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JANUARI & FEBRUARY 2021

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE CITY’S HOTSPOTS AND ITS CULTURAL EVENTS

Local beers, castles & city walks YOUR GUIDE TO THE CITY’S HOTSPOTS AND ITS CULTURAL EVENTS


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Photography Merel Brouns

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Winter in Utrecht The new year has begun, so it’s time to start working on those new year’s resolutions. If you want to go outside more, head to Utrecht north-east. From ancient forts, unusual houses, rural areas and a gypsy wagon with coffee facilities: you’ll be surprised at what you come across on a walk through this part of town. Next to the exhibitions, live and online gigs, theatre performances and movies on offer, we’re also taking you further afield, exploring the unique Dutch Waterlines and some of the many castles

and country estates in the region. Last but not least, we’ve listed ten local beer breweries to check out. Cheers! All the information in this magazine 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 events could get cancelled at the last minute. Always check the website or social media of the place you’re heading for last-minute updates. And above all: stay healthy!

Photography Dieuwke de Boer

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What’s happening? Things to do & places to go Spotlight A tour of the north-east The local’s favourites Q&A with Anna Niemi

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40 Eat & Drink Cheers to local beer(s)

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46 The new locals Anita Nánási from Hungary 48 Throwback Food & music 50 Cultural Events Calendar 62 Practicalities 64 Map 66 Check out online 67 Next time MUZE Hotel

EAT & DRINK

32 Explore Visit Utrecht’s castles and country estates 36 The Dutch Water Lines Water as an ally

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28 Shopping Utca’s Finest

SHOPPING

Theatre, art, literature & more Voices of Fashion 18 Exhibitions & Museums Mary Magdalen 20 Music I Am Oak 24 Theatre Foam rubber dancers 26 Movies 4 must-sees

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What’s happening?

January & February

THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO

OPEN-AIR ART

Magical realism

In 2017, the Centraal Museum dedicated a huge exhibition to Pyke Koch (1901-1991), one of the main proponents of neo-realism and magical realism in the Netherlands. In the early 1930s, Koch made his name as an artist who could create his own, sinister world using a perfect technique. During a stay in Italy, the artist developed Fascist sympathies, which did not go down well after World War II. However, this did little to damage the popularity of this artist, who spent most of his life in Utrecht. The metres-high wall painting on Van Asch van Wijckskade (created by the artists’ cooperative De Strakke Hand) is a replica of one of Pyke Koch’s works. > on the side wall of Van Asch van Wijckskade 4


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ROMAN FORT

Museum Hoge Woerd

This archaeological museum is based in Castellum Hoge Woerd in Leidsche Rijn. The castellum is a contemporary reconstruction of an actual Roman fort, which stood exactly on this spot over 2,000 years ago. Highlight is the 2,000-yearold Roman ship with its complete inventory. Make the most of your visit with one of the audio tours, which are available in English and German (and Dutch). You can choose between three different routes: along the authentic Roman ship, over the ramparts of the towering fort or through the interactive exhibition 3,000 years of living and working. > Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Museum Hoge Woerd museumhogewoerd.nl/en

THE MENU IS ALWAYS CHANGING - NOT JUST TAJINES, BUT ALSO PASTILLAS AND HARIRA LOCAL FAVOURITE

Photography Aafke Holwerda

Miss Tajine

Christa Lijn enjoys making vegetable and meat tajines with fragrant spices. But on one occasion when she didn’t feel like cooking, she discovered that you couldn’t order this delicious baked dish anywhere in Utrecht. So Christa started her own restaurant on Hardebollenstraat. The menu at Miss Tajine is always changing - not just tajines, but also pastillas (savoury pies), salads and harira. > Hardebollenstraat 2 misstajine.com


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DISCOVER THE REGION

The Winter Garden

A glass conservatory, a beautiful tea garden, a wealth of tropical plants, a splendid high tea, lunch or drinks in an art-deco setting. The Winter Garden (Wintertuin) in Cantons Park in Baarn is a nationally listed building which is now open to the public after 105 years. The wealthy Amsterdammer August Janssen (1865-1918) had this impressive greenhouse built so that he could exhibit his collection of tropical plants, which he had imported from the Dutch East Indies. These days, you can play escape and exploration games, as well as sipping tea and roaming around the botanical garden. > Heemskerklaan 25, Baarn wintertuinexperience.nl

DRAWING, PAINTING, SMEARING, DIPPING: ANYTHING GOES

January & February

CREATIVE OUTBURST

Kris Kras Atelier

Drawing, painting, smearing, sprinkling or dipping: anything goes at the Kris Kras Atelier. And yes, this includes getting dirty. In this creative course of six lessons, visual artist Femke van Eijndthoven takes your child (and you) on a creative voyage of discovery. > from 8 January, Neude Library bibliotheekutrecht.nl

MUST-SEE

The Courettes

An evening with the Brazilian-Danish couple Flávia Couri (vocals and guitar) and Martin Couri (vocals and drums) is an evening of fast and furious, bawdy sixties garage rock. In short: not to be missed, whether it’s on- or offline. > 23 January, dB’s dbstudio.nl


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What’s happening? MADE IN UTRECHT

Redfeet brothers

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Photography S. Plamer, Lotte Kooistra

Playfully melancholic

Lotte Kooistra makes installations that she combines with audio-visual technology. The perception of the space as a whole plays an important role. She appeals to the visitors’ senses, teasing them into feelings of melancholy. ‘I wanted to arouse people’s curiosity: images to explore and food for thought.’ > 23 January to 14 February, EXbunker exbunker.nl

It may be a bit to too cold for swimming trunks, but it’s never too early to start looking for trend-setting new trunks for next summer. The upbeat swimming trunks designed by the Utrecht brand Redfeet brothers (thought up by the brothers Floris, Michiel and Hessel Roodvoet) were inspired by the 1970s. The Mr Olympia model is based on Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wore underpants of the same colour during his first Mr Olympia bodybuilding competition. The trunks even have handy little pockets with zips. They also are sustainable: the trunks are in fact made from recycled plastic bottles. Each pair uses about 11 bottles. > the Redfeet brothers swimming trunks are on sale via their own webshop redfeetbrothers.com

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SPOTLIGHT

A tour of the north-east ANCIENT FORTS, UNUSUAL HOUSES, RURAL AREAS AND A GYPSY WAGON WITH COFFEE FACILITIES: YOU’LL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT YOU COME ACROSS ON A WALK THROUGH THE NORTH-EAST OF UTRECHT. By Pam van der Veen

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t’s one of Utrecht’s best-kept secrets: Zwarte Water. 1 Approached from Lauwerecht, what first appears to be a narrow, romantic canal is in fact a residual channel of the adjacent River Vecht. The name (Black Water) comes from the dark peaty water, and the channel once formed the boundary of the Bemuurde Weerd suburb. It is now one the city’s most beautiful spots. And this place, where time has stood still, is where our tour of north-east Utrecht begins.

National Veterinary College. It was recently restored to its former glory, complete with anatomical theatre, dissection room and apartments.

MYSTERIOUS FIGURES

MOTORWAY SOUNDTRACK

Keep the water to your right and follow the road until you reach Johannes de Bekastraat, where you turn right. Turn left at the end, and then immediately right, along Menno van Coehoornstraat to Griftpark. As you cross the water, a group of figures created by the famous German artist Thomas Schütte will loom into view: mysterious, rustybrown and larger than life, seemingly immersed in their own private dance. 2 To the east of the park, we cross Blauwkapelseweg and walk along Alexander Numankade. On your right, you’ll see the Biltse Grift, a waterway that runs to Zeist and once served as a transport route. Turn right after the Kapurplantsoen, and cross the wooden bridge to admire the imposing Anatomy Building. 3 Architect Joseph Crouwel, who was also responsible for the former post office on Neude, designed this building a hundred years ago in the style of the Amsterdam School. Until 1988, it was part of the Utrecht

Go back across the Biltse Grift to Dekhuyzenstraat, and you’ll see another typical Crouwel building: the former Small Animal Clinic dating from 1922. Not as famous as Crouwel’s other designs, but the stone animal figurines, protruding rounded extensions and fortress-like battlements certainly make it worth a look. 4 Admiraal van Gentstraat takes you to M.H. Trompstraat, with the Villa Francisca on the corner. 5 Although the flaking plasterwork is proof that this early twentiethcentury building has lost much of its former glory, if you screw up your eyes you can still see the grandeur of the walled garden, the towers and the arched windows. It’s a totally different style of building from the Dingemanshuis, your next destination. 6 Take the footpath leading north over the water from the crossroads of Trompstraat and Van Gentstraat. Turn right into Huizingalaan. You’ll notice the home of the architect Piet Dingemans


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(deceased), which stands out thanks to a quirky square tower rising through the treetops. The building dates from 1964. It was intended as a place in which to x le live and work and was given a modern, flexible lay-out. Mrs Dingemans used the tower for painting and meditating. The house is now for sale for a mere € 3 million. Continue towards Ariënslaan and turn left through the tunnel into Park Voorveldse Polder. 7 Here you’ll find Fort De Bilt, one of the defences of the New Dutch Water Line. Turn left onto the footpath just beyond the Ultc-Iduna tennis club, and go under the A27 to reach Voorveldsepad. Turn left again into a more rural area. Okay, the green fields with horses and sheep have a motorway soundtrack and high-rise buildings as a backdrop, but you’re still out of town.

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Voorveldsepad leads to a second nineteenthcentury fortification: Fort Voordorp. 8 At the entrance, you’ll find Koffie Bij Maria, a self-service café in a colourful, immaculately styled gypsy wagon. You can make your own coffee or tea inside for just € 1, and buy something to go with it or visit the toilet. Voordorpsedijk and Bastionweg take you to the idyllic village of Blauwkapel. 9 Many of the buildings in this oasis of tranquillity are listed, including the fort Werkspoor dating from 1818kwartie and therchurch from 1451. Nice to know: a meteorite known as the ‘Utrecht’, hit Blauwkapel in 1843. Follow Kapelweg, and turn left into Eyckmanlaan, where you’ll see the former Blauwkapel signal box at the level crossing. 10 Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has put a tempo­ rary halt to plans to turn this municipal monument into a hospitality venue. Turn right before you get to Gerrit Rietveld College, towards Professor Reinwardtlaan, which takes you along the waterside through

Tuindorp. Walk over the bridge to Professor Leonard Fuchslaan, and turn right at the end before you reach Kardinaal de Jongweg and the water that runs parallel.

SEVENTIES COLOURS

Walk alongside the water until you reach the Tuindorp-West complex 11 , a collection of flats built in the seventies to house some 1,200 students. It sounds unlikely, but these high-rise buildings are an official municipal monument, partly because of the so-called brutalist architecture and the emergency staircases on the outside of the buildings. It’s fun to wander around the complex, just to admire the seventies orange, green and yellow colours, and the contemporary wall paintings by the Utrecht ‘Verfdokter’. Talmalaan then takes you southwards through the Staatslieden neighbourhood. Stop at Hygge restaurant for a take-away drink and a quick bite to eat. 12 Follow Verenigingsdwarsstraat to the Lauwerecht, which takes you back to Zwarte Water, where our tour of the north-east began.

Photography Arjan den Boer, Michel Boulogne, Pam van der Veen

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THE LOCAL’S FAVOURITES

Q&A WITH ANNA NIEMI

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Anna Niemi came to Utrecht from Finland in her early twenties, on the recommen­ dation of friends. She never left, and seventeen years later she is as local as can be. Not only does she speak fluent Dutch, she knows more about the city and its history than some of its native inhabitants. Part of this is thanks to her strong involvement in local politics. She participates in discus­ sions organised by the local council and is a co-City Lead for the panEuropean party Volt; a progressive and relatively new party that works on local, national and international levels to create a more democratic and united Europe. In her cosy apartment in Wijk C, we chat about her favourite activities and go-to places in and around town.


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Walking route ‘I love the fact that there is so much nature in and around Utrecht. You can go for a long hike and see mostly green. Some of my favourite spots are Amelisweerd and Amerongen, but I also recommend the walking route around Kanaleneiland, or going towards the Merwedekanaal and the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal. You end up walking along the water and through some forested areas, which is great.’

Communal garden ‘Wijk C has been my home since 2007. It’s a very diverse neighbourhood with some remarkable inhabitants and a rich history. I am also fond of our binnentuin, the communal garden area we recently redesigned with help from the municipality and a landscape architect. It’s open for everyone to come and have a look during daytime.’

Vegan places ‘Being a vegan makes options for clothes shopping a bit more limited. One of my go-to stores is Nukuhiva on Zadelstraat, however; they have great ethical clothing. As for restaurants, I like the Afghan restaurant Sarban

(formerly called Darah) next to the Oudegracht, Van Planten along the Vleutenseweg, and Waku Waku, opposite TivoliVredenburg. They’re all great places for take-out too.’

Local markets ‘Markets are excellent places for sourcing organic and artisan products. I would actually like to see more small cosmetic brands in shops, too, for instance. The good thing about buying at a market is that you support inde­ pen­dent businesses or artists instead of big corporations, and often find interesting things. The seasonal markets on the Twijnstraat, Maria­ plaats and Neude are among my favourites.’

Dance schools ‘On Wednesdays, I usually dance ballet at the Dance School Utrecht (DCU). I’ve been doing ballet for over 13 years now. My go-to place for dance equipment is Flashdance on Voorstraat. I also do African dance at Studio Lionpaw. John Kayongo is a great teacher there, and even organises visits to Uganda to dance with local groups.’

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Janice Deul on Voices of fashion: ‘People often say that black people are the ‘Curators of Cool’, but this is never acknowledged or recognised in the circles that matter. This is all down to power and history. That’s why I’m so pleased about this exhibition. It’s a celebration of black beauty, talent and culture, which will hopefully make people think, and finally earn the models and designers the credit that they deserve.


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Art, music, theatre & more EVEN THOUGH THE CORONAVIRUS STILL HAS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON OUR DAILY LIVES, WE CAN STILL VISIT ART EXHIBITIONS, ENJOY INTIMATE CONCERTS OR THEATRE PERFORMANCES AND WATCH MOVIES. WE’VE LINED UP THE HIGHLIGHTS OF JANUARY AND FEBRUARY FOR YOU.


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BLACK BEAUTY

VOICES OF FASHION For decades, fashion has been presented, worn and collected from a white perspective. Fashion curator Ninke Bloemberg and co-curator and founder of Diversity Rules Janice Deul are exploring the impact that black designers have had on the world of fashion, and on what is widely considered to be fashionable. Deul’s platform Diversity Rules promotes an inclusive fashion landscape, a topic that she has been pushing on the public agenda for years. > from 13 February, Centraal Museum centraalmuseum.nl

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CRITICISM OF SOCIETY

TO LIVE AS EQUALS

Multimedia artist Tony Cokes combines vision, sound and text to create a unique criticism of society. This exhibition shows a selection of his work, all relating to crucial moments in history. He uses appropriated essay fragments, newspaper headlines and song lyrics, historical images, monochrome backgrounds and soundtracks from pop, rock and electronic music to criticise the way that the media presents the world today. > until 31 January, BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst bakonline.org

The performances, videos, TV shows, installations, sculptures and experiences created by Tonnie Heijdra stem from her curiosity about secrets and façades. About the things that people take so much trouble to hide. In EXboot, Tonnie Heijdra exhibits a piece of work that has never been seen before, just like the secrets that it (almost) reveals. > 20 January to 14 February, EXboot exboot.nl


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Exhibitions & Museums

FEMINIST ICON

MARY MAGDALEN She is a woman of extremes: Mary Magdalen is associated with sensuality and sin, is a beacon of hope, was revered in the prosperous Middle Ages and still manages to be a feminist icon. And was she married to Jesus or not? This rich history has made Mary Magdalen an eternal source of inspiration for artists through the ages, from old masters to contemporary artists such as Marlene Dumas and David LaChapelle. > from 19 February, Museum Catharijneconvent catharijneconvent.nl/visitorinformation

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David LaChapelle, Mary Magdalene receives the holy spirit, 2018, Studio David LaChapelle, Los Angeles


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‘Making music is very

cathartic’ THE MAN BEHIND THE UTRECHT BAND I AM OAK IS AS PENSIVE AS HIS MUSIC. IN DECEMBER, HE RELEASED A NEW ALBUM WITH REFERENCES TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. SONGWRITER THIJS KUIJKEN: ‘I WANT MY SONGS TO COMFORT AND INSPIRE PEOPLE.’ By Machiel Coehorst


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You write most of the I Am Oak songs on your own. Why? ‘It’s mainly for practical reasons. I have the resources to do it and you always have to make arrangements if you want to get the band involved. You have to peak at a specific time, while at home, I can just work on a song whenever it suits me. I write everything myself, so the basis is mine anyway. But as well as this, I enjoy embellishing and expanding songs. I sometimes plan to share a new idea with the band, but then I just get on with it myself instead.’ What’s the story behind the strange band name? ‘I Am Oak refers to the place that I come from: Bergeijk in Brabant. It’s also a reference to the natural

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ike so many other things, I Am Oak has been affected by COVID-19. A recent tour of Switzerland was cancelled. ‘We would have had to spend the first ten days in quarantine. That’s not an option for us,’ says Thijs. ‘Such a pity. It would have been the first time since March that we were all on stage together.’ He spent the lockdown period making and posting videos, in which he added a new twist to songs from his repertoire. As he puts it, to do something worthwhile and show that I’m still alive. ‘I played a guitar song on the keyboard, for example, and vice versa. All in all, I managed to record an existing number every day for fifty consecutive days.’

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element in my music and on the album sleeves. I see nature as a good metaphor for the things I want to say. It can transport listeners to a different dimension. This is something that I try to do with music too: help people to escape from reality.’ Your music is often described as understated, searching. Does this reflect your personality? ‘Yes, music is a continuation of who I am. I use music to deal with things, to examine myself and my life. I Am Oak songs are a reflection of my search for who and what I am. I suppose you could say that it’s therapeutic. I find the process of writing and playing music cathartic. This doesn’t just apply to me, but to the listeners too. I hope that my songs comfort and inspire them.’ So the new album has come out last December? ‘Yes, based on the videos that I made this spring, the re-interpretations of old numbers. The sound has been enhanced and remixed, but I haven’t added anything to the songs themselves. The album is a reminder of that strange period

of lockdown. There’s one new song on it. Someone in my family died during that period. It was very sudden and unreal, and the corona restrictions made the funeral, and everything connected with it, very, very strange. I used this experience when I wrote That’s That. In essence, the song is about that death, but because it’s so bound up with the coronavirus, the song also refers to the pandemic.’ Performing abroad is out of the question at the moment, despite your current success in Germany and Japan. ‘Yep. Our album Our Blood came out on a small Japanese label in 2016, and we performed there two years later. It’s a bizarre experience: you have to start from square one, small audiences in small theatres. These gigs were mainly fuelled by my passion for music and my personal love of Japan. In 2019, when our album Osmosis was released, I went back to play solo gigs in a few cities. It’s a fascinating country and I love going there. I appreciate so many facets of Japanese art, culture, language and philosophy. The aesthetics, the relationship with nature, the philosophical character, but also the contradiction of a hectic district in Tokyo right next to a serene zen garden or temple. I think that the original seed for my fascination was planted by the cartoons and Nintendo from my childhood.’ iamoak.com

Photography Angelina Hartmann

‘I SEE NATURE AS A GOOD METAPHOR FOR THE THINGS I WANT TO SAY. IT CAN TRANSPORT LISTENERS TO A DIFFERENT DIMENSION’


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FOR DRIFTERS AND GO-GETTERS

HOTEL HIERWAARDAAR

What do you do if you’re dependent on each other? This is precisely the question that the Utrecht theatre makers De Dansers and Het Filiaal are addressing in this funny, yet alienating, family show. Four drifting characters find themselves in the lobby of the run-down Hotel Hierwaardaar, where bewildering things appear and suddenly disappear again. They try to make themselves at home between the dancing fish, cheeky furniture and furious walls. But how do you go about this? A show about hope in an unpredictable world; what could be more fitting in the current period? > 16 and 17 January, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht and 28 February, Podium Hoge Woerd Stadsschouwburg-utrecht.nl podiumhogewoerd.nl


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FOAM RUBBER DANCERS Together with top dancers from the Fractal Collective, Duda Paiva Company has drawn inspiration from the work of Alair Gomes. This Brazilian photographer had an exceptional talent for revealing remarkable details in the chaotic world around him. He and his tele-lens took perfect photos of the male body. Gomes called his series ‘Sonatinas’. His work has now been brought to life in an extraordinary fusion of the Duda Paiva Company’s magical foam rubber dolls and the acrobatic urban dance performed by the dancers of the Fractal Collective. > 20 January, Podium Hoge Woerd podiumhogewoerd.nl

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SONATINAS 4 FEET

KAFKAESQUE CIRCUS

JANUS

A table, a chair, a cupboard and no exit. This man’s world man appears to be very simple. But while the reality of his life begins to dawn on him, an invisible force seems to be playing a treacherous game with him. Even he is surprised to find out who is actually pulling the strings. A bizarre, comical psychological thriller without words, but packed with magic, amazement and hats. > 30 January, Podium Hoge Woerd podiumhogewoerd.nl

SCI-FI

PILOT PC

Participate in this science-(non)-fiction study of what we need to be able to reflect and move at a safe distance in 2021. 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. > 28 January, Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl

Photography Paul Struijk, Kolja Huneck, Noortje Stortelder

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Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance

This silent documentary from 1982 gives a disturbing account of the influence that technology is having on humans and life on Earth. The mix of slowed-down and speeded-up images, combined with the penetrating ‘minimal music’ of Phillip Glass, has a compelling, almost hypnotic effect. But the message is clear: the disturbed relationship between man, nature and technology demands a different approach to life. After the screening, there will be a discussion with the young Utrecht climate activist Mirjam Scholtens (21), who is a member of Extinction Rebellion Utrecht. The discussion will be in Dutch. > 15 January, Neude Library bibliotheekutrecht.nl/film

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Hired to steal a rare painting from one of the most enigmatic painters of all time, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control. With Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland. > from 7 January, Louis Hartlooper Complex or Springhaver hartlooper.nl/en springhaver.nl/en


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Photography Jose Haro

Rialto

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

There’s a bar in Las Vegas called ‘The Roaring 20s’. It’s a place where people - young, old, black, white, men, women and everyone in between - meet to drink, talk, have rows and laugh together. The bar is a second home for many of the regulars, but for Michael, a washed-up actor who cleans the bar after closing time, it is his only home. However, the bar is about to close its doors for good. Brothers Bill and Turner Ross recorded the final 24 hours: a fitting tribute to a typical American ‘dive’ bar. > from 7 January, Louis Hartlooper Complex or Springhaver hartlooper.nl/en springhaver.nl/en

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Colm is in his mid-40s and leads a comfortable life: he has a managerial job in Dublin’s docks, two teenage children, and a kind, loyal wife. After the death of his father, Colm is unable to share his emotions with his wife and starts drinking heavily. He finds himself drawn to Jay, a 19-year-old who dabbles in prostitution. Their sexual encounters and tentative friendship become Colm’s only solace - but this recklessness puts his family-life at risk. > from 7 January, Louis Hartlooper Complex or Springhaver hartlooper.nl/en springhaver.nl/en


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SHOPPING

Utca’s Finest THEY DESIGN, PRODUCE AND DISPATCH ALL OF THE CLOTHING IN THEIR UTCA’S FINEST RANGE THEMSELVES. AND SOLEIL AND JOSJE ALSO FOUND TIME TO OPEN A TATTOO SHOP. ‘PRIDE IN UTRECHT IS GROWING, AND UTCA’S FINEST HAS CERTAINLY DONE ITS BIT.’ By Rianne van der Molen


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his is where it all happens’, says Soleil, pointing to three presses on the workbench. A cupboard packed with plastic crates full of T-shirts, shorts, sweaters and hoodies in all sizes stands against the opposite wall. This room on Eendrachtlaan, measuring just a few square metres, is the nerve centre of Utca’s Finest; the Utrecht clothing brand that has been growing steadily since 2013. It all started when Soleil and Josje Sturm, both born and bred in Utrecht, heard prissy comments in the Amsterdam fashion world that nothing good ever comes out of ‘Dom City’. ‘We’ll show them, we thought,’ says Josje. ‘We were already making our own clothing, so we decided to start a brand exclusively for the people of Utrecht. Locals know that Utca is a nickname for the city.’ Clothing by Utca’s Finest is emblazoned with typical Utrecht words like ‘Wijffie’ en ‘Jochie’ (which roughly translate as ‘Chick’ and ‘Kiddo’). The shirts and sweaters adorned with the ‘U’ are also a huge hit. They were designed by the rapper Steen. Soleil: ‘He was one of the first to use the U gesture; you make a U-shape with your hand, and shout “UUUU” very loudly. You hear it all the time at matches where FC Utrecht are playing. Although Steen holds some fairly extreme views - he has been very rude about gay rappers in the past - we’ve always liked his graffiti art.’

FRIENDLY VIBE

According to Soleil, Utrecht locals are slow to admit to being proud of their city. But they love the pretty canals and the friendly vibe in many of the neighbourhoods. ‘I get the feeling that pride is growing. You see more and more people putting 030 (the area code) at the end of their name on the internet, for example. I think that Utca’s Finest has done its bit in this respect.’ Seven years ago, the pair came up with the idea of printing the names of Utrecht districts on shirts. As they manage everything themselves, they are able design for very small


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As we are talking, a blonde twenty-year-old walks into the workshop of the creative hub. ‘Do you sell deckchairs?’ she asks hesitantly. ‘Yes, we do!’ says Soleil enthusiastically, jumping up to grab the chairs. The pair once had a shop in the city centre, but it proved difficult to combine with designing and processing orders for the webstore. Nowadays, they mainly sell online and via the Centraal Museum shop. They produced the deckchairs - sporting the text ‘OOST, WEST, UTREG BEST’ (EAST, WEST, UTRECHT BEST) - for the openair cinema organised by the Centraal Museum in the Rietveld Schröderhuis last summer.

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They are keen for the brand to keep innovating. They recently opened a tattoo shop on their premises, with 030 designs as their speciality. Josje: ‘In recent years, people have kept asking whether we can do tattoos. It seemed like a good idea, so we asked some tattoo artists that we knew to come and work here for our brand.’ New ideas roll out their studios nearly every month. To Soleil’s mind, you have to stay on the ball to stay in the market. ‘I sometimes call out to Josje: “We need something new!” She’s not always onboard straight away, because she’s just too busy, but there’s usually a great new design or concept within 24 hours. If we can keep going like this, I just know that we’ll see more and more people wearing our clothing in the next few years.’ utcasfinest.nl

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target groups. ‘We don’t actually produce the clothes until we get an order,’ explains Soleil. ‘All of Josje’s designs are in our computer. She’s the designer, and I produce and dispatch the orders. If someone orders a ‘Wijffie’ shirt, for example, I print out that file. We then print the text onto a bare garment using our heat press. So we don’t need to have gigantic stocks.’

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Celebrating the good life VISIT UTRECHT’S CASTLES AND COUNTRY ESTATES

THE PROVINCE OF UTRECHT BOASTS ALMOST THREE HUNDRED CASTLES AND COUNTRY ESTATES. MANY OF THEM ARE IN IDYLLIC SPOTS IN THE MIDDLE OF WOODS, WHICH GIVES THEM A VERY SPECIAL FEEL DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE HISTORY OF THE FAMOUS (AND SOMETIMES INFAMOUS) FORMER RESIDENTS, ADMIRE THE BEAUTIFUL ART COLLECTIONS OR GO FOR A NICE, BRISK WALK THROUGH THE CASTLE GARDENS.

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The history of Slot Zuylen, one of the oldest castles on the banks of the River Vecht, is marked by strong, influential women. The writer Belle van Zuylen (1740-1805), for example, lived here until her marriage. In 1763, she published her first book Le Noble, in which she poked fun at the stuffy traditions upheld in noble circles. When it became clear that Belle had written this anonymous book, her father had every single copy destroyed to avoid further scandal. Belle mainly wrote in French and gained international fame under the name Isabelle de Charrière. > Tournooiveld 1, Oud-Zuilen slotzuylen.nl/english


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KASTEEL DE HAAR

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If you want to see how the rich and famous lived, visit the impressive Kasteel de Haar, in the shadow of Utrecht. After it was rebuilt in the late nineteenth century, this extravagant castle became the place that the gentry, bankers, industrialists, artists, writers and members of the royal household wanted to be seen. And not so long ago, it was a hot party venue for the international jet-set. Famous film stars and fashion icons - from Brigitte Bardot and Roger Moore to Joan Collins and Yves Saint Laurent - all stayed with the flamboyant castle family Van Zuylen van Nijevelt. The beautiful grounds are also worth a visit. > Kasteellaan 1, Haarzuilens kasteeldehaar.nl/english

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KASTEEL AMERONGEN The interior of Kasteel Amerongen, built on the floodplains of the Rhine, is exactly how the last residents left it in 1977. It gives a fabulous impression of the day-to-day life of an aristocratic family at the start of the 20th century. The castle was originally a 13th-century residential tower, which was later extended to create a castle with towers. In its early years, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. After having been razed to the ground by French troops under the command of Louis XIV in the 16th century, the castle was reconstructed to create the present building. > Drostestraat 20, Amerongen kasteelamerongen.nl/en

Practicalities If you want to visit a castle or country estate, you must buy an online ticket and reserve a timeslot in advance. Check the site to see if the castle or estate has any additional COVID-19 restrictions. Most of the gardens are open free of charge for a stroll during the winter months. For more information, go to visitutrechtregion.com/ en/things-to-do/castles-and-county-estates


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KASTEEL GROENEVELD Ever since the seventeenth century, regents and merchants have been retreating to rural estates outside the city to enjoy the good life. Kasteel Groeneveld, concealed in the woods near Baarn and surrounded by impressive castle gardens planted in English landscaping style, was one such country estate. The original 18th-century wall paintings and plasterwork remind are evidence of the castle’s rich history. This history also covers the post-war period, when Kasteel Groeneveld was a haven for writers and artists from Amsterdam. The castle offers guided tours, but it’s also worth going for a walk in the gardens. Afterwards, you can shop for organic products at Hoeve Ravenstein next door. > Groeneveld 2, Baarn kasteelgroeneveld.nl/castle-and-park

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THE EMPEROR HAD HIS ART AND FURNITURE TRANSPORTED FROM BERLIN TO THE NETHERLANDS IN SIXTY TRAIN WAGONS

A castle fit for an emperor: after the German defeat in World War I, the German ex-Emperor Wilhelm II fled his country and headed for the neutrality of The Netherlands. He bought Huis Doorn in 1919 and lived there until his death in 1941. Wilhelm II upheld his imperial allure in the Netherlands, decorating his home with the very best paintings, furniture, silver objects, porcelain and rugs. He had them transported to Doorn from palaces in Berlin and Postdam in sixty train coupés. Baroque art features heavily in the original interior, that is still very much intact. You’ll find Wilhelm’s tomb in the mausoleum. If you aren’t keen to visit in person, you can pay a virtual visit to Huis Doorn Museum and scroll through the art collection online.


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YOU’LL SEE THEM DOTTED ALL AROUND THE UTRECHT COUNTRYSIDE: ANCIENT FORTS AND CONCRETE BUNKERS, CASEMENTS AND HIDEOUTS. TOGETHER THEY FORM A DEFENCE LINE THAT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE NETHERLANDS FROM HOSTILE ATTACK. IN 2021, THE SPOTLIGHT WILL FALL ON THIS UNIQUE HERITAGE.


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The Defence Line of Amsterdam (Stelling van Amsterdam) and the New Dutch Water Line (Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie) are jointly known as the Dutch Water Lines. Together, they form two hundred kilometres of defence lines that run from Edam in Noord-Holland to the Biesbosch in Zuid-Holland. Much of the New Dutch Water Line is in the Province of Utrecht.

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Work on the defences started in 1815. They were originally built to protect the west of the Netherlands from wartime attacks from the east. Water played an important role: large areas of countryside were flooded with around 50 cm of water to make them inaccessible to soldiers, horses and vehicles travelling on land, but too shallow for boats. The Line was completely or partially flooded on several occasions: in 1870 during the French-German war, at the start of World War I and at the start and end of World War II. The advent of fighter planes made the Line redundant as a defence strategy and it fell into decline in the 1950s.

FLOURISHING BIODIVERSITY

But as times changed, people took renewed interest in the Defence Lines. Open green spaces with fields and meadows emerged around the Lines, because building

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GO ON A FORT SAFARI WITH A FOREST RANGER TO LEARN ABOUT THE UNIQUE LICHENS, TINY INSECTS AND BATS THAT LIVE HERE

was not permitted on areas that had been flooded. In future, it is hoped that this landscape will provide solutions to climate issues, such as drought and water storage. Many of the forts are on ‘islands’, where the public was banned for many years so that nature could take its course. The biodiversity is now flourishing. From March to October, you can go on a fort safari with a forest ranger to learn about the unique lichens, tiny insects, bats and breeding birds that live there. You can do this on foot, by bike or in a canoe/boat.

NEW LEASE OF LIFE

Most of the edifices are still intact and have been given a new lease of life. The Werk aan de Korte Uitweg, for example, is now a tea house with canoe moorings, Fort aan de Klop, Fort Jutphaas and Fort de Batterijen have cafés for a drink and a snack, beer is brewed in Fort Everdingen, and Fort bij Vechten has been renamed the Waterlinie Museum. This museum is the perfect starting point for getting to know more about the history and to see how the defence lines actually worked. You can even do a VR parachute jump over the Water Line.

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Ode to the Dutch Water Lines 2021 revolves around an Ode to the Dutch landscape. The Dutch Water Lines are a big feature of this special year, with organised fort safaris, bike routes, walks, pop-up restaurants and art events. For more information, go to: odeaandehollandsewaterlinies.nl


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Cheers to local beer(s) WITH THE C-WORD LIMITING BOTH OUR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND CULINARY OUTINGS, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT OUR WITHERING TASTE BUDS AND MOUNTING WINTER BLUES? GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME OF UTRECHT’S FINEST BEERS. HERE’S A LIST OF TEN LOCAL BREWERIES TO CHECK OUT AND SUPPORT. BECAUSE THAT’S BASICALLY CHARITY, RIGHT?


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ELEVEN BREWERY The Eleven brewery was built by founder Kevin himself, after he learned the technical aspects of beer brewing at brewery De Molen in Bodegraven. Many brewers start to experiment at their kitchen table, but Kevin started with 30 hectolitretanks. With success, because today Eleven is an established brand in Utrecht, with interesting ‘collabs’ to their name. Give their Lombokbok (coconut, lime and pepper) a try, that Eleven designed together with Indonesian food store Toko Pedis. brouwerijeleven.com 2

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green area next to it was still called Leidsche Rijn Park. Four years later, its name was changed to Máximapark. Coincidence? They think not! In 2020, Maximus launched Circus Maximus, a collection of unconventional beers in arty cans. With names like Psycho Cyclops and Mino Souro, Maximus is encouraging everybody to express their crazy selves.

settling in the Netherlands. Soon after meeting Gijs van Wiechen, they started De Kromme Haring together. Expect English malts, American hops and interesting experiments with yeasts and fermentation.

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Around 1600, there were 22 breweries in town, most of them located along the Oudegracht. Beer was safer to drink than water, and cheaper than coffee or wine. Nowadays, Stadsbrouwerij Oudaen is the only brewery on our main canal. It was established in 1986 in an old ‘city castle’, built in 1280. The beers are brewed in the cellar, and named after prominent families who lived in the castle throughout the centuries.

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being the first 100% organic, vegan, and fossil fuel-free brewery in the Netherlands. Apart from that, they minimise their water usage, use spent grain to feed cows, have solar panels and recycle their heating and cooling sources. A more guilt-free beer might be hard to find. deleckere.nl 8

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Where to buy DE BIERVERTELLER Twijnstraat 47 LITTLE BEERSHOP Hardebollenstraat 7 BIERMAN & BIERMAN Biltstraat 46 DE BIERWINKELIER Nachtegaalstraat 65 BUURTBIER.NL POP-UP STORE Makassarstraat 32 DRIEMETERBIER Amsterdamse­ straatweg 379 (inside Familie van Rijk)

brothers Sander and Ronald, who founded the brewery. Another interesting fact: a lot of the beer that’s brewed by vandeStreek is non-alcoholic. Their popular Playground IPA is safe to drink before driving, and will spare you a hangover, too. Their repertoire also contains stronger concoctions, however, up to a 17,2% Icebock Doppelbock Bourbon BA. vandestreekbier.nl 7

GUILT-FREE BEER

DE LECKERE

Probably one of the most famous Utrecht-based beers, De Leckere can be found in most supermarkets. The company prides itself on

Born from De Brakkerij’s love for baking bread and Projekt Neo’s love for brewing limited edition specialist beers, NANO is a circular nano-brewery and -bakery. Spent grain from the beer brewing process is used as an ingredient for bread, as such creating two delicious products in a sustainable way. For those whose interest is piqued: NANO also offers workshops to reintroduce the bond between bread and beer, which was already well-known in the Middle Ages. brakkerij.nl projekt-neo.nl 9

FINE MALT BREWSKIES

HOUSE OF PINT

A no-nonsense small brewery, House of Pint ‘fine malt brewskies’ was founded in 2016. When they first showed the recipe for their Arrr! Black IPA to a brewer, nobody believed it would be any good. Not long after that, Arrr! was awarded with the Best Beer in Utrecht prize in 2018. Although

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HOUSEHOLD NAME Another household name in Utrecht is Oproer. A merger of the breweries RUIG and Rooie Dop, Oproer has created some 200 different beers since its birth in 2016. Quite a few of those have been made with local bars or restaurants like Sanju, Goesting and De Zaak. In normal circumstances Oproer serves beer and vegan food in the brewpub close to Utrecht Zuilen train station. In normal circumstances Oproer serves beer and vegan food in the brewpub In normal circumstances Oproer serves beer and vegan food in the brewpub close to Utrecht Zuilen train station. But as long as the corona restrictions are in place, you'll have to buy their beers online. oproerbrouwerij.nl

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IT’S A CLASSIC LOVE STORY: ANITA NÁNÁSI WAS ABOUT TO MOVE ABROAD WHEN SHE MET HER HUNGARIAN BOYFRIEND, WHO WAS ALREADY LIVING IN UTRECHT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. SHE DECIDED TO MOVE HERE AS WELL. THREE YEARS LATER, SHE’S FLUENT IN DUTCH, VOLUNTEERS AT BAK BASIS VOOR ACTUELE KUNST AND WANTS TO HELP INTERNATIONALS FEEL MORE AT HOME IN THE UTRECHT ART SCENE. By Dieuwke de Boer

‘Utrecht is lively and vibrant, but also feels a bit village-like. It has everything you need shops, restaurants, cafés, cultural venues but there’s also that time of day when absolutely nothing happens on the streets. Which is good, because it doesn’t give you the feeling that you’re missing out on everything.’

CHITCHAT

‘Even though most people speak English, I decided to learn Dutch as quickly as possible. People always say it’s a difficult language to learn. That’s true, but the vocabulary is quite similar to Hungarian and German. If I read something in Dutch, I can more or less guess what it means. I notice people are very happy that I make the effort to speak the language. Whenever I speak Dutch, I get included in their chitchat.’

ART SCENE ‘Dutch people have a name of being super direct, sometimes even bordering on rude. I would say they just tend to speak their mind. I used to work as a television reporter in


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Hungary and know by experience that Hungarians almost never say what they actually mean. Here, you have to be very straight-forward in what you want. I still have to get accustomed to that. At the moment, I am looking for work as a freelancer in art and journalism. Besides that, I would like to help internationals feel more at home in the Utrecht art scene, by encouraging them to participate in all kinds of art events. I volunteer at BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst. It’s a great place for inter­nationals because most of their events are in English. Also, they are very inclusive for every artist and all types of audiences, despite nationality, gender or interest.’

LIKEMINDED ‘I think it’s fairly easy to meet new people in Utrecht. It’s nice to hang out with the other students of my Dutch language course, because we have the same goal and experience the same struggles in trying to reach that goal. Moreover, language is a topic you can always discuss. Other than learning the language, I would also recommend finding a volun­teering job. It doesn’t just make you feel involved in what’s happening in the city, but also helps you meet likeminded people. From caring for the elderly to helping out at a festival - there are plenty of opportunities if you make an effort.’

Anita Nánási is a UR-Glocal ambassador for the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR). For practical information about what this ‘expat’ centre can do for you and when it is open, check page 63 of this magazine or go to welcome.utrechtregion.com

MUSEUMS ‘I love Museum Catharijneconvent. They do exhibitions on religion in the broadest sense of the word. They manage to connect all kinds of different religions, which makes it very interesting to discover the parallels between those religions.’

YOU HAVE TO BE VERY STRAIGHT­­ FORWARD IN WHAT YOU WANT

CAFÉS ‘The interior of Café Ledig Erf is a welcome break from all the hipster hangouts in town. Also, Lijn 4 is the perfect place for playing boardgames while drinking good beer.’ RESTAURANTS ‘Ted’s is a very popular all day breakfast place that serves really good food. And of course I like pannenkoeken, appeltaart and bitterballen, which you can get almost anywhere.’ SHOPS ‘The thrift shops in Utrecht sell amazing stuff.’ HANGOUTS ‘The Filmcafé organises all kinds of great events, from flea markets to film screenings and parties.’

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music 1964 The building on the left now houses the Intersport shop, but used to be a famous lunchroom. In the 1930s, Heck’s – later named Ruteck’s – opened its doors in the building with the remarkable tower on the corner of Potterstraat. It was the place to be for the young people of Utrecht, as you didn’t just go here for a drink and a bite to eat but also for live entertainment. Through the years, many swing bands, jazz musicians, orchestras and other artists performed here. Ruteck’s shut its doors for good in 1965. > In collaboration with Het Utrechts Archief. Visit them at Hamburgerstraat 38 hetutrechtsarchief.nl/english

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Fantasia (6+)

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This family performance is all about resourcefulness, fantasy and humour. Introdans dances WHIM, Fractured Fairytale by Alexander Ekman, a Swedish choreographer who is known for creating theatrical craziness in his choreographies. In addition, Gallery by Alwin Nikolaïs can be seen. In his heyday this American was widely praised for his inexhaustible creativity and creation of true magic.


52 MAG Utrecht — Jan/Feb 2021 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.

DB’S > New Year’s Metal Fest with Shinigami [21:00] Shinigami is Utrecht’s rising star on the death metal scene. Comprised from wellknown bands such as Pestilence, Orphanage and Bleeding Gods, this band is sure to deliver fierce blast beats, guitar riffs and grunts. Perfect stuff to forget all about 2020. 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.

3 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Walk the Line: Blues [various times] Listen to three blues acts in a corona proof tour of the building. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] An afternoon of live jazz music. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] The guides show you the most beautiful spots of the historic centre. Book the tour (kids/U-pas €4/adults €8, 1½ hour) in advance.

4 Monday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Metropole

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2 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. This time, it’s a New Year’s concert with organist Jan Hage. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Walk the Line: Ramblin’ Roots [various times] Listen to four roots and Americana bands in a corona proof tour of the building.

Orchestra & Richard Bona [18:30 and 21:30] Cameroonian bass player Richard Bona and the Metropole Orchestra perform orchestral versions of Bona’s best work, as well as pieces specially composed for this project.

5 Tuesday PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Shakti [time tba] In his latest work, choreographer Shailesh Bahoran explores the qualities of the feminine energy Shakti, which in Indian philosophy represents everything that moves. What is the essence of the all propelling energy? And what tension arises between Shakti and its opposite Shiva, the masculine energy that represents the silent thought?

6 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > New Cool

Collective’s Speakeasy [19:00 and 21:45] The New Cool Collective,

Benjamin Herman’s elaborately dressed eight-piece jazz group, gets every audience going with its unique mix of jazz, dance, Latin, salsa, afrobeat and boogaloo. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Tommy Ebben [19:00 and 21:00] Singer-songwriter Tommy Ebben pays tribute to Bob Dylan, who will turn 80 in May.

7 Thursday PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Jezebel [20:00] Dance performance inspired by the ‘Video Vixen’: female models who appeared in hip hop video clips in the late nineties and early noughties. Jezebel refuses to be defined by others. She navigates the landscape of hip hop culture, looking for ways to reclaim her own image. Can Jezebel deconstruct the controversial stereotype associated with the black hip hop honey? How did this video girl redefine herself?

8 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > The Mythical Paradise [20:15] LaReverdie, an Italian top ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, performs 14th century music by Francesco Landini, among others. ZIMIHC THEATRE STEFANUS >

USConcert: Between heaven and earth [20:15] The Utrechtsch Studenten Concert brings a programme comprising ‘Capriccio Espagnol’ by Nikolaj Rimsky Korsakov, ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ by Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky Korsakov) and Gustav Mahler’s ‘Fourth Symphony’. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Walk the Line:

Surprise tour [various times] Discover the music of four different acts in a corona proof tour of the building. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Jezebel [20:00] See Thu 7. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2.

9 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > USConcert:

Between heaven and earth [14:00 and 20:15] See Fri 8. DE UTRECHTSE MUZIEKSCHOOL >

Rietveld Ensemble [20:00] The ensemble plays works by György Kurtág, Roger Quilter, Paul Hindemith and Camille Saint-Saëns. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Walk the Line:

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10 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Tim Knol Solo Acoustic [15:00, 17:00 and 20:00] Over the past years, Dutch singer-songwriter Tim Knol has grown into one of the best known artists in the Netherlands. With his chrystal clear voice and love for catchy pop melodies, a performance by Tim is a feelgood guarantee. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > John Engels

Quartet playing the music of Chet Baker [16:00] The career of Dutch percussionist John Engels spans almost seventy years. He shared the stage with various greats from different generations. One of them was the renowned singer and trumpet player Chet Baker. With this concert,

the drummer looks back on the repertoire from this period. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 3 .

14 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ ZIMIHC THEATRE WITTEVROUWEN > ZIMIHC Sessions [20:00] Enjoy live music in an intimate and informal setting. Free admission, but a donation is highly appreciated. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Shameless [time tba] Dance portrait in which the dancer invites us into his inner world. He shows the struggle between ruling the stage and surrendering fully and vulnerably to the public. Dancer Victor Callens plays freely with dance company ICK’s

Exhibition & Museum Tips

Photography Robert Oosterbroek

REPHRASE Movement Exposed Gallery Space > until 23 January Artist Margret Wibmer shows a carefully curated selection of recent and earlier work, in which the human body, the image surrounding women and globalization are central themes. STRAATBEELD Museum Speelklok > until 9 May 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.

archive, mixing it with ballet and clipdance. In this way, his body becomes a living archive of art.

15 Friday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Eric

Vloeimans: Gatecrash [19:30 and 21:30] Hypnotic jazz funk, passionate ballads and powerful solos, that’s the electric band Gatecrash of trumpet player Eric Vloeimans. The live album ‘Gatecrashin’ won an Edison Award in 2007 and is one of Vloeimans’ most important projects for which he reveived international acclaim. DB’S > Hang Youth [20:00 and 22:00] The new punk sensation of the Lowlands. With ultra short songs sometimes not even surpassing 10 seconds - Hang Youth is sure to rage a storm on stage. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Pole & Ball [20:00] Choreographer Guilherme Miotto is fascinated by performers who excel within their discipline. He presents two virtuoso solos of virtuoso performers. Ball, by ball magician Nasser El Jackson, is a solo about his struggle and perseverance. Pole, by multiple champion pole dancer Yvonne Smink, is about clearing the threshold and prejudices out of the way.

16 Saturday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Dead Elvis [21:00] Dead Elvis is a mysterious one-man-band from the depths of Graveland. Nobody knows the identity of this masked marvel, who claims to be Elvis’ reincarnation. Trash blues, frills and chills. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > EKKO &

TivoliVredenburg present: Palmbomen II (live) [21:00] Known for immersive grooves, a fresh lo-fi acid sound and unusual harmonies. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Pole & Ball [20:00] See Fri 15.

17 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3.

21 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > De Helling &

TivoliVredenburg present: Thijs Boontjes Dans- en Showorkest [19:00 and 21:15] Dutch rock ‘n’ roll with a wink and love songs with a smile and a tear.

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THE FORTIFIED CITY Centraal Museum > until 17 January 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. 

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PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Sonatinas 4 Feet [20:30] Together with the dancers of Fractal Collective, Duda Paiva Company is inspired by the work of Brazilian photographer Alair Gomes. With his telephoto lens, he created perfect photos of the male body. His work comes to life in a combination of magical foam rubber dolls and acrobatic urban dance through young male bodies and moving sculptures.

22 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > Venus Chamber Music [20:15] The singers of chamber choir Venus present a surprise programme in smaller ensembles. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > National Youth

Orchestra and the Storioni Trio [20:15] The Storioni Trio is celebrating its 25th anniversary by performing a forgotten composition by the Hungarian Emanuel Moór together with the National Youth Orchestra: the ‘Triple Concerto’. Also on the bill: the ‘Sixth Symphony’ by Dvořák. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2.

23 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. This time, the focus is on the organ music surrounding Jan Pietersz. Sweelinck (ca. 1562-1621). MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > The Courettes [20:00] For the first time in nearly a year, the dB’s stage will be graced by an international band. An evening with the Brazilian-Danish couple Flávia Couri (vocals and guitar) and Martin Couri (vocals and drums) is an evening of fast and furious, bawdy sixties garage rock. In short: not to be missed, whether it’s on- or offline. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2.

24 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Eefje de Visser [16:00 and 20:30] Dutch singersongwriter who released her latest

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album ‘Bitterzoet’ in January 2020, on which she experiments with a more electronic sound. Lyrics are in Dutch. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Sun-Set [15:30, 19:00 and 21:00] Theatre makers Ezra Veldhuis, Bosse Provoost and Oshin Albrecht try to find out how a ‘cosmological moment’ is defined, the fragile moment when ‘nothing’ becomes ‘something’. This intimate performance brings you close to, or a bit across, the borders of your imagination. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 3.

28 Thursday 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’.

lots of hats. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2.

31 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Fantasia (6+) [time tba] Resourcefulness, fantasy and humour are central to this new Introdans family performance. Introdans dances ‘WHIM, Fractured Fairytale’ by Alexander Ekman. This Swedish choreographer is known for creating hilarious and wonderful theatrical craziness in his choreographies. In addition, ‘Gallery’ by Alwin Nikolaïs can be seen. In his heyday this American, who died in 1993, was widely praised for his inexhaustible creativity and the creation of true magic. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 3.

29 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > German Romantics: Glaube, Liebe und Tod [20:15] Vocal ensemble Multiple Voice sings choral music from the German Romantic era with works by Schubert, Brahms and Mahler, among others. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ ZIMIHC THEATRE WITTEVROUWEN >

ZIMIHC One-on-one Sessions [19:00] Performances especially for you or you and your partner or other family member. Never before has experiencing art at ZIMIHC been more intimate. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Sat 2.

30 Saturday PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Janus [19:30] A table, a chair, a cupboard and no exit. This man’s world seems simple. However, it becomes clear that an invisible force is playing a treacherous game with him. Whoever is ultimately in control is a surprise to him. ‘Janus’ is a performance that is completely different from usual. Without words and full of surprises, it will leave the audience in awe. A bizarre, funny and psychological thriller with magic and

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Blasphemy Rhapsody [time tba] The South Italian dance Pizzica, originally a wild dance to expel the deadly poison of a spider bite from the body, became the remedy against depression in times of poverty. The Charleston arose during the interwar period as a reaction to the strict pre-war etiquette and marked the liberation from the constant fear of death caused by the First World War. This performance by ICK was created during the corona crisis.

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and desire - subjects that are more important than ever in times of corona. She sings covers, in addition to her own work.

5 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > Solo & together in times of corona [20:15] The eight singers of PA’dam alternately sing solo and choral repertoire, accompanied by piano, with works by Fauré, Britten, De Lange and Brahms, among others. 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.

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7 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] An afternoon of live jazz music. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Bambie 20, een woede choreografie [20:00] Fury gets ample room as part of absurdist physical enlargements with familiar features. The three characters on stage fly into a rage. Their tantrums feed into a 90-minute non-stop cheerful and liberating conflict. They live it up in all sorts of implosions and explosions. With each other and with themselves, with life in general, with the newspapers and with the interior. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5. 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.

truth. Based on lyrics by writer Frank Siera, Ikarai plays music that captures the magic world of Japanese author Haruki Murakami in a cinematic combination of classical and jazz music.

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PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Bambie 20, een woede choreografie [20:00] See Sun 7.

CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Artist in

9 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Iris Hond [19:00 and 21:45] The incredibly talented Dutch pianist Iris Hond brings the moving and inspiring stories of various musicians - from former prisoners to a nomad tribe - to the stage. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Bambie 20, een woede choreografie [20:00] See Sun 7.

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

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

residence Maya Fridman goes minimal [20:00] The trio Fridman (cello), Basilova (piano) and Napolov (percussion) plays works by Bloch, Vasks, Aart Strootman and David Lang. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > EKKO &

TivoliVredenburg present: Nana Adjoa [19:15 and 21:45] Soft indie with soulful influences and beautiful, subdued lyrics. Adjoa’s first full-length album is on its way, and the first singles sound very promising - from the thunderous ‘Throw Stones’ to the light-footed up-tempo ‘She’s Stronger’. ZIMIHC THEATRE WITTEVROUWEN >

ZIMIHC Sessions [20:00] Enjoy live music in an intimate and informal setting. Free admission, but a donation is highly appreciated. PERFORMING ARTS

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CLASSICAL MUSIC DE UTRECHTSE MUZIEKSCHOOL > Rietveld Ensemble [20:00] The ensemble plays works by Igor Stravinsky, Leos Janacek and Dmitri Shostakovich. NICOLAI CHURCH > Mysterium [20:15] The Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij choir combines the world-famous mass ‘Mysterium’ with top works from choral literature, such as the ‘Rechants’ of Messiaen and works by Poulenc, Esenvalds, Sviridov and Abols. TUINDORPKERK > Light and Dark [20:15] Chamber choir La Rosa sings about light and dark with works by Gjeilo and his contemporaries. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5.


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articulating the simple things in life. She spent the last two years in the United States, where she found inspiration for her new album ‘Lucky’. Lyrics in Dutch. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 7.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. This time, the focus is on the organ music surrounding Jan Pietersz. Sweelinck (ca. 1562-1621). GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Judy Blank [20:15] Groovy americana with a hint of folk- and roots pop.

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Sustainability as a world view [20:00] In this series of lectures, the effect of power in the climate transition is investigated by scientists from various disciplines. This time, sustainability economist Prof. Julia Steinberger will shine her light on the issue.

PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Feminale [20:00] Enter the world of women through a choreography by Krisztina de Châtel and Astrid Boons, in which the struggle for emancipation and the strength of women is central.

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MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 7. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Roosbeef [18:45 and 21:45] Dutch singer-songwriter Roos Rebergen succeeds in sublimely

16 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Judy Blank [20:15] See Mon 15. LECTURE UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL >

19 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > Taverner and Tavener [20:15] The Dutch Chamber Choir pays tribute to two great British composers with Taverner’s ‘Missa Corona Spinea’ from the 16th century and contemporary a-cappella works by Tavener. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5.

20 Saturday PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Sweet Like Chocolate [20:30] A woman dances with her shadow, alter ego, companion and voyeur. It follows her, guides her, dances and fights with her. The figure around her could be real, but it could also be a creature from her imagination. Balancing between love, trust, female sexuality and violence, this performance exposes existential questions. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5.

21 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 7. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 7.

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23 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > The Rosenberg 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.

USCONCERT: BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH ZIMIHC Theatre Stefanus/ TivoliVredenburg > 8 and 9 January The Utrechtsch Studenten Concert brings a programme comprising Gustav Mahler’s ‘Fourth Symphony’ and other pieces.

ERIC VLOEIMANS: GATECRASH Podium Hoge Woerd > 15 January Hypnotic jazz funk, impassioned ballads and powerful solos, that’s the electric band Gatecrash of trumpet player Eric Vloeimans.

MYSTERIUM Nicolai Church > 6 February The Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij choir combines the world-famous mass ‘mysterium’ with top works from choral literature.

25 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Percossa Unplugged [19:00 and 21:00] In the pilot performance ‘Unplugged’, the percussion group goes back to the essence of it all: no slick light show or polished frills, but brand new music and acts. Street theatre on stage.

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27 Saturday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Vunzige Deuntjes: Bizzey [19:45 and 21:30] Get into the vibe at a table and/or in a comfy seat with the smooth tunes of Bizzey and the DJs of Vunzige Deuntjes. The dress code is ‘marble white’. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5.

28 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 7. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Christof van der Ven [20:00] Dutch-born Christof van der Ven from London divides his time between working as a chef, playing as a musician at Bear's Den and releasing and performing his own music. Van der Ven recorded his most recent release, the EP ‘Reworks’, in his flat in London during lockdown. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 5. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sun 7.

Kids

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. MUSEUM HOGE WOERD > ArcheoHotspot [permanent] Archaeology comes to life in Museum Hoge Woerd. Contribute to the ongoing research by helping the (voluntary) archaeologists. RAILWAY MUSEUM > eduTRAINer (all ages) [permanent] The EduTRAINers are on hand every day to tell you all about our trains, the turntable, signal box and train dispatch centre. Keep an eye out for them; you can recognise them by their vests covered in railway

buttons and insignias. RAILWAY MUSEUM > Tech lab (4+) [permanent] How do electric trains get their power? Why can pigeons sit on overhead wires without getting electrocuted? What keeps trains from derailing all the time and how do train brakes work, anyway? This practical learning lab has answers to all these questions. RAILWAY MUSEUM > Trial by fire (12+) [permanent] A tour that ends with a real trial by fire. Do you dare? Narrator Rutger Hauer guides you on a journey through railway history. Experience what it was like to be an engine driver in the old days. SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY > 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. SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY > Every Friday evening in Jan and Feb > Stargazing nights for kids See with your own eyes what gas nebulae, planets and the moon surface

look like up close. SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY > Every Sunday afternoon in Jan and Feb > Sun on Sunday Do you fancy watching a star during the day? In clear weather you can study the sun with your own eyes. The largest solar telescope in the Netherlands will then be aimed at the sun. In clear weather you can see the sunspots and gas clouds on the solar surface. DE VRIJSTAAT > Flower Power [Sundays between 12:00 and 17:00 from 31 Jan onwards] In the Flower Power exhibition we zoom in on the power of nature, together with artist Jolanda Schouten. You can imagine you’re in a flower garden between her large paintings, go on a journey through time with scents in the Fragrance Lab and try to capture nature yourself with your brush in the Garden Studio. Weather permitting, you will conquer the outdoor space by means of Guerrilla Gardening. DE VRIJSTAAT > KunstKeet [Wednesdays from 15:30 to 16:45 from 14 Jan to 18 Feb] Are you looking for a place where your child (6-8 years old) can experiment with art, discover

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

Culturele Zondagen (Cultural Sundays) normally organises all kinds of live events in the city that focus on art, culture and local talent. Due to the outbreak of the corona pandemic, Culturele Zondagen made a shift to online events. In recent months, various online programmes have been made under the name CZ@Home, focusing on everything the city has to offer in the field of music, dance, theatre, art, creative hotspots and much more. You can still watch all the past editions of CZ@Home via the YouTube channel of Culturele Zondagen: youtube.nl/culturelezondagen. For some of these programmes, English subtitles are now available. www.culturelezondagen.nl


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Movies

CENTRAL LIBRARY NEUDE 8 JAN > Lecture & film: American Psycho [19:30] A monthly series about book adaptations presented by the Utrecht writer, culture reporter and film expert Rob van Scheers. Van Scheers always discusses one book and its film adaptation. This time under the microscope: the grim black comedy American Psycho, based on the book of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. The lecture is in Dutch, but the film is screened in its original English version with Dutch subtitles. 15 JAN > Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance [20:00] A documentary from 1982 without narration. The interplay of slow-motion and accelerated images and Phillip Glass’ minimal music has a compelling, almost hypnotic effect. The documentary provides a disturbing picture of the influence of technology on humans and life on earth. After the film there is a discussion (in Dutch) with young climate activist Mirjam Scholtens. LOUIS HARTLOOPER COMPLEX/ SPRINGHAVER FROM 7 JAN > Rialto [time tba] Colm is in his mid-40s and lives a comfortable life: he has a managerial job in Dublin’s docks, two teenage children, and a kind, loyal wife. After the death of his father, Colm starts drinking heavily. He finds himself drawn to Jay,

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a 19-year-old who dabbles in prostitution. Their sexual encounters and tentative friendship become Colm’s only solace - but this recklessness puts his family-life at risk. FROM 7 JAN > The Burnt Orange Heresy [time tba] Hired to steal a rare painting from one of the most enigmatic painters of all time, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control. FROM 14 JAN > Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets [time tba] A bar in Las Vegas called ‘The Roaring 20s’ is about to close its doors for good. Brothers Bill and Turner Ross recorded the final 24 hours: a fitting tribute to a typical American ‘dive’ bar. FROM 21 JAN > Blackbird [time tba] A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies. This film with Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Sam Neill is a remake of the 2014 Danish film ‘Silent Heart’. FROM 21 JAN > MLK/FBI [time tba] Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard’s resonant film explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. FROM 28 JAN > Women Who Make Film: A New Road Movie [time tba] A documentary that spans thirteen decades and five continents to give a guided tour of the art and craft of movies as told by female filmmakers. With Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Thandie Newton and others.

Festivals & Events

WINTER STATION – UNTIL 3 JAN 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 grownups, there’s mulled wine with snacks. MIFFY LIVES HERE – UNTIL 24 JAN 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., Utrecht Centraal 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. ETMAAL – 13 AND 14 FEB TIVOLIVREDENBURG > [12:00] Twentyfour hour event curated by Utrecht musician Colin Benders. In these 24 hours, TivoliVredenburg is the place to be for anyone who is curious and open to discovery, experimenting and cross-over between musicians, producers and bands.

Exhibitions & Museums

BAK UNTIL 10 JAN > 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 > The fortified city New exhibition that explores the age-old quest for safety and the defensive role of city walls. FROM 13 FEB > Voices of Fashion. Black Couture, Beauty and Styles A fashion history focusing on black designers, models and sources of inspiration. 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


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Kids Tips

BECOME A REAL RESEARCHER Utrecht University Museum Online > daily The online version of the University Museum Utrecht that’s currently closed for renovations offers the possibility to start research at home. Check umu.nl/ museum-online.

STARGAZING NIGHTS Sonnenborgh Museum & Observatory > every Friday evening in Jan and Feb Gaze through the big telescope to see with your own eyes what gas nebulae, planets and the moon surface look like up close. For kids from 6 to 12 years old.

‘Trajectum’, with an interactive flashlight. EXBOOT 20 JAN – 14 FEB > ssssssshhhtt Artist Tonnie Heijdra shows a work that has never been shown before, much like the secrets that are (almost) revealed within this work. The performances, videos, tv-shows, installations, sculptures and experiences that Tonnie creates are a result of her curiosity for secrets and façades. For everything that is hidden with a lot of fuss. 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 23 JAN – 14 FEB > PLAYFUL MELANCHOLIC > I would like to evoke curiosity in people by creating images to explore and letting thoughts wander. Artist Lotte Kooistra is interested in making installation art, combined with audiovisual techniques. The experience of the entire space plays an important part. It appeals to the

visitor's senses, who can experience an atmosphere of melancholy. SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND EVERY 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH > Monthly changing exhibitions of upcoming artists EXbunker used to be a bunker during World War II. Nowadays, it is an exhibition space for art. Every month the bunker is filled with new art, performances, installations and other expressions made by upcoming talents. FOTODOK UNTIL 28 FEB > Pass It On. Private Stories, Public Histories 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 2 JAN – 28 FEB > 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/ACADEMIEGALERIE 15 JAN – 24 JAN > HKU Fashion Design Students Divided over the Academie Galerie and Kunstliefde locations, an upcoming generation of HKU Fashion Design students shows their vision on fashion. In recent months, each of them has worked on a personal project focusing on research into their own identity as a designer. The results of this search can be seen in both exhibitions, from wearable to more experimental clothing collections, but also in other media, such as photography, film and installations. In this way the exhibition gives a varied picture of the original and sometimes critical way in which they, as young pioneers, position themselves within the context of contemporary fashion. LOGMAN GALLERY UNTIL 16 JAN > By Invitation Only Together with nine other curators, Logman has made a selection of 33 contemporary artists, each showing a number of works in the gallery; from paintings and drawings to photographs and from installation art and video to ceramics. 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

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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

FLOWER POWER De Vrijstaat > Sunday afternoons from 31 January Zoom in on the power of nature, together with artist Jolanda Schouten. Try to capture nature yourself with your brush in the Garden Studio or head outside for some Guerrilla Gardening.

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Movie Tips BLACKBIRD Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver > from 21 January 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 SINGING CLUB Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Utrecht > 22 January 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.

MLK/FBI Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver > from 21 January Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard’s resonant film explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.

mill in the Lombok district is a traditional working sawmill. The volunteers put the mill into action and explain its history. Free admission. MOVEMENT EXPOSED GALLERY SPACE UNTIL 23 JANUARY > Rephrase Artist Margret Wibmer shows a carefully curated selection of recent and earlier work, in which the human body, the image surrounding women and globalization are central themes. MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT PERMANENT > Museum collection Get an insight into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society. PERMANENT > Rembrandt and the Golden Age Meet Rembrandt’s predecessors, followers and contemporaries through 16th- and 17th-century masterpieces from the museum’s collection of bible paintings. UNTIL 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. FROM 19 FEB > Maria Magdalena Mary Magdalen is a woman of extremes and that has given rise to a multiplicity of interpretations: a wealth of representations, conspiracy theories and controversies. This special exhibition will introduce the visitor to the rich, paradoxical and constantly evolving imagery surrounding this mysterious biblical figure. From the time of the New Testament to the present day, Mary Magdalen has proved to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists. 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 selfplaying 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. RAILWAY MUSEUM 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 PERMANENT > RAUM Exhibitions Come and visit RAUM city lab, 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. UNTIL 7 MAR > Living Apart Together An urban research, exhibition and activities programme by city lab RAUM about loneliness in large cities. One in ten Utrecht residents experiences severe loneliness. But loneliness is also a problem in cities worldwide. With Living Apart Together, RAUM brings together existing ideas about loneliness and the imagination of dozens of creative makers. RIETVELD SCHRÖDERHUIS WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY > Visit the Rietveld Schröderhuis Utrecht

All events listed in this calendar are subject to change. Check the website of the venues for the most up-to-date information.


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architect Gerrit Rietveld designed this whole building along the lines of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl, known for its geometric shapes and primary colours. Reservation is compulsory. SALON VAN WELEER PERMANENT > Salon van Weleer Visit the Salon van Weleer for the Tearoom of Yesteryear (a unique Salon, live games Scriptorium, Purgatorium and Reliquiarium. SLOT ZUYLEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY > Visit Slot Zuylen This castle is situated on the river Vecht in the tiny village of OudZuilen near Utrecht, The Netherlands. Whilst retaining many of its medieval castle-like features it was converted into a country mansion in the 18th century. SONNENBORGH MUSEUM & OBSERVATORY PERMANENT > Bringing far away close by Climb the stairs to the observatory and wonder at the starry heavens. Learn all about the stars in de sky and the weather in one of our exhibitions, tours or lectures. Or take a virtual journey through the universe in the planetarium. EVERY FRIDAY EVENING IN JAN AND FEB

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> Stargazing nights See with your own eyes what gas nebulae, planets and the moon surface look like up close. EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN JAN AND FEB > Sun on Sunday Do you fancy watching a star during the day? In clear weather you can study the sun with your own eyes. The largest solar telescope in the Netherlands will then be aimed at the sun. In clear weather you can see the sunspots and gas clouds on the solar surface. 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.

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Practicalities Tourist Information Centre At the foot of the Dom Tower, you’ll find the Tourist Information Centre. They are more than happy to help you book tickets for heading up the Dom Tower, tours or bikes to get around the city. Of course, they can also tell you about everything you can do in and around Utrecht. > open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, Domplein 9

Getting around BY BIKE > Cycling is the easiest and fastest way for getting around town. There are several bike renting spots in the city centre and around the station. Bikes are also for rent at the Tourist Information Centre. BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT > The U-OV

day ticket (Dagkaart) is valid for one day (€ 6,20), 2 days (€ 9,25) or 3 days (€ 11,85) on all buses and trams. Buy your ticket at the U-OV Service Store in the main hall of Utrecht Central Station. Children up to the age of 4 can travel for free on U-OV buses and trams. 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 card for € 7,50 at the ticket vending

The IWCUR is there to help

New in town?

The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR) is located on the second floor of the Stadskantoor (Utrecht municipal offices). The staff helps international newcomers and residents with all their questions and paperwork regarding their move to the 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. > For opening hours, check welcome.utrechtregion.com. You can also contact the IWCUR by phone and email. Stadskantoor (Stadsplateau 1) welcome.utrechtregion.com

machines in the main hall of Utrecht Central Station. You can also get one at the Tourist Information Centre. Please note that it’s mandatory to wear a face mask in all buses, trams and trains. UTRECHT REGION PASS > The Utrecht Region Pass provides access to the entire public

transport system in the Netherlands. You can book the travel pass online, collect it when you arrive in town (at the Tourist Information Centre, for example) and start travelling straight away. Check utrechtregionpass.com for more information.


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Free city tours Free walking tours, such as Utrecht Free Tours and Free Walking Tours Utrecht, provide you with inside information you won’t find in a guide book. Most of these tours start on Domplein. The Tourist Information Centre also organises walking tours in English.

Must-sees & must-dos

For more tourist information, Looking must-sees, and must-dos for a present? in Utrecht, go to Visit the store of the visit-utrecht.com Tourist Information Centre for all kinds of presents made by local producers

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Check out online BAK bakonline.org Central Library Utrecht bibliotheekutrecht.nl/english Centraal Museum centraalmuseum.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 De Kargadoor kargadoor.nl Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Utrecht kinepolis.nl Kunstliefde kunstliefde.nl Logman Gallery logman.gallery 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 museumhogewoerd.nl Museum Speelklok museumspeelklok.nl Nederlands Volksbuurtmuseum volksbuurtmuseum.nl/visitorinformation Nicolaïkerk nicolaikerk.nl De Nijverheid denijverheid.com De Paardenkathedraal theaterutrecht.nl Pieterskerk pieterskerkconcerten.nl Podium Hoge Woerd podiumhogewoerd.nl Quintessens Gallery galeriequintessens.nl Railway Museum spoorwegmuseum.nl RAUM raumutrecht.nl Rietveld Schröderhuis centraalmuseum.nl/en/visit/ locations/rietveld-schroder-house Salon van Weleer salonvanweleer.nl Slot Zuylen slotzuylen.nl/english

Sonnenborgh Museum & Observatory sonnenborgh.nl/english 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 Tuindorpkerk tuindorpkerk.nl Het Utrechts Archief hetutrechtsarchief.nl Utrecht University Hall uu.nl/en/organisation/utrechtuniversity-hall Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht universiteitsmuseum.nl/english De Utrechtse Muziekschool dums.nl De Vrijstaat devrijstaat.nl ZIMIHC Theatre Stefanus/ Wittevrouwen zimihc.nl


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ALL THE ROOMS HAVE A NOD TO THE MUSEUMS OF UTRECHT

Next time?

MUZE HOTEL IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR ANYONE WHO ENJOYS SMALL-SCALE, PERSONAL CONTACT. EACH OF THE SIX ROOMS IS UNIQUE, WITH A NOD TO THE MUSEUMS OF UTRECHT. ONE OF THE ROOMS HAS A TELESCOPE, FOR EXAMPLE, AS A REFERENCE TO THE SONNEBORGH OBSERVATORY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WATER. FROM RUIN TO HOTEL The building on Tolsteegsingel had always been a hotel, but had been abandoned and left empty for years. Plants were growing inside, and the basement flooded whenever it rained. But this didn’t stop Cocky and Paul (sister and brother) and three daughters Bo, Puk and Belle from turning it into a veritable palace. It’s a hotel that offers that extra personal touch: the owners

like to know who their guests are and why they’re visiting Utrecht. A communal lounge area has been created on the ground floor, so that the owners and guests can meet for a chat. And this is moved to the courtyard garden if the sun’s shining. > MUZE Hotel Tolsteegsingel 34 muzehotelutrecht.com

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The all new and very first edition of 2021!

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