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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht is a leading theatre in Central Netherlands. Many events are accessible for non-dutch speakers. Have a look at our september and october selection. During Festival Tweetakt, the dance performance ‘We go places’ with eleven outspoken young dancers will be held in the Douwe Egbertszaal | 05 Sep ‘Gioia Live’ is a penetrating performance with film, audio and dance about a young woman who struggles with delusions | 15 Sep ‘No Easter Sunday for Queers’ is an adaptation of a poem about the love between two women by the South African poet Koleka Putuma (Afrovibes) | 03 Oct In ‘Two for the road’ trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and accordionist Will Holshauser break through the boundaries between jazz, pop, classical, tango, zydeco and klezmer | 05 Oct In the dance performance ‘Smeer the ochre’, African makers investigate where modernity and tradition, gender and identity meet (Afrovibes) | 09 Oct Anne Nguyen’s ‘A mon bel amour’ looks like a fashion show with eight dancers solo, in duets or as a group | 21 Oct


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Welcome to Utrecht Despite COVID-19 still being part of our lives, the festival season is in full swing. Check out the book talks at the International Literature Festival Utrecht, watch films at the Dutch Film Festival, discover new music at Gaudeamus en visit some theatre performances at Tweetakt. The start of a new cultural season. On 11 and 12 September, cultural venues throughout the city open their doors to show you what they have to offer. Also, the pop up store Uitalage on Steenweg is open for your fix of intimate performances by local artists, a mini cinema for two, sneak previews of exhibitions and more. But we’re also venturing further afield. There’s a lovely nine-kilometre path that runs along the bank of the Leidsche Rijn. This canalised river was once an important part of the infrastructure, but it’s now a great place to enjoy the boats, bridges and farms along the banks. For the more adventurous hikers there’s the Utrechtse Waterlinie Wandeltocht, skirting the city of Utrecht and taking you through the surrounding rural areas passing some ancient forts.

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What’s happening?

September & October

THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO

MUST-SEE

Under & up the Dom tower

From several metres under Domplein right up to the 100-metre-high platform on the Dom Tower: the new Onder & Op de Dom tour takes you on an a one-hour journey through the 2,000year history of Domplein. First, you visit the DOMunder excavation site, where you’ll see the archaeological remains of Traiectum, the original Roman fortress from which Utrecht evolved. You then take a lift to the top of the Dom Tower for a breath-taking view of the city and surrounding region. The entire tour is COVID-19-proof. Buy tickets online via domtoren.nl. > Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Domplein domtoren.nl

Photography SDI Productions, Steve Debenport, Pexels/Kaboompics, Jurjen Drenth, Saffron Pape Photography, Pexels/Fauxels

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SHARE A TABLE

The Great Utrecht City Dinner

HAVE A GO

Try Out N.A.U.

Have you always wondered whether you’re any good at singing, dancing or acting? If so, this is your chance! On Saturday 11 September, Utrecht Amateur Arts Education (N.A.U.) is organising trial classes at 10 different music, dance and acting schools throughout Utrecht. From classical ballet to theatre sport, from music for youngsters to a pop choir for adults: anything goes and it’s all free! Sign up via tryoutnau.nl. > 11 September, various venues tryoutnau.nl

OUTSIDE ART

Stereochemistry

In 1901 Jacobus van ’t Hoff (1852), who worked for his PhD in Utrecht, received the Nobel Prize for Physics for research into thermodynamics. But equally important was his discovery of stereochemistry, explained in a scientific mural on the side wall of Mother Goose Hotel on Ganzenmarkt. Stereochemistry, aka spatial chemistry, is the concept that molecules comprising the same atoms can take on different constructs, for example by mirroring each other. In short: it’s much too complicated to explain here. > side wall of Ganzenmarkt 26

Sharing is in Utrecht’s DNA. As a Roman soldier, the patron saint of Utrecht Saint Martin tore his cloak in half to share with a beggar on the street. The red-and-white colours of his torn cloak still appear in the city’s coat of arms. On Saturday 17 October, World Poverty Day, people from all around Utrecht will be sitting down at tables together to share a meal and listen to each other’s stories like one big family. If you want to join them, you can order the ingredients and recipe for the meal via stadsdinerutrecht.nl. A pack to feed four people is free, but a voluntary contribution would be greatly appreciated. All donations will be used to help combat the financial and social effects of poverty. > 17 October, various locations stadsdinerutrecht.nl


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LOCAL FAVOURITE

De Ster windmill

An oasis of tranquillity slap bang in the middle of the lively Lombok district. The miller gives guided tours on Saturdays, explaining the history and workings of the windmill, and introducing the sheep, goats and hens. The pigs Bella and Beer enjoy the extra attention and there are also regular performances by local musicians. And on Saturday 18 September, you can try your hand at jeu de boules in the Poules en Boules event. There will also be roast chicken, cold drinks and musical entertainment. Allons-y tous! > 18 September, Molen de Ster molendester.nu

MUST-DO

Young Collectors Festival: Art is for Everyone The Young Collectors Circle aims to inspire a new generation of art collectors. Not only to enrich their own lives, but also to provide long-term support to the art sector. The Young Collectors Festivals are one of the ways they do this. On Saturday 9 October, collectors will open the doors to their private collections. They explain what attracted them to particular works of art, how addictive collecting can be, and which pieces would make them part willingly with their hard-earned savings. There are also speed-dates with museum curators and experienced collectors, who can explain all the ins and outs of collecting art. > 9 October, various locations youngcollectorscircle.nl/en/utrecht


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MADE IN UTRECHT

Bread at the nick

The Paardenkamp Foundation is a national retirement home and knowledge centre for old horses and ponies on the outskirts of Soest, just a 30-minute drive from Utrecht. Horse lovers can visit the horses and ponies at the Vosseveld and Het Gagelgat farms. Het Gagelgat also has a shop selling home-grown fresh vegetables and local products, and you can pick yourself a bunch of flowers in their meadow. The terrace of the Het Oude Paard tearoom (open from Wednesday to Sunday) has a lovely view of the fields, where the horses and ponies graze away their final years. Some of the proceeds from the tearoom go towards caring for the horses.

Admittedly it’s not really in Utrecht, but the bread baked by De Bakkert is definitely worth a short bike ride. This traditional baker is housed in the former police station in Bilthoven, which has been transformed into the temporary Buro Lou creative hotspot. De Bakkert is open from Wednesday to Saturday for all kinds of freshly baked products, ranging from wholegrain loaves and cinnamon buns to baguettes and brownies: everything that comes out of the oven is delicious. Try the white sourdough bread, which De Bakkert says best reflects the style of the baker in all its glory. And if you want to try baking your own bread, De Bakkert gives workshops too.

> every day from 10.00 to 16.00, the Paardenkamp Foundation (Birkstraat 109, Soest) hetoudepaard.nl

> Wednesday to Saturday, Buro Lou (Leysenseweg 38, Bilthoven) debakkert.nl

DISCOVER THE REGION

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THERE’S A LOVELY NINE-KILOMETRE PATH THAT RUNS ALONG THE BANK OF THE LEIDSCHE RIJN FROM UTRECHT CENTRAAL STATION TO TERWIJDE STATION. THIS CANALISED RIVER WAS ONCE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT IT’S NOW A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE BOATS, BRIDGES AND FARMS ALONG ITS BANKS. AND THE VINEX VIBE... By Sarah-Mie Luyckx


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t’s actually a bit too soon to start this walk at Smakkelaarsveld 1 , as the area to the north of the station is still one big building site. If things go according to plan, next year this field will have morphed into Smakkelaarspark with three residential blocks in a green setting, and later on, the water of the Leidsche Rijn. The chaotic sea of bikes, where many of us swore and cursed while searching for our two-wheelers, will be wiped from our collective memory. And no-one will remember that until the late 19th century, this used to be an inland harbour.

ECCENTRIC SQUIRE

Photography Juri Hiensch, Jurjen Drenth

We walk under the railway to Westplein. In another couple of years, the Leidsche Rijn will flow here again too. At the moment, you can’t see it until you’ve crossed the square to Leidseweg. This section of the Oude Rijn River was canalised in the 17th century. Canalisation means straightening the course of a river and making it deeper so that it is more easily navigable. Walking along the right-hand bank, you cross the friendly Molen De Ster, a reminder of the busy industrial area that used to be here. Don’t forget to wave at the pigs, Bella and Beer, as you pass. When we reach the neoclassical Rijksmuntgebouw 2 , we will be in one of the loveliest parts of Utrecht. Turn right after the bridge where the Leidsche Rijn and the Merwede canal briefly touch lips, and then left into Oog in Al park 3 . This used to be Dafne Schippersbrug


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part of a country estate built on the Leidsche Rijn. In 1664, the eccentric squire Everard Meijster (known as the Mad Squire) took it over so that he could keep an eye on expansion plans for the city. Hence the name Oog in Al, which roughly translates as ‘Beady Eye’.

SHIPS & SHEEP

To the right of the park, there’s an avenue named after the squire which leads to the Dafne Schippersbrug 4 , a bridge over the Amsterdam-Rijn canal. We go in a southerly direction on the boulevard opposite towards the former municipality of Vleuten-De Meern. This municipality was swallowed up by Utrecht when it built the mega Vinex housing estate called Leidsche Rijn, named after the canal that cuts straight through it. Nowadays, you can relax on the canal bank on a sunny day and watch the freight ships on Verthorenkade. Passing the Aanvoerder pumping station 5 , with a meeting place for youth specially designed from weathering steel, we go under the Rhijnoord viaduct. If you ignore the zoom of the motorway, you suddenly find yourself plunged into idyllic village life. You see the Leidsche Rijn flowing along Rijksstraatweg, characteristic old farms and on the opposite side, Park Voorn 6 with its herd of peacefully grazing sheep. The park belongs to the pretty white townhouse opposite the Stadsdambrug. Cross the bridge and continue along Zandweg until you see J&B Grijpers on the opposite bank. Turn right onto the bike path. This is Langerak: the first housing estate in Leidsche Rijn, where the initial pioneers staked their claim some 23 years ago. Even diehard fans of the historical inner city have to admit that this neighbourhood has been tastefully

designed. It is spacious, green and the architecture is varied.

SWINGS

After crossing Langerakbaan, we walk straight ahead in front of Groenedijk 7 , behind the playground. You find yourself in authentic Dutch landscape here, with knotted willows lining the road and beautiful traditional old buildings. Turn left in front of Park Hoge Weide 8 , which owes its name to a few solid green humps, a great panorama and a fun swing park. Then it’s a bit of a trek across Groenedijk, where you’ll see the odd original country house dotted among the newly built homes. You can turn right onto Johanniterpad, or carry on for a few hundred metres to Castellum Hoge Woerd 9 . The archaeology museum has the contours of the Roman fort that stood here 2,000 years ago. The top attraction is an ancient wooden ship that was found 3 kilometres further along. There is also an urban farm and café. We continue through Parkwijk via Johanniterpad. Turn left into Pauwoogvlinder at the somewhat bare Groot Zandveld, cross ’t Zand and turn right onto the bike path parallel to the road. This takes us to Terwijde station 10 , where you can take the mainline train back to Utrecht Centraal. Castellum Hoge Woerd


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Q&A WITH SIHAM EL OUAZIZI By Wieneke van Koppen

Siham el Ouazizi

De Voorkamer

How inclusive, diverse and sustainable are Utrecht’s cultural institutions? This is the question being addressed by Siham el Ouazizi (28) and other critical friends from the PACT Utrecht network. She conducted her graduation research project at the Utrecht Municipal Archive. ‘This opened my eyes to the urgency of topics like inclusion and diversity in the cultural sector. I’d always assumed that the sector was fairly well advanced in this respect. I’m now working at PACT Utrecht to raise awareness of these topics in various cultural institutions, such as the Netherlands Film Festival, Theater Utrecht and RAUM.’ When she started at PACT, Siham was shocked by some of the comments and the frequency with which she encountered institutional racism. ‘During conversations at PACT, it became increasingly clear to me that racism was all around. These days, I try to focus on the things that I can do to improve the situation. After all, the accumulation of lots of small steps will eventually bring about change. Being able to say what I see and what I think as a critical friend is very important to me.’ pactutrecht.nl


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Open and warm

Solidarity

‘Inclusion is in the DNA of De Voorkamer (Kanaalstraat 225), a cultural meeting space in Utrecht. You meet all kinds of people there, from undocumented immigrants and expats, to students and old Utrecht locals. It was when I was helping to organise Eid ul Adha that I first saw the two worlds coming together. This is what Eid is all about: sharing, eating together with people from different socio-economic classes, closing the social divide. De Voorkamer organises this kind of thing really well - the rest of the cultural sector should look and learn. We run language cafés in various languages, as well as a course in storytelling. There’s an open, warm atmosphere: we translate for each other during meetings and it’s okay to be late.’

‘For a lot of people, the 24 Oktoberplein holds traumatic memories because of the shooting incident in a tram in March 2019. I compiled an exhibition for the Utrecht Archive about the sea of soft toys, children’s drawings and letters that were left at the spot of the shooting. One letter particularly touched my heart: a man said that as a Muslim, he condoned the incident. He left his phone number so that other people from Utrecht could call him if they wanted. A monument has now been erected to the victims. Although the incident has left a scar on Utrecht, it also demonstrates the solidarity of the people who live here.’

Photography Anne Hamers, Aziz Kawak, By Pauluz, Het Utrechts Archief/D.C. Goosen

A small world ‘I have good memories of Kanaleneiland, the neighbourhood where I grew up. Social cohesion was the norm. Everyone knew each other and people’s doors were always open. This kind of cohesion seems to be making a comeback. If you go to the bridge at dusk and look across to this part of the city, you see the beauty of Kanaleneiland and the peace it radiates.’ Kanaleneiland

Arabic vibe ‘To me, of all the restaurants in Hoog Catharijne, Comptoir Libanais has the most character. They’ve managed to create a real Arabic vibe. And of course the food’s great. I’m a vegan and the falafel wrap with hummus and homemade rosewater is my favourite.’

Healing ‘During the coronavirus pandemic, I spent a lot of time at Lage Vuursche. It’s a great place to walk, very peaceful. And the trees inspire me. I once read a study that claimed that trees in a forest help each other if one of them is sick: they send therapeutic minerals to the ailing tree via their roots until it heals. This is what human sustainability is all about: helping people who find themselves at a disadvantage.’

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A BROKEN WORLD?

STUK

Four lads want to break stuff in a world that is already broken. It’s as if the carpet is always being pulled out from under their feet, as if someone is pulling their strings and as if people would rather stare at a screen than at them. What’s the point of a real experience if you can’t share it live? How close do you have to get to someone before it feels different from being on a screen? This play is about the authenticity of an experience and the intensity with which you feel it. A unique mix of breakdance, physical comedy, live music, video and bizarre humour. > 23 September, Podium Hoge Woerd podiumhogewoerd.nl


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CULTURE

Theatre, art, festivals & more

Photography Tarona

THEATRES ARE SLOWLY FILLING UP AGAIN, FESTIVALS CAN BE VISITED SAFELY AND MUSIC VENUES ORGANISE CONCERTS AGAIN. IT SEEMS THE CUTURAL WORLD IS SLOWLY GETTING BACK TO ‘NORMAL’. THESE ARE THE GO-TO’S FOR SEPTEMBER ANS OCTOBER.


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INTERACTIVE THEATRE

FUTURE FOR THE PAST

Theatre

Sites of Memory presents a journey through time to the colonial past. Artists from South Africa and the Netherlands give their vision on this topical subject in song, poetry, dance, visual arts and theatre. During this interactive walk, in which live performances are interspersed with 360 degrees audio and video, you will be taken on a journey along various historical locations where you will gain more insight into how our colonial past affects the present and our image for the future. The performance is mostly in English, with sections in Dutch, Afrikaans and Papiamentu. > 2, 3, 8, 9 en 10 October, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht ssbu.nl


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FOAM RUBBER DANCERS

SONATINAS 4 FEET

This is a show where you’re expected to participate: Pilot PC is a science-(non)-fiction study of what we need to be able to reflect and move at a safe distance in 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.

> 14 October, Podium Hoge Woerd podiumhogewoerd.nl

Photography Richard Beukelaar, Shortfilms, Noortje Stortelder, Paul Struijk

> 24 September, Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl

OFF-THE-RAILS

WAANZEE

The latest performance by Rosa Ensemble is an off-the-rails pop concert, in collaboration with director Ko van den Bosch. The eponymous band Waanzee is a double-headed rock monster with a driving groove and a clear message: to rise up against the multinationals destroying our planet and to rise up for a new society. The lead singer is prepared to shed his own blood in order to start the revolution, but his plea for meaningful violence won’t sit well with the authorities. > 8 October, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht ssbu.nl

CULTURE

SCI-FI

PILOT PC

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.


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FORTS FESTIVAL

Festivals & Events

ARTS FESTIVAL

TWEETAKT

Most of the acts involved in this arts festival will be performed in various theatres, including Theater Kikker, Het Huis Utrecht and ZIMIHC Theater Stefanus. This year, the festival heart, complete with a ball pit and merry-go-round for the kids and a terrace with live music, will be at Fort Ruigenhoek. Lots of acts are suitable for non-Dutch speakers. The arts programme is also well worth a look. From sculptures made from cardboard boxes and musical DIY instruments: prepare to be amazed (and possibly confused). > until 19 September, various locations tweetakt.nl/en

Fancy listening to a fabulous concert while feasting your eyes on an ancient fort? Or watching a film out of doors? Escaping from a scary escape room? Discovering the secret places hidden in an old fort? Or simply enjoying a drink and a bite to eat with a view of a spectacular fortress? Anything’s possible during the Forten Festival from 3 to 12 September. The evenings and nights of 3/4 September and 10/11 September focus on the secrets of the water defence lines. The local water boards and the Department of Waterways and Public Works will be testing the efficiency of the waterworks that go to make up the Defence Line of Amsterdam and the New Dutch Waterline. Prepare to be swept away by the story-tellers and light projections! > 3 to 12 September, various forts odeaandehollandsewaterlinies.nl/agenda/ fortenfestival


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EXPEDITIE ROTSOORD

HE:LEEN

CULTURE

Pop podium De Helling and LE:EN is back on 4 September with a new edition of the HE:LEEN |Expeditie Rotsoord festival. Prepare for a day packed with up-andcoming acts and artists, workshops and art. As well all the free entertainment, this year the organisers are introducing something new: HE:LEEN+ is a passepartout that gives music-lovers access to six better-known acts, including French retropop by Fleur, the future Latin sound of Maurino and garage rock by Queen’s Pleasure. > 4 September, Rotsoord heleenfestival.nl

Photography Maarten J. Eykman, Michael Kooren, Kaka Lee

DOZENS OF UTRECHT GARDENS WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO OUTDOOR PODIA

URBAN JUNGLE

STROLLING THROUGH THE GARDENS From dance numbers to spectacular theatre acts: on Sunday 5 September, dozens of Utrecht gardens will be transformed into outdoor podia. This is your chance to take a look at the locals’ gardens, while becoming acquainted with the local budding and established talent. What’s more, it’s all out of doors! There will be three performances in every garden taking part between 12 noon and 3 p.m., so you can map out your route. > 5 September, various gardens struinenindetuinen.nl

LITERARY MASTERWORKS

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL

As UNESCO City of Literature, you are obviously obliged to organise a large-scale literature festival. So from 23 September, TivoliVredenburg will be all about books and their authors. Besides a poetry night and all kinds of other literary events, there will be book talks with French author Édouard Louis, American feminist Roxane Gay (livestream), British writer Max Porter, American young adult author Angie Thomas (livestream), Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun and Gary Northfield, British cartoonist and author of children’s books and the brain behind the cartoons featuring Derek the Sheep. > 23 September to 2 October, TivoliVredenburg ilfu.com


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UITALAGE

CATCH A FILM

DUTCH FILM FESTIVAL If there’s a screen, there’s the Dutch Film Festival. The online and offline programme features film premières (such as The Photograph by Sherman De Jesus), interviews with actors and directors and, of course, the presentation of the Gouden Kalveren, the Netherlands’ most prestigious film awards. Also make sure to check the free Storyspace exhibition in the Neude Library. There’s a wide range of new modes of story-telling that let you explore how reality presents itself: build and launch your own rockets in a game, buy clouds, have a high-brow chat with a vacuum cleaner and meet your own VR IVF-X alien baby. > 24 September to 2 October, various locations filmfestival.nl/en/home-festival-eng

DISCOVER LOCAL TALENT

UITFEEST

In the second weekend of September, you can discover everything cultural Utrecht has to offer. The Uitfeest presents an offline and online programme bursting with theatre, music, dance and much more. You also get the chance to have a go yourself! Check the online schedule to sign up for the Language No Problem performances. > 11 and 12 September, various locations culturelezondagen.nl

THE UITFEEST PRESENTS AN OFFLINE AND ONLINE PROGRAMME BURSTING WITH THEATRE, MUSIC, DANCE AND MUCH MORE.

The store on the corner of Steenweg and Donkerstraat has turned into the Uitalage cultural pop-up store. Every Wednesday till Sunday, you can walk in and enjoy all kinds of performances by local artists. From intimate gigs and exhibitions by local talent a miniature cinema for two. The performances are daily at 12:30 and 17:00 and are COVID-proof. The weekly programme will be published online. You can also walk in to get information about all the cultural activities you can do in town, and to get your copy of MAG Utrecht and Uitagenda Utrecht (the Dutch version). > Wednesday till Sunday from 11:00 to 18:30, Steenweg 34 uitalage-utrecht.nl

LIGHT ART

VONK FESTIVAL An interactive trail of light art that takes you to the prettiest places in, above, through and around the ancient Fort bij ‘t Hemeltje, close to Houten. Along the route, you’ll see water projections, performance art, light projections and interactive installations by a whole range of artists. > 15 to 23 October, Fort bij ’t Hemeltje (Houten) vonkfestival.nl


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ICONIC BUILDINGS WILL OPEN THE DOORS TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE DAY

Photography Almichael Fray, Jelmer de Haas, Het Utrechts Archief/J. Lub

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A PEEK INSIDE

HERITAGE DAY (OPEN MONUMENTENDAG) Make a note of Saturday 11 September as this is the annual Heritage Day. Dozens of monuments and listed buildings that are normally closed to the public will be opening their doors to visitors. As usual, the Inktpot and Neude Library are among the must-sees. But don’t forget the former Wolvenplein prison, Paushuize (commissioned by the only ever Dutch Pope, who never set foot inside the building) and Huis van Ravesteyn (a villa designed by the railway architect Sybold van Ravesteyn). To visit a monument, you must book a time slot online in advance. Guided tours in English will probably be available. > 11 September, various locations openmonumentendagutrecht.nl


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Louise Lemón

Swedish singersongwriter Louise Lemón proves that ‘heavy’ does not always have to be accompanied by ‘metal’. Her debut album Purge (2018) and successor A Broken Heart Is An Open Heart (2019) can certainly be called heavy, but you won’t hear metal riffs on it. Or you could call it as Lemón describes her music herself: death gospel. > 20 September, TivoliVredenburg tivolivredenburg.nl


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Photography Mees Kuiper, Igor Ripak

Gaudeamus

Music lovers with an adventurous mind can once again get their fill of brand new music and experiments by young and upcoming composers, (sound) artists, performers and musicians – keeping a 1.5 meter distance. From 8 to 12 september, Gaudeamus festival presents no less than 51 concerts, multi-disciplinary performances, workshops and lectures on 14 locations all over town. According to tradition, Gaudeamus presents an overview of talented young and upcoming composers, such as Annika Socolofsky and Jenny Beck from the US, Gen Tanaka from Japan and Matthew Ricketts from Canada. The festival also looks far beyond the borders of western composed music: from the juggling concert Sounds Like Juggling in Fort Ruigenhoek (in cooperation Tweetakt) and the digital opera Follow about ‘fake’ and other news to the Catching Cultures Orchestra that was founded in several refuge centres. In addition to that, the programme Electronica for Lovers in De Nijverheid focuses on the connection between electronics and physicality. To let as many people as possible enjoy the festival, there also is an online programme with live streams, ‘behind the scenes’ fragments and interviews. > 8 to 12 September, various locations gaudeamus.nl/en

Music

Floatmonki

Floatmonki’s music is a blend between jazzfusion, prog rock and futuristic elements of soul. Debut album Body No.1 is an autobiographical album when it comes to the lyrics. It tells the intimate stories about rebirth, exploration and ardour of vocalist and composer Donna van Dijck. > 9 September, Hofman Café hofman-utrecht.nl


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GREEN FINGERS

THE BOTANICAL REVOLUTION

Exhibitions & Museums

Miracle Garden, Elspeth Diederix

It’s a hobby that a lot of people discovered (or rediscovered) during the coronavirus pandemic: gardening. Gardens have appealed to our imagination for centuries. They are associated with the harmonious idyll, with the expression of the cycle of life, with peace and solitude in a world of chaos and daily grind. Artists, writers, poets and philosophers have always had their own ideas about gardens, describing, drawing or designing them to meet their own needs and desires. This exhibition divulges some very surprising classical and modern takes on how today’s artists view paradise, allotments, botany and climate change. > from 11 September, Centraal Museum centraalmuseum.nl/en


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ALIENATING CREATURES

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE...

HKU Vers is an exhibition of the most eyecatching work produced by students graduating in Fine Art and Fine Art & Design in Education. This year, EXbunker chose the work of Mandy van den Berg. In her virtual installation entitled I spy with my little eye, she allows the visible and the invisible, reality and fantasy, to become intertwined. Armed with VR goggles, you experience a world that is almost palpable. A world where childhood memories merge with alienating creatures, objects and shapes. > 4 to 24 September, EXbunker exbunker.nl

DIGITAL BARCODE

FACE VALUE

Walking along the street, posting selfies, or attending a protest march, we run the risk that facial recognition software will analyse our facial features and store the information in a database. What are the social-political implications of an algorithm that reduces your face to a digital barcode and makes assumptions about your identity based on your appearance? Is it time to reclaim our faces? Five artists (or artist pairs) have used their work to raise critical questions about how this technology analyses our faces, what the consequences will be and how we can demand the return of our faces. > 18 September to 10 October, IMPAKT impakt.nl Jo

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I, ROBOT

ROBOTS IN CAPTIVITY A terrifying robot arm on a chain, a flying, seemingly vulnerable, drone in a cage, a clumsy robot sauntering through the corridors... The robots in the installations created by artist Bram Ellens seem to have human properties. Ellens creates sculptures and installations that explore the relationship between man and technology. Who is actually controlling whom? > until 9 January 2022, Buitenplaats Doornburgh buitenplaatsdoornburgh.nl


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AMAZEMENT

LEIDSCHE RIJN FESTIVAL COVID-19 restrictions permitting, on Sunday 5 September children will be able to visit the Leidsche Rijn Festival, the culture festival for kids between 2 and 12. Despite being a fairly small-scale event this year, held in the stunning garden of Steede Hoge Woerd, it still revolves around amazement and do-it-yourself, as you’ll see in the many workshops on offer. Not forgetting all the musical and theatrical performances... > 5 September, Steede Hoge Woerd leidscherijnfestival.nl

BRAVER THAN YOU THINK

SUPER SLOW (2.5+)

Toddlers are quite good at discovering new things and stepping outside their comfort zone; it’s their parents who worry. With good intentions, love and an urge to protect, parents do their best to guard against unknown dangers. But children are quite capable of doing this themselves. This physical, musical show with theatrical hip-hop and very few words, takes you on a journey through a toddler’s mind. They’re often much braver than their parents imagine. > 18 and 19 October, Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl


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FOR DRIFTERS AND GO-GETTERS

Kids

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 Herewherethere, 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?

Photography Birgit Schuch

> 21 and 22 October, Theater Kikker and 31 October, Podium Hoge Woerd theaterkikker.nl podiumhogewoerd.nl

CULTURE

HOTEL HEREWHERETHERE (8+)


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Respect

In this musical biopic, Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of the legendary singer Aretha Franklin (1942-2018). The impressive career of this Queen of Soul started when she sang in her father’s choir as a child. Her breakthrough came years later when, partly thanks to her first worldwide hit Respect, she developed into the international superstar we all know and love. > from 2 September, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Utrecht kinepolis.nl

Movies

Surge

Joseph (Ben Whishaw) has become bogged down in his routine life, devoid of emotion or meaning. His isolation and frustration have made him vulnerable and lonely. An impulsive act of rebellion completely changes his personality and a raging version of Joseph is unleashed. He roams recklessly around London, leaving a trail of chaos and confusion behind him. Surge is a close-up account of the moving metamorphosis of an unhappy young man who can no longer control his mind.

> from 16 September, Louis Hartlooper Complex/Springhaver hartlooper.nl springhaver.nl


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De Strijders: I Am Greta

> 28 September, Hoogt on Tour in the Werkspoorfabriek hoogt.nl

Photography Metro Goldwyn Mayer

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 26 August, Louis Hartlooper Complex/ Springhaver hartlooper.nl/en springhaver.nl/en

CULTURE

A highly personal, intimate documentary by Nathan Grossman about the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, made in cinéma vérité style. With the permission of her parents, Grossman followed Greta from close by while at home, as she met world leaders and attended protest meetings. De Strijders is a monthly film evening that focuses on iconic figures who fight passionately to make the world a better place. The evenings are organised by Hoogt on Tour and Podium, the cultural student platform of Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.


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Let’s go green CONTRIBUTING TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE JUST GOT A LOT EASIER IN UTRECHT, WITH DEPARTMENT STORE GREEN UP OPENING ITS DOORS IN THE MONUMENTAL BUILDING ON THE CORNER OF OUDEGRACHT AND STADHUISBRUG.


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Photography Dieuwke de Boer

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Let’s go green

SHOP-IN-SHOP

GREEN UP

The monumental corner building was originally built in the 19th century to house department store Magazijn De Zon. In the next 2,5 years, the building will return to its original use with Green UP, the largest sustainable department store in the Netherlands. A collective of sustainable entrepreneurs filled the 1.400 m2 with a shop-in-shop concept that offers a wide range of products, from eco conscious gifts, books, plants, vintage home accessories and furniture to to fair fashion, sustainable cleaning products, kitchen ware and ecological beauty and care products. There also is a botanical courtyard with food & beer garden Botania, that offers a menu with mostly locally sourced and organic food and drinks. > Stadhuisbrug 5 green-up.eco


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E&CO Eco friendly everyday products

Slow fashion

BOTANIA Locally sourced and organic food and drinks

VLECK Natural wines

KUYICHI X INDIGO RAVENS Vintage & upcycled fashion

HOUSE OF USELESS Fair fashion

STEK VOOR JE PLEK Plants, pots and cuttings

GEWOON EMMA Beauty salon

I LIKE VINTAGE JAN’S VINTAGE Second-hand furniture and home accessories

SERENDIPITY VINTAGE DREAMER Vintage clothing concept

Photography Dieuwke de Boer

COMMON & SENSE Fair clothing brand & MANY MORE SUSTAINABLE AND ECOFRIENDLY BRANDS

Find it on the map See page 64

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UTRECHT WATERLINE WALKING TOUR The five different routes of the Utrecht Waterline Walking Tour start at Galgenwaard Stadium, skirting the city of Utrecht and taking you through the surrounding rural areas. The longest walk passes 14 of the forts that go to make up the Defence Line of Utrecht, part of the New Dutch Waterline. The five routes are 10, 14, 20, 24 and 38 kilometres long. Stop off at one of the terraces at the forts along your way for a drink and a bite to eat while surveying the beautiful Dutch countryside. > 9 October, start at Galgenwaard Stadium utrecht.waterliniewandeltocht.nl


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Photography Dieuwke de Boer

Stroll along the Waterline PULL ON YOUR HIKING BOOTS AND JOIN THE THIRD EDITION OF THE UTRECHT WATERLINE WALKING TOUR ON SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER.


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ON A BRANCH ABOVE OUR HEADS, BOLD AS BRASS, HUNG ONE LONELY WALNUT, SWATHED IN ITS IMMATURE GREEN SHELL


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Edible

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Photography unsplash/iStock

By Nynke van Spiegel

Kanaalweg, enclosed by tower blocks, football pitches and the Merwede canal, now features a cosy urban garden. What used to be a patchwork of allotments owned by local residents, is now a place providing school gardens, a picking field and vegetable patches run by social organisations, including Utrecht’s very first food forest. On reading the appeal for volunteers, driven by curiosity and a longing for physical exercise, I decided to sign up. It was full speed ahead on my first workday, a cold and rainy Wednesday in March. Trees had been delivered: two pears, two apples, two walnuts and two plums. A peach tree and hazelnut bushes also had to be planted, all under the watchful eye of the coordinator and tree expert

Charles. Using a spade and an auger, we dug deep holes and carefully lowered the roots into the soil. It was then the sun’s turn to do its magic, but unfortunately, spring was late coming this year. So we strapped the tall, narrow trunks to support them during the strong winds that raged over the terrain.

HIGH TO LOW

The concept of food forestry has grown in popularity in recent years. We are gradually realising that for environmental reasons, it is better to produce our food closer to home. We also want to understand more about what we are eating and last but least, it’s nice not to have to rely on supermarkets. A food forest combines farming and nature. The idea is to use

EXPLORE

FOOD FORESTRY IS A RELATIVELY NEW, BUT INCREASINGLY POPULAR FORM OF URBAN FARMING. KANAALWEG IN UTRECHT IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. A LUSCIOUS GARDEN PLANTED THERE IS SET TO PRODUCE A PLETHORA OF EDIBLE PLANTS, FRUIT, NUTS AND HERBS. JOURNALIST NYNKE VAN SPIEGEL IS ONE OF THE GREEN-FINGERED VOLUNTEERS.


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the least possible land to grow the most possible food (for man, insects, small mammals and birds), thereby creating a biodiverse system that will eventually sustain itself. This is known as permaculture. In order to harvest food on fewer square metres of land, you work from high to low: shrubs underneath trees, and herbs or low-growing crops on the ground. The team behind the food forest on Kanaalweg came up with the initial plans for the former pumpkin field three years ago. ‘We wanted to create a plot of land where a multitude of plants and shrubs would produce food for man and beast,’ explains co-initiator Alexandra van Prehn. ‘It would become a place where you could harvest edible and medicinal plants, wander through the trees without having to leave the city and where the neighbourhood could quite literally reap the rewards of our work.’

‘IT WOULD BECOME A PLACE WHERE YOU COULD WANDER THROUGH THE TREES WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE THE CITY’

PROFUSION OF NATURAL LIFE

A group of volunteers takes it in turns to work the land. A pond is being dug and we are building walls from broken paving stones to provide shelter for insects, such as wild bees. Regular volunteer Florian and I are currently sowing broad beans in the clay soil. They’re not intended for eating (although I recently made my first ever broad bean salad), but to serve as a green fertiliser. The leaves and roots of these green fertilisers improve the structure of the soil, add nutrients and generally stimulate soil life. One Saturday, our group visited the Haarzuilens food forest, where they’ve transformed six hectares of boring agricultural land into a hugely diverse forest in the space of just five years. Enclosed by hedges, the land is now used to grow nuts, berries, herbs and fruit. We chewed the leaves of the mahogany tree and savoured the strong aniseed taste of wild fennel. The ponds are home to salamanders and natterjack toads, and they’ve even spotted a grass snake. There is a huge insect population and over twenty species of bird have nested there. While we were there, we spotted stonechats and sand martins


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swooping over the meadows. This is exactly the profusion of natural life that we hope to generate on Kanaalweg.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

Back on home territory a few days later, I was replanting some turf to make room for plants and flowers that would attract insects. Just as I was planting some blueweed, I heard someone cry out: ‘Over here!’ I saw Charles and Alexandra staring upwards from beneath one of the small trees we’d planted in March. Charles pointed to a branch above our heads. And there, bold as brass, hung one lonely walnut, swathed in its immature green shell. We stood there gazing in admiration at this flourishing start to our budding food forest. Patience is a virtue.

Kanaalweg food forest is open on Wednesdays and other designated days. utrechtnatuurlijk.nl

@voedselboskanaalweg Haarzuilens food forest is open every day: lekkerlandgoed.nl A food forest has also been planned in the new Rijnvliet housing development in Utrecht: eetbarewoonwijkrijnvliet.nl

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5× new in town

EVEN THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC COULDN’T STOP THESE UTRECHT ENTREPRENEURS FROM OPENING UP A NEW VENUE. HERE ARE FIVE NEW HOTSPOTS THAT ARE DEFINITELY WORTH VISITING.


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ITALIAN FEEL

NOSTRO BAR You can spend the whole day in this little piece of Italy if you like: start the day with a strong espresso or a good cappuccino and a slice of torte or something else, lunch with panini, pasta or insalata and complete your day with a platter of Italian cheeses, salami, ham, bruschette, olives and charred vegetables. Obviously accompanied by an iced Aperol or Limoncello Spritz, a cold draught Birra Moretti beer or a nice glass of Italian wine. La vita e bella!

EAT & DRINK

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FINE DINING

MAEVE

If you’re after casual fine dining, go to this monumental building on Kromme Nieuwegracht. After spending years working in various top-class restaurants, chef Tommy Janssen and maître Vera Voorend opened their own restaurant and called it Maeve. The menu includes refreshingly light dishes with lots of vegetables. Sommelier Jan-Jaap Altenburg is happy to select a wine to go with your food from the cellar, housed in a characteristic vaulted basement underneath the building. > Kromme Nieuwegracht 18 restaurantmaeve.nl

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COFFEE, VINTAGE & ART

CAFCA

In a charming corner building with mint-green window frames, you’ll find an equally charming café. Drop in for a coffee-to-go, homemade kombucha or a treat to go with it. And if you take a liking to the vintage clothing hanging there, the retro furniture in the back of the shop or the artwork hanging on the walls: it’s all for sale. > Oudegracht 302 cafca-coffee-shop.business.site


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BREAKING THE SAFE

DE ZWARE JONGENS

BREW PUB ON A BOAT

Photography Juri Hiensch, Corina van Manen (Foodlovestories)

BOOT 122

Eelco Bosman and Carlos Kok have started a brew pub in a very unusual location: a former brothel boat now ‘moored’ on the site of De Nijverheid cultural hotspot. A visit to Boot 122 can even be termed sustainable: you drink home-made beer poured from keg taps, soft drinks from post-mix machines and distilled drinks from reusable bottles. There’s usually a good draught cider on offer, and a huge choice of bottled beers and ciders. > Nijverheidskade 12 boot122.nl

Find it on the map See page 64

> Leidseweg 90 dezwarejongens.nu

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The monumental Muntgebouw, which used to be responsible for producing the Netherlands’ coinage, has opened its safe doors to the public. De Zware Jongens, a group of Utrecht friends who were also at the inception of the Winkel van Sinkel, have now opened a temporary restaurant with a sunny terrace on the banks of the Merwede canal there. Their tasting room offers a vegetablebased menu, locally roasted coffee, Utrecht beer and organic wine. They also host small-scale performances, which are programmed on the culture podium.


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INTERNATIONAL UTRECHT

New Local

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GABI FROM BRAZIL

GABI WEBER MOVED TO UTRECHT AS HER NEXT BIG CHALLENGE. BEING CURIOUS ABOUT THE WORLD, SHE LEFT HER COMFORTABLE JOB BEHIND TO EXPERIENCE THE EUROPEAN DREAM IN THE NETHERLANDS. ON HER FIRST WORKING DAY HER COLLEAGUES TOOK HER TO THE CITY CENTRE TO GET HER OLIEBOLLEN AND HELP HER BUY THE BASICS: A RAINCOAT AND A BIKE. THAT’S WHEN SHE FELT SHE OFFICIALLY ARRIVED IN UTRECHT.

same myself, starting to create my life here. I guess that’s what really won me over. Utrecht is a very authentic place with many young people just doing their thing. That makes it feel like a city with a very young vibe.’

By Anita Nánási

ART SCENE ‘I decided to visit Utrecht for a weekend before I moved here from Germany. I remember it was eight in the evening on my first day when I went to Neude and saw many tables on the square. People were having a drink outside, having fun. It just looked so cool! In Germany, there are of course the biergartens, but here people just seemed so open. A small scale jazz festival was going on that night, so you could have food and drinks with some nice jazz music playing in the background. I saw families and young people enjoying their time together. I noticed I was doing the

‘Utrecht is a very cultural city. There’s so much art around, from graffiti and little galleries to people who make music on the streets. Coming from a huge city like São Paulo, I was used to a great cultural scene. I wasn’t expecting to find this in a small city like Utrecht. I think that’s what made me feel at home.’

GOOD TASTE ‘I first thought it was quite funny to be able to see inside the houses in Utrecht. And also a bit shocked. Now I like to look inside because all the houses and apartments are so nicely decorated. If I can say one thing, it’s that I think Dutch people have good taste. They are


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Gabi’s favourites

Photography Het Utrechts Archief/D.C. Goosen, Robert van Walsum, Het Utrechts Archief/R. van der Woude

SPANISH BAR The food at Bar Bellota is so good! Jamon, croquettes, wine. I go there with my boyfriend very often. The staff is very friendly, they know us already.

very stylish. I still haven’t really gotten used to the sandwich-for-lunch habit. I come from a country where the people eat more warm food. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that deep fried snacks and sandwiches count as an independent meal. I’m not a foodie who’s always looking for the best restaurants and special dishes. I like plain and simple food, but this is another level of simple for me.’

OPEN MIND ‘If you decide to move abroad, it has to be your own decision. You have to have an open mind and understand that you will be arriving in a different culture. No matter how similar it is to your own culture, living in another country is still going to be different. I came to Utrecht with an open mind and tried to be part of everything, but still find it difficult sometimes.’

Gabi is an active member of the UR-Glocal team. ‘I try to be an active part of the international community in Utrecht. I joined the International Welcome Center’s Ambassador Club to organise fun activities and strengthen togetherness with other internationals.

NACHOS, CEVICHE & CHURROS Bar Clara has the best homemade nachos in town and the ceviche is insane! Also, the coffee glazed churros are a true delight. They serve the beer in tiny glasses so it stays cold longer. SWEET TREAT Black Brew Coffee House is a very nice place to work. The coffee and pancakes are delicious. I go there after my workout to treat myself to pancakes. It’s all about balance! BOATHOUSES I love to walk around the Zuilen area with friends and colleagues because of its parks and canals. I also love looking at the boathouses. They look so nice. I would like to live in a boathouse like that too.

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shopping The Galeries Modernes department store, built in 1941 on the corner of Lange Viestraat and Oudegracht, used to be an iconic shopfront in Utrecht. The Dutch shops drew inspiration from the Parisian department stores with their imposing glass shop windows and displays, which people spent hours admiring. But they simply couldn’t compete with the other department stores, such as HEMA. Galeries Modernes closed its doors for the last time in 1981. The shopfront disappeared behind ugly blue screens, which made the building look depressing and untidy. That is until now... The iconic building has been restored to its former glory, including the glass frontage. The new House Modernes will be housing shops, hospitality and offices. > In collaboration with Het Utrechts Archief. Visit them at Hamburgerstraat 38 hetutrechtsarchief.nl/english

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Afro_ Vibes Festival LIVE IN THE THEATRES WITH DANCE, THEATRE, SPOKEN WORD, MUSIC, EXHIBITIONS, FASHION AND AN ONLINE PROGRAMME: THE AFRO_ VIBES FESTIVAL 2021 WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN AMSTERDAM, ROTTERDAM AND UTRECHT FROM 28 SEPTEMBER UNTIL 10 OCTOBER. The festival is once again under artistic direction of Jay Pather in South Africa and programmer Marjorie Boston in the Netherlands. This year, there will be performances from Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Nigeria, the United States of America and of course the Netherlands. Stadsschouwburg Utrecht presents two performances as part of the Afro_Vibes Festival: No Easter Sunday for Queers and Smeer the Ochre. SUBCONSCIOUS CHURCH SERVICE

NO EASTER SUNDAY FOR QUEERS This is an adaptation of a poem by the South African poet Koleka Putuma. Central to the performance is the love affair between two women, Napo and Mimi, and Napo’s relationship with her father, who is a pastor. The two lovers were killed during a baptism ritual on Easter Sunday. Because they want people to never forget how and why they died, they return to the church on the day of their death through the pastor’s subconscious. The church choir takes

the spectators into the church service by providing commentary.

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HEALING RITUAL

SMEER THE OCHRE In this dance performance, the makers investigate where modernity and tradition, gender and identity meet. A group of Ovahimbas gather in Katutura, the black township of Windhoek in Namibia. They are together for a healing ritual. The group consists mainly of men, but there are also two women. One undergoes a change; she becomes an older man. The other woman observes from a distance what is happening. All this is set against the hustle and bustle of a contemporary African city. > 9 October

TICKETS

Don’t miss these Afro_Vibes Festival 2021 performances! Buy your tickets on ssbu.nl

Visit ssbu.nl for more information and to book your tickets. This may become a Test for Access (Testen voor Toegang) event. We will keep you informed.


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Swinging Time A bubble-gum pink clock featuring a girl sitting in front of a mirror, or a bright blue version which seems to house a floating monkey: Utrecht-based artist Jackie Sleper was inspired by the concept of time for her new exhibition, in which ancient clocks with a modern twist play a central role. Sleper has put the complexities of the coronavirus pandemic behind her and embarked on a new phase, in which there is room for cautious optimism and hope of continued progress.

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September & October

Cultural Events Calendar

> from 5 September, Atelier Schalkwijkstraat 4 jackiesleper.com

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GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] Join the English speaking local guides for a free (tip-based) walking tour. In two hours, they will tell you about the history of Utrecht and give you insider tips on where to go next.

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1 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > JazzKelder [19:30] The wharf cellar on Oudegracht is transformed into a jazz café in which the focus will be on improvisation. VARIOUS HOFMAN CAFÉ > Open Mic, Comedy Night [20:30] A relaxed evening with jokes from experienced and novice stand-up comedians. In English.

2 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Matt Harlan [20:30] This Texan singer-songwriter started in a rock band, but has since found his true calling as an Americana troubadour, inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Prine. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Kai Needie [21:00] Band night with local, up-and-coming musicians and bands.

3 Friday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ CENTRAAL MUSEUM > Centraal Live [18:00] Live concert in the garden of the museum by violinist Julia Phillippens and pianist Ramon Valle. DE HELLING > Dool [19:30] This new Dutch band combines the best of the dark eighties with progressive metal. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Rumours [20:30] This American tribute band will take you back to Fleetwood Mac’s heyday, with hits such as ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘You Make Loving Fun’. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Anne Müller [21:15] One of the most versatile cellists of the moment. With her huge range of effect pedals, she tours with Agnes Obel, but this time she is riding solo. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Blackout [23:00] Utrecht’s one true drum ’n bass night is back for a second post-pandemic special, with the gentlemen of Black Sun Empire, Andy C, and many more.

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. WERKSPOORKATHEDRAAL > Lie Down Concert [20:00] Lie down and quietly enjoy the music of Einaudi, Yiruma and Tiersen. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ CENTRAAL MUSEUM > Centraal Live [20:00] Live concert in the garden of the museum by Trio Açai who are masters in Brazilian music. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > 20 Jaar 80’s Verantwoord [21:00] 80s night full of hits from artists like The Cure, David Bowie and Talking Heads. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3. 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 (kids/U-pas €4/adults €8, 1½ hour) in advance.

5 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT >

Catharijn Classique: Voci d’Altrove [15:00 and 16:00] Get to know centuries old French and Italian music in the garden of the museum. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] An afternoon of live jazz music. DB’S > The Hillsback Brassband [15:30] Outdoor concert by Dutch brassband. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

6 Monday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century [20:00] The orchestra performs Mozart’s Serenade in B Flat. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Jozef van Wissem [20:15] This Dutch composer and musician single-handedly managed to modernise the lute. His repertoire ranges from composing music for The Sims game franchise to collaborating with a stone rock band.

7 Tuesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREGENBURG > Melanie [20:00]

This American legend was one of the only female solo Woodstock acts. Some of her hits became instant classics. LECTURES TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism [19:30] A conversation with professor Mazzucto, about her idea of changing capitalism by following the method that brought us to the moon. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > From Consumerism to Sustainable Ways of Living [14:30] Carlota Perez will take you on a journey through the history of technological revolutions and show that ‘all the conditions are there for shaping technology towards a good life in a green and fair society’.

8 Wednesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Gaudeamus: Ralph van Raat [19:00] A modern classical reflection on the weird year that was 2021, with compositions by Gen Tanaka, Karen Tanaka, Tan Dun, Heather Pinkham, and Huang Ruo. LECTURES UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL > 9/11 as a global turning point [20:00] Historian Prof. Beatrice de Graaf (UU) takes us back in time. How did terror and terrorism emerge as the horror twin of modern history? And what can 9/11 teach us today, when the hyperconnectivity of social media determines the waxing and waning of our most deep-seated fears?

9 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > Fleddy Melculy [19:30] Hardcore/metal with lyrics in Flemish. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Floatmonki [21:00] Band night in the café with local, musicians and bands.

10 Friday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Triptides [20:30] Psychedelic from the West Coast of the USA. DUMSTAD > UJazz Club Concert: Trio Hans Mantel [20:30] Jazz music with a focus on local musicians. This time: Trio Hans Mantel. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

11 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 4. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Wim Mertens [20:30] This Belgian neoclassical pianist and composer is celebrating his 40th anniversary as a musician by


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combining his classics with music from his upcoming album The Gaze of the West. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > The International Burlesque Circus [21:00] An evening of stylish, classic variety from the forties and fifties. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sat 4.

12 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT >

Catharijn Classique: Rosalía Gómez Lasheras [15:00 and 16:00] Listen to piano music in the garden of the museum. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 5. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Milow [19:45] This Flemish singer-songwriter is known for his cover of 50 Cent’s Ayo Technology, but he has a lot more in store! Expect perfect pop songs and personal lyrics. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

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15 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > JazzKelder [19:30] See Wed 1. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Kensington [20:30] See Tue 14. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG > Gioia Live [20:30] A performance about a young woman whose hallucinations became her reality. A show including film, audio, and dance. VARIOUS HOFMAN CAFÉ > Open Mic, Comedy Night [20:30] See Wed 1.

16 Thursday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dutch Chambre Choir [time tba] ‘Forgotten’ is a journey through the mind of someone

17 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > De Aarde Zingt:

Gregorian chant and visual art [20:15] Voces Caelestes brings a programme with Gregorian chant and compositions by Hildegard van Bingen. These vocal works are intertwined with visual arts. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Opening Concert Sibelius, De Graaff and Franck [20:15] Due to a pandemic, this young composer missed his chance to open the esteemed Radio Philharmonic Orchestra last year, but this evening he finally gets his opportunity to shine! TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bruno Bavota [21:00] This composer and multiinstrumentalist makes neoclassical piano music that manages to put audiences all over the world in an almost meditative state, with touches of electronics and guitar. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > De Likt [19:30] Electro hip hop threesome from Rotterdam. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ilse DeLange [20:00] Since her debut album in 1998, this singer-songwriter belongs to the top of Dutch music, thanks to her golden voice. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Christof van der Ven [20:00] This versatile artist spends his time cooking as a chef, playing as a travelling musician for Bear’s Den, and playing his own indie folk music live. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Casa Crazy [23:00] This night is what happens when you combine Latin music with

house music, which works surprisingly well. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

18 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 4. NICOLAÏKERK > Ritual Bells, Global Gongs [18:00 and 20:30] Twentyone singers and musicians jointly explore the shared past of the Netherlands and Indonesia, from the beginning of the VOC to the birth of Indonesia. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Amsterdam

Sinfonietta with Janine Jansen [18:30 and 21:00] The festive opening of a new concert season, brought to you by violist Janine Jansen’s version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Tango through Organ [11:00] This promises to be a truly unique musical experience: tango music played on an organ. If you’re curious about this unlikely combination, come listen for yourself. DE HELLING > PAX the humanoid [19:30] Rapper from Utrecht celebrates the release of his debut album. DB’S > Tankzilla & Pendejo [20:30] Double bill of two rock bands. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sat 4.

19 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 5. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

20 Monday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Louise Lémon [20:30] This Swedish singersongwriter is difficult to classify. Heavy metal without the metal or pop-noir probably come closest. Lémon herself classifies her music as ‘death gospel’.

21 Tuesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Final Dutch Classical Talent 2021 [20:00] All the nominees for the Dutch Classical Talent award will play one last time before the winner is announced. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dutch Wind

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MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Kensington [20:30] This Utrecht-based band is back with a completely acoustic, unplugged and intimate three-day tour, exclusively played here. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Pitou, Artvark & Goya Ensemble [21:00] Three musicians of three different genres join forces to bring pop, jazz and classical music closer together.

with dementia, in which forgetfulness, hallucinations and paranoia are all made real through music. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Jelmer de Moed [20:30] One of the greatest clarinet players of our time. The main event of this night is Pierre Boulez’s ‘Dialogue de l’ombre double’, played with a modern touch. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Della Mae [20:15] This all-female bluegrass band has two goals: making great music and improving the possibilities for women in the music industry. The first goal has definitely already been accomplished. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Kensington [20:30] See Tue 14. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Archie’s Grand Adventure [21:30] Band night in the café with local, up-and-coming musicians and bands. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Hofman Live: Tapestries [22:45] Band night in the café with local, up-and-coming musicians and bands.

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All events listed in this calendar are subject to change. Check the website of the venues for the most up-to-date information. Instrument Ensemble [20:00] A concert dedicated to international Peace Day, with musicians from all over the world. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Amenra + Envy + Jo Quail [19:15] The concerts of this Flemish post metal band are full of spirituality and symbolism, such as birth versus death, and light versus darkness.

22 Wednesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Iris Hond & Kamerata Zuid [19:00] Show dedicated to Iris Hond’s favorite composer: Ludovico Einaudi. He himself already gave his blessing: “One of the most beautiful performances of my music!”. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > Visions of Atlantis [18:45] Symphonic metal from Austria. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Pole / Stop Making Sense [20:30] Pole, by multiple champion pole dancer Yvonne Smink, is about clearing prejudices. Stop Making Sense is a solo by Alesya Dobysh about our curiously limited relationship with our body.

23 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Róisín Murphy [19:45] This pop diva rose to fame as half of the electropop duo Moloko back in the nineties. Last year her latest solo album was released, full of jazz pop, electro, house and disco. EKKO > La Loye [20:00] La Loye describes her music as indie folk made with unconditional love. Her magical whisper-like singing and mysterious guitar melodies manage to capture audiences everywhere. DE KARGADOOR > U-Rap Open Mic [20:00] Underground hip hop artists get the chance to show their skills.

24 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC PIETERSKERK > PA’dam [20:15] PA’dam performs Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ in the intimate setting of twelve singers and pianist Mirsa Adami. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Concertgebouw

Chambre Orchestra with Ronald Brautigam [20:15] An evening full of classical romantic pieces, starting with Haydn’s ‘Feuer’, followed by Mozart’s 15th piano concert and ending with Brahms’s 1st string

instrument sextet. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Rembrandt Frerichs [21:00] Frerichs often calls the audience his ‘fourth band member’. Tonight’s programme is all about the jazz piano. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > Utregticana [20:00] Music in the wharf cellar with Utrecht musician Van Piekeren. DB’S > Tribute to the 90s feat. Rudeboy & Green Lizard [20:30] Celebrate the rock history of the 90s. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Pilot PC [20:30] How do we practice being active in our culture? Connor Schumacher returns to the black box and invites you to build a Physical Culture together. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

McGregor [20:30] McGregor was one of Africa’s biggest influences on jazz, especially through his bands The Blue Notes and Brotherhood of Breath. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ólafur Arnalds [20:00] This Icelandic multiinstrumentalist combines classical and electronic music into a unique neoclassical sound with strong melancholic undertones. He has composed pieces for many films and series, such as Broadchurch and The Hunger Games. DE HELLING > Chantal Acda [20:15] Singer from indie band Isbells goes solo. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Jerry Joseph [20:30] Raw and honest punk is what this American singer-songwriter was born to make. His singing is reminiscent of a young and angry Graham Parker, maybe even angrier.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 4. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dutch Bach

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ólafur Arnalds [20:00] See Tue 28. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > American Aquarium [20:45] This American band plays heavy rock, alternative country and Americana, inspired by the likes of Drive-By Truckers, Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen.

Society led by Shunske Sato [16:30 and 20:15] The central piece of this afternoon is Bach’s ‘Kunst der Fuge’, an hour-long composition in which two or more voices imitate each other, slowly building layer upon layer. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Balthazar [19:45] With every album, it seems like this alt-pop band reinvents themselves. This had led to a wide range of genres, seamlessly going from indie rock to pop to baroque. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sat 4.

30 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > Inge van Calkar [20:15] Electro pop from the Netherlands. PERFORMING ARTS DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL > Hold Your Horses [20:30] Dance concert about the desire to hold on, in a world that is becoming increasingly elusive.

26 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Niek Baar and

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Kristian Bezuidenhout [11:00 and 13:30] Violist Baar and pianist Bezuidenhout show how the chambre music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert must have sounded. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 5. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Balthazar [19:45] See Sat 25. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 3.

28 Tuesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Metropole

Orchestra Big Band Plays Christ

1 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Canellakis &

Benedetti Play Szymanowski [20:15] An evening with compositions by Tristan Keuris, Karol Szymanowski and Robert Schumann, with a focus on the violin. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > Leafs [20:15] Talented Dutch rapper.


Sep/Oct 2021 — MAG Utrecht PERFORMING ARTS DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL > Hold Your Horses [20:30] Dance concert about the desire to hold on, in a world that is becoming increasingly elusive. 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 and provide you with insider tips on where to go next.

2 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] Enjoy a free classical concert in the church on Domplein. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Future for the past [various times] Interactive walk in which live performances are interspersed with 360 degrees audio and video that the visitor can follow on a tablet. You’re taken on a journey along various historical locations to gain insight into how our colonial past affects the present and our image for the future. THEATER KIKKER > OMG [20:00] Three performers welcome you in a sporty atmosphere, where they keep on jumping. With their passion and explosive energy, they celebrate the deeply rooted human forces. An explosive trip to a world full of colour, ecstasy and abundance. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > 38th Poetry Night [19:30 and 23:30] Performances by the best poets of the moment, all in one evening.

3 Sunday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ensemble in

Residence the National Choirs [12:30 & 15:00] The only opera written by the greatest British baroque composer, telling the heart-breaking story of Dido and Aeneas. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] An afternoon of live jazz music. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT > Future for the past [various times] See Sat 2.

5 Tuesday PERFOMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Qandy vs. John [20:30] Intimate solo about how two different worlds come together. Rap queen vs. ladies’ man, Qandy vs. John.

6 Wednesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Nuria Rial &

Accademia Del Piacere [17:30 and 20:00] Inventive, dramatic and daring: that is the least you can say about Sebastián Durón’s music. His Accademia del Piacere is known for its liveliness and ability to evoke a wide range of emotions. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > JazzKelder [19:30] The wharf cellar on Oudegracht is transformed into a jazz café in which the focus will be on improvisation. PERFOMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Qandy vs. John [20:30] See Tue 5. LECTURES UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL > The price of security [20:00] After the 9/11 attacks, national intelligence and security services received extended powers to fight terrorism. At the same time, the private security industry grew exponentially. How did 9/11 change the way societies deal with the threat of violence? Did the world become a safer place? With cultural anthropologist Dr Tessa Diphoorn (UU).

7 Thursday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dutch Bach

Society led by Shunske Sato [18:30 and 21:00] Two of Bach’s most famous instrumental compositions, accompanied by pieces written by Bach’s less-famous family members. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Pynarello [20:15] Pynarello can best be described as a combination of Beethoven and Nirvana. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > Ten Years After their Woodstock ’69 show [20:30] One of the most iconic shows at Woodstock in 1969 was the one by Ten Years After. The band will play the whole set they played at this legendary festival. PERFOMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Qandy vs. John [20:30] See Tue 5.

8 Friday CLASSICAL MUSIC JACOBI CHURCH > Great Broadcasting

Choir [20:15] A rare performance of Listz’s ‘Christus’, followed by the premiere of the latest composition written by Maxim Shalygin. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > She Past Away [20:15] Dark wave music with eighties influences. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Matt Perriment [20:15] This British singer-songwriter makes intriguing, acoustic indie folk reminiscent of Ben Howard. DB’S > Verwoed & Doodswens [20:30] Double bill with two of the most relevant Dutch black metal bands. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Smoove & Turrell [20:30] This unlikely duo combines their talents to create a wonderful blend of soul and electronica. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Future for the past [various times] See Sat 2. STADSSCHOUWBURG > Waanzee [20:30] A rock spectacle based on the idea of a pop concert that got out of hand. Expect extravagant costumes, groove, and a clear message: multinationals are destroying our planet. THEATER KIKKER > Qandy vs. John [20:30] See Tue 5. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

9 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 2. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dutch Wind Instrument Ensemble [20:00] An evening dedicated to the oud: an Arabic, lute-like instrument that is used to play melancholic and mysterious melodies. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sophia Kruithof [19:45] The first tour of the winner of The Voice of Holland, whose voice is on par with Adele. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > MY BABY [20:00] This trio blends dub, funk, gospel, psych, disco and blues to create an almost spiritual experience. DB’S > The Shavers [20:30] One of the very last shows of this Dutch band. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Future for the past [various times] See Sat 2. THEATER KIKKER > Qandy vs. John [20:30] See Tue 5. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sat 2.

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DE PAARDENKATHEDRAAL > Hold Your Horses [20:30] See Fri 1. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] Showing you the most beautiful spots of the historic centre. Book (kids/U-pas €4/ adults €8, 1½ hour) in advance.

THEATER KIKKER > OMG [20:00] See Sat 2. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

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Philharmonic Orchestra [13:00 and 15:00] The centre piece of this afternoon is Stravinsky’s ‘L’Oiseau de feu’, a piece originally written for ballet, full of angry wizards, murderous brothers and flying monsters. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Holland Baroque [20:15] A journey along the musical traditions of the Netherlands of the 17th century. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Bill Frisell [20:00] One of America’s most renowned guitarists. Often mentioned alongside names like Pat Metheny and John Scofield. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG UTRECHT >

Future for the past [various times] See Sat 2. STADSSCHOUWBURG > DANSLOKAAL 9 (on tour) [20:30] A yearly dance performance with talents in the dance industry of Rotterdam. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

11 Monday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Joanna McGregor

& Ralph van Raat [18:30 and 21:00] Performance of John Adams’s interpretation of Beethoven’s 31st sonata, performed by the talented Van Raat and versatile McGregor. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE HELLING > Grant Lee Phillips [20:15] American singer-songwriter and former frontman of Grant Lee Buffalo. PERFORMING ARTS STADSSCHOUWBURG > DANSLOKAAL 9 (on tour) [20:30] See Sun 10.

12 Tuesday CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Raoul Steffani & Daan Boertien [14:00] These two talented young artists won the public’s choice award of the Dutch Classical Talent Award. Both singers managed to capture the audience with their warm, poetic voices.

13 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Fil Bo Riva [19:45] This versatile indie singer-songwriter

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covers a wide range of genres: from intimate love songs to epic power anthems. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ EKKO > Nana Adjoa [20:00] Adjoa writes soft indie with soulful influences and beautiful, personal lyrics. Her first full-length album has jus been released. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Cubop City Big Band [20:30] This Big Band is one of the best European salsa and jazz formations of the moment. This year they are celebrating their 25th birthday with an anniversary tour performing all their best works. DE HELLING > Joy Division Undercover [20:45] Cover band JDU celebrates the 65th birthday of Ian Curtis. PERFORMING ARTS PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Sonatinas 4 Feet [20:30] The foam rubber dancers of Duda Paiva Company dive into the world of photography & urban dance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all about writing lyrics from the ultimate soprano diva Emma Kirkby. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra plays Reich, Glass & Adams [20:15] The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing a complete American programme to Utrecht, with famous modern-day composers such as John Adams. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ PODIUM HOGE WOERD > The Handsome Poets [20:00] After many hits, performances and prizes, The Handsome Poets treat you to a musical evening full of beautiful songs. DB’S > De Kraaien [20:30] De Helling and dB’s join forces and present De Kraaien from The Hague. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sat 2.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dutch Chambre Choir [18:30 and 21:00] The theme of this evening is the inquisitiveness of women throughout history. The Dutch Chambre Choir is accompanied by the phenomenal DJ Shiva Feshareki. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Classical Top 400 Concert [20:15] Enjoy the yearly Classical Top 400 together with many other music fans and guest musicians! MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Wolves In The Throne Room [19:00] This American black metal trio is inspired by the majestic nature of north-western America. Expect spiritual metal. DE HELLING > Millionaire [19:15] Rock band from Belgium. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Anne Soldaat [20:15] After 15 years of playing in pop band Daryll-Ann, Anne Soldaat went solo and has been a true gift to the Dutch music scene since. Her latest album Facts & Fears is yet another album full of potential hits. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > St. Solaire [20:30] This promising indie pop band finally released their first full-length album in June, a personal, layered album full of coming-of-age stories. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Mozart in

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16 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 2. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Ensemble in

Residence the National Choirs [11:00]

Tempore Coronae [12:30 and 15:00] A concert completely in the style of 18th-century-Vienna, full of Mozart’s best opera compositions. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Die Zauberflöte & Die Schauspieldirektorin [12:30 and 15:00] The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, conductor Kenneth Montgomery, director Alexander Oliver and playwright Don Duyns join forces. EKKO > Niklas Paschburg [20:00] Paschburg blends neoclassical piano with electronica and synths, which makes him accessible to both fans of classical music and electronic music. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > The Homesick [19:45] Tough lyrics, great melodies and lots of reverb are what define this Dutch post-punk band. For their latest album they went in a more acoustic direction, with more instrumental elements, such as piano and guitar. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Celine Cairo [20:30] Singer-songwriter Cairo’s warm, soulful voice makes audiences fall in love with her all over the world. This night she will play the songs from her latest album live for the first time. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

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[20:15] This British formation is one of the best afro-jazz bands of the moment. Soul, jazz, dub, hip hop, afrobeat and reggae are all combined into an incredibly danceable whole. LECTURES UTRECHT UNIVERSITY HALL > What Widodo Wants [20:00] After his election, president Joko Widodo was named Indonesia’s Obama. He proved that an ordinary Indonesian could trump the political elite. Since then, he has improved the country’s infrastructure and expanded social welfare. But under his watch, anticorruption efforts have stalled and minority rights have been eroded. Is he really a symbol of democratic progress? With geographer Prof. David Henley (LEI).

Band [20:30] See Fri 22. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1. IN FRONT OF THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE > Gilde Utrecht guided walking tour [14:00] See Sat 2.

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MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sloper [19:45] This international band with members from Golden Earring and Triggerfinger makes catchy classical rock with extra power because of the double drums. DE HELLING > Rootsriders Living

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Igorrr [19:15] This French musician makes a mix of black metal, jazz, classical, breakcore, klezmer, nintendocore and many more genres. Add vocals by an opera singer, and you get a truly unique combination! TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Lauren Ruth Ward [19:00] Lauren Ruth Ward is compared to a wide range of artists, from Florence Welch to Janis Joplin. Her eccentric music can be described as a mix of indie and americana with a hint of seventies-glam. PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Solitude [20:00] Choreographer Ruben Chi shows the great heights and depths of silence and solitude, both as a human being and as an artist. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

Legend Bob Marley Tribute [20:30] Tribute to the legendary reggae singer.

25 Monday

22 Friday

CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Amsterdam

20 Wednesday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DE KARGADOOR > JazzKelder [19:30] See Wed 6.

21 Thursday

23 Saturday CLASSICAL MUSIC DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 2. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Edwin Evers

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > LUWTEN [20:15] Dutch singer-songwriter LUWTEN writes melodic electronic pop songs with a focus on introversion. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Low Roar [20:30] Low Roar is known for their atmospheric songs with very personal lyrics and a combination of electronic and acoustic instrumentals reminiscent of Radiohead.

28 Thursday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Mary Black [20:00] This Irish folk singer is one of the most beloved singers in the world, with a voice that is powerful yet refined at the same time. This evening she’s accompanied by her full band.

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Sinfonietta with Hannes Minnaar [18:30 and 21:00] Hannes Minnaar drew attention by winning the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Award in Brussels. After his successful debut in 2016 he is back, this time with Chopin’s Second Piano Concert.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Damien Jurado [19:45] The musical talent of this singer-songwriter is exceptional: whether he writes richly arranged songs full of soundscapes, or more melancholic acoustic pieces, Jurado always manages to move the audience. PODIUM HOGE WOERD > Plant [20:00] Intense and cinematic musical performance about contact with what is ‘out there’ by singer Nynke Laverman with her enchanting voice. DE HELLING > Étoiles Électriques [20:15] Soul from the Middle East . DB’S > Frayle & The Fifth Alliance [20:30] Doom metal and sludge metal. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > 40UP [21:00] A dance party with hits from the good old days for anyone age 40 and up. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Dominic Seldis

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& James Pearson [17:30 and 21:00] This jazz and tango evening is presented by Maestro-jury member Dominic Seldis.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Angela Hewitt [18:30 and 21:00] Hewitt is one of the most prominent Bach-players of the moment. A true must-see for all Bachlovers!

CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOILVREDENBURG > Liszt Favourites Festival Passe-Partout [13:00] The seven winners of the Public’s Choice Award of Liszt Utrecht play. DOM CHURCH > Saturday afternoon concert [15:30] See Sat 2. PARK 6 > Nightcapts Live with

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Christiaan Kuyvenhoven [22:30] Kuyvenhoven and other musical guests are here to let you relax with some calming music, with works from Debussy, Mendelssohn and Satie.

CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Van Swieten Society [18:30 and 21:00] The Van Swieten Society takes you on a journey through the transitional period from Baroque to Romance, an era full of subtle musical twists.

MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ DB’S > Martyr, Hell Freezes Over & Sack Blabbath [19:30] Heavy metal from the Netherlands and Japan, plus a Black Sabbath tribute band. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Sonata Arctica [19:45] This Finnish power metal band

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CLASSICAL MUSIC TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Schumann and Mendelssohn [20:15] A concert dedicated to the sunny sides of the German Romantic era, with Schumann’s Cello Concert and Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony. MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Tim Dawn [20:15] This singer-songwriter was working on his PhD when he truly discovered his love for music. Since then, he has written hit songs such as ‘Walking On A Wire’ and ‘Bite The Bullet’. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Edwin Evers Band [20:30] The Edwin Evers Band will take you back to the 80s. A decennium with big historical events and phenomenal music. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

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31 Sunday MUSIC / POP, WORLD, JAZZ TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Latvian Radio Choir [12:30 and 15:00] Not many people can do a capella as well as this Baltic formation. Their sober, medieval-like singing has a timeless quality to it. HOFMAN CAFÉ > Jazzbende [15:00] See Sun 3. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > Perturbator [19:00] This French electronic musician makes dark synth wave with a John Carpenter-like 80s sound and cold-wave influences. TIVOLIVREDENBURG > The Stones VS The Beatles Battle [20:15] A musical battle between the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. GUIDED TOURS DOMPLEIN > Free Walking Tour Utrecht [13:30] See Fri 1.

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18 Monday (Oct) PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Herfststukjes:

Superslow (2,5+) [11:00 and 14:30] A physical performance about trying new things with theatrical hip-hop.

19 Tuesday (Oct) PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Herfststukjes:

Superslow (2,5+) [11:00 and 14:30] See Mon 18.

21 Thursday (Oct) PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Hotel Herewherethere [14:30] Four drifting characters find themselves in the lobby of the run-

down Hotel Hierwaardaar, where bewildering things appear and suddenly disappear again.

21 Thursday (Oct) PERFORMING ARTS THEATER KIKKER > Hotel

Herewherethere [14:30] See Wed 20. EXHIBITIONS, MUSEUMS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES CENTRAL LIBRARY NEUDE > Kris Kras

Atelier [every Friday and Saturday] Drawing, painting, smearing, scattering or dipping, anything goes in this creative workshop. MIFFY MUSEUM > Step into the world of Miffy and her friends [permanent] Ten rooms, each dedicated to a different subject, invite young children to discover the world around them step by step. 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 > Sun on Sunday [every 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 Bomb [every

Sunday between 12:00-17:00] Looking for a creative family outing? In this creative workshop artist Jolanda Schouten takes you on a journey of discovery through the garden. You also get to make a flower bomb, paint or help make the garden carpet. DE VRIJSTAAT > KunstAcademie [from 11 Sep] For kids and youngsters who like to develop their creative skills. DE VRIJSTAAT > KunstKeet [from 8 Sep] Experiment with art, discover different techniques and be inspired by professional artists. UTRECHT UNIVERSITY MUSEUM > Fossil Hunt In this audio tour app scientist Jelle Reumer shows you all kinds of fossils in unusual, often hidden places in the city centre. At every stop, he will disclose some interesting facts, you’ll be able to do your own research and answer some quiz questions. UTRECHT UNIVERSITY MUSEUM ONLINE > Become a real researcher! The Online Museum of the University Museum Utrecht offers the possibility to start research at home. Check umu. nl/museum-online.

Movies

Check the websites of the movie theatres for the most up-to-date film programme. HOOGT ON TOUR > hoogt.nl LOUIS HARTLOOPER COMPLEX >

hartlooper.nl/en SPRINGHAVER > springhaver.nl/en HOOGT ON TOUR AT CENTRAL LIBRARY NEUDE 24 SEP - 2 OCT > CineArt [times tba] Film programme in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Festival. Check the website for the programme and for information about subtitles. HOOGT ON TOUR AT WERKSPOORKATHEDRAAL 28 SEP > De Strijders: I am Greta [19:00] A highly personal, intimate documentary by Nathan Grossman about the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. LOUIS HARTLOOPER COMPLEX/ SPRINGHAVER FROM 16 SEP > Surge [time tba] Set over 24 hours in London, Surge is a


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Festivals & Events

Exhibitions & Museums

ATELIER SCHALKWIJKSTRAAT FROM 10 SEP > Swingin’ Time In this exhibition, Utrecht artist Jackie Sleper shows what moves her in a colourful and sometimes humorous way. Old clocks with a new content are central to this exhibition.

All events listed in this calendar are subject to change. Check the website of the venues for the most up-to-date information. BAK UNTIL 26 SEP > Fragments of Repair Artist Kader Attia and decolonial forum La Colonie from Paris put forward the idea of ​​‘decolonial repair’. CENTRAAL MUSEUM FROM 11 SEP > The botanical

revolution, on the necessity of art and gardening This exhibition forms the story of the garden as a fertile source of inspiration for artists. Throughout the centuries, artists, writers, poets and philosophers have described, depicted and defined the garden in constantly changing ways. UNTIL 12 SEP > Utrecht Lokaal: Natalia Ossef The work of Natalia Ossef (1983) is characterized by the tension between history and current events, between the individual and the collective. In her early collages and paintings, Ossef refers to her memories of her native Syria. Since then she has expanded her palette with performance videos, photos and installations, which she will now be showing for the first time. UNTIL 31 OCT > Antonis Pittas Acts of modernism with Antonis Pittas and Theo van Doesburg: Pittas reflects on the museum’s collection of the work of Van Doesburg. UNTIL 7 NOV > Joost van Bleiswijk: Reconnect This exhibition shows the Dutch designer’s oeuvre on the basis of four themes in his work: No Screw No Glue, Sketch, Ripped and Teared and Proto-Punk. His work is combined with modern and contemporary art that he himself selected from the Centraal Museum collection, including work by Charley Toorop, Theo van Doesburg, Dick Bruna and Jan Schoonhoven. 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 Rietveld. PERMANENT > The World of Utrecht This exhibition is as wide-ranging as the title suggests. It not only draws liberally from the museum’s extensive collection, but the exhibition themes date back to the start of the Common Era and stretch all around the world. All disciplines rub shoulders in this exhibition: modern art, city history, fashion and costumes, old art and applied arts.

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UTRECHT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL – UNTIL 5 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [various times] A festival revolving around early music, including song, dance and spoken word. HE:LEEN | EXPEDITIE ROTSOORD – 4 SEP ROTSOORD > [time tba] Free festival with live music performances, workshops and art. HE:LEEN+ – 4 SEP DE HELLING AND LE:EN > [20:00] Music festival with performances by Fleur, Maurino, Queen’s Pleasure & others. STRUINEN IN DE TUINEN – 5 SEP VARIOUS GARDENS > [12:00-17:00] Locals will open the gates to their gardens, which will be transformed into intimate open air stages for local musicians and other performers. LEIDSCHE RIJN FESTIVAL – 5 SEP STEEDE HOGE WOERD > [time tba] Festival for kids with theatre, music and workshops in the beautiful garden of Steede Hoge Woerd. GAUDEAMUS – 8 - 12 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [ various times] No less than 51 concerts, multidisciplinary performances, workshops and lectures on 14 locations. Music lovers can once again get their fill of brand new music and experiments by upcoming composers, (sound) artists, performers and musicians - keeping a 1.5 metres distance. FONTEYN FESTIVAL – 10, 11 AND 12 SEP JANSKERKHOF > [various times] The square changes into a festival site with wine, food, music and live music. KERKEN KIJKEN UTRECHT – UNTIL 11 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [various times] Take a look inside one (or all) of the many churches in the city. OPEN MONUMENTS DAY – 11 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [10:00-17:00] Countless monuments in and around Utrecht will open their doors to the public. Booking ahead is compulsory. TRY OUT NAU – 11 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [all day] Utrecht Amateur Arts Education (NAU) is organising trial classes at 10 different

music, dance and acting schools throughout Utrecht. UITFEEST – 11 AND 12 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [various times] Get to know everything cultural Utrecht has to offer. EUROPEAN LIFE GOALS GAMES – 14 - 18 SEP JAARBEURSPLEIN > [various times] People who have little or no access to regular sports, such as the homeless, status holders and teenage mothers compete with each other in the European Life Goals Games. Around 400 participants from ten European countries will participate. SENCITY FESTIVAL – 18 SEP TIVOLIVREDENBURG > [15:00] Sencity Festival is back in Utrecht. This festival combines music with other senses, such as taste and touch. CENTRAL PARK FESTIVAL – 18 AND 19 SEP TRANSWIJK PARK > [various times] Outdoor music festival with a mainly Dutch line up. On Saturday, Kensington, Di-rect, Kraantje Pappie and many other will take the stage. On Sunday, Krezip, Snelle, Miss Montreal and Maan will perform. TWEETAKT – UNTIL 19 SEP VARIOUS LOCATIONS > [various times] Theatre, art and music festival for all ages. Most performances are suitable for non-Dutch speakers. The festival heart is at Fort Ruigenhoek. INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL UTRECHT – 23 SEP - 2 OCT TIVOLIVREDENBURG & ONLINE > [various times] The festival brings together (inter)national novelists and readers to focus on the question of why fiction matters. VONK FESTIVAL – 15 - 23 OCT FORT ‘T HEMELTJE > [various times] An interactive light art route leads visitors along the most beautiful places in and around the fort.

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60 MAG Utrecht — Sep/Oct 2021 PERMANENT > Studio Dick Bruna Dick Bruna’s studio (he’s the creator of Miffy) on the top floor of the museum, which exudes the same atmosphere as Bruna’s studio at present. DOM CHURCH PERMANENT > Visit the church The cathedral is open to the public 7 days a week. PERMANENT > Dutch Museum Churches Discover the hidden treasures of the Dom Church with an English audio tour. DOM TOWER PERMANENT > Tour of the Dom Climb the steps of the Dom Tower and learn everything about its history. There’s also a lift that takes you to the top to admire the beautiful skyline of the city. DOMUNDER PERMANENT > Secrets of Domplein Discover 2,000 years of history underneath the Domplein square. Explore the archaeological findings, dating back to the Roman Castellum ‘Trajectum’, with an interactive flashlight. EXBOOT 2 - 26 SEP > HKU Vers: Jan Timmers With his HKU graduation project, Timmers tries to depict things as original as possible in paintings. 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 4 - 26 SEP > HKU Vers: Mandy van den Berg Virtual installation in which childhood memories merge with strange creatures, objects and shapes. 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. DE HAAR CASTLE 1 SEP - 31 OCT > Visit De Haar Castle De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands. A visit will take you back to the glory All events listed in this calendar are subject to change. Check the website of the venues for the most up-to-date information.

days of the castle and will show you the splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. DE HAVENLOODS 22 - 26 SEP > Toevlucht If you could escape the hustle and bustle of day-today life and have complete control over the destination, where would you go? This question is being posed to young Utrecht artists. Their current work offers new perspectives on the flight from reality. IMPAKT 18 SEP - 10 OCT > Face Value This exhibition investigates the changing meaning of the face in a digitalised society where our digital portraits are continuously captured and screened. KUNSTLIEFDE 11 SEP - 10 OCT > De Belofte 16 Every year, a group of graduated artists is given the opportunity to participate in this exhibition. The selected artists who graduated from a Dutch art academy in 2020 will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves, both to each other and to the visitor. KUNSTRUIMTE KUUB UNTIL 12 SEP > Hindsight Group exhibition with woven photo images by Frans Beerens, steel sculptures and installations by Ank van Engelen, oil on watercolour paper by Huib Fens and egg tempera paintings on wood by Jessica Knoot. MIFFY MUSEUM PERMANENT > Step into the world of Miffy and her friends Ten rooms, each dedicated to a different subject, invite young children to discover the world around them step by step. MOLEN DE STER EVERY SATURDAY > Visit the mill This mill in the Lombok district is a traditional working sawmill. The volunteers put the mill into action and explain its history. Free admission. MOVING GALLERY UNTIL 26 SEP > Gathered Self Using the work of various artists, this group exhibition examines how we form a relationship with ourselves through our environment. By bringing together objects, experiences, relationships and ideas, we shape who we are and who we want to be. MUSEUM CATHARIJNECONVENT UNTIL 9 JAN 2022 > 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. 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. MUSEUM HOGE WOERD PERMANENT > Visit the castellum Discover everything about this contemporary reconstruction of the Roman fortress that once stood here. Audio tours are available in English and other languages. MUSEUM SPEELKLOK UNTIL 7 JAN 2022 > 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 world of selfplaying musical instruments, surprising you with cheerful tunes 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 UNTIL 26 SEP > Between Bridge and Benenkluif Enclosed between the river Vecht, the railway line, the water treatment plant and sports ground Loevenhoutsedijk you will find a small, but renowned Utrecht workingclass neighbourhood: the Rode Brugbuurt. Residents share their personal stories and memories and show the social history - past and present - of this neighbourhood. PERMANENT > Museum collection Showing you the two hundred yearhistory of the day-to-day life of the man in the street. QUINTESSENS GALLERY 30 SEP - 30 OCT > Dorry van Haersolte, Ellie Hahn, Guus Röell Work on paper and wood, sculptures, antiques and exotics. RAILWAY MUSEUM UNTIL 5 SEP > Track of Imagination This exhibition revolves around 150 years of Dutch railway posters and tells the history of railway travel in beautiful and colorful posters. The 120 posters, some of which have never


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been exhibited before, are an exceptional display of the development of design styles over the years. 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. 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. 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. RIETVELD SCHRÖDERHUIS WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY > Visit the Rietveld Schröderhuis Utrecht architect Gerrit Rietveld designed this whole building along the lines of the Dutch

artistic movement De Stijl, known for its geometric shapes and primary colours. Reservation is compulsory. SALON VAN WELEER PERMANENT > Salon van Weleer Visit the Salon van Weleer for the Tearoom of Yesteryear (a unique Salon, live games Scriptorium, Purgatorium and Reliquiarium. SLOT ZUYLEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY > Visit Slot Zuylen This castle is situated on the river Vecht in the tiny village of OudZuilen. 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. EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MAY AND JUN > Sun on Sunday Do you fancy watching a star during the day? In clear weather you can study the sun with your own eyes. HET UTRECHTS ARCHIEF PERMANENT > Utrecht starts here! The exhibition takes visitors on an interactive journey through the city’s history.

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UTRECHT BOTANIC GARDENS 4 SEP > Autumn Plant Market Visit this market for a fantastic assortment of plants and enthusiastic members of plant associations to provide you with information about their hobby. 25 SEP > Giant pumpkins in the garden No matter who wins the prize for the biggest pumpkin at the Dutch Championships Pumpkin Growing, it’s spectacular no matter what. UNTIL 1 DEC > Tropical Butterfly Festival Admire lots of spectacular tropical butterflies such as the beautiful iridescent blue Morpho butterflies, the huge Atlas moths and many more. UTRECHT UNIVERSITY/UMC UTRECHT YEAR ROUND > Utrecht Time Machine In Utrecht, history is there for the taking. With innovative techniques, Utrecht Time Machine brings bygone days to life and places them in the middle of our world. By scanning one of the thirty QR tiles with your phone, you can dive into the history of Utrecht. ZOCHERPARK FROM 3 SEP > Het Ogenblik Photo exhibition in public space: 15 large panels with portraits of Utrecht homeless people, photographed by Ruud Spaargaren.

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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

Local presents Visit the store of the Tourist Information Centre for all kinds of presents made by local producers

the ticket vending 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. THE UTRECHT REGION PASS provides access to the entire public

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Must-sees & must-dos

Photography Juri Hiensch

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

New? New in town? Free tours Free walking tours 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.

THE IWCUR IS THERE TO HELP 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.


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Check out online BAK bakonline.org Central Library Neude bibliotheekutrecht.nl/english Centraal Museum centraalmuseum.nl dB’s dbstudio.nl Dom Church domkerk.nl Dom Tower (VVV Tourist Info) domtoren.nl/en DOMunder domunder.com/en DUMStad dums.nl EKKO ekko.nl EXboot exboot.nl EXbunker exbunker.nl Fonteyn Festival janskerkhof-festivals.nl/fonteynfestival Free Walking Tour Utrecht freewalkingtourutrecht.com Gaudeamus gaudeamus.nl Gilde Utrecht gildeutrecht.nl/english De Haar Castle kasteeldehaar.nl/english De Helling dehelling.nl Hofman Café hofman-utrecht.nl Hoogt on Tour hoogt.nl IMPAKT impakt.nl International Literature Festival Utrecht ilfu.com De Kargadoor kargadoor.nl Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Utrecht kinepolis.nl Kunstliefde kunstliefde.nl Kunstruimte KuuB kunstruimtekuub.nl

Leidsche Rijn Festival leidscherijnfestival.nl Louis Hartlooper Complex hartlooper.nl/en Miffy Museum nijntjemuseum.nl Moira moira-utrecht.nl Molen de Ster molendester.nu Movement Exposed Gallery Space movementexposed.com Museum Catharijneconvent catharijneconvent.nl/english Museum Hoge Woerd museumhogewoerd.nl Museum Speelklok museumspeelklok.nl Nederlands Volksbuurtmuseum volksbuurtmuseum.nl/visitorinformation Nicolaïkerk nicolaikerk.nl De Nijverheid denijverheid.com Ode to the Dutch Water Lines odeaandehollandsewaterlinies.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 Struinen in de Tuinen

struinenindetuinen.nl TivoliVredenburg tivolivredenburg.nl Theater Kikker theaterkikker.nl Tourist Information Centre visit-utrecht.com Tweetakt tweetakt.nl Het Utrechts Archief hetutrechtsarchief.nl Utrecht Botanic Gardens uu.nl/en/utrecht-botanic-gardens Utrecht Early Music Festival oudemuziek.nl Utrecht University Hall uu.nl/en/organisation/utrechtuniversity-hall Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht universiteitsmuseum.nl/english US Cantorij uscantorij.nl De Vrijstaat devrijstaat.nl Zimihc zimihc.nl


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SERIOUSLY STYLISH

MOXY UTRECHT HOTEL

Next time? ON THE EDGE OF THE TRENDY ROTSOORD HOTSPOT, RIGHT NEXT TO VAARTSCHE RIJN STATION, YOU’LL FIND THE EQUALLY TRENDY MOXY UTRECHT HOTEL WITH A CHOICE OF A STAGGERING 172 (!) ROOMS.

A cocktail to welcome you on arrival, funky seats in the lobby, stylish rooms with everything you could possibly need, a sunny, water-side terrace where you can order a local Utrecht-brewed beer, colourful graffiti by local artists on the walls and a cupboard packed with board games: the vibe at Moxy Utrecht is exactly what you’d expect so close to Rotsoord. The location is perfect too, as you can walk into the old city centre in just a few minutes. And as an extra bonus, you don’t have to leave your fourlegged friend at home because this hotel welcomes pets!

Photography JF Wiens

> Helling 1 marriott.com/hotels/travel/ amsou-moxy-utrecht


EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC VENUE 18 SEP

AMSTERDAM SINFONIETTA & JANINE JANSEN

28 SEP

METROPOLE ORKEST BIG BAND

7 OCT

PYNARELLO

24 OCT

TAKSIM TRIO

27 OCT

LOW ROAR

30 OCT

LISZT FAVORITES FESTIVAL

5 NOV

JUNGLE BY NIGHT

6 NOV

FATOUMATA DIAWARA

10 NOV

BEN L’ONCLE SOUL

VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS

PLAYS CHRIS MCGREGOR

ORCHESTRA PLAYS BEETHOVEN AND NIRVANA

MASTERS OF ANATOLIA

ELECTRONIC POSTROCK

PRIZE-WINNING PIANISTS PLAY MUSIC BY FRANZ LISZT

ELECTRONIC JAZZ, FUNK & POP

AFROBEAT, JAZZ, FUNK & SOUL

DANCEABLE CLASSIC RETRO-SOUL FIND ALL CONCERTS AT TIVOLIVREDENBURG.NL


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