Budapestlaan 17 steckutrecht.nl howareyougrowing.nl


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MUST-SEE

New-look Miffy

This year marks Miffy’s 65th birthday. To celebrate, the Centraal Museum asked fashion students from Utrecht, Nottingham, Hong Kong, Milan and Mexico to design a new coat for Miffy. The result is a staggering 86 cuddly Miffies in 86 different outfits. > until 20 September, Centraal Museum centraalmuseum.nl/en

LOCAL FAVOURITE

Ddadi

Zijdebalen used to be a famous Dutch silk factory set on an illustrious estate. The gardens were pure heaven, with avenues of trees, formal hedges, a maze, a playhouse, ponds and statues. Later, the Lubro bread factory moved into this spot on the Vecht River, but it is now a modern urban development project boasting around 500 houses. In the district, on Jongeneelwerf, you’ll also find a catering pavilion. It is home to Ddadi, a tasteful café-restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. > Jongeneelwerf 28 ddadi.nl

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SPOTLIGHT

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THE RIVER VECHT WAS ONCE AN IMPORTANT TRADING ROUTE FOR UTRECHT. THESE DAYS, YOU CAN STROLL ALONG THE BANKS OF ITS PEACEFULLY LAPPING WATERS. By Dieuwke de Boer

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Parel van Zuilen

COVID-proof?

All our tips are COVIDproof. But the general guidelines still apply: avoid crowds, stay at home if you have health problems, stay at least 1.5 metres from other people, always follow instructions given by staff of volunteers, and observe the hygiene rules issued by the Dutch Institute for Public Health (RIVM).

very spacious and sunny terrace. If you opt for De Parel van Zuilen, cross the Vecht and walk along the footpath on the other side of the river. This stately building is concealed between the rustling trees and the tranquil bubbling waters of the Vecht. The terrace gives you a view of the river and a field with cows, storks and other birds. To head back to the hustle and bustle of city life, turn your back on the Vecht and head for Amsterdamsestraat­ weg. You can extend your walk with a quick circuit of Juliana park 5 , the oldest city park in Utrecht. Sit back and enjoy a deckchair on the lawn, but don’t be surprised if a hen steals your place. Hens are free to roam wherever they like in this park. There’s also an animal enclosure with deer, pigs and peacocks. Three alpacas are the latest addition. Afterwards, you can head straight for one of the two local brew pubs for a drink and a bite to eat.

SIT BACK AND ENJOY A DECKCHAIR ON THE LAWN, BUT DON’T BE SURPRISED IF A HEN STEALS YOUR PLACE

De Leckere 6 brews 100% organic beer. They converted a former paint-spraying workshop in the Werkspoor­ kathedraal into a tasting room with a huge terrace overlooking the AmsterdamRijn canal. The other option is Oproer 7 , close to Zuilen train station. In this brewery, you can choose a hoppy IPA, a sour ale made with wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria or a dark draught stout to accompany your vegan dinner. And there’s an added bonus: it has a huge, sunny terrace right in front. Afterwards, you can check out if there’s something on next door at the Film Café 8 , or at music venue dB’s 9 .


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THE LOCAL’S FAVOURITES

Q&A WITH ULRIKA MENIG By Manon Marijs

What started out as a small sourdough bread enterprise in Ulrika Menig’s kitchen, quickly grew into lunchroom and bakery Bammetje Bakery with a weekly changing and entirely vegan assortment. Added to the sourdough bread are deluxe croissants, tarts, cookies, Dutch saucijzenbroodjes (a.k.a. sausage rolls) and much more. “I initially graduated as a fashion designer and worked for several clothing brands before baking became my fulltime job. I quit fashion because I simply didn’t like what I was doing anymore. What I did like was baking. I already baked loads of goods for friends and family. So starting my own bakery felt very natural in a way.” Bammetje Bakery also offers a baking workshop so you can learn the tricks of the trade yourself. “There are so many misconceptions about bread - it supposedly has too many calories, too much carbs and whatnot. In our workshop, people actually see what sourdough bread consists of and how it’s made, so they can decide for themselves whether it fits their lifestyle.” Luckily, the bakery survived the heydays of the coronavirus crisis. Still, it was a tough time. The lunchroom is expanding its opening hours little by little, and of course you can still order takeaway goods online. > Hooghiemstraplein 51 bammetjebakery.nl bammetjebakery


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Local fruit & veg

Culinary asset

‘As a (vegan) baker I obviously have a huge predilection for tasty food and natural ingredients. Koningshof (Koningsweg 135A, koningshof-utrecht. nl) is the place where these two elements fuse together. It’s situated in an old agricultural area at the edge of Utrecht Oost, just a ten minute bike ride from the heart of the city. Koningshof organises a mini market every Saturday, there’s a café and you can rent fruit and vegetable gardens. Me and my friends quite enjoy our own harvests.’

‘I’m very into food and plants. Smulders Kookt (Zevenwouden 216, smulderskookt.nl) is a bit of both, mixed with some girl power. I truly admire owner Shamida, who started this cooking business fuelled by a passion for food. Just two years ago she was operating out of her cargo bike at Jaarbeursplein, and by now she has expanded her business in such a way that she is able to deliver fresh meals at your doorstep. Shamida’s exuberant cooking style is made up of pure ingredients and surprising flavours. She definitely is a huge asset for culinary Utrecht.’

Temporary art ‘My hands are covered in dough almost all of the time, so generally there’s little reason for me to have them manicured or do fancy stuff with my nails. However, when I do have time off and want to treat myself, one of the first things I do is go to The Happy Toko (Twijnstraat 71, thehappytoko.com) to let owner Justine work her magic on my nails. She just recently opened her very pink and bright - nail salon and is able to transform your nails into real pieces of temporary art.’

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‘Ever since I was a little girl I was drawn to gardening and developed some serious green thumbs. My parents gave me a tiny plot of land in our backyard and I devoted myself to growing strawberries. The marvel I felt for growing plants has lasted well into my adulthood and the Utrecht Botanic Gardens (Budapestlaan 17, uu.nl/ utrecht-botanic-gardens) give me that same feeling. The gardens, that have existed for over 300 years, teach you a lot about nature as you take a stroll in its beautiful greenery.’

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BEHEADED SAINTS

BODY LANGUAGE From wounds shaped like vaginas and wandering beheaded saints, to Mary spraying her breast milk into a fountain in a perfect arch and Jesus being pressed like a grape. Body Language lifts the veil on the intriguing world of art in the Middle Ages. Between 1300 and 1500, artists became increasingly interested in the human side of Jesus, Mary and other saints, and their bodies and body parts took the main stage in their works of art. Empathy also became an important element, as art became an aid to prayer and meditation. But although the paintings, miniatures and sculptures became bloodier, hairier and stranger, this didn’t detract from their beauty. Alongside rare pieces from the Netherlands and abroad, you’ll see several revered objects such as a spectacular marble image of Saint Valérie (ca. 1475-1510) holding her head (after it had been chopped off) in her hands. > from 25 September, Museum Catharijneconvent catharijneconvent.nl/visitorinformation


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Exhibitions, theatre, music, literature, architecture & more

Photography Photo RMN - Stéphane Maréchalle

THE FALL IS A PERFECT TIME TO HEAD TO ONE OF UTRECHT’S MANY MUSEUMS OR GALLERIES. ONE OF THE NEW EXHIBITIONS TO CHECK OUT FROM THE END OF SEPTEMBER IS BODY LANGUAGE IN MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT, THAT FOCUSES ON THE INTRIGUING - AND SOMETIMES BLOODY, HAIRY AND STRANGE - WORLD OF ART IN THE MIDDLE AGES.

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FORTY YEARS OF ART

Artist Jackie Sleper (1962) has been discovering (and rediscovering) beauty in her work for forty years. The seduction, strength, power and powerlessness of women, human relationships, animals and nature are the common thread in her photos, drawings, paintings and sculptures. This fall, Galerie Quintessens will be hosting a retrospective of forty years of artistry, in an exhibition of Sleper’s free works which she helped to compile herself. > 20 September to 16 October, Galerie Quintessens galeriequintessens.nl

Shadow of Life, Jackie Sleper

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SAFETY FIRST

THE WALLED CITY

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Shortly after Utrecht was granted a city charter in 1122, a start was made on building the city’s fortifications. The defences were adapted several times over the years to make them more effective, until the advent of aviation finally rendered city walls superfluous. The Centraal Museum has a collection of 3D reconstructions, animations, drawings and paintings, mediaeval miniatures, archaeological objects and weapons, which highlight every facet of the Utrecht fortifications until they became redundant around 1830.

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BYGONE TIMES

STRAATBEELD There are many different types of fairground organ figures: court dancers from the wig era, provocative cheerleaders, exotically dressed gentlemen, fashion from the 1930s, to mention but a few. In their day, organ figures were highly respected and carefully crafted products, which attracted lots of attention standing on an organ front. Some of them refer to bygone times, others represent role models or contentious topical issues. For many decades, they were passed from organ to organ, from street to street. But street music and the streetscape have changed enormously over time. In the new exhibition Straatbeeld (streetscape) you’ll find out how this has affected organ figures. But it also shows work by modern artist Peter Demetz. More than 100 years ago, his namesakes made the most beautiful organ images in Italy. Demetz sees himself in line with this tradition, but his art is formed by lifelike, unpainted wooden images. Discover the similarities and differences with the old organ figures in the museum. > from 9 October, Museum Speelklok museumspeelklok.nl


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INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL UTRECHT

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THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL UTRECHT (ILFU), WHICH TAKES PLACE FROM 25 SEPTEMBER TO 3 OCTOBER, WILL FOCUS ON THE POWER OF STORIES. A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A POWERFUL STORY IS THE SALT PATH, THE FIRST BESTSELLING BOOK OF BRITISH AUTHOR RAYNOR WINN. IF ALL GOES WELL, SHE WILL BE IN UTRECHT ON 26 SEPTEMBER TO TALK ABOUT HER SECOND BOOK THE WILD SILENCE.

Illustrations Angela Harding

By Dieuwke de Boer

Raynor and Moth packed their rucksacks with just the bare necessities: a lightweight tent from eBay, two sleeping bags, a cooking stove, a change of clothes and some food. They

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aynor and her husband Moth had lost everything – their home, their business and their money –when they decided to walk the South West Coast Path along the English coastline. The path is a staggering 630 miles long – the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest four times. “The week that we were told we had to leave our home, my husband had a hospital appointment. We thought it was going to be a routine check-up. It was anything but. Moth was diagnosed with CBD, a neurodegenerative disease for which there is no treatment and no cure. So not only did we find ourselves facing the prospect of becoming homeless, we were also trying to come to terms with his diagnosis. We had a week to pack up twenty years of our lives. When the bailiffs were knocking on our door, we knew we would never be able to go back. We hid under the stairs, hanging on to that very last moment in what had been our home for the last twenty years. It was in that moment that I saw Five Hundred Miles Walkies in a packing case, a book about a young man who walked the South West Coast Path with his dog. In that awful moment, going for a walk seemed like the most obvious thing to do. So that’s what we did.”

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had less than thirty pounds a week to get on and were camping wild. “We started walking with no expectations whatsoever. We were full of bitterness about what had happened, and fear for what the future would hold. Merely following a line on the map gave us a way forward. Over the weeks that followed, there was something about that incredible strip of wilderness that slowly started to change us. It became our home, our safe place. It’s like being trapped between two worlds: the ordinary world on one side and the endless horizon of the sea on the other side. Even though we’d lost everything that formed the structure of our lives, we came to realise that the core connection between us and the natural world couldn’t be broken.” Also, Moth’s health improved dramatically while being on the

The International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU) will take place from 25 September to 3 October in TivoliVredenburg and online. The programme includes ILFU Book Talks with (inter)national authors such as Raynor Winn, David Mitchell, Lionel Shriver and Michel Faber. British children’s books author and cartoonist Gary Northfield will be interviewed in the Central Library on 30 September, and fifty (inter)national writers, poets, musicians, dramatists and film-makers will make a story for a future world with the publication of 50 Stories for Tomorrow. The underlying motto of these stories is a quote by American author James Baldwin: ‘The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see’. Check the full programme on ilfu.com


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path. “We found ourselves on a beach at the end of one of those beautiful, calm summer days. We put the tent up way above the flood line, or so we thought. But when the tide came in early in the morning, it was just a metre away from the tent flap. We had to jump out of the tent, pick the whole thing up and run down the beach holding the tent above our heads. As we put it down on the cliffs, we realised that Moth had just ran over the beach with a rucksack on his back and a fully erected tent held over his head after he’d been struggling to put his coat on without help when we started walking. That shift in his health felt like a miracle. The more I thought about it, the more I started to see the instinctive connection between human health and the natural environment. Our connection to nature can heal in the most remarkable ways, mentally as well as physically. I wanted to elaborate on that further in The Wild Silence.” In her new book, Raynor writes about life beyond The Salt Path. “I found it incredibly difficult to adjust to what we consider a ‘normal’ life, up to a point where we actually put the tent up in the bedroom of our apartment. Until someone who read The Salt Path made us an incredible offer: to

breathe life back into the abandoned Cornish farmhouse he owned. He felt that we were the right people for the job.” It was a huge leap of faith for Raynor and Moth, but they accepted the offer. They’ve been living on the farm for eighteen months now, and nature is already finding its way back. Raynor says the most important thing she’s taken from anything having to do with The Salt Path and The Wild Silence can be summed up by a meeting she had with two old men when walking the South West Coast Path. “It was one of those wet, foggy mornings as we were walking across the headlands when two gentlemen came walking up the path. One of them was fully dressed, the other wore a bathing suit and flip flops. He was carrying a Tupperware box full of blackberries. He offered me one. I didn’t want to take it; up to that point, I’d eaten blackberries that were too tart and too sharp. But I took one, just to be polite. It had the most perfect autumnal flavour. ‘When the mist comes in and puts a layer of salt on perfectly ripe blackberries, you get something that chefs can’t make and money can’t buy: a lightly seasoned blackberry. It’s a gift of time and nature’, the man said. That’s exactly what walking the path was for us: a gift of time and nature. By just allowing ourselves to be in our natural state, we found a way to over­ come our difficulties and find a way back. I am convinced that this instinctive connection to nature is important to all of us.”

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Gaudeamus Music Week

Photography Juri Hiensch

THERE’S STILL SO MUCH MUSIC TO DISCOVER, EVEN IN A ONE-AND-A-HALF-METRE SOCIETY. COME TO THE GAUDEAMUS MUSIC WEEK, FOR INSTANCE, WHICH IS BEING HELD FACE-TO-FACE AND ONLINE FROM 9 TO 13 SEPTEMBER.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Gaudeamus Music Week. Since the very first concert in 1945, the organisation has been supporting new music written and performed by the youngest generation of composers and musicians. Music designed to surprise, amaze, seduce and possibly even disturb you. In this anniversary edition, the organisation is exploring the boundaries between the physical and the virtual worlds. There’s a concert in one of the halls of TivoliVredenburg every evening. Only a select audience will be allowed in, but the concerts will also be livestreamed. In the opening concert on 9 September, the classical ensemble Asko|Schönberg looks back at the past 75 years, with music by composers who have worked closely with Gaudeamus. On 10 September, violinist Diamanda Dramm (who usually wears the most extravagant robes designed by MAISON the FAUX) proves how versatile and theatrical a solo violin concert can be. Composer/sound artist Zeno van den Broek focuses on the relationship between man and machine in a piece that he wrote for Slagwerk Den Haag and a series of drum robots. Another tip is to join a walk across an idyllic country estate on the outskirts of Utrecht on 13 September, escorted by the young improvisation artists of the Utrecht cooperative BUI. > 9 to 13 September, various locations & online gaudeamus.nl/en


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THE GAUDEAMUS MUSIC WEEK FEATURES MUSIC DESIGNED TO SURPRISE, AMAZE, SEDUCE AND POSSIBLY EVEN DISTURB YOU

Litzberg In the last couple of months, the motto of music venue dB’s has been that the show must go online. This means that twenty lucky bastards can attend a live gig in the venue itself and all the others can open their laptops to tune in to the online live stream. On 27 September, Mathijs Peeters a.k.a. Litzberg will take to the stage. You might know him for his guitar work for The Gasoline Brothers and Sandusky, or as frontman of his own project Reiger. His debut album In_My_Head is full of catchy, layered indie rock with hints of blues and americana, linking the Dutch musician to big names like The War On Drugs and Wilco. A must-listen! > 27 September, dB’s & online dbstudio.nl

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The Anatomy Building The Veterinary Anatomical Institute, part of the National Veterinary School that used to be based on this site, was designed by Joseph Crouwel in 1918. You’ll see similarities with his most famous design in Utrecht: the former post office on Neude. Crouwel worked with the sculptor H.A. van den Eijnde, who was responsible for the animal heads adorning both the inside and the outside of the building. The elevated dissection room on the north side was specially designed to create the best light and temperature for working on cadavers. > Bekkerstraat 141

Remarkable buildings

MAKE A NOTE OF SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER, WHEN SPECIAL BUILDINGS IN UTRECHT, WHICH YOU ARE NORMALLY NOT ALLOWED INTO, WILL BE OPENING THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC AS PART OF THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS. FIVE MUST-SEES.

Leeuwenbergh Hospital This plague house (a refuge for the city’s sick) was built in 1567. The French commandeered it in 1672, turning it into a military hospital. In 1844, it temporarily served as a physics laboratory until the building was taken over by the University’s Faculty of Pharmacology in 1908. Since then, it has been used as a church and concert hall. > Servaasbolwerk 1A

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Wolvenplein Prison Wolvenplein Prison, built on the Wolvenburg stronghold, dates from 1856. Before this, prisoners were kept in various city gatehouses and towers, such as the Plompetoren. New ideas about punishment, whereby isolation was thought to help criminals to repent, led to new types of prisons with individual cells. Wolvenplein Prison was designed in the shape of a cross by I. Warnsick and the public works engineer J. Fijnje. It was extended in 1877 and finally closed in 2014. The building has had several temporary tenants since. > Wolvenplein 27

PRACTICALITIES On Saturday 12 September, over 40 special buildings are open to visitors from 10:00 until 17:00. If you want to visit a monument, you are required to book a time slot (of one hour) in advance on openmonumentendagutrecht.nl. Guided tours (most likely also in English) are available as well.

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Post Utrecht Earlier this year, the former post office on Neude, which has been closed for many years, finally reopened its doors. Architect Joseph Crouwel designed the building in the style of the Amsterdam School. This monumental building, which now houses the library and a number of shops, was built between 1917 and 1924. The impressive, parabola-shaped hall and glazed yellow bricks, adorned with sculptures inspired by Egyptian and Assyrian art, form the main body of the current library.

Fort Lunet I is one of four forts built on the higher section of the New Dutch Waterline (an ingenious defence structure), which could not be flooded. These smaller forts were built in the shape of half-moons (lunet), and together they form a single line of defence. Lunet I (18191821) comprises two so-called flank casemates on the points of the halfmoon. In the late 1930s, another fortified concrete casemate for machine guns and group shelter was added to back up the outdated brick flank casemates. A fallout shelter built during the Cold War was used as a command centre by the Dutch organisation for civil defence.


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DANCE UNTIL DAWN

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It’s high time that these two brothers went to bed. But they can’t sleep they’d rather play games on the iPad. When their tablet cuts out, the brothers invent their own game. The later it gets, the more they fool around, dance, wreak havoc and make their Dad cross. Until they finally fall asleep. But then the alarm goes off. A show for kids of 4 and older, packed with energy, acrobatics, slapstick, dance and fantasy. > 25 October, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl


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GET CREATIVE

DE VRIJSTAAT On 12 September, De Vrijstaat art studio will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an artistic programme, both offline and online. Did you know that De Vrijstaat offers all kinds of creative activities for children from 6 to 8 years old? The KunstKeet comprises four blocks of classes supervised by an art teacher, in which children are given a friendly introduction to visual art. Each block consists of six classes on a specific theme (such as re-use and recycling), and includes a master class given by an artist.

This urban farm has been a green oasis in Lunetten district for the last forty years. On 20 September, it celebrates its 40th with all kinds of fun activities. So come play outside, bring a net and catch some fish, walk the bare-foot paths, take a stroll in the orchard and, of course, pet the animals. The delicious coffee and cake and the spacious terrace are an added bonus. > 20 September, Stadsboerderij Koppelsteede (Koppeldijk 115) utrechtnatuurlijk.nl

> from 9 september (art classes) and 12 September (10th anniversary), De Vrijstaat vrijstaat.nl

A LOVING WORLD

Photography SYB ontwerp, Thomas Lenden, Utrecht Natuurlijk

DOE EENS LIEF

Can a dot ever be as nice as your Mum? Can you have a row with your favourite teddy? And can you love monsters? The actors in this highly visual performance practise the art of being nice. Against a backdrop of pure white scenery, they draw a dot, a mosquito, a cake, a dream, a monster, a turd or a kiss. No matter how fast they run and stumble, the world they create seems to disappear even faster. Luckily, they can always create a new world to fall in love with. A show featuring few words, but plenty of climbing, falling, drawing, dancing, singing and bumping into each other. For children of 2 and older. > 23 October, Podium Hoge Woerd podiumhogewoerd.nl

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NETHERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL

Enjoy the best of Dutch cinema

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From your couch, the red plush of the cinema seat or perhaps a bench in your favourite park: where there is a screen, there is the Netherlands Film Festival. The festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with a varied online and offline programme. From red carpet premieres to inspiring interviews with actors and directors. From surprising introductions to the newest talent to the presentation of the Gouden Kalf awards, the most prestigious film awards in the Netherlands. Make sure to also check out the free Interactive Expo in the new Post Utrecht library on Neude square. In the

impressive hall of the former post office, you can immerse yourself in the unusual interactive stories of the eight Virtual Reality experiences, installations and multimedia productions that have a chance of winning the Gouden Kalf award for Best Interactive 2020. > 25 September to 3 October, various locations and online filmfestival.nl

FROM YOUR COUCH, OR A BENCH IN YOUR FAVOURITE PARK: WHERE THERE IS A SCREEN, THERE IS THE NETHERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL

Photography Ramon Mangold, Desiree Schippers

THIS AUTUMN, THE NETHERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL WILL HOST THE LARGEST FILM FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS. THE BEST OF DUTCH CINEMA IS MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER, WITH A UNIQUE MIX OF ONLINE AND NATIONAL CINEMA SCREENINGS.


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Head west to Leidsche Rijn

Cultural Sundays

It’s time to cross that yellow bridge! On Sunday 18 October, all the museums, theatres and other cultural organisations of Leidsche Rijn, the expansive housing estate to the west of Utrecht city centre, will open their doors to the public. For example, De Vrijstaat and CultuurCampus will offer various workshops for kids, local music groups will show their skills in music venue Azotod, there’s a Human Library in the library and Castellum Hoge Woerd will offer guided tours about the Roman past of the district. In addition, the artists of thirty galleries in an old cherry orchard (Ateliers Kersen­ boomgaard) will be exhibiting their work. You can also head for RAUM on Berlijnplein, the biggest playground for design, art and technology in Utrecht where you’ll find interesting art objects and installations. Afterwards, go for a drink and a bite to eat at the neighbouring Venster, a no-frills local restaurant. Do make sure to check out the full programme online beforehand, as this is just a small selection of everything that’s on offer. > 18 October, various locations in Leidsche Rijn culturelezondagen.nl


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WESTERN VALUES & EASTERN STANDARDS

SONS OF ABRAHAM After their last night shift cleaning a brothel, the Kurdish-Iraqi brothers Adil and Sami(r) want to return to Iraq to say goodbye to their mother, who recently passed away. But they haven’t been honest to each other about their intentions. Their flight to the Netherlands and five years of living as illegal immigrants has changed them. Sami has embraced Western life, whereas Adil misses the collective lifestyle of his native country and longs for his religious roots. While discussing their imminent departure, the brothers share their thoughts on fleeing Iraq, Western values, Eastern standards and the internal conflict they both endure.  > 17 and 18 October, Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl

MAGICAL-REALISTIC WORLD

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Two people are trying keep going in a daily routine, but they’re increasingly plagued by dark, violent cravings that are creeping through the cracks of their seemingly perfect existence. Music, design and light combine to form magical-realistic on-stage world, in which the divide between the daily grind, imagination and nightmare slowly but surely fade away. > 20 September, Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl


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SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE De Dansers treat us to an exciting concert that gradually spins into a dance performance. A live band of dancers and musicians sing about being confined and breaking free, about aiming for the top and hitting the bottom. It’s an infectious invitation to move, shake off your worries and feel that you’re alive. > 24 September, Podium Hoge Woerd and 7 October, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht podiumhogewoerd.nl stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl

DANCE AS A REMEDY

Photography Erik Franssen, Bart Grietens, Raymond van Mil, Alwin Poiana

BLASPHEMY RAPSODY The swinging Charleston marked the end of a constant, crushing fear that had taken hold during World War I. And the SouthItalian Pizzica dance, originally performed to rid the body of the venom of a poisonous spider, proved to be the ideal remedy for depression in periods of poverty. Blasphemy Rapsody was written during the coronavirus pandemic. The dancers from ICK Amsterdam worked on their solos at home, basing their dances on the Charleston and the South-Italian Pizzica. Can the power of dance act as the driving force for the change we so desperately need?

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It doesn’t get much better than a good book and a good cup of coffee. De Utrechtse Boekenbar has got this covered, so after you’ve bought your novel, indie magazine, or art, photo or cookery book, and ordered yourself an americano, cappuccino or latte, simply sit back and make a start on your latest acquisition. > Westerkade 2 deutrechtseboekenbar.nl

Photography Angeliek de Jonge

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SHOPPING

City of books UTRECHT IS THE FIRST DUTCH CITY TO BE ABLE TO CALL ITSELF A UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE. SO IT’S HARDLY SURPRISING THAT THE CITY IS BURSTING WITH BOOKSHOPS.


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BROESE BOEKVERKOPERS Post Utrecht, the national monument built in the style of the Amsterdam School and currently home to the library, stands on the edge of the Oudegracht. It also houses the new Broese Boekverkopers bookstore, a veritable paradise for booklovers. Even if you’re not looking to buy a book, magazine or newspaper, it’s worth dropping in just to admire the historical details that have been preserved, or to savour the coffee & cake or lunch in the brasserie. > Oudegracht 112B broeseboekverkopers.nl

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BOEKHANDEL BIJLEVELD This is like walking into the living history of Utrecht, as the building has been a bookshop since 1852. Come and browse the huge range of English and American literature and non-fiction, and search for the more obscure titles. > Janskerkhof 7 bijleveldbooks.nl


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SHOPPING

This children’s bookshop is the perfect place to delve into Dutch children’s literature. You’ll find a lot of books by Dutch authors that have been translated into English and other languages, obviously including Dick Bruna. They include Miffy at the zoo, La maison de Miffy and Miffy hat geburtstag. > Ganzenmarkt 10 kinderboekwinkelutrecht.nl

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Also try: KINDERBOEKWINKEL KAKELBONT Fantasy world for kids > Oudegracht 200A

REISBOEKHANDEL INTERGLOBE Travel guides and maps > Vinkenburgstraat 7

BOEKHANDEL STEVEN STERK

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SAVANNAH BAY

ALEPH BOOKS

This small, specialist bookshop in the heart of Utrecht doesn’t only sell literary novels, but also has a wide range of books about gender, diversity and sexuality. If you don’t know what you’re looking for they’ll be happy to help you find the perfect book.

Antique books > Vismarkt 9

> Telingstraat 13 savannahbay.nl

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THE COLOURS AND VIBE OF BARCELONA DRIVE HER STYLE OF DRAWING

La Nonette is the pseudonym of illustrator Manon Bijkerk: it’s an abbreviation of her first names, with ‘La’ alluding to her French-Belgian roots. She is well-known for her cheerful illustrations on cards, stickers and art prints for on the wall. Manon graduated in 2011, in the middle of the economic crisis. ‘At that time, becoming an illustrator of children’s books, for example, simply wasn’t an option. So I decided to rely on myself, bought a printer and started my solo label.’ Barcelona, where she lived for a time, is a great source of inspiration to her. The colours and vibe of the city drive her style of drawing. In a nod to feminism, women are often the key figures in her prints. ‘Illustration is largely communication. I want to draw attention to social themes like sexuality and the impossible feminine beauty ideal.’ La Nonette calls these myths into question with texts such as I was born bikini ready. ‘I like to draw strong women. My illustrations are recognisable and accessible: I’m trying to generate a sort of ‘dependable big sister’ feeling.’


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Soest

A SHORT TRAIN, CAR OR E-BIKE RIDE WILL TAKE YOU TO SOEST, A VILLAGE ON THE EDGE OF THE UTRECHTSE HEUVELRUG AND CLOSE TO THE CITY OF AMERSFOORT. IF YOU’RE INTO NATURE WALKS, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY HEAD HERE ON A SUNNY DAY.

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SOESTER DUINEN Standing in the middle of these sand dunes, you might think you’d been transported into the desert. But the Korte and Lange Duinen (jointly known as the Soester Duinen) south of Soest are areas of drifting sand that evolved during the last ice age. It’s a great place for walks. If you’re feeling peckish after your exercise, try De Soester Duinen or the authentic Italian osteria Stazione Pazzo, both of which are between the two sand dune areas.. > daily, entrance and car park on Foekenlaan or Sparrenlaan


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BUITEN IN DE KUIL This restaurant is located in the woods near Lage Vuursche, a picturesque village to the west of Soest. It’s on a hill near Drakensteyn Castle, the current home of Princess Beatrix, the former Queen of the Netherlands. There’s a great playground where your kids can play while you lounge on the sunny terrace. It’s a good starting point for a walk or bike ride through the woods too. > daily, Zevenlindenweg 9 (Lage Vuursche) buitenindekuil.nl

BUITEN IN DE KUIL IS A GOOD STARTING POINT FOR A WALK OR A BIKE RIDE THROUGH THE WOODS

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DE WINDHOND Right in the heart of Soest, you’ll find the Eng, an area of rolling farmland on a lateral moraine. Some of the original land has now been built on, but green areas still remain. That makes it a great place for a leisurely stroll. At the highest point of the Soester Eng, a corn mill has been rebuilt: De Windhond. In principle, corn is ground if the wind is strong enough. For now, the mill shop opens its doors two days a week and sells wheat flour from its own mill, as well as products from other mills. > Wednesday and Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00, Molenweg 30 windhond.nl/english


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NATIONAL MILITARY MUSEUM

> Tuesday to Sunday, Verlengde Paltzerweg 1 nmm.nl/en

Photography Jaap van den Broek, Anne Hamers, Eelco Hofstra, Maarten Mooiman, Gerrit Serné

Take a break DLC CAFÉ Coffee beside the tracks Spoorstraat 1 GRAND CAFÉ DE LINDENHOF Lunch, work, relax, drinks or dinner Van Weedestraat 46 NEST MIXSTORE Concept store and coffee Van Weedestraat 46 PROEF Lunch, dinner and take-away Burgemeester Grothestraat 6A

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LANDGOED DE PALTZ This old country estate was designed in 1876 by the prestigious Dutch landscape architects Springer and Copijn. It’s in the forest between Soesterberg air base and Soestduinen. There’s a three-kilometre walk around the estate, which takes you down beech avenues, past water features, a grand villa, a coach house and a shepherd’s hut. There’s also a 19th-century maze with a hermit’s cave in the middle. And art-lovers shouldn’t miss the Herman van Veen Arts Center. > daily from 8.00 to 18.00, entrance and car park on the Verlengde Paltzerweg utrechtslandschap.nl/natuurgebieden/landgoed-depaltz/ontdek

EXPLORE

This museum situated on the former Soesterberg air base, south of Soest, is a real must-see. Discover all there is to know about Dutch military history, both in and around this unique building. There’s even hands-on stuff for the kids: let them try ‘driving’ a tank or an F-16. And the vast space of the surrounding park (in which you can actually walk or bike on the former runway) is quite impressive. Book a ticket online before you go.


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Meet the street BEMUURDE WEERD OOSTZIJDE

THE BEMUURDE WEERD CONSISTS OF TWO STREETS ADJACENT TO THE RIVER VECHT WITH LOVELY HANGOUTS RIGHT NEXT TO THE WATER. WHEN THE SUN’S OUT THE AREA IS BUSTLING WITH LOCALS ENJOYING EVERYTHING THAT’S ON OFFER IN THE CAFES AND RESTAURANTS ALONG THE RIVERSIDE. By Manon Marijs

A short history

Just a ten minute walk away from Neude square, along the city canal and past Miffy Square, lies the Bemuurde Weerd. Roughly translated this means ‘walled river area’. The name traces back to the 1300s, when this part of Utrecht was a suburb with its own city walls. It had a flourishing pottery industry and the canals served as commercial waterways. A remnant of this era is the city sluice that still regulates the water entering the city’s canals.


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Photography W.Meijnen/ Het Utrechts Archief

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These days, it’s difficult to imagine filling in large parts of an old canal to make way for a four-lane road through the middle of the city. But in the early 1970s, the Catharijnebaan underpass was built to create room for the everincreasing flow of traffic. The original plan was to pump the entire canal full of asphalt and extend the road to form a bypass. Fortunately, this plan never materialised, and in 2010, Catharijnebaan was closed to traffic to bring the water back. As from September, you’ll be able to make a complete circuit of the city centre in boat again, something that the people of Utrecht have been dreaming of for thirty years. > In collaboration with Het Utrechts Archief. Visit them at Hamburgerstraat 38 hetutrechtsarchief.nl/english

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advertorial

DRINKS WITH A VIEW

THEATRICAL TERRACE If you don’t want to let go of that special summer feeling, come to the theatre’s restaurant or terrace. It has a fabulous view of the Dom Tower and plenty of seating right in the evening sun. Choose a dish from the menu, which changes every month, and maybe even go to a show. But don’t forget to book before you come, by giving a call to 030 - 232 4125.

It’s great to see you again!

FIERY SOUNDS

LATE SUMMER EVENINGS Eric Vloeimans is perhaps the most famous trumpetist of the moment. Together with the Argentinian pianist Juan Pablo Dobal, Vloeimans will indulge you with the passionate sounds of the South in Más Viento Zonda!, a piece that heralds sultry late summer evenings in Argentina. A performance in which fiery Argentinian sounds merge with Vloeimans’ unique melodic style to form a warm musical bath. > 26 October at 20:30 (Douwe Egberts Zaal)

STUNNING DANCE DUET

INTENSE DRAMA

Sweet like a chocolate is an intimate dance spectacle by Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten. It will seduce you, lay you out with a touch of Beethoven, only to abandon you in a rush of ecstasy and doubt. A woman dances with her shadow, alter ego, companion and voyeur. The mysterious spectre follows her, escorts her, dances and fights with her. Is this figure real, or is it a figment of her imagination? > 4 and 5 September at 19:00 and 21:00 (Blauwe Zaal)

For more information about the shows and to book a ticket, check ssbu.nl

Photography Dorien Hein, Alwin Poiana, Anne van Zandwijk

GOOD NEWS: THE THEATRE IS PRESENTING EXCITING DAILY SHOWS AGAIN. TICKET SALES FOR SHOWS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER HAVE STARTED IN AUGUST. DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ALL THE CHANGES IN THE THEATRE AGENDA, TICKETS FOR THE SHOWS WILL NOT BE SOLD ALL IN ONE GO. SO KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE (SSBU.NL) AND SOCIAL MEDIA.


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Dolor y Gloria

Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) hasn’t made a film in years, but can still fall back on a successful career as a director. When one of Salvador’s old films resurfaces, he comes into contact with the former actor Alberto (Asier Etxeandia), with whom he had a bit of a falling out in the past. The encounter makes Salvador reflect upon his youth and his mother (Penélope Cruz), and finally forces him to face his demons. Dolor y Gloria is the 21st film by the Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. > 24 September, De Nijverheid hoogt.nl/international

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Cultural Events Calendar

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52 MAG Utrecht — Sep/Oct 2020 This cultural events calendar has been composed with the utmost care. All the information was correct (as well as COVID-proof) at the time of printing, but as we all know, the situation can change in a drop of a hat. This means that the events listed in this calendar could get cancelled at the last minute. So wherever you go, always check the website or social media of the place you’re heading for the most up-to-date information, always observe the hygiene rules issued by the Dutch Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and follow instructions given by staff/volunteers on the spot. And stay at home or in your hotel if you or anyone in your household develops health problems.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Delany [20:00] First solo show of Dutch singer/rapper Delany, who is currently working on her first EP. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Sweet

like a chocolate [19:00 and 21:00] Intimate dance spectacle that blows you away with a touch of Beethoven and leaves you in a rush of ecstasy and doubt. A woman dances with her shadows, alter ego, companion and voyeur. The mysterious shadow follows her, guides her, dances and fights with her. Is the figure real, or a creature from her fantasy? GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] Join the English speaking local guides for a free (tip-based) walking tour. In two hours, they will tell you about the history and hidden gems of Utrecht and provide you with insider tips on where to go next.

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2 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > Jazz in the basement [19:30] Utrecht has a real jazz basement, in which you can listen to different styles of jazz and even play along.

4 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC JACOBIKERK > Kerken Luisteren: Xx

Mignon Primus & Carol Ruiz Ghandia [13:15] Soprano singer Mignon Primus and pianist Carol Ruiz Ghandia perform the romantic work of Granados, Brahms and Gershwin. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ralph van Raat [19:30 and 21:30] Last year, pianist Van Raat won the prestigious Ovatie (a classical music prize for a special stage performance). He breaks the silence of the past few months with a swinging programme full of exciting music from the 20th century, including the jazzy classic ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by Gershwin and Copland’s ‘El Salón México’.

CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Biergarten Camping Disco [17:00] Listen to the tunes of the DJs on the spacious outside terrace of dB’s. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Sweet like a chocolate [19:00 and 21:00] See Fri 4. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

6 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > DeWolff [20:30] ‘Tascam Tapes’, the latest album of this Dutch psychedelic rock band was written and recorded in a tour bus. Or as they described it themselves: “This is DeWolff’s new album. It was recorded on the road for less than fifty bucks. But it sounds like a million bucks.” DB’S > The show must go online: Disquiet [21:00] The Utrecht death metal band Disquiet can’t wait to blow the socks off the twenty people that can attend this gig. Sold out? Not to worry, because the show will be streamed live online. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] The guides show you the most beautiful spots of the historic centre. Book the tour (kids/U-pas €4/adults €8, 1½ hour) in advance.

8 Tuesday PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Language [20:00] Vanja Rukavina takes you on a journey through the wonderful world of language. Communication is a bridge between cultures, but it’s also a barrier. How can particular words, and even rules of grammar, determine thinking patterns, world visions and culture? Why is it impossible to create a ‘true’ translation? And can you disconnect language from feeling or experience? This performance includes strobe lighting and has English surtitles.

9 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ MOIRA > Moira Unplugged [19:30] See Wed 2. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Lyenn [20:30] Belgian musician Frederic Lyenn Jacques is playing the bass with Mark Lanegan, but he also has a solo career. His music is totally different from Lanegan’s dark rock: dreamy, melancholic songs that he sings with a falsetto reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’s voice. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Language [20:00] See Tue 8.

10 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dana Winner [20:30] In a career that spans almost thirty years, the Flemish singer Dana Winner scored about as many hits in her home country. She also did not go unnoticed across the border. Her unctuous voice and true-to-life lyrics ring from the speakers from Germany to South Africa. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Language [20:00] See Tue 8.

11 Friday GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

12 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 5. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Biergarten Camping Disco [17:00] See Sat 5. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Tabitha [19:45] The music of this Dutch R&B-artist is a unique mix of urban and pop. PERFORMING ARTS TIVOLIVREDENBURG/ONLINE >

Freedom City 3 [14:30] TivoliVredenburg is the backdrop of the urban dance phenomenon


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Theatre Tips MEMENTO MORI Theater Kikker/online > 21 to 24 September Theatre collective Nineties Productions comes up with an online mourning resort where you can mourn for everything that is no longer there. The show is in English.

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SHOT 2.0 Theater Kikker > 26 and 27 September Life-size photos, thrown at the audience, provide a unique perspective on the relationship between photographers and dancers. A dynamic photographic choreography. BLACK MEMORIES Podium Hoge Woerd > 15 October Dancers, actors and musicians step into Dutch colonial history with an open mind. Long after the abolition of slavery, the last word has not yet been said. Perhaps the discussion is more topical than ever. How does it feel to live as a person of colour in the Netherlands in 2020?

DB’S > The show must go online: Seein’ Red [21:00] The legendary anarcho-punk band Seein’ Red from Amersfoort is coming to Utrecht. You might be one of the twenty people to catch this gig live. If not, there’s an online live stream of the show. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 6.

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PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Happy Together [20:00] Father, mother, daughter, and son are on stage together. They create an imaginary family history in which biography and biology, past and future are increasingly intertwined. They search for who they are and who they could be, as a group and as an individual. This is a highly imaginative performance about being a family and the intricacies of living together. About growing alongside and toward each other.

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Ineke Jazzexpress plays Charlie Parker [16:00] In 2020 it will be a hundred years ago that the legendary saxophonist Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker was born, one of the most important figures in the development of jazz, more specifically bebop. Bebop ­drummer Eric Ineke pays tribute to this jazz hero with his regular quartet and special guest Tineke Postma.

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15 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Chef’Special [20:00] This band from Haarlem knows how to achieve national and international success. For example, Chef’Special has been the opening act for Twenty One Pilots in the United States. Latest record ‘Amigo’ brought forward three Top 40 hits: ‘Try Again’, ‘Nicotine’ and ‘Into The Future’. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Happy Together [20:00] See Mon 14.

16 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > Jazz in the basement [19:30] See Wed 2. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Chef’Special [20:00] See Tue 15. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Happy Together [20:00] See Mon 14.

17 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bicep [20:15] This Northern Irish electronic duo has taken an unusual route to success: from blogging about obscure disco, house and techno tracks, they became musical heroes themselves.

18 Friday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Une Belle Histoire [19:30 and 21:30] Gerard Alderliefste and his friends celebrate the French chanson. The theatre hall will be transformed into a square featuring a fête du village, a classic French village festival. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

19 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 5. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Metropole

Orchestra feat. Ack van Rooyen [20:15] The world-famous Metropole Orchestra turns 75 this year. Tonight, the orchestra presents a golden selection from its jazz treasure chest, including Ack van Rooyen (Boy Edgar Prize winner in 2020), Leo Janssen, Marc Scholten, Peter Tiehuis, Robinson Khoury and Rik Mol. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dirk Maassen [20:30] German pianist Dirk Maassen is one of the most popular neoclassical composers in his country, especially since he released the album ‘Avalanche’ in

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Freedom City. Eight freestyle dancers compete for the honour and the prize money in one-on-one battles, open to all urban dance styles. Due to the limited number of visitors in the hall, the battles are broadcast via the live stream of ProdanceTV. The dancers will be judged by famous (inter)national dancers: Brui5er aka JNY5 (USA), Yordana (NL) and Bboy Machine (UK). GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

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2018. Maassen started his career in the eighties as a synthesizer wizard in various bands, withdrew from music around the year 2000 and returned as a pianist in 2011. Many of his minimalist songs are the result of improvisation. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Biergarten Camping Disco [17:00] See Sat 5. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: 60 [19:00 and 21:00] Choreographer and composer Amos Ben-Tal and his dancer-collective OFFprojects take you on a meditative journey that reflects on the social constructs and personal experience of time. Through movement, sound, light and poetry, Ben-Tal skilfully deconstructs the concept of time. Sixty minutes where one shares moments of stillness, pressure, hope and desire, exploring the structure of time and its mysteries. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

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of the Concertgebouw - Count Basie & Frank Sinatra [16:00] The jazz orchestra delves into the turbulent 1950s, when many jazz greats first made their way to Europe to perform. One of them is the famous big band leader and jazz pianist Count Basie. Special guest Ruben Hein sings some highlights from Basie’s fruitful collaboration with Frank Sinatra, such as ‘Come Fly With Me’ and ‘The Lady is a Tramp’. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet [20:15] Akinmusire masterfully weaves influences from hip hop, modern classical music, avantgarde pop, spoken word and art in his experimental jazz compositions. DB’S > The show must go online: Traumahelikopter [21:00] Garage rock trio Traumahelikopter has been working on a new album and are happy to introduce you to this new work. There are twenty tickets available and there also will be an online live stream. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Siv Jakobsen [21:00] Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen distinguishes herself from her many colleagues by her voice, which is strong and fragile at the same time. Her new album ‘A Temporary Soothing’ was released in August, so you can listen to lots of new work. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Continenten [20:00] Two people try

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OPTIMISM ABOUT OPTIMISM Utrecht University Hall > 22 September Philosopher Dr Hanno Sauer (UU) explains why we’re naturally inclined to be pessimistic. He’s optimistic himself: there is moral progress in the world, and we’re likely to see more of it in the future.

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PLAYING CHESS UTRECHT STYLE Het Utrechts Archief > Tuesday to Saturday during opening hours What about playing chess with the Dom Tower, Miffy and St Martin, the patron saint of Utrecht? From now on, you’ll be able to play the game on a giant chess board on the square on Hamburgerstraat.

to hold their own during the daily routine. However, dark and violent longings seep from the cracks in their perfect life. Within the four walls of their living room, the boundaries between humans and beasts appear frightfully thin. This performance by the talented director Mart van Berckel is a feverish visual trip about everyday madness. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 6.

21 Monday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Nederlands Blazers Ensemble [20:00] On 21 September, the International Day of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations, musicians from all over the world will perform to celebrate peace. The Nederlands Blazers Ensemble will do so with a colourful programme. PERFORMING ARTS DE KARGADOOR > Storytelling in the Basement [20:30] Funny, sad, scary, unbelievable, or even a very confronting story. Storytelling has it all. Come and listen to experienced and talented newcomers from all over the

STREET FOOD TOUR Various locations > daily (early booking) Discover the most surprising food places and bars with the foodie guides of Street Food Tour. You will visit historic highlights and hidden gems. To be as COVID-proof as possible, tours are only possible upon early booking.

world. We are full of stories, and who doesn’t like to listen to a good story?

22 Tuesday PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Endlessly Free [20:00] A triple bill featuring works by choreographers Medhi Walerski and Crystal Pite. LECTURE UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL > Studium

Generale: Optimism about optimism [20:00] Many people believe things are bad and will likely get worse. Philosopher Dr Hanno Sauer (UU) explains why we’re naturally inclined to be pessimistic, and what we can do about it. He’s optimistic himself: there is moral progress in the world, and we’re likely to see more of it in the future. We merely need to allow it to happen.

23 Wednesday PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Endlessly Free [20:00] See Tue 22.

24 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Club 3voor12/Utrecht [20:30] Despite corona, the last Thursday of the month is reserved for the online music platform 3voor12/Utrecht. The perfect way to discover new music.


Sep/Oct 2020 — MAG Utrecht PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Shake Shake Shake [19:30 and 21:30] This dance performance is about feeling alive in a world in which you hardly have any control over where your attention goes. Let yourself be ignited by the fiery energy of the dancers and musicians on stage.

PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Shot 2.0 [19:00] See Sat 26. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 6.

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MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > Utregticana [20:30] It doesn’t get more Utrecht than this: a whole evening of Dutch music in a wharf cellar. Utrecht musician Van Piekeren hosts the evening and also lets you discover a new artist. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Steve Hackett [19:45] Legendary English prog rock guitarist Steve Hackett and his band are playing ‘Seconds Out’, Genesis’ 1977 live double album.

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30 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > ABBA Gold - The Concert Show [20:00] Listen to the greatest hits of ABBA.

CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 5. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Biergarten Camping Disco [17:00] See Sat 5. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist:

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Shot 2.0 [19:00 and 21:00] Choreographer Jasper van Luijk investigates our addiction to image culture. Life-size photos, thrown at the audience, provide a unique perspective on the relationship between photographers and dancers. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

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about the history and hidden gems of Utrecht and provide you with insider tips on where to go next.

3 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Feuerengel - A Tribute to Rammstein [20:30] This German tribute band has been asked twice by Rammstein to perform for them during golden record award shows. Sounds promising. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Metropole

Orchestra Big Band plays Chris McGregor [20:30] South African conductor Marcus Wyatt selected Chris McGregor’s - the Duke Ellington of South Africa - finest pieces for a reinterpretation by the Metropole Orchestra Big Band. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Philippe Lemm Trio [21:00] Dutch drummer performs with his trio. Expect jazz with hints of classical and rock. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

4 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ton Koopman

1 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bill Frisell Trio [20:00] One of the most prominent guitarists in America, goes back to his signature jazz sound and presents a new album with his jazz trio. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Confidence Man [20:30] Electropop from Australia. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Gemist: Not

on this earth (the void of longing) [19:00 and 21:00] If you were to be given the possibility to build a new space based on everything that you know, what kind of space will that be? What value system will it hold? This physical and spiritual journey seeks to bring the body back to its essential form: boundless and pure. A prayer for freedom from the social restrictions of gender, nationality, colour and religion.

2 Friday GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] Join the English speaking local guides for a free (tip-based) walking tour. In two hours, they will tell you

& Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra [14:15] An afternoon of obscure, sacred works from forgotten Italian women’s convents from the 16th and 17th centuries. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > The Great Deception [14:00 and 19:00] Women’s stories have been systematically erased for centuries. According to Cené, it is time to finally tell these stories. She gives women in the Bible a voice by telling their untold stories. A humorous, heartbreaking and occasionally horrifying performance that explores why we’ve become so addicted to silencing women. English spoken performance. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] The guides show you the most beautiful spots of the historic centre. Book the tour (kids/U-pas €4/adults €8, 1½ hour) in advance.

6 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Antibalas [20:15] Energising mix of afrobeat, jazz, funk and dub.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Final Dutch Classical Talent 2020 [14:00] Dutch Classical Talent is a programme for young classical talent from the Netherlands. Based on auditions, a professional jury selects the finalists who compete for the coveted Dutch Classical Talent Award. In this final, three candidates will show one last time why they deserve the title. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Insomnio & Black Pencil [16:00] The focal point of this concert is Roderik de Man’s new viola concerto, dedicated to his memories of the Indies. Ensemble Black Pencil combines music from the early Baroque and Renaissance. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > The show must go online: Litzberg [21:00] The debut album of Mathijs Peeters a.k.a. Litzberg is full of catchy, layered indie rock with hints of blues and americana, linking the Dutch musician to big names like The War On Drugs and Wilco.

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TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Belcea Quartet [20:00] The string quartet plays Beethoven’s music. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sebastian Plano [20:45] Classical music combined with delicate, electronic soundscapes. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Postmodern Jukebox [20:15] American feel-good band brings today’s hits in the style of the past. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 4.

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7 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sara Correia [20:15] Talented young, traditional fado singer. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Shake Shake Shake [18:45 and 20:45] This dance performance is about feeling alive in a world in which you hardly have any control over where your attention goes. Let yourself be ignited by the fiery energy of the dancers and musicians on stage.

Henk Meutgeert feat. Georgie Fame [20:00] The brand-new, 18-piece orchestra led by pianist Peter Beets and band leader and composer arranger Henk Meutgeert returns with British legend Georgie Fame.

9 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dvo řák: Het Bruidshemd [20:15] Het Groot Omroepkoor and the Radio Philharmonisch Orkest perform one of Dvořák’s ballades. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Cubop City Big Band [20:30] One of the most prominent salsa and Latin jazz formations in Europe. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Kikker Introduces: Breathing Piece [19:00 and 21:00] The work of the artist duo Anthony van Gog and Maarten Heijnens focuses on the idea of the ‘body-as-instrument’. In this performative sound composition, the only instrument is breath. Through the use of inhalation, exhalation, puffs and hisses an intensely layered musical composition is created and the emotional connection between the performer and the spectator is studied.

13 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Deathstars [19:45] Swedish industrial/gothic metal band. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > The Dublin Legends [20:15] Irish folk.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Netherlands

CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle [20:15] One of Rossini’s most beloved works. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bruno Bavota [21:00] Neoclassical piano music with strings, electronics and acoustic guitar. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > And the Rest is Noise [19:00 and 21:00] In this versatile performance, noise - often described as an unpleasant sound - is put into a broader perspective. Fractal Collective collaborates with the Japanese artist Daijiro to examine the ambiguity of noise. The performance starts with a blank page. Through an innovative soundscape and live painting, the performers look for the purest connection between them. STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Danslokaal 8 on tour [20:30] For young dance talent, it’s difficult to be able to present their work to a large audience. ‘Danslokaal’, an annual

Bach Society: Bach’s Brewery [20:15] There’s no family as musical as the Bachs. Besides Johann Sebastian, we know of around fifty musicians and composers with his surname. Hear them all partying together. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Mary Black [20:00] Traditional Celtic folk. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

11 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Polo de Haas plays Canto Ostinato [14:00] 87-yearold pianist Polo de Haas plays Simeon ten Holt’s masterpiece. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Philharmonie ZuidNederland [15:00] The orchestra performs Mahler’s 4th symphony.

project by Conny Janssen Danst, allows talented makers to develop new work with the dancers of the Rotterdam company. Artistic director Conny Janssen selects a colourful talent for each edition. It’s a surprise which choreographers she will invite, but the end result is always a surprising dance evening with three new works, made for and with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.

15 Thursday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Marion Dumeige [20:30] Winner of the Dutch Classical Talent Tour. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Hania Rani [20:30] Hypnotic neoclassical piano music. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Tim Knol & Blue Grass Boogiemen [20:15] Bluegrass from the Netherlands. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > ICP Orchestra [20:30] One of the most creative groups in modern jazz. PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Black memories [20:30] Dancers, actors and musicians step into Dutch colonial history with an open mind. A history that affects our current society. Long after the abolition of slavery, the last word has not yet been said. Perhaps the discussion is more topical than ever. How does it feel to live as a person of colour in the Netherlands in 2020? With the beats of African, Caribbean and Western music and the energy of contemporary urban culture. STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Danslokaal 8 on tour [20:30] See Wed 14.

16 Friday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Darlyn [20:45] Dutch roots pop band. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

17 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 3. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Sons of Abraham [20:00] While two Kurdish brothers do their last night shift, they discuss their imminent return to Iraq. They go back in time with stories about their flight five years ago, Western values, Eastern standards, exclusion, assimilation and the immense internal conflict that both brothers experience when thinking about their future. Nothing is certain and nothing is as black and white as it seems at first glance. English spoken performance.


Sep/Oct 2020 — MAG Utrecht GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

18 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Rachel Podger & Christopher Glynn [11:00] Violinist Podger and pianist Glynn play Mozart. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > New European Ensemble [20:00] A new musical rendition of Orwell’s ‘1984’. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sophia Kruithof [19:45] Winner of The Voice of Holland. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Jaimie Branch [20:15] American avantgarde trumpet player. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Sons of Abraham [15:30 and 20:00] See Sat 17. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 4.

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21 Wednesday PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Memento Mori - offline & online [20:30] This year seems to be a global Memento Mori. When the theatres were closed, theatre collective Nineties Productions worked on an online mourning resort. At the live constructed theatrical and virtual mourning resort Memento Mori, you can mourn for everything that is no longer there: a unexpected encounter, the touch of skin or the certainty of a steady income. Memento Mori is a cross-over between performance, dance, music, poetry and web-art. An immersive ritual as a tribute to the transience of mankind. This show is in English and can be attended either offline or online via live stream.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bobo Stenson Trio [20:15] Piano trio from Sweden. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Memento Mori offline & online [20:30] See Wed 21.

23 Friday PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Memento Mori offline & online [20:30] See Wed 21. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

24 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Calefax [20:00] The reed quintet celebrates its 35th anniversary. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Roosbeef [18:45 and 21:45] Dutch singer-songwriter. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > HAEVN [19:45] Quirky dreampop. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Memento Mori offline & online [20:30] See Wed 21. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

25 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Metropole Orkest & Cello Giants [20:00] The orchestra plays together with the most rocking, jazzy cellists of the moment. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Hans Dulfer - 80! [16:00] Famous Dutch saxophone player celebrates his 80th birthday in style. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Andy Shauf [20:15] Canadian singer-songwriter. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 4.

the South, which heralds the sultry eve in Argentina. A performance in which the warm-blooded Argentinian sound and Vloeimans’ unique melodic style merge perfectly.

27 Tuesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Orkest van

de Achttiende Eeuw & Cappella Amsterdam [20:15] An evening of Mendelssohn.

29 Thursday VARIOUS TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Welcome To Night Vale [20:30] The popular surrealist American podcast goes on tour with a special episode.

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Philharmonisch Orkest with Sol Gabetta [20:15] Argentinian cellist performs together with the orchestra. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Julian Lage Group [20:00] One of the best guitarists in the jazz, folk-bluegrass and avantgarde genres. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

31 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 3. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Mehmet Polat & Mikail Aslan [20:00] Sounds of the Euphrates. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 2.

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26 Monday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Boris Giltburg [20:00] Isreali pianist Giltburg plays Beethoven. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Deacon Blue [19:45] Pop rock from Scotland. STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Eric Vloeimans & Juan Pablo

Dobal - Mas viento zonda! [20:30] Dutch Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and Argentinian pianist Juan Pablo Dobal provide you with a warm wind from

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of Miffy and her friends [permanent] Ten rooms, each dedicated to a different subject, invite young children to discover the world around them step by step.

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MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > GoGo Penguin [20:15] Descibed as ‘the Radiohead of British jazz’. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Blasphemy Rhapsody [20:00] The southern Italian dance Pizzica, originally a wild dance to expel the deadly venom of a spider bite from the body, became the cure for depression in times of poverty. The swinging Charleston was created during the interwar period in response to strict pre-war etiquette and marked the liberation from the constant agony of World War I. This performance was made during the corona crisis and combines elements of both dances.

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ArcheoHotspot [permanent] Archaeology comes to life in Museum Hoge Woerd. Contribute to the ongoing research by helping the (voluntary) archaeologists. RAILWAY MUSEUM > eduTRAINer (all ages) [permanent] The EduTRAINers are on hand every day to tell you all about our trains, the turntable, signal box and train dispatch centre. Keep an eye out for them; you can recognise them by their vests covered in railway buttons and insignias. RAILWAY MUSEUM > Tech lab (4+) [permanent] How do electric trains get their power? Why can pigeons sit on overhead wires without getting electrocuted? What keeps trains from derailing all the time and how do train brakes work, anyway? This practical learning lab has answers to all these questions. RAILWAY MUSEUM > Trial by fire (12+) [permanent] A tour that ends with a real trial by fire. Do you dare? Narrator Rutger Hauer guides you on a journey through railway history. Experience what it was like to be an engine driver in the old days.

SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY > Permanent > Bringing far away close by Climb the stairs to the observatory and wonder at the starry heavens. Learn all about the stars in de sky and the weather in one of our exhibitions, tours or lectures. Or take a virtual journey through the universe in the planetarium. DE VRIJSTAAT > KunstKeet [every

Wednesday from 15:45-16:45 between 9 Sep to 14 Oct] Are you looking for a place where your child (6 to 8 years old) can experiment with art, discover different techniques and materials and be inspired by professional artists? Then register your son or daughter for the KunstKeet, a series of six lessons given by a professional art teacher.

Friday 23 (Oct) PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Doe eens lief [11:00 and 15:00] Two actors create a world full of love with live animations. But that world disappears as soon as they start to run and stumble. Fortunately, they can create a new world that they can fall in love with. The result is a bold and visual tribute to the discovery of love.

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UTRECHT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL – UNTIL 2 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [time tba] After having to cancel the festival in April, the organisers have come up with an alternative festival with a series of 160 intimate chamber concerts by Dutch musicians. Part of these concerts will take place daily in special historic (and COVID-proof) locations in Utrecht. There will also be more than twenty free online live streams of concerts to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. HARVEST FESTIVAL – 6 SEP STEEDE HOGE WOERD > [10:00] After months of sowing, weeding and care, it is now time to harvest. Come and taste, bake, pick and celebrate the harvest together at the Steede Hoge Woerd urban farm in Leidsche Rijn district. STRUINEN IN DE TUINEN – 6 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [various times] For one day only, some 60 Utrecht residents will be throwing open their gates and transforming their gardens into intimate, corona-proof open-air theatres. Come and watch free performances by local talent, from singer-songwriters with golden vocal cords to unexpected theatrical acts. UTRECHT DRAAIT OP ZONDAG – 6 SEP LEPELENBURG PARK > [13:00] Zimihc, Museum Speelklok and Utrecht Marketing join forces and present you with a vibrant music festival in Lepelenburg Park.


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Movie Tips WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (9+) Central Library Neude > 19 September Film in the library: Where The Wild Things Are is based on the best-selling book by American author Maurice Sendak. It’s about a young boy who runs away from home, yearning for escape and adventure. He sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver > from 17 September This fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semiautobiographical masterpiece chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.

Cultural Sundays you will get to know all the cultural gems the Leidsche Rijn district has to offer. AFROVIBES – 9 AND 10 OCT STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT/ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Afrovibes [20:00] Annual festival of contemporary theater, dance, music and design from Africa.

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CENTRAL LIBRARY UTRECHT FROM 27 AUG > Film programme Hoogt on Tour [time tba] From 27 August, Hoogt on Tour will have a permanent location to show films six days a week: the cinema of the Central Library on Neude. Check the website for the programme. LOUIS HARTLOOPER COMPLEX/ SPRINGHAVER FROM 10 SEP > Love Sarah [time tba] A young woman wishes to fulfil her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. FROM 17 SEP > The Personal History Of David Copperfield [time tba] A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity. FROM 17 SEP > White Riot [time tba] Expanding her short documentary film, Rubika Shah’s energising film charts a vital London protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell. This film blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches.

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LOVE SARAH Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver > from 17 September A young woman wishes to fulfill her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend and her grandma. With Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbe, Rupert Penry-Jones, Shelley Con and Bill Paterson.

GAUDEAMUS MUSIC WEEK – 9 TO 13 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS & ONLINE > [various times] Festival presenting young music pioneers. For the last 75 years, Gaudeamus has introduced curious music lovers to the (composed) music of tomorrow: unheard of combinations of genres, fresh perspectives on concert practices and radical new inventions in the field of sound and stage art, without borders or limitations. KERKEN KIJKEN UTRECHT – UNTIL 12 SEP VARIOUS CHURCHES > [various times] The cultural historical project ‘Kerken Kijken Utrecht’ invites you to take a journey through the cultural richness of church buildings in the centre of Utrecht. Check the visiting hours of the churches online and plan your own route by using the map. The hosts will welcome you and will share information about the architecture, building history and art treasures the churches have to offer. Free admission.  DE VRIJSTAAT 10TH ANNIVERSARY – 12 SEP DE VRIJSTAAT & ONLINE > [afternoon] The art work place for kids is celebrating its 10th anniversary offline as well as online. Check the website for the full programme. OPEN MONUMENTS DAY – 12 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [10:00-17:00] Countless monuments in and around Utrecht will open its doors to the public. Booking ahead is compulsory. HARVEST FESTIVAL AND 40TH ANNIVERSARY KOPPELSTEEDE – 20 SEP URBAN FARM KOPPELSTEEDE > [10:00] This urban farm in Lunetten district is celebrating its 40th anniversary, which coincides with the harvest festival. SOLIDAIR GRIFTPARK – 20 SEP GRIFTSTEEDE > [10:00] Urban farm Griftsteede organises Solidair Griftpark, an event to collect money for a good cause through various fun activities. They also sell their own products, such as the eggs from the chickens and vegetables from the vegetable garden. You’re more than welcome to join. INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL UTRECHT – 25 SEP - 3 OCT TIVOLIVREDENBURG & ONLINE > [various times] The festival brings together (inter)national novelists and readers to celebrate the power of stories. NETHERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL – 25 SEP - 3 OCT VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [various times] The 40th edition of the film festival offers movie premieres, documentaries and more. CULTURAL SUNDAYS: LEIDSCHE RIJN – 4 OCT VARIOUS PLACES IN THE DISTRICT > [various times] During this edition of

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60 MAG Utrecht — Sep/Oct 2020 As neo-Nazis recruited the nation’s youth, RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. The campaign grew from Hoxton fanzine roots to 1978’s huge antifascist carnival in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and of course The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR’s message to the masses. FROM 24 SEP > Blackbird [time tba] A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies. A remake of the 2014 Danish film Silent Heart. DE NIJVERHEID 24 SEP > Dolor y Gloria [20:30] An aging film director suffering from chronic illness and writer’s block reflects on his life. Film by Pedro Almodóvar, with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz. 29 OCT > Title tba [20:30] You absolutely don’t want to miss out on the monthly CineArt screenings. CineArt by Hoogt on Tour offers edgy films at art hub De Nijverheid, with a side performance programmed by theatre artist Marieke Heerema. The title of this film is to be announced. Vechtclub XL 5 AND 6 SEP > Motel Opgedoekt, titles tba [21:00] Motel Opgedoekt builds temporary cinemas in unexpected places. On 5 and 6 September, the cinema will be at Vechtclub XL. The film titles will be announced beforehand, but all films are English spoken or have English subtitles.

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BAK FROM 16 OCT > Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals The American artist Tony Cokes is well-known for his socially critical video work, in which he creates texts, images and catchy soundtracks from pop, rock and electronic music. He comments on historical moments, such as the rise of the black freedom- and anti-war movement and the fight for civil- and women’s rights. In his work, Cokes explores how we can relate to the seemingly endless cycle of inequality and oppression in the world. How can

that cycle be broken to make way for equality - life as equals? CENTRAAL MUSEUM FROM 12 SEP > The fortified city New exhibition that explores the age-old quest for safety and the defensive role of city walls. UNTIL 20 SEP > Miffy, 65 years a source of inspiration On the occasion of Miffy’s 65th birthday, the museum presents 86 Miffy’s in a new outfit. International fashion students created the designs at the invitation of Mercis BV, the company that manages the rights to Dick Bruna’s work worldwide. PERMANENT > Lights on Wood Interactive lighting installation on the Utrecht Ship. PERMANENT > Rietveld and Van Baaren collection The French and Dutch paintings from the Van Baaren collection are juxtaposed with furniture pieces by Gerrit Rietveld. PERMANENT > The World of Utrecht This exhibition is as wide-ranging as the title suggests. It not only draws liberally from the museum’s extensive collection, but the exhibition themes date back to the start of the Common Era and stretch all around the world. All disciplines rub shoulders in this exhibition: modern art, city history, fashion and costumes, old art and applied arts. PERMANENT > Studio Dick Bruna Dick Bruna’s studio (he’s the creator of Miffy) has been moved from its location in Utrecht’s inner city to Centraal Museum. The studio now has a new and permanent place on the top floor of the museum, which exudes the same atmosphere as Bruna’s studio at present. DOM CHURCH PERMANENT > Visit the church The cathedral is open to the public 7 days a week. PERMANENT > Dutch Museum Churches Discover the hidden treasures of the Dom Church with an English audio tour. DOM TOWER PERMANENT > Tour of the Dom Climb the steps of the Dom Tower and learn everything about its history. There’s also a lift that takes you to the top to admire the beautiful skyline of the city. DOMUNDER PERMANENT > Secrets of Domplein Discover 2,000 years of history underneath the Domplein square. Explore the archaeological findings, dating back to the Roman Castellum ‘Trajectum’, with an interactive flashlight. EXBOOT MONDAYS TILL FRIDAYS > Monthly changing exhibitions of upcoming artists EXboot used to be a boat for

window prostitution, in Utrecht formerly known as ‘het Zandpad’. Nowadays, it is transformed into an exhibition space for art, located at De Nijverheid. Every month the boat is filled with new art, performances, installations and other expressions made by upcoming talents. 2 - 25 SEP > HKU Vers This exhibition space, which used to be a boat for window prostitution, shows the most striking graduation work by a student of the Utrecht School of the Arts. EXBUNKER SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS > Monthly changing exhibitions of upcoming artists EXbunker used to be a bunker during World War II. Nowadays, it is an exhibition space for art. Every month the bunker is filled with new art, performances, installations and other expressions made by upcoming talents. 5 - 27 SEP > HKU Vers Every September This exhibition space in a bunker from World War II shows the most striking graduation work by a student of the Utrecht School of the Arts. 31 OCT – 29 NOV > Ik zie ik zie wat jij ook ziet Graphic design, coloured light, music and clothing by artist Marlou Beentjes form a constantly changing installation. DE HAAR CASTLE 1 SEP – 31 OCT > Visit De Haar Castle De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands. A visit will take you back to the glory days of the castle and will show you the splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. IMPAKT UNTIL 27 SEP > Abducting Europe. An exhibition about the power of myths and stories in politically troubled Europe Beneath the slick surfaces of social media platforms, political debates rage in the endless comment sections where agony rules. From within these carnivalesque echo-chambers it appears as though the political consensus of the twentieth century is collapsing. Emerging from the wreckage are expressions of political collectivity that many considered relegated to the dustbin of history. KUNSTLIEFDE FROM 12 SEP > De Belofte #15 De Belofte is a talent development programme for recently graduated artists and will experience its 15th and thus its anniversary year in 2020. You will be able to check out their work during this exhibition. DE KUNSTSALON 13 SEP - 4 OCT > Monumental Still Lifes Artist Sasja Wagenaar is inspired by the classical masters from the 17th century, a flourishing period in


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FROM 9 OCT > Straatbeeld Get to know the many different types of fairground organ figures and discover the work of artist Peter Demetz, who makes lifelike, unpainted dreamy, wooden images, inspired by the age-old organ figures. PERMANENT > The musical tour This tour takes you to the wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments, surprising you with cheerful tunes emanating from all corners of the museum. EVERY TUE TO SUN > Musical tour with live music Tour that will take you through the wonderful world of self-playing musical instruments. Let yourself be surprised by the cheerful tunes from all corners of the museum. NEDERLANDS VOLKSBUURTMUSEUM UNTIL 20 SEP > Het huishouden op de schop Household objects from the museum collection show how

the household was done over the past hundred years. We see how people used to live at home and what changes (technical) developments have brought us. PERMANENT > Museum collection The Dutch museum of backstreets and working class neighbourhoods will show you the two hundred yearhistory of the day-to-day life of the man in the street. POP UP MUSEUM OUD AMELISWEERD UNTIL 31 OCT > My Home. My Castle On the ground floor, installations have been set up that refer to the residents and users of the historic estate Oud-Amelisweerd, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. QUINTESSENS GALLERY 20 SEP - 16 OCT > Beauty in freedom Retrospective exhibition by artist

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Dutch painting. Although rooted in the 17th-century Dutch tradition, Sasja’s work shows its own signature and contemporary style. MIFFY MUSEUM PERMANENT > Step into the world of Miffy and her friends Ten rooms, each dedicated to a different subject, invite young children to discover the world around them step by step. MOLEN DE STER EVERY SATURDAY > Visit the mill This mill in the Lombok district is a traditional working sawmill. The volunteers put the mill into action and explain its history. Free admission. MOVEMENT EXPOSED GALLERY SPACE 5 SEP - 31 OCT > Safe Piece This installation by video artist Isabelle Vigier and choreographer Valentina Campora is a further elaboration of the Safe Piece project, which started with a series of performances and took the form of a film several years later. Safe Piece is on display for the first time as an installation in Utrecht. MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT PERMANENT > Museum collection Get an insight into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society. PERMANENT > Rembrandt and the Golden Age Meet Rembrandt’s predecessors, followers and contemporaries through 16th- and 17th-century masterpieces from the museum’s collection of bible paintings. UNTIL 20 SEP > Verborgen parel Check out the large, dark painting ‘The Crucifixion’ (ca. 1425) this summer in a special presentation in the medieval masterpieces hall of the museum. FROM 25 SEP > Body Language. The body in medieval art From wounds in the form of vaginas and headless walking saints to Jesus being squeezed like a grape. Welcome to the intriguing world of the medieval era. In this exhibition, Museum Catharijneconvent shows the most fascinating representations of the body from the period 1300-1500. MUSEUM HOGE WOERD PERMANENT > Visit the castellum Discover everything about Castellum Hoge Woerd, a contemporary reconstruction of the Roman fortress that once stood here. Audio tours are available in English and several other languages. MUSEUM SPEELKLOK UNTIL 27 SEP > Speelklok Roadshow This summer, the museum will surprise you outside the museum walls with an interactive Speelklok Roadshow. It’s a mobile ‘museum’ with all kinds of stacked cabinets, drawers and doors behind which there is plenty to do, learn and discover.

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62 MAG Utrecht — Sep/Oct 2020 Jackie Sleper (1962), who has been making work in which she (re) discovers beauty for 40 years. Her main themes are the seduction, strength, power and powerlessness of women, human relationships, animals and nature. Everything matters in Sleper’s life and art and is given a place in her photos, drawings, paintings and sculptures. RAILWAY MUSEUM UNTIL 15 NOV > Toasties Truffles Trains. Food and drinks in the train Who hasn’t been there? The catering service with coffee, the dreary station restaurants and the lukewarm snacks from a wall of vending-machines. Everyone who travels by rail in the Netherlands will be familiar with these. There’s a long history of food and drinks being served at the station and aboard trains. And let’s not forget the luxurious restaurant cars in international trains, where the elite dined on caviar and truffles. The Railway Museum is integrating all these aspects in this first-class exhibition. PERMANENT > The great discovery After descending 150 metres in a lift, you’ll step out into the early 19th century, a world filled with soot and steam. You’ll see De Arend (the eagle), the very first steam locomotive in the Netherlands. Listen to the special audio tour to hear all the stories. PERMANENT > Loaded trains In this exhibition, the museum remembers

the forced transport of Jews, Roma and Sinti to extermination camps during World War II. This ongoing exhibition has been permanently installed in and around a baggage car found in Romania. PERMANENT > Trains through the years From the Maliebaan Station, you’ll walk along the platform to the museum building. In the central hall, you’ll find the most important trains from the history of the Dutch railway. From antique steam locomotives and wooden coaches to modern trains . RAUM 1 SEP – 31 OCT > RAUM Exhibitions Come and visit the biggest playground for design, art and technology in Utrecht. You’ll discover amazing art objects and installations built on the biggest town square of Utrecht. RIETVELD SCHRÖDERHUIS WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY > Visit the Rietveld Schröderhuis Utrecht architect Gerrit Rietveld designed this whole building along the lines of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl, known for its geometric shapes and primary colours. Reservation is compulsory. SALON VAN WELEER PERMANENT > Salon van Weleer Visit the Salon van Weleer for the Tearoom of Yesteryear (a unique Salon, live games Scriptorium, Purgatorium and Reliquiarium.

SLOT ZUYLEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY > Visit Slot Zuylen This castle is situated on the river Vecht in the tiny village of OudZuilen near Utrecht, The Netherlands. Whilst retaining many of its medieval castle-like features it was converted into a country mansion in the 18th century. SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY PERMANENT > Bringing far away close by Climb the stairs to the observatory and wonder at the starry heavens. Learn all about the stars in de sky and the weather in one of our exhibitions, tours or lectures. Or take a virtual journey through the universe in the planetarium. HET UTRECHTS ARCHIEF PERMANENT > Utrecht starts here! The exhibition takes visitors on an interactive journey through the city’s history, based on accounts given by residents. UTRECHT BOTANIC GARDENS UNTIL 1 DEC > The gardens, which are among the oldest university gardens in the Netherlands, are located in the heart of Utrecht Science Park around the 19th-century Fort Hoofddijk. They are home to some of the world’s most beautiful plants and flowers. Book a timeslot online before you visit the gardens.

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Practicalities Tourist Information Centre At the foot of the Dom Tower, you will find the Tourist Information Centre. They are happy to help you book your tickets, tours and accommodation, and tell you about all the things you can do in Utrecht and its surroundings. > open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, Domplein 9

Getting around THE U-OV DAY TICKET > The U-OV day ticket (Dagkaart) is ideal for travelling to various places in the municipality of Utrecht, including Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht Science Park and De Haar Castle. It is valid for one day (€ 6,20), 2 days (€9,25) or 3 days (€ 11,85). Buy your ticket at the U-OV Service Store

Must-sees & must-dos

For more tourist information, must-sees, and must-dos in Utrecht, go to visit-utrecht.com

Looking for a present?

Visit the store in the Tourist Information Centre for all kinds of Utrecht presents

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in the main hall of Utrecht Central Station (trains). Children up to the age of 4 can travel for free on U-OV buses and trams. OV-CHIP CARD (OV-CHIPKAART) > The OV-chip card (OV-chipkaart) is a public transport card which is accepted by all operators in the Utrecht region. You can buy an anonymous OV-chip card for € 7,50 at the ticket vending machines at Utrecht Central Station or at the U-OV Service Stores in the main hall of the station. You can also get a card at the Tourist Information Centre. Please ensure you have enough credit on your OV-chip card before you travel and remember to always check-in and -out on the bus, train and tram platform using the OV-chip card. UTRECHT REGION PASS > In addition to providing access to the entire public transport system in the Netherlands, the Utrecht Region Pass enables you to travel to most places of interest in the Netherlands. You can book the travel pass online, collect it when you arrive in town and start travelling straight away. Check utrechtregionpass.com for more information. You can collect the pass at the Tourist Information Centre. BICYCLE RENTAL > Cycling is the easiest and fastest way for getting around town. There are several bike rental spots in the city centre. Bikes are also for rent at the Tourist

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The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR) is located on the second floor of the Stadskantoor (Utrecht municipal offices). International newcomers and residents of Utrecht can visit the ‘expat’ centre four days a week. The IWCUR-staff will assist you with all your questions and paperwork regarding your move to the Utrecht Region, including formalities with the municipality and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The IWCUR also provides information about housing, education, job opportunities, health care and more. > Monday and Tuesday (9:00 to 16:00), Thursday (13:00 to 16:00) and Friday (9:00 to 12:00), Stadskantoor (Stadsplateau 1) welcome.utrechtregion.com

Information Centre. Most bikes cost around € 10 per day (excl. deposit).

Free city tours For some inside information you won’t find in a guide book, join a free walking tour. The 3 hour Utrecht Free Tours starts every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 at the Dom Tower. Just look for a guide in a red shirt or sweater. On Saturdays, the Tourist Information Centre organises a guided tour in English at 14:00.


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Check out online BAK bakonline.org Central Library Utrecht bibliotheekutrecht.nl/english Centraal Museum centraalmuseum.nl Cultural Sundays culturelezondagen.nl dB’s dbstudio.nl/en Dom Church domkerk.nl Dom Tower (VVV Tourist Info) domtoren.nl/en DOMunder domunder.com/en EKKO ekko.nl EXboot exboot.nl EXbunker exbunker.nl Free Walking Tour Utrecht freewalkingtourutrecht.com Gaudeamus Music Week gaudeamus.nl/en Gilde Utrecht gildeutrecht.nl/english De Haar Castle kasteeldehaar.nl/english Hoogt on Tour hoogt.nl IMPAKT impakt.nl International Literature Festival Utrecht ilfu.com International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region welcome.utrechtregion.com De Kargadoor kargadoor.nl Kerken Kijken Utrecht kerkenkijken.nl/english Kunstliefde kunstliefde.nl De Kunstsalon Dekunstsalon.com Louis Hartlooper Complex hartlooper.nl/en

Miffy Museum nijntjemuseum.nl Moira moira-utrecht.nl Molen de Ster molendester.nu Motel Opgedoekt opgedoekt.nl/motelopgedoekt Movement Exposed Gallery Space movementexposed.com Museum Catharijneconvent catharijneconvent.nl/english Museum Hoge Woerd (Leidsche Rijn) museumhogewoerd.nl Museum Speelklok museumspeelklok.nl Nederlands Volksbuurtmuseum volksbuurtmuseum.nl/visitorinformation Netherlands Film Festival filmfestival.nl/en Nicolaïkerk nicolaikerk.nl De Nijverheid denijverheid.com Open Monuments Day openmonumentendagutrecht.nl Oud Amelisweerd Pop-up Museum popupmoa.nl Pieterskerk pieterskerkconcerten.nl Podium Hoge Woerd (Leidsche Rijn) podiumhogewoerd.nl Quintessens Gallery galeriequintessens.nl Railway Museum spoorwegmuseum.nl RAUM raumutrecht.nl Rietveld Schröderhuis centraalmuseum.nl/en/visit/ locations/rietveld-schroder-house Salon van Weleer salonvanweleer.nl Slot Zuylen slotzuylen.nl/english

Observatory sonnenborgh.nl/english Springhaver springhaver.nl/en Stadsschouwburg Utrecht stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl Struinen in de Tuinen struinenindetuinen.nl/utrecht Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl TivoliVredenburg tivolivredenburg.nl Tourist Information Centre visit-utrecht.com Het Utrechts Archief hetutrechtsarchief.nl Utrecht Botanic Gardens uu.nl/en/utrecht-botanic-gardens Utrecht Early Music Festival oudemuziek.nl/festival Utrecht Natuurlijk utrechtnatuurlijk.nl Utrecht University Hall uu.nl/en/organisation/utrechtuniversity-hall Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht universiteitsmuseum.nl/english De Vrijstaat devrijstaat.nl


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UNIQUELY UTRECHT

DE HOENDERVORST

Next time?

IF YOU WANT TO SEE ANOTHER SIDE TO THE CITY, TRY DROPPING DOWN TO ‘WHARF-LEVEL’. YOU CAN EVEN SPEND A NIGHT IN DE HOENDERVORST, A 13TH-CENTURY PICTURESQUE WHARF CELLAR.

The wharf cellars in Utrecht were originally built as tunnels linking the Oudegracht quay with the cellars of nearby houses. Later on, they were converted into spaces to store merchandise. De Hoendervorst wharf cellar was recently renovated to form a modern room with kitchenette. The room has its own entrance on the quayside, and you can watch the boats on the Oudegracht while drinking your morning tea or coffee in bed. > De Hoendervorst Oudegracht a/d Werf 409B dehoendervorst.nl


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MAG Utrecht September & October 2020  

The September edition of MAG Utrecht.

MAG Utrecht September & October 2020  

The September edition of MAG Utrecht.

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