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Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen is the somewhat curious combination of a cutting-edge international arts festival with exciting contemporary performing arts from all parts of the world... AND a grand summer festival in a freely accessible park. The 29th edition will take place from 15 to 25 Aug 2019.

Harpist Remy van Kesteren sets out to surprise November Music: 'Above all, I hope people will really listen' #novembermusic

An orchestra of household appliances, a pop concert with singer Luwten, and a gospel choir accompanied by top Dutch music. Plus a DJ set with lots of Faithless. Those who might think of something sacred when they hear the term 'harp' can be surprised at November Music by Dutch harpist Remy van Kesteren. This 33-year-old genius has, since he was a 5-year-old, been... 

Art cannot be exclusive enough. At Festival Noorderzon, everyone can experience it for themselves 

Police sirens sound less frequently in Groningen than in a city like Amsterdam. When they sounded last Wednesday night, it was because residents of the premises behind the local art academy, Minerva, raised the alarm. Standing on the roof was not an owl, but an almost naked man shouting that he was going to rob the Coop. Mads Wittermans, the actor in question, had forgotten the... 

'Groningen has an open arts climate'

An artist creates something - but for whom and why? How does the created thing relate to society and what role does that creation want to play in it? Besides all the theatre performances at Noorderzon, there is also the critical question: 'What is actually the point of theatre?' Can art fraternise people? That's not so easy. Take theatre-goers. They are rather alike.... 

Why Noorderzon's opening performance is a gem

Some critics thought the opening performance of Festival Noorderzon in Groningen was so bad it made you cry. Others were less negative. Those certainly have a point. But then you have to look beyond what you are used to. When Bear, the hero of Noorderzon 2019's opening show, is imprisoned in a tower, he laments his fate through an eloquent yet sad... 

'Playing a game is fun, especially if it's a sneaky game.' What is Yan Duyvendak doing at Noorderzon with his audience?

Armed only with instructions, consisting of a short scenario and witness accounts from previous participants, you and up to 11 others carry out a number of sneaky tasks. On the street. Exactly what these subtle disruptions of the everyday are will remain a secret until the performance begins. It promises to be one of the most special projects at Festival Noorderzon, which runs from 15 to... 

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