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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht is a leading theatre in Central Netherlands. Many events are accessible for non-dutch speakers. Have a look at our november and december selection. We welcome you!

Cabaret/Comedy In ‘Double bill’, comedians Maureen Younger & Jen Brister will stun you with their high energy and right-in-your-face-humor | 07 Nov

Dance ‘Stuk’ (12+) is a unique mix of breakdance, physical comedy, live music, video and bizarre humor | 15 Nov

‘Seeker Solo’ touches the heart of Samir Calixto’s work: grasping people as a part of the bigger picture | 27 Nov

In ‘Vielfalt’ by Jakop Ahlbom Company, you will end up in a kind of surrealistic movie of magical tricks, slapstick and dansante duets | 13 Dec

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In ‘Dare to Say’, the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater will be challenged by Alexander Ekman and Dimo Milev in using different approaches of movement and choreography | 16 Dec


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Welcome to Utrecht There’s still plenty to do in the last two months of this challenging year. What about a cycling route around the stadseiland, a walk in the Utrecht region, or a glass of good wine in front of a crackling fire? MAG Utrecht provides you with tips for cultural events, guides you to the most natural, peaceful spots in and around the city and tells you how to best support local businesses in these challenging times.

We must, however, stress that all our tips are conditional. As we all know, the situation can change at the drop of a hat. Wherever you go, always check the website or social media of the place you’re heading, observe the hygiene rules issued by the Dutch Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and follow instructions given by staff and/or volunteers on the spot. And stay at home if you or anyone in your household develops health problems.


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Theatre, art, literature & more SPRING in Autumn XXXL Literature Poetry strewn around the streets Exhibitions & Museums Optical illusion Movies 3 must-sees Music Great gigs Kids Dancing between books Theatre Mindfullness on speed Festivals & Events A time for sharing

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What’s happening?

November & December

THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO

DISCOVER THE REGION

De Nieuwe Stad

Nowadays, the Oliemolen quarter of Amersfoort, which was an industrial estate until the start of this century, is a creative, innovative, sustainable hotspot. The former Prodent toothpaste factory is the catalyst of this redevelopment. It is now an events venue and home base for the pop podium Fluor. In addition to workplaces and studios where local entrepreneurs work, you can also visit De Nieuwe Stad for a drink and a bite to eat. Hoog Vuur (Oude Fabriekstraat 26) serves as the main living room of this micro-city, café-restaurant Kroast (Kleine Koppel 36) is in the former Rohm & Haas soap factory on the Eemhaven and Het Lokaal (Oliemolenhof 90) is a local shop and a tasting room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything on the menu is locally sourced wherever possible. De Nieuwe Stad is easy to reach by train: just a 10-minute walk from Amersfoort Centraal station. > Oliemolenhof, Amersfoort denieuwestad.nl


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MUST-SEE

Ping Pong Expo

Table tennis is much more than a game to the members of the Ping Pong Club. It’s a way of staying in contact with each other. To give people a better idea of the atmosphere around a table tennis table, the Ping Pong Club has organised its first, very appropriate, exhibition: they asked various artists to create work using table tennis bats as the canvas. The resulting arty bats are not just on display at the Ping Pong Club in Concordiastraat, but you can also buy one to hang on your wall at home. > until late December, Ping Pong Club depingpongclub.nl M ad

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The corner of Amsterdamsestraatweg 59, next to the Aldi, was in need of a facelift. So graffiti artist Jan Heinsbroek, a.k.a. JanIsDeMan, was asked to create a wall painting. He asked people living in the street to name their favourite landmarks in the street and then included them in his mural. You will recognise the water tower, the church spire and the Yellow Bridge. All the addresses of the landmarks that you see are shown on a sign next to the mural, so you can bike past them if you want.

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MADE IN UTRECHT

Christmas baubles made from wood

Give your Christmas tree a hint of Utrecht by hanging baubles from Noest, who gives condemned trees a second lease of life by making all kinds of unusual products from the wood, including Christmas baubles. They are available in the shape of the Dom Tower, Miffy, the Utrecht skyline and Christmas jumpers. The species of tree is stamped onto every bauble, along with the location of the tree and where it stood before it was felled. So your baubles aren’t just unique, they’re also very sustainable. > You can buy the baubles at the VVV Tourist Information Office (Domplein 9), the Utrecht Made Shop (Twijnstraat 53), Pop-up Gaard (Wenenpromenade 60) and in the web shop. noesthout.nl/shop


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MUST-DO

Toasties, truffles, trains

From the weak coffee and soggy sandwiches served in station kiosks, to a full-blown dinner in a train coupé: the exhibition Toasties, Truffles, Trains is a celebration of everything connected with eating and drinking on trains and at stations. A fun scavenger will lead you through this exhibition with your kids. Try to dance in the special BarDisco train and sneak a peek in a luxurious restaurant coupé from bygone years. > until 15 November, Railway museum spoorwegmuseum.nl


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WINTER SHOPPING

In the windmill

Not to be foiled by COVID-19, this year, the Molen de Ster windmill in the Lombok district will be transformed into winter paradise. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., around 30 stalls will be selling local produce to give as gifts or keep for yourself. The millers will also give free guided tours. Warm up afterwards with a bowl of home-made pea soup or a mug of hot chocolate. > 13 December, Molen de Ster molendester.nu/wintermarkt

Creative hotspots

On Saturday 21 November, creative hotspots Vechtclub XL, Kanaal30, De Createur and De Alchemist will be open. You can wander around the studios, listen to the stories of talented, local makers and buy unique, hand-crafted gifts (porcelain, jewellery, wood, 3D prints, illustrations, fashion, art, furniture and more). Complete your afternoon with a drink and a bite to eat round the campfire. > 21 November, creative hotspots in Merwede

LOCAL FAVOURITE

Café Keet

The Merwede canal was built in the late 19th century by the so-called ‘polder boys’. They lived together in temporary homes, also known as ‘keets’. A ‘keet woman’ was appointed to each shack, to cook, clean and generally care for the polder boys. We’re reliably informed that the evenings were a blast. Café Keet is the name of the café/bar in the creative hotspot Kanaal30, located on the Merwede canal in the south-west of Utrecht. It’s great place for coffee, lunch or drinks. If it’s too cold to sit outside, the inside has been COVID-19proofed: the seating has been arranged and ‘stacked’ to maintain a safe distance from fellow-customers. Smart! > Kanaalweg 30 cafekeet.nl

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SPOTLIGHT

The stadseil IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO BIKE ALONG THE BANKS OF THE VECHT, BUT THERE ARE MORE WATERWAYS AROUND UTRECHT. THE AMSTERDAM-RIJN CANAL FOR INSTANCE, WHERE YOU CAN STROLL ALONG THE BOULEVARD, AND THE HISTORICAL MERWEDE CANAL. FOLLOW THE WATER FOR THIS RONDJE STADSEILAND, A ROUTE WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS TAKING YOU PAST INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE AND GREAT BARS AND CAFÉS.

Photography Dieuwke de Boer

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ur trip along the Amsterdam-Rijn canal starts at the Werkspoorkwartier. A few years ago, this was just another desolate industrial estate. The area is now a vibrant place where creative makers can work and generally meet up. The eye-catcher in this triangle is the Werkspoorkathedraal 1 , where railway material was manufactured until the 1970s. After undergoing extensive renovations, it became a hotspot for events and creative entrepreneurs. But the Werkspoorkwartier has more to offer than this monumental factory building. There’s the Hof van Cartesius, a creative hotbed built entirely from recycled building materials, where most of the entrepreneurs focus on circularity. It is also the place for artistic safe havens, such as De Schaverij, the Vlampijp studios, De Nijverheid and Stichting 16X. Don’t be surprised when you see a wooden miniEiffel Tower standing outside Stichting 16X.

CHILLING ON THE BANKS

From Werkspoorcafé de Leckere 2 , the café/bar attached to De Leckere brewery, we bike across the bridge to Keulsekade. As the huge barges glide along the Amsterdam-Rijn canal, we leave the imposing industrial heritage behind us. We bike across the Industriehaven bridge 3 , a fabulous iron construction dating from 1920, and head for the Hogeweide bridge - better known as the yellow bridge. Biking underneath this bridge, we pass the Douwe Egberts coffee factory and leave the Amsterdam-Rijn canal to follow the bend in the Merwede canal. Right there, in the shadow of the roasting facility, is Mr. Black

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and The White Ox café-restaurant 4 , where you can stop for early refreshments and sit outside if the weather allows. We follow the water until the path swings across Spinozaweg and the Spinoza bridge, crossing the Merwede canal and taking us along Kanaalweg to reach the bank of the Amsterdam-Rijn canal. We are now at the northernmost point of the Oog in Al district, which gives us a great view of the yellow bridge and the spot where the two canals merge. You’ll find the Soia urban beach 5 here, which is also open in the winter.

five years, it’s been a great place for walking, biking and skating. The new stone promenade and the lawns, benches and playgrounds have turned it into a popular quayside.

WATERWAY TRAFFIC

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We bike alongside the water to Richard Wagnerlaan, where we head inland for a bit. To the right, houseboats are moored idyllically in leafy surroundings, and to the left, you see the façade of the former military hospital 6 , built in the style of the Amsterdam School. The building now serves as the headquarters of the Protestant Church. We take a complicated bend via Den Hommel swimming pool and Kennedylaan before we see Rooseveltboulevard 7 stretching out ahead of us alongside the robust canal. In the 1950s, this bank was a spot where the original residents of Kanaleneiland came to relax. The area deteriorated in the 1980s, but for the last

In a former villa at the foot of the Prins Claus bridge, you’ll find Op Roose 8 . The glass conservatory of this local restaurant is the perfect spot to watch the waterway traffic on Europe’s busiest canal while enjoying a drink and a bite to eat. We continue our journey under the Prins Claus bridge 9 , which connects Kanaleneiland with Papendorp. Remember to stop and admire the vivid street art adorning the bare concrete here. We follow the path along the canal until we reach the Noordersluis 10 lock, where we turn left to complete our rondje stadseiland. Bike towards the point where the Vaartsche Rijn merges with the Merwede canal, with Liesbosch park 11 and the ruins of the former brick factory on the opposite bank. You’ll soon see the former NV Hollandia wire


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Keep following the Merwede canal, past the Kanaal30 13 creative hotbed, which is based a former printing works (give Café Keet a try!). The next eye-catcher is Villa Jongerius 14 . Ford dealer Jan Jongerius had this red-andwhite office villa built in the late 1930s in a style that combined new objectivity with Art Deco. The building was empty for many years, but has recently been restored to its former glory. Our trip takes us past the old Munt­ gebouw 15 and the Muntsluis bridge 16 , one of Utrecht’s finest historical places. Stop and dream about the houseboat you could moor here on the quay... The old Park Oog in Al country estate appears on the left, where we can stop for a drink at Landhuis in de Stad 17 . Or you could choose Buurten in de Fabriek 18 , an equally good restaurant in the former soy processing factory. Both great places to relive your rondje stadseiland.

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THE LOCAL’S FAVOURITES

Q&A

WITH CARTOONIST ARGIBALD By Merel van ’t Hooft

Cartoonist/poet/writer and allround life philosopher Willem Bentvelzen has lived in the heart of Utrecht for over thirteen years. No wonder one of his popular works is a t-shirt proclaiming ‘Utrecht is my Ibiza!’. Known for his quirky cartoons and poignant observations, you can also find this artist (who goes by the pseudonym of Argibald) drawing piles of strangely stacked cats, elephants or abstract birds. He’s the kind of person that doesn’t need much, enjoys the small things in life and is always on the lookout for the unexpected beauty in the mundane. Including an accidental tattoo the size of a ballpoint created by dropping a fountain pen on his foot once. We chat with this expert Utrechter about his favourite places in and around the city. > Check out Argibald’s work (and web shop) on argibald.com Cycling around the province of Utrecht


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Hofman Café

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Artsy cafe ‘Hofman Café on Janskerkhof is my home away from home. It’s close to where I live, and I like to meet people there for a drink and a chat. It’s less busy than Neude, a bit artsy and the atmosphere is always great. I also go to the flower market on Janskerkhof each Saturday, to buy myself a nice little bouquet.’

Cacophony of sounds ‘I take a cycling trip around the province of Utrecht several times a week. My route usually goes through Groenekan and Hollandsche Rading, then back through Maarsseveen. It’s a great way to clear my mind or find some new inspiration. There’s a beautiful area halfway the cycling route, where you can sit down to take a break while listening to the cacophony of sounds from nature.’

Photography Jurjen Drenth, Pim Geerts

Special place

Vintage finds

De Arm

‘I’m a massive fan of thrift stores. I cycle around Utrecht a lot to deliver purchases to my clients, and often use the excuse to pop into a second-hand store on the way. Almost all the furniture and decorations in my house hail from thrift stores. My favourite one is probably De Arm on Oudegracht, although I find it very difficult to choose.’

Pizza pancake ‘From time to time I take a long walk with a good friend in Amelisweerd, a green area just outside the city. We have some interesting conversations, philosophise about life and then sit down for a Reus van Rhijnauwen at Theehuis Rhijnauwen. It’s basically a gigantic pancake with a bunch of amazing pizza toppings. Plenty of sustenance for the walk back.’

‘Mariaplaats holds a special place in my heart. I used to spend of lot of time there at markets, selling my art. In those days, you would often find me in café Jozef, though I go there less now. The trees make Mariaplaats a beautiful place, and I love the general vibe. It’s a bit like Janskerkhof actually, come to think of it.’

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Theatre, art, literature & more

Photography Bruno Simao

NO NEED TO GET BORED IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS! VISIT AN INTIMATE THEATRE PERFORMANCE, CHECK OUT THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT IN HONOUR OF THE CITY’S PATRON SAINT, OR DISCOVER POETRY ON THE STREETS OF UTRECHT WITH A NEW APP.


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CUTTING EDGE

SPRING IN AUTUMN XXXL The fall edition of SPRING Performing Arts Festival takes place from 28 October to 15 November. SPRING presents cutting edge performances by international theatre makers and choreographers in various theatres in town, such as Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Theater Kikker, TivoliVredenburg, Het Huis and De LiK. > 28 October to 15 November, various locations springutrecht.nl


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strewn around the streets THE STREET POETRY APP VERS IS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORDS THAT POETS HAVE LEFT FOR US IN PUBLIC SPACES. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE CITY FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE. By Wieneke van Koppen

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Kila is the founder of the straatpoezie.nl website. She has been giving popular guided tours of the city in association with De Utrechtse Boekenbar book shop for years. And now we have the

‘I WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THE POETRY THAT IS ALL AROUND THEM’

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t the start of lockdown, the city centre seemed abandoned. A lot of the shops were closed, day-trippers stayed away and the seagulls were begging for left-overs that didn’t materialise. But as a local, you could still wander through the empty streets of Utrecht for a breath of fresh air. The perfect moment to discover the world of street poetry. A street poetry tour is still a good COVID-19-proof activity. To make it even more enjoyable, there’s now a free VERS app to help you find the words that poets have strewn around the city over the years. Your audio guide is the linguist Kila van der Starre, who specialises in Dutch ‘poetry outside books’. We walked the route with her and co-developer of the app Ramon Verberne from the Interactive Culture Foundation.

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street poetry app VERS, in Dutch and English. ‘Most people first experience poetry at weddings, funerals, in the media and on the street. You’re always reading about compilations, but they are only for the select few. The aim of my guided tours is to make people think about the poetry that is all around them. To explain the background so that they understand what makes something poetry, and see the world through the eyes of a poet.’ Kila selected poetry by a wide range of poets for the VERS app. ‘Living and dead, men,


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women, young, old, white and non-white. The poems and the way they are presented also vary greatly. Diversity is what connects them.’ Kila’s favourite poem on the route is by J.C. Bloem, and it adorns a manhole cover. Although the poem is entitled Bemuurde Weerd, it is actually on Ganzenmarkt. ‘It’s quite funny to find a poem by a famous poet like J.C. Bloem on a manhole cover - something that most people associate with dirt. Some of the people

on my tours don’t see the funny side of this: why would you let people walk over a poem, a work of art? Others find it refreshing and downto-earth. I love the discussions this poem starts.’ The poem Het Hanengeschrei by Kees Stip, carved into wood and hanging in an alley of the same name, also features in the guided tour. This is Ramon Verberne’s favourite. ‘The poem is inextricably bound up with the location - it belongs in this street’, he explains. ‘You can just imagine Stip ordering a prawn rissole here and kissing his sweetheart, as he describes in the poem.’

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You then walk to the resistance monument, where the app unlocks a poem by Engelman. You hear it being recited, and Kila’s explanation of the poem, the poet, the location and the context. You can then decide how fast (or slowly) you want to go and the order of your route. Ramon: ‘All of the poems are in public places, so anyone with a smartphone can join in. The audio recordings allow people who have difficulty reading, people with poor sight or blind people to listen to the poems too. And young people don’t need to worry about their street cred if they follow the poetry route, because they could just as easily be listening to rapper Boef rather than a poem by J.C. Bloem.’ A bike route will appear in the app soon. It will take you past one of Utrecht’s most famous examples of street poetry: the lines written by C.C.S. Crone near to Utrecht Centraal Station. ‘It’s not even really a poem’, says Kila mysteriously. Why not? Listen to the VERS app!

The Dutch and English app is available from the App Store and Google Play. If you’d prefer a live guided tour, book one with Kila van der Starre via straatpoezie.nl


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Maria gives milk to Bernardus of Clairvaux, Flanders, 1480 (collection The Grand Curtius).

BLOODY, HAIRY AND STRANGE

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. 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. 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. > until 17 January 2021, Museum Catharijneconvent catharijneconvent.nl/visitor-information

Exhibitions & Museums

OPTICAL ILLUSION

EYE SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE Artist Marlou Beentjes is fascinated by optical illusions. In the intimate exhibition hall at EXbunker she transformed her fascination into a spatial experience. Graphic design, coloured lighting, music and clothing all combine to form an installation that is continuously changing. You see everchanging perspectives of the same image. It’s easy to make the comparison with modern-day society: we all look at the world from our own perspective, but what would happen if we tried to look at it through someone else’s eyes? > until 29 November, EXbunker exbunker.nl


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STRAATBEELD 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. However, street music and the streetscape have changed enormously over time. In this exhibition, you’ll find out how this affected organ figures. It also has a modern side: over a century ago, modern artist Peter Demetz’ namesakes made the most beautiful organ figures in Italy. Demetz sees himself in line with this tradition, but his art is formed by lifelike, unpainted wooden images. > until 9 May 2021, Museum Speelklok museumspeelklok.nl

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Ema

The young dancer Ema dances in the experimental company directed by her husband, choreographer Gastón. After a shocking event, the couple decide to put their 7-year-old adopted son Polo up for adoption. Their marriage comes under strain, particularly when Ema forms a plan to get her son back. Armed with a flamethrower and assisted by her friends, she works day and night to save her family. Musician and artist Nicolas Jaar composed the throbbing ambient reggae tones of the soundtrack, making the film a feast for the eyes and ears. The film was directed by Pablo Larraín, who made his name with Jackie (starring Natalie Portman). The film is screened with English subtitles.

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> 26 November, De Nijverheid hoogt.nl

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave alone at Alexandra Palace

Fans of Nick Cave are in for a treat this winter: Idiot Prayer is the registration of a one off solo show by this musical genius in the legendary West Hall in Alexandra Palace in London. Cave performs a great selection of his expansive catalogue, from early Grinderman tracks to music from the latest Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album Ghosteen. The performance was filmed by award winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey). > from 5 November, Louis Hartlooper Complex and/or Springhaver hartlooper.nl springhaver.nl


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No Time to Die

We had to wait a very long time for this, but it’s finally here: the 25th James Bond film. Bond (Daniel Craig) has left his turbulent life as a secret agent behind him, swapping it for a relaxed existence in Jamaica. His ‘retirement’ obviously doesn’t last long: an old friend from the CIA asks Bond to help him to free a kidnapped scientist. Nothing in Bond’s life is straightforward, particularly not when he meets the mysterious baddie Safin (Rami Malek), who is armed with the latest life-threatening technology. > from 12 November, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs, Pathé Rembrandt and Pathé Leidsche Rijn kinepolis.nl pathe.nl


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Hofman Live: Tessel

You can still go to the pub for a portion of live music, even during a pandemic. On Thursday evenings, there’s usually a live band or singer-songwriter on stage in Hofman Café. On 12 November, for example, you can drift away on the musical waves of the Utrecht indie-surf band Tessel. The sound? A mix of twanging guitars, melodious bass lines and layered vocals. > 12 November, Hofman Café hofman-cafe.nl

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I Am Oak & Squirrel

> every Sunday, dB’s dbstudio.nl

Photography Maaike Kuiper, Jantina Talsma, Matine van der Wal, Allard Willemse

Liszt Concours

This is a special message for lovers of piano music: after the Liszt Concours was postponed last March for obvious reasons, the international young pianists are finally coming to Utrecht in November. Earlier this year, fourteen talented young pianists were selected after auditions in New York, Moscow, Shanghai and Utrecht. They will perform in Gasthuis Leeuwenbergh and try to convince the jury and audience that they are the rightful winners of the Liszt Concours. For the first time, they will play compositions by Beethoven as well as Liszt. > 16 to 22 November, Gasthuis Leeuwenbergh liszt.nl

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From metal to bluegrass and from punk to country: every Sunday since April, dB’s has been livestreaming a concert via the site and social media. As from June, twenty lucky listeners have been able to attend the gig in person. The shows were obviously sold out in no time, but luckily, we still have the livestream. As they say, COVID-19 or not, the show must go on(line). Here are a few names for the coming months: on 1 November, Utrecht’s best-known folk band I Am Oak will take to the stage in a special formation, and on 22 November, you can attend the release of Quiet Life, the album by singer-songwriter Squirrel. Check dB’s website for the full line-up.


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THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

1, 2, 3, 4 POPPETJE VAN PAPIER Everything has a beginning and an end, but the end could also be the start of something new. You can go on like this forever. It’s the same with paper. Unless... what if you tear the paper? You just turn it into something new! You’ll never look at paper in the same way again when you’ve seen this show. You can love it, cry about it, be scared by it, or take it to a world that didn’t exist before. Although... it did exist, but you’d just never noticed it. This silent production is for children from 3 years old. > 22 November, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl/ english/performances

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SKATING BETWEEN THE TRAINS

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Luckily, the coronavirus pandemic won’t stop you from skating between the trains in the Railway Museum. But that’s not all: there’s live music, you can take a ride on the antique carrousel, roast marshmallows on the campfire, have your face painted, do some handcraft and drink hot chocolate with oliebollen. For the grown-ups, there’s mulled wine with snacks. If you want to try your hand (or foot) on the ice rink, skates are available free of charge. > from 21 December, Railway Museum spoorwegmuseum.nl

DANCING BETWEEN BOOKS

MANKIND

Evolution has brought us to where we are today. We think we know who we are, and we think we know where we come from. But where are we going? We can open the books in search of that answer. And then? We build and break, climb and descend, make room for ourselves and for others. We move forward by trial and error, without knowing where it will end. > 29 November, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl/english/performances

WINTER ADVENTURES Photography Hans Gerritsen, Juri Hiensch, Mark Prins

MIFFY STEPS OUT

It’s become a bit of a tradition: in the dark winter months, the animation ‘Miffy lives here’ is projected onto the façade of the Miffy museum. So keep your eyes peeled if you happen to bike or walk past the museum between late October and late January: from just after 5 until 11 p.m., you can stop and watch the winter adventures of Miffy and her friends. The animation lasts around 13 minutes and is on a continuous loop. > from 25 October to 24 January, Miffy museum nijntjemuseum.nl


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PAIN AGAINST FEAR

After the success of the theatrical concerts based on the work of Sarah Kane and Heiner Müller, PERMANENT DESTRUCTION switches direction. Whereas the first two parts of the trilogy revolved around hate, in the third part, theatre maker Naomi Velissariou and sound producer Joost Maaskant try to settle up with the fear that is feeding this hate. Are you brave enough to immerse yourself in the mix of techno, trap, hardcore and punk, and take part in a rave designed to exorcise your fears and celebrate pain? > 18 to 20, and 25 to 28 November, De Paardenkathedraal theaterutrecht.nl

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PILOT PC This is a show where you’re expected to participate: Pilot PC is a science-(non)-fiction study of what we need to be able to reflect and move at a safe distance in 2020. Connor Schumacher’s alter ego ‘The Fool’ leads you to an immersive space, where everyone, irrespective of who you are and where you come from, helps to develop the skills needed for a new ‘Physical Culture’. Step by step, we create a new version of our world. > 3 November, Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl

MAZE OF ILLUSION AND REALITY

VIELFALT

A magician makes a woman disappear. When she doesn’t return, her husband does everything he can to get his beloved wife back. Stepping into the magical world of the magician, he finds himself in a surreal maze of illusion and reality. Every time he thinks that he’s found her, she slips out of his grasp. The man strays further and further into the mind of the magician. The audience is also sucked in by the magic tricks and slapstick, as if in a surrealist film. > 13 December, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl/english/performances


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A BROKEN WORLD?

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Four lads want to break stuff in a world that is already broken. It’s as if the carpet is always being pulled out from under their feet, as if someone is pulling their strings and as if people would rather stare at a screen than at them. What’s the point of a real experience if you can’t share it live? How close do you have to get to someone before it feels different from being on a screen? This play is about the authenticity of an experience and the intensity with which you feel it. A unique mix of breakdance, physical comedy, live music, video and bizarre humour. > 15 November, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht & 28 November, Podium Hoge Woerd stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl/ english/performances podiumhogewoerd.nl


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A time for sharing ST MAARTEN, WHO IS RENOWNED FOR SHARING HIS CLOAK WITH A BEGGAR, IS THE PATRON SAINT OF UTRECHT. SO IT WON’T COME AS A SURPRISE THAT THE FEAST OF ST MAARTEN, WHICH REVOLVES AROUND BONDS AND SOLIDARITY, IS A TIME FOR CELEBRATION IN UTRECHT.

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The eighth-century church didn’t survive, but there is now another church dedicated to St Maarten: the Dom Church. The bishop is depicted in the church’s bronze doors. And the walls of the Pandhof, the cloistered garden of the Dom Church, are a sort of stone comic book with St Maarten in the leading role. The sculptures in the triangles above the windows tell the story of his life. Start at the entrance on Achter de Dom if you want to ‘read’ the story in chronological order. The feast of St Maarten is usually quite a big event in Utrecht, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, things will be different this year. The wonderful light sculptures that are normally carried through the city in the St Maarten Parade, will be on display on Berlijnplein in the Leidsche Rijn district during the St Maarten Route (Ronde van Sint Maarten) on 6 and 7 November.

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s early as the eighth century, a tiny church was dedicated to St Maarten on the current Domplein. St Maarten was known for his benevolence. According to the legend, he was so taken by the plight of a poor vagrant that he decided to cut his expensive cassock in two. He gave one half to the vagrant, and kept the other half as it was officially owned by Rome. The red and white of the city’s coat of arms and flag of Utrecht are said to refer to the red colour of the cassock and the white of the Saint´s undergarments, which became visible when he shared his cassock with the vagrant.

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You can walk the route, which takes about an hour, admiring dozens of light sculptures and random performances by choirs, orchestras, dancers, clowns and theatrical acts along the way. If you intend to walk the route, check whether free tickets are still available on rondevansintmaarten.nl. In the run-up to the St Maarten Route, you can check out a small exhibition of light sculptures in the Catharina cathedral (Lange Nieuwstraat 36). They will be on show until 4 November. And on 7 November, there’s a free concert in the Dom church by soloists ensemble Cantores Martini. The singers will focus on the requiem by Antoine Brumel (ca. 1460-1515).

Ronde van Sint Maarten, 6 and 7 November rondevansintmaarten.nl sintmaartenparade.nl

ST MAARTEN GAVE ONE HALF OF HIS CLOAK TO THE VAGRANT, AND KEPT THE OTHER HALF AS IT WAS OFFICIALLY OWNED BY ROME


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WINKEL VOL WINKELTJES The wooden ladder shelves in this rent-a-shelf concept store reach the ceiling. They are packed with special products from small, independent brands. Entrepreneurs simply rent a shelf from the owner Sylvia van den Brink to market their goods. The range includes unique Christmas cards, hand-made Christmas decorations and candles, festive jewellery, aromatic beauty products and small gifts for Sinterklaas or Christmas. Many of them are made by hand, and all of them with love and dedication. > Amsterdamsestraatweg 271 winkelvolwinkeltjes.nl


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THERE ARE PLENTY OF CHAIN STORES IN UTRECHT, BUT IT’S OFTEN NICER TO LOOK FOR UNUSUAL GIFTS IN THE SMALLER SHOPS, OWNED BY INDEPENDENT RETAILERS. YOU’RE BOUND TO FIND SOMETHING ORIGINAL, EITHER FOR A FRIEND OR FOR YOURSELF.

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&MEER IS A PARADISE FOR FANS OF VINTAGE AND DESIGN

VINTAGE AND DESIGN

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Serin Gokhan’s shop is a paradise for fans of vintage and design. The shop stocks everything from old-fashioned posters, secondhand chairs and retro toys, to brightly coloured crockery, vases by Dutch designers and beautiful dried flowers. And if you just happen to have a boring wall at home that could use a bit of colour, &meer has a large collection of ceramic plates for hanging on the wall. You can order them to size with your chosen pattern. And Serin is always happy to help you put a fun set together. > Amsterdamsestraatweg 275 bordenmeer.nl 3

LITTLE DEPARTMENT STORE

MEESIE

Cardboard botanical prints, trendy baskets, posters with animal patterns, unique rugs, chains with semiprecious stones, quirky earrings, natural soap, ethereal oils, fun plants or new outfits: you can see why Meesie calls itself a ‘little warehouse’ (little department store). If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you won’t find it anywhere! > Lijnmarkt 42 meesie.nl


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SHOPPING

A shop selling exclusively Utrecht-made goods recently opened on Twijnstraat. From the famous all-butter shortbread and Dom Tower candles, to soaps, musical boxes, products crafted from local wood, prints, ceramics, books, beer, socks, cards and gift boxes. The focus is on craft, quality and sustainability, and many of the products are circular. Come and browse, buy something nice for yourself or a loved one and support local manufacturing. > Twijnstraat 53 shop.utrechtmade.com

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MUS CONCEPT STORE Female visitors to this concept store on Lijnmarkt will walk out fully styled: MUS sells clothing by Dutch and Scandinavian brands with matching belts, shoes, bags and jewellery. In the basement, you’ll find all kinds of things to cheer up your home, such as candlesticks and candles in all colours of the rainbow, cute bowls, vases, dried flower arrangements, kitchen utensils and cook books. MUS also stocks books, soft toys and other cute gifts for kids. > Lijnmarkt 32 musconceptstore.nl


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walks THE PERFECT WALKING SEASON HAS STARTED SO IT’S TIME TO PULL ON YOUR WOOLLIES AND YOUR HIKING BOOTS AND VENTURE OUTSIDE! IN THE WOODS, ACROSS HEATHLAND, THROUGH THE POLDER OR ALONG A RIVERBANK: HERE ARE FIVE BEAUTIFUL SPOTS FOR WINTER WALKS IN THE UTRECHT REGION.

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AMELISWEERD & RHIJNAUWEN This is a real classic for many locals and a must-do for visitors: a chilly morning walk along the banks of the Kromme Rijn and through the ancient woodland of Amelisweerd and Rhijnauwen. This nature reserve is just stone’s throw from the city, making it Utrecht’s back garden. During the walk, you’ll come across all kinds of unique buildings, including ancient forts and bunkers, the Rhijnauwen gatehouse and country home (now home to hostel Stayokay), the Oud Amelisweerd country estate and lots of old farms. For a cup of chocolate and home-made cake, go to De Veldkeuken (Koningslaan 11, Bunnik) or Vroeg (Achterdijk 1, Bunnik), and if you fancy a pancake, try Theehuis Rhijnauwen (Rhijnauwenselaan 16, Bunnik).


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Photography Dieuwke de Boer, RBT Utrechtse Heuvelrug

VINKEVEENSE PLASSEN The scenery to the north-west of Utrecht features water, meadowland and tiny villages. From short circular routes to day-long hikes: there are countless walks around the Vinkeveense Plassen nature reserve. The routes take you along meandering rivers, past old forts, and through expansive polders and boggy peat marshland. If our winters had been colder (like they used to be) you could have tried your hand at open-air skating. Park your car in Vinkeveen, where there are several options for a pitstop, including s’Anders (Herenweg 120, Vinkeveen). But you’ll also find plenty of cafés around the Vinkeveense Plassen.

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LAGE VUURSCHE

Nothing beats the feel of crisp leaves crunching under your feet during a long woodland walk on a cold, sunny winter morning. This is exactly what you get in the area around Lage Vuursche. Follow one of the paths leading from every car park and bus stop for a brisk stroll or a long winter workout. Our tip: go for a long walk and earn yourself a sizzling pancake in one of the restaurants in Lage Vuursche.

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AROUND BUNSCHOTEN-SPAKENBURG Walking through the rural outskirts of Bunschoten-Spakenburg takes you through the polder and along a waterside path. There’s what is known as a ‘clog route’ (paths that go right through farmland in the provinces of Utrecht and Gelderland), which starts from De Hoop windmill in Bunschoten-Spakenburg. This is also a good place to park. You can’t go wrong on this 8-kilometre route; all you do is follow the blue clog-shaped signs. Warm up afterwards in one of the cafés in the pretty village of Bunschoten-Spakenburg, which is traditionally a fishing village. Then take a stroll past the authentic fishing boats in the museum harbour or visit a local shipyard.

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In the middle of the woods on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (Utrecht Hill Ridge), you’ll discover a striking, grass-covered construction: the Pyramid of Austerlitz. In 1804 (during the French occupation of the Netherlands), the French General Marmont ordered his soldiers to build this pyramid, topped with an obelisk, along the lines of the pyramids he had seen a few years earlier in Egypt. They finished the construction in just 27 days. Climb the pyramid hill for a great view of the surrounding area. Various walks have been set out around this unusual monument, taking you along narrow woodland paths, wide avenues of trees and stretches of heathland. There’s a car park, information centre and café close to the Pyramid of Austerlitz, with a playground and a mini funfair for the kids.


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Wine & chocolate THIS SEASON CRIES OUT FOR A GLASS OF GOOD WINE AND A PIECE OF EXCELENT CHOCOLATE. BUT WHERE TO FIND IT? MAG UTRECHT POINTS THE WAY.


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THE LONG, DARK DAYS LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS SIMPLY CRY OUT FOR GLASS OF GOOD WINE. PREFERABLY IN FRONT OF A WARM, CRACKLING LOG FIRE. WHERE DO YOU FIND AN EXCEPTIONAL GLASS OF WINE IN UTRECHT?

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‘Natural wine’ or ‘vin naturel’ is becoming increasingly popular on restaurant and wine bar menus. This wine is produced as naturally as possible - the grapes are grown without artificial fertiliser or pesticides, and no sulphite or additives are used in the wine making process. The result? Exceptional wines for real connoisseurs. You’ll find them in Utrecht at Héron Petit Restaurant 7 , Gastmaal Café 8 , De Keuken van Gastmaal 9 and Café Saar 10 , where they will be only too happy to pour you a glass of natural wine that goes perfectly with your chosen dish. If you want to buy a ‘vin naturel’ to take home, Vleck Wijnen 11 has a good range.

The core business of the Meisjes van de Wijn 12 is giving wine advice. They do this at events such as wine tastings, in their web shop (every product has its own short video) and these days, in their own pop-up store. All of the wines have been tried and tested by the Meisjes themselves, so you always get sound advice. As an added bonus: you can decant wine into your own empty bottle (or jerrycan) and take your purchases home in a pink wheelbarrow (that you’re expected to bring back, obviously). They also hold tasting sessions after closing time on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Wine is served on tap at the Most wine bar 13 in Leidsche Rijn, so you can compile your own wine tasting. You simply put some credit onto the card you’re given, find a wine that you fancy and use your card to pour yourself a tasting glass, half glass or whole glass. ’t Taphuys 14 in the city centre works on the same principle. If you prefer to drink at home but would appreciate some expert advice on choosing a special bottle, go to ’t Wijnstraatje, Margaret Wines, the Utregs Wijnhuis, Wijnkoperij Henri Bloem, Slijterij Besseling or Familie van Rijk. Neleman has a large selection of totally organic wines. So, all that’s left for us to say is: cheers!

YOU CAN DECANT WINE INTO YOUR OWN EMPTY BOTTLE AND TAKE YOUR PURCHASES HOME IN A PINK WHEELBARROW

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he following overview will probably cause your stress levels to rise. How on earth do you choose from so many wine bars and restaurants with wine lists that makes eyes pop out? VinVin 1 , Utrecht’s very first wine bar, is definitely worth a mention. There’s no actual wine list here - you just say what you like, and they’ll pour you a glass that meets your wishes. Talud9 2 is a coffee bar by day and a wine bar by night, the Zies wine bar 3 is wellknown for its Mediterranean wines, Café Lefebvre 4 serves almost a hundred different wines by the glass, Het Muzieklokaal 5 has classical music playing in the background as you sip and Verde Marrone 6 is the place for an Italian wine to wash down with a plate of antipasti.


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The ultimate

chocolate fix FROM BONBONS THE SIZE OF A MINI-CAKE, TO A PIECE OF UTRECHT BEAN-TO-BAR CHOCOLATE: WHERE SHOULD YOU GO FOR THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE FIX?

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MESJOKKE

Luc Janssens and Per Vonk are small-scale producers of chocolate bars made from special types of cocoa which they source directly from cocoa farmers in Tanzania, Madagascar and Nicaragua. They do the rest themselves in their factory in Utrecht. Mesjokke chocolate isn’t the sort of chocolate you eat for an instant sugar rush. It needs to be savoured, allowed to melt on your tongue with a glass of good whisky, says Luc. Or beer. Hang on... chocolate and beer? It’s definitely worth a try, says Luc. ‘Our Stardust, made from Madagascan cocoa, muscovado sugar from Mauritius and a pinch of Fleur de Sel, matches perfectly with the spiced, herby taste of Les Perles du Homard, a saison by local brewer De Kromme Haring.’ > Mesjokke is available from Familie van Rijk (Amsterdamsestraatweg 379), branches of 30ML, Morty’s (Kanaalstraat 57) and Bij Kees (Rijnlaan 9). choxplore.nl

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NEXT LEVEL SWEET

CHIQUEOLATTE

The sweet smell hits you as soon you open the door of this tiny chocolate paradise. On the menu: chocolate cheesecake, brownies, macarons and bonbons. There’s even a chocolate fondue or fountain with cookies, fresh fruit, trifle sponges and marshmallows to dip for the real chocoholics. An added bonus are the wooden, cabin-like ‘shacks’ upstairs, in which you can safely savour all the chocolate goodies you’ve just purchased to treat yourself. > St Jacobsstraat 101 chiqueolatte.nl


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CHOCOLATE DOM TOWER

CACAO

In recent years, Utrecht locals have become increasingly aware of what they eat and what they want, says Martina van Smeden. She is the owner of a chocolate shop called Cacao. Everything you see in her shop is hand-made in the kitchen behind it; from bonbons and chocolate bars to chocolate Dom Towers. Having trouble choosing? Martina’s own favourite is the truffle: ‘A soft square of creamy chocolate that melts on your tongue. And our bonbon made from hazelnut praline and feuilletine is the perfect combination of nuts, crunch and chocolate.’

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MONEY WON’T MAKE YOU HAPPY, BUT CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE JUST MIGHT

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PUCCINI BOMBONI

Sabine van Weldam and her mother Ans van Soelen didn’t learn their master chocolatier skills at school, but by experimenting. They replaced butter and sugar with pure cream to give their bonbons a real chocolate flavour. Ans and Sabine combine this with original flavours such as rhubarb, lemongrass, plum, apple, pepper, nutmeg, tamarind or thyme. Their shop offers a choice of forty different flavours of bonbons, all the size of a mini-cake. Not to be stuffed in your mouth in one go, but to be treated with respect as a mini dessert. If you can wait that long... > Lijnmarkt 36 puccinibomboni.com

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HOP & STORK

Money won’t make you happy, but chocolate and coffee just might. It’s certainly true of the two entrepreneurs behind Hop & Stork, who met while working in the banking world but switched track to focus on coffee and chocolate. It’s the place to come if you want to upgrade the standard boring biscuit served with your coffee: here, you always get a small chocolate mousse and a bonbon or a chunk of chocolate with your cappuccino or flat white. What’s more, the coffee is made by experienced baristas using Dutchroasted beans. And we haven’t even mentioned the display of cakes and pastries. > Lijnmarkt 1 hopenstork.com

Also try THEO BLOM’S Dom Towers THE COMPLETE RANGE OF TONY CHOCOLONELY at IJs & Zopie THE CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS at Bond & Smolders LINDT CHOCOLATE in Hoog Catharijne

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Photography V.M. Lensink / Het Utrechts Archief

Let it snow... You either love them or you hate them, but on New Year’s Eve, there’s no escaping them: the Dutch oliebollen. New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands would be unimaginable without these deep-fried, stodgy doughnuts. They’re sold from colourful stalls that pop up on street corners and town squares towards the end of the year. Some ice cream parlours also turn into oliebollen stalls for the winter months. The stall on Neude is a good example; it’s there year in, year out. But oliebollen aren’t actually as typically Dutch as we think - the countries around us aren’t averse to dropping scoops of dough into a deep-fat fryer either. The typically Dutch part is buying your oliebol from one of these traditional-looking stalls, with or without currants, and eating it on the spot. After which you inevitably have to brush the dusting of white powder (icing sugar!) from your face, scarf and coat. But this is all part of the fun. > In collaboration with Het Utrechts Archief. Visit them at Hamburgerstraat 38 hetutrechtsarchief.nl/english


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What do you need to survive a crisis? HOW DO ARTISTS VIEW THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC? THEATRE AND DANCE MAKERS CAN PUT THE EVENTS AFFECTING ALL OF US INTO A SURPRISINGLY NEW PERSPECTIVE THROUGH THEIR WORK. IT’S PROBABLY SOMETHING WE COULD ALL DO WITH AT THE MOMENT.

CRISS-CROSSING PORTRAITS The routines thought up by Arno Schuitemaker could be described as meditative dance trips about life and who we are. O S C A R is an ode to rediscovering your resilience after a life-changing event. What is left if you only have yourself to rely on? Where do you find guidance? In this solo performance, Schuitemaker lets three charismatic, criss-crossing portraits merge into one.

> 4 December at 20:00 (Douwe Egbertszaal)

TEMPORARY ESCAPE

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO Come to the Stadsschouwburg to escape into another world, in a setting that has been made as safe as possible. The sooner you book your tickets, the longer you have to look forward to it. Check ssbu.nl for more information and tickets.

IMAGINATION

QUIRKY SWANS In their remix of Swan Lake, the quirky Club Guy & Roni have created a performance about our need to escape from reality. Wouldn’t we all rather occupy a perfect fairy-tale world? In their version of ‘Swan Lake’, the audience is faced with choice after choice, and ultimately decides the direction that the story will take. What will we do next, now that COVID-19 and the climate crises have burst our perfect democratic, liberal consumer bubble? Will we start a new story together? > 18 and 19 November (Douwe Egbertszaal)

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Cultural Events Calendar The violence of inequality

> 9 november, Utrecht University Hall sg.uu.nl/agenda

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Not all violence is physical. According to geographer Prof Mustafa Dikeç (École d’Urbanisme de Paris) it can also be embedded in the way our society is organised. People from marginalized groups, for example, are more likely to be affected by economic crises than others. In this free lecture, Dikeç talks about the importance of recognising discrimination and inequality as violence.


52 MAG Utrecht — Nov/Dec 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.

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1 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] An afternoon of live jazz music. DB’S > The show must go online: I Am Oak [21:00] Utrecht’s best-known folk band will take to the stage in a special formation. Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6. 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.

2 Monday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Van Swieten

Society: the modernist Beethoven [20:00] The Van Swieten Society focuses on the ground-breaking character of Beethoven’s compositions. How did his contemporaries experience his previously unheard music?

3 Tuesday PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Pilot PC [19:00 and 20:30] How do we practice being active in our culture? How do we change behavior in society? With his alter ego ‘The Fool’, Connor Schumacher will bring you into an immersive space where we, from wherever you are and whoever you are, will build the skills to progress towards a new ‘Physical Culture’.

4 Wednesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Nederlandse Bachvereniging [18:30 and 21:00] The Dutch Bach Society focuses on the work of German composer Heinrich Schütz. 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. PERFORMING ARTS HOFMAN CAFÉ > Utrecht Laughs [20:30] Open mic comedy night in English.

Trio [19:00 and 22:00] Stochelo, Nous’che and Nonnie Rosenberg have been at the international top of gypsy jazz for thirty years. They will be playing their own music, as well as classics by Django Reinhardt. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] Join the English speaking local guides for a free (tip-based) walking tour through the city. 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.

7 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 > The Kik [17:00 and 21:00] (Semi-)acoustic performance by this Dutch band. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Boban Markovic [19:30 and 21:30] Serbian trumpet player Boban Marković is one of the greatest artists in the Balkans. His Boban Marković Orkestar effortlessly combines genres such as klezmer, jazz and folk music into its own form of Balkan brass, which even makes melancholic songs sound festive. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Double bill: Jen Brister and Maureen Younger [20:30] Jen Brister is a wellknown guest in the international comedy circuits. Audience and press find her ‘relentlessly Funny’. Maureen Younger is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer for magazines and blog platforms, and will stun you with her right-in-your-face-humour.

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GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ikarai x Sanne

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Rambags x V&J Visuals - Murakami [21:00] Fish that fall from the sky, talking cats, places where time does not exist and thoughts that become truth. Based on lyrics by writer Frank Siera, Ikarai plays music that captures the magic of the world of Japanese author Haruki Murakami in a cinematic combination of classical and jazz music.

6 Friday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > De Kift [19:00 and 21:45] ‘Poetic punk orchestra’ from the Netherlands. The lyrics are in Dutch. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > The Rosenberg

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 1. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 1.

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all violence is physical. According to geographer Prof Mustafa Dikeç (École d’Urbanisme de Paris) it can also be embedded in the way our society is organised. People from marginalized groups, for example, are more likely to be affected by economic crises than others. Dikeç talks about the importance of recognising discrimination and inequality as violence. Free lecture, but please book a ticket online in advance.

10 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Eric Vaarzon Morel [20:15] The acclaimed Dutch guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel pays tribute to Paco de Lucía from Spain, the most virtuoso and innovative flamenco guitarist of all times.

11 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > EKKO presents: Nana Adjoa [19:15] Indie with hints of triphop, soul and jazz by singer-

songwriter from Amsterdam. MOIRA > Moira Unplugged [19:30] See Wed 4.

12 Thursday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Radio

Filharmonisch Orkest [18:30 and 21:00] Violinist Liza Ferschtman plays Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky together with the philharmonic orchestra. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Tessel [21:00] Live performance by Tessel, an indie band from Utrecht. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > How It Ends [19:00 and 21:00] Four dancers focus, prepare and mentally shut themselves off from everything that distracts them. They get into ‘the zone’, until all training, sacrifice and pain have to pay off. How It Ends zooms on people who head straight for a goal with an all-or-nothing mentality. The focus we need in order to deliver an unprecedented performance.

SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE Podium Hoge Woerd > 12 November A woman dances with her shadows, alter ego, companion and voyeur. The mysterious shadow follows her, guides her, dances en fights with her. Is the figure real, or a creature from her fantasy? HOW IT ENDS Theater Kikker > 12 November Four dancers focus, prepare and How it ends mentally shut themselves off from everything that distracts them. They get into ‘the zone’, until all training, sacrifice and pain have to pay off. SEEKER SOLO Stadsschouwburg Utrecht > 27 November In one of his most intimate and personal works, Samir Calixto embodies the quest for truth as an antidote against the false sense of reality reconstructed by mankind.

PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Sweet like chocolate [20:30] A woman dances with her shadows, alter ego, companion and voyeur. It follows her, guides her, dances and fights with her. The dancer goes through different phases and moods in the search for her own self, while she is being viewed from all sides.

13 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Benoit: the war [18:30 and 21:00] Tonight, the focus is on two Flemish greats: composer Peter Benoit (1834-1901) and poet Jan Van Beers (1821-1888). Listen to the polyphonic effect that the four (!) choirs achieve by singing in harmony, and the way in which the orchestra functions as an independent protagonist. PIETERSKERK > Music from the fringes of Europe [19:00 and 21:00] World women’s choir Bianca C and Vgrdznob, a company made up of fourteen men, perform ancient songs from Corsica, Italy, the Balkans, Armenia and Georgia: the fringes of Europe. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Billie, Aretha, Norah, Amy… Karin! [19:30 and 21:30] Dutch singer Karin Bloemen and her Old School Band sings her own songs and the finest covers of her favorite singers, such as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and more. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

14 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 7. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

15 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 1. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Stuk (12+) [20:00] The men of a breakdance group that consists of friends who grew up together, are now in their thirties. Will they choose to get a grip on their lives or do they decide to remain ‘free’? GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Silk Baroque [20:30] The Utrecht-based company Holland Baroque, with sheng (a Chinese mouth organ) player Wu Wei, presents a stimulating program with a silky soft edge, in which they interweave ancient Chinese traditions with baroque elements from Europe and improvisations. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > Jazz in the basement [19:30] See Wed 4. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Swan

Lake [every twenty minutes between 19:20 and 21:00] The quirky Club Guy & Roni is creating a remix of ‘Swan Lake’ in the form of a parallel online and offline event at three locations in the theatre. The audience gets to decide how the fairy-tale will end. DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL >

Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] In the third instalment of the Permanent Destruction trilogy, Naomi Velissariou confronts both herself and the audience. Pain Against Fear is mindfulness on speed; a musical attempt to outright square up with the fear that feeds hatred. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Utrecht Laughs [20:30] See Wed 4.

19 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Leoni Jansen,

Izaline Calister en Thijs Borsten - The century of Harry Belafont [20:00] Musical tribute to the charismatic singer Harry Belafonte, who not only writes great songs but also speaks out about wrongdoing. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Floatmonki [21:00] Floatmonki is the brainchild of vocalist and composer Donna van Dijk. Her music tells stories of rebirth, exploration and ardor. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Swan

Lake [every twenty minutes between 19:20 and 21:00] See Wed 18. DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL >

Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] See Wed 18.

20 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Artist in

residence Maya Friedman [15:00, 16:00, 20:00 and 21:00] In the intimate setting of a tiny house, cellist Maya Fridman plays music by composers

Xxxxxx ECDYSIS EXboot > 4 to 27 November Artist Janneke Berendsen wants to provide a different perspective at femininity. A vision that is not, as we are used to through the media, partially sexual and one-dimensional, but one in which the woman can be seen as a complex and layered being.

TONY COKES: TO LIVE AS EQUALS BAK > until 10 January 2021 American artist Tony 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?

dear to her - almost all works have been written especially for her. Which works you’ll hear remains a surprise. PIETERSKERK > No Bach without Sweelinck [20:15] The Basilius College performs works by Sweelinck, Scheidt, Schein and descendants of the Bach family. PERFORMING ARTS DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL > Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] See Wed 18. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

21 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Artist in

residence Maya Friedman [15:00, 16:00, 20:00 and 21:00] See Fri 20. DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 7. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Etmaal [12:00] A twenty-four hour event, curated by Colin Benders. During 24 hours, the Ronda hall is a stimulating place of discovery for anyone who is curious and open to experiment and rare cross-pollination of and by special musicians, producers and bands. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

XXxxxx THE FORTIFIED CITY Centraal Museum > until 17 January 2021 How do you protect a city? How do you make sure everyone can feel safe? This exhibition explores the age-old quest for safety and the defensive role of city walls. 

22 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC NICOLAÏKERK > Mozart’s Requiem [14:00 and 16:00] The Amsterdam chamber choir PA’dam brings Mozart’s masterpiece into a new, topical context; composer Gustavo Trujillo has translated Mozart’s brilliant orchestral accompaniment into a full and colourful piano version. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Artist in

residence Maya Friedman [15:00, 16:00, 20:00 and 21:00] See Fri 20. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 1. DB’S > The show must go online: Squirrel [21:00] Squirrel, a.k.a. singer- songwriter Jorman Tornij is presenting his debut album ‘Quiet Life’. There also is an online livestream. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > VanWyck [21:00] Dark alt folk and americana by singersongwriter from Amsterdam. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 1.

25 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > John Blek [20:30] Virtuoso fingerpicking, poetic

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lyrics and a sound inspired by Nick Drake. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Marble Sounds [20:30] Melancholic indie folk with a hint of postpunk. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Opera Alaska [20:30] Indie project of singersongwriter Marien Dorleijn and guitarist Marzio Scholten, who decided to make music together after they met in one of the IKEA-shops in the Netherlands. PERFORMING ARTS DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL > Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] See Wed 18.

26 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Archie’s Great Adventure [21:00] Acoustic indie folk band from Utrecht . PERFORMING ARTS DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL >

Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] See Wed 18. LECTURE CENTRAL LIBRARY NEUDE > Hunting for hedonia [20:00] The results of deep brain stimulation have often been spectacular. For example, with people suffering from anxiety and depression. This movie shows the history and impact of this procedure. It turns out that even personality traits can be changed. Are we moving into a moral grey zone? Literary scholar Dr Megan Milota (UMC Utrecht) explains. Free lecture, but please book a ticket online in advance.

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TivoliVredenburg present: Popronde Preparty [20:45] The Dutch band contest Popronde will not take place this year, but three bands will be playing during a special preparty evening: Socks;SportsSocks (indieambient-punk), Eva Serena (indie pop) and POM ( fuzz pop). PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Fragments of Sky [19:00 and 21:30] In this interdisciplinary performance (a concert and dance performance in one), choreographer Iris van Peppen pushes the boundaries of dance. A spectacle that addresses the corporality of the viewer by making pulse, affection and energy concrete.

Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] See Wed 18. STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Seeker Solo [20:30] One of the most intimate and personal works of Samir Calixto to date. In this piece, danced by himself, he embodies the quest for truth as an antidote against the false sense of reality reconstructed by mankind.  GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

28 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 7. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Fleurine [20:15] Dutch jazz singer and composer will be singing songs from her latest album ‘Brazilian Dream’. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Fragments of Sky [19:00 and 21:30] See Fri 27. PODIUM HOGE WOERD > STUK [19:30 and 21:30] This performance is about the authenticity of the experience and the intensity with which you experience it. A unique mix of

breakdance, physical comedy, live music, video and bizarre humour. PERFORMING ARTS DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL > Permanent Destruction - Pain Against Fear [20:00] See Wed 18. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

29 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Iris Hond [16:00 and 20:30] For het newest project, Dutch pianist Iris Hond is collaborating with various other musicians. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 1. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Guy Salamon Group [21:00] The rising stars of the European jazz scene. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 6.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > Contra [20:15] With Palestrina’s ‘Missa Papae Marcelli’, Ensemble Illustre voices a typical mass from post-Counter Reformation church music. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > EKKO &

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and Bach. After that, Persson is the dazzling centrepiece in ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’. 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 and provide you with insider tips.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

LECTURE UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL > How

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remote is remote warfare? [20:00] Western countries, including the Netherlands, increasingly choose for remote warfare. No boots on the ground, but precision bombings and drone attacks. These long-distance wars largely render the violence invisible. Political scientist Prof Jolle Demmers (UU) explains how and calls for more transparency. Free lecture, but please book your ticket online in advance. CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bach’s violin partita’s [20:00] Violinist Antje Weithaas will be performing Bach’s violin partita’s.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] An afternoon of live jazz music. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Wulf [19:45] Feelgood pop music from the Netherlands. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. 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.

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PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Shake Shake Shake [19:00 and 21:00] 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. LECTURE TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Fotodok Book Club #24 [20:00] Live talk show in which photographer and photo-book aficionado Rob Hornstra take to the stage with makers of photo books: photographers, designers and publisher are interrogated about their latest projects.

LECTURE UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL > Optimists,

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4 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Christmas

with Amsterdam Sinfonietta [20:15] Trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and soprano Miah Persson provide a sacred atmosphere with Beethoven

pessimists and statistics [20:00] According to optimists we live in the best of times. The global poverty rate is declining and there is less hunger in the world. How is it possible that pessimists tell a different story, based on the same data? Political economist Prof Daniel Mügge (UvA) explains what numbers can and cannot tell us. Free lecture, but please book your ticket online in advance.

10 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Donder feat. Sigbjørn Apeland [21:00] Belgian band Donder joins forces with Sigbjørn Apeland, who embraces traditional Norwegian music.

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 TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Matteo Myderwyck [20:15] Immensely talented neoclassical pianist from the Netherlands presents his first electronical work. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sun-Mi Hong Quintet [21:00] South Korean drummer, composer and band leader Sun-Mi Hong manages to convey her unique perspective on the world with her compositions. She will be presenting her latest album ‘A Self-Strewn Portrait’, together with her quintet. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

13 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 6. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Jef Neve [16:00] Composer and improviser Jef Neve will take to the stage without any form of preparation, and will ask you for ideas about what he should play. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Vielfalt [20:00 and 21:15] This performance takes you into a surrealistic film of magical tricks, slapstick and dancing duets. It all starts with a magician who makes his wife disappear. Her husband moves heaven and earth to find her and ends up in a surreal maze. 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.

16 Wednesday PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Dare to Say [20:00] This performance presents two world premieres by two distinctive makers. Alexander Ekman and Dimo Milev challenge the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in their new creations with different approaches to movement and choreography, adapted to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

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

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19 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Minimal music on the organ [11:00] 27-year-old Laurens de Man will be playing contemporary music on the baroque organ of TivoliVredenburg. DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 5. NICOLAÏKERK > Mysterium [20:15] The Utrecht Student Chamber Choir (Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij) sings Frank Martin’s Mass for double choir. What is now a well-known masterpiece used to be hidden from the public, because to Martin it was ‘an expression of feelings that should remain secret’. The young singers challenge themselves and discover this intense piece of music, together with famous choir works from Messiaen and Poulenc. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 4.

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M U S E U M FL E H I TE A MER SFO O R T MUSEUM HOGE WOERD >

27 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 6. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream.

21 Monday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Christmas

Oratorio with Nederlands Kamerkoor and Concerto Köln [18:30 and 21:15] The Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) has made a tradition of its yearly performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, led by chief conductor Peter Dijkstra. This year the choir performs together with the renowned Concerto Köln in a small setting, creating an intimate atmosphere perfectly suited to enjoy this masterpiece for Christmas.

Kids

EXHIBITIONS, MUSEUMS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES MIFFY MUSEUM > Step into the world

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.

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.

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MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 6. DB’S > The show must go online: artist tba [21:00] Twenty lucky listeners can attend the gig, all the others can check out the online livestream. 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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Movie Tips

BLACKBIRD Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver > from 5 November Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS on her own terms.

SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY > Bringing far away close by [permanent] 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

[Wednesday from 15:45-16:45 from 28 Oct to 2 Dec] 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. DE VRIJSTAAT > Expo Pet’s Shop [Saturday and Sunday between 12:00 and 17:00 from 3 Oct to 6 Dec] Learn how you can transform your old toys into brand-new pieces of art.

Sunday 22 (Nov) PERF ORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > 1, 2,

3, 4 Poppetje van Papier (3+) [10:00] You’ll never look at paper in the same way again when you’ve seen this show. You can love it, cry about it, be scared by it, or take it to a world that didn’t exist before. Although…it did exist, but you’d just never noticed it.

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THE SINGING CLUB Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver > from 5 November With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement. LECTURE AND FILM: UNDER THE VULCANO Central Library Utrecht > 13 November Utrecht writer and film connoisseur Rob van Scheers discusses a book and its film adaptation. This time: Under the Vulcano, which depicts the last 24 hours in the life of a lonely, depressed, alcohol-addicted British ex-consul in Mexico.

PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Mankind (6+) [13:30] Evolution has brought us to where we are today. We think we know who we are, and we think we know where we come from. But where are we going? We can open the books in search of that answer. And then? We build and break, climb and descend, make room for ourselves and for others. We move forward by trial and error, without knowing where it will end.

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CENTRAL LIBRARY UTRECHT 1 NOV - 31 DEC > Film programme Hoogt on Tour [time tba] Hoogt on Tour has a permanent location to show films six days a week: the cinema of the Central Library on Neude. Check the website for the programme. 13 NOV > Lecture and film: Under the Vulcano [19:30] In this new monthly series, Utrecht writer and film connoisseur Rob van Scheers discusses a book and its film adaptation. What are the differences and similarities, what choices have been made and why have certain storylines or novel characters been dropped or changed? The first film is Under the Volcano. It depicts the last 24 hours in the life of a lonely, depressed, alcohol-addicted British ex-consul in Mexico on All Souls’ Day in 1939. LOUIS HARTLOOPER COMPLEX/ SPRINGHAVER FROM 5 NOV > Blackbird [time tba] Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS on her own terms. The mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer (Kate Winslet) and Anna (Mia Wasikowska). But Lily’s story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life. FROM 5 NOV > Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave

Alone At Alexandra Palace [time tba] The registration of a one off solo show by Nick Cave in the legendary West Hall in Alexandra Palace. Cave performs a great selection of his catalogue, from early ‘Grinderman’tracks to music from the latest Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album ‘Ghosteen’. The performance was filmed by award winning DP Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey). FROM 5 NOV > The Singing Club [time tba] With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global


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movement. The film, directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty), is based on a true story. DE NIJVERHEID 26 NOV > Ema [20:30] Daring portrait of a dancer who does everything she can to be reunited with her son. This new film by director Pablo Larraín is stylish, explosive and a spectacle for the eye and ear.

Festivals & Events

Exhibitions & Museums

BAK UNTIL 10 JAN 2021 > 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 UNTIL 17 JAN 2021 > The fortified city New exhibition that explores the age-old quest for safety and the defensive role of city walls. 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 4 – 27 NOV > Ecdysis Artist Janneke Berendsen is determined to give the visitor a different perspective on femininity. A vision that is not, as we are used to through the media, partially sexual and one-dimensional, but a vision in which the woman can be seen as a complex and layered being. 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. EXBUNKER 31 OCT – 29 NOV > Ik zie ik zie wat jij ook ziet A spatial experience of optical illusions. In this installation graphic design, colored lights, music and fashion work together while changing the whole time. It shows you different perspectives at once. SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND EVERY 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH > Monthly changing exhibitions of upcoming artists

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MIFFY LIVES HERE – UNTIL 24 JAN 2021 MIFFY MUSEUM > [from 17:00 to 23:00] The the animation ‘Miffy lives here’ is projected onto the façade of the museum. From just after 5 until 11 p.m., you can stop and watch the winter adventures of Miffy and her friends. The animation lasts around 13 minutes and is on a continuous loop. SPRING IN AUTUMN XXXL – 28 OCT - 15 NOV VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [time tba] The fall edition of SPRING Performing Arts Festival, in collaboration with Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, presents cutting edge performances by international theatre makers and choreographers. In addition to the opening weekend in Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, SPRING also presents performances in Theater Kikker, TivoliVredenburg, Het Huis and De LiK. RONDE VAN SINT MAARTEN – 6 AND 7 NOV BERLIJNPLEIN > [time tba] Walking route past the light sculptures that are normally carried through the city in the St Maarten Parade. You will be treated by random performances by choirs, orchestras, dancers, clowns and theatrical acts along the way, GEESTDRIFT FESTIVAL – 7 NOV PIETERSKERK > [12:00] Intimate festival that combines topics like ( former) faith traditions, personal beliefs and philosophy with music, art and theatre. The programme mostly features international speakers. LISZT COMPETITION UTRECHT – 16 - 22 NOV GASTHUIS LEEUWENBERGH > [time tba] After the Liszt Competition Utrecht had to be moved in March due to COVID-19, the international piano

talents will still be coming to Utrecht in November. With compositions by Liszt and Beethoven they will try to convince the jury and the audience that they should be the winner of this year’s Liszt Competition. WINTER STATION – FROM 21 DEC RAILWAY MUSEUM > [from 10:00] Go ice skating between the trains, listen to live music, take a ride on the antique carrousel, roast marshmallows on the campfire, have your face painted, do some handcraft and drink hot chocolate with oliebollen. For the grown-ups, there’s mulled wine with snacks.

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60 MAG Utrecht — Nov/Dec 2020 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. FOTODOK FROM 27 NOV > Pass It On This exhibition completes the current ‘annual theme’ collective memory. This project focuses on family archives and introduces a concept of a ‘studio exhibition’. It shows works by three artists from the Netherlands and one international artist. DE HAAR CASTLE 1 NOV – 31 DEC > 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. KUNSTLIEFDE 21 NOV – 31 DEC > December Design In addition to the art of young and renowned designers, the exhibition features original works of art by members of Kunstliefde. You can buy

their work, ranging from ceramics, jewellery, glassware, lamps, bags and much more, for a great price. 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. 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. 16 NOV - 5 DEC > Het Huis van Sinterklaas Kids between 3 and 7 years old will experience exciting adventures and get to meet Sinterklaas. You will find out why the

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WHAT YOU SEE FESTIVAL Various locations > 19 to 22 November This multidisciplinary festival questions and stretches ingrained norms on gender and identity. Expect progressive theatre, dance and art performances, films, workshops, exhibitions, talks and more by a variety of artists.

HOW REMOTE IS REMOTE WARFARE? Utrecht University Hall > 1 December Western countries increasingly choose remote warfare, but this largely renders the violence invisible. Political scientist Prof Jolle Demmers (UU) explains how and calls for more transparency.

UTRECHT LAUGHS Hofman Café > 4 and 18 November, 2 and 16 November Open mic comedy night in English. Come round with your friends for an evening of comedy by budding stand-up comedy talent. You can also grab a bite to eat beforehand.

Dutch eat speculaas (a spiced biscuit) and pepernoten (small, round spices cookies) at this time of year. You will also learn more about the history of this children’s feast. UNTIL 17 JAN 2021 > 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 9 MAY 2021 > 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 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. QUINTESSENS GALLERY 4 NOV - 4 DEC > Dorry van Haersolte, Ellie Hahn, Guus Roëll - Fine Arts & Antique Combined exhibition with works on paper and wood, sculptures, antiques and exotica. 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


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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 electric trains.

RAUM 1 NOV – 31 DEC > 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.

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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.

MAG Utrecht Editor in chief Dieuwke de Boer Editorial board Dieuwke de Boer, Pam van der Veen and Ronald Besemer Design & cover design Flowdesign.nl Designers Merel Brouns, Saskia Janssen and Linda Sier Contributors Merel van 't Hooft Translations Caroline McNeal Listings Dieuwke de Boer and Merel van 't Hooft Deadline for listings Edition Jan/Feb 2021: 28 Oct at the latest and edition Mar/Apr 2021: 30 Dec at the latest via redactie@magutrecht.com Advertising Carsten van Rossen T 06 52 62 11 06 c.vanrossen@utrechtmarketing.nl Suzanne Baerends T 06 10 63 33 96 s.baerends@utrechtmarketing.nl

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without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Online & social media www.magutrecht.com Facebook: facebook.com/ magutrecht Instagram: @magutrecht This publication is made possible by cultural and social organisations and the City of Utrecht. > MAG Utrecht Jan/Feb 2021 will be published in week 53.


an intense, schizophrenic theatre concert that rips apart the mind and the body by Naomi Velissariou november 2020 in De Paardenkathedraal get your tickets now theaterutrecht.nl


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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

New in town?

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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Check out the IWCUR

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 EXboot exboot.nl EXbunker exbunker.nl Fotodok fotodok.org Free Walking Tour Utrecht freewalkingtourutrecht.com Gilde Utrecht gildeutrecht.nl/english De Haar Castle kasteeldehaar.nl/english Hofman Café hofman-cafe.nl Hoogt on Tour hoogt.nl IMPAKT impakt.nl

International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region welcome.utrechtregion.com De Kargadoor kargadoor.nl Kunstliefde kunstliefde.nl Louis Hartlooper Complex hartlooper.nl/en Miffy Museum nijntjemuseum.nl Moira moira-utrecht.nl Molen de Ster molendester.nu 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 Oud Amelisweerd Pop-up Museum popupmoa.nl De Paardenkathedraal theaterutrecht.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-schroderhouse Ronde van Sint Maarten rondevansintmaarten.nl Salon van Weleer salonvanweleer.nl Slot Zuylen slotzuylen.nl/english Sonnenborgh Museum & Observatory sonnenborgh.nl/english SPRING in Autumn Springhaver springhaver.nl/en Stadsschouwburg Utrecht stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl Studium Generale sg.uu.nl 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 University Hall uu.nl/en/organisation/utrechtuniversity-hall Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht universiteitsmuseum.nl/english De Vrijstaat devrijstaat.nl What You See Festival whatyouseefestival.nl


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Next time?

STAYING IN THE HEART OF UTRECHT, CLOSE TO THE WATER OF THE OUDEGRACHT - SOUNDS GREAT RIGHT? PETIT BEIJERS, A BOUTIQUE HOTEL WITH A HINT OF ANTIQUE, IS A PERFECT PLACE FOR A ‘PETITCATION’. MONUMENTAL

PETIT BEIJERS The nine rooms, tastefully furnished by an antique dealer, are spread over two monumental canal houses dating from the fifteenth century. The hotel is run by Janine and Tom, who also own Soep-er, a soup bar on the ground floor of one of the buildings. The bar is also the place where you check in and out and enjoy your breakfast in the morning. > Vismarkt 16-18 petitbeijers.com


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MAG Utrecht November & December 2020  

The last edition of the year, the November and December edition of MAG Utrecht.

MAG Utrecht November & December 2020  

The last edition of the year, the November and December edition of MAG Utrecht.

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