Get your art on at the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival in Groningen


The Noorderzon Festival in Groningen has grown from a small, urban happening celebrating contemporary artists to an internationally recgonised urban festival. Tickets went on sale this week and you could do a lot worse than check it out.

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From Thursday, 18th August Groningen will be turned into a hub of culture and art. For eleven days, an artistic village in the city’s Noorderplantsoen park will host dozens of performances by artists from Europe, Asia and the Americas – about 60% of all performance are international (as opposed to Dutch).

A highlight of the festival will surely be a screening of David Lynch’s classic nightmare-turned-feature film Eraserhead, accompanied by live music from the Amsterdam duo The Moi Non Plus. Lars Von Trier’s latest film, Melancholia, will also be screened, and there will be a sneak preview of Miranda July (Me, You & Everyone We Know)’s new film The Future.

The music line-up is no less impressive: glo-fi pop hero of the hour Washed Out will play a set on the opening night, while guitar-wielding hipsters Smith Westerns will serve up their brand of hazy, half-remembered pop songs on 25th August. The duo 9Bach provide a leftfield contrast with their adaptations of traditional Welsh folksongs.

Japanese choreographer Hiroaki Umeda returns to Noorderzon after first appearing there at 2007. He presents his show 2.repulsion, which features a fascinating take on hip-hop dancing.

For more information about this incredibly versatile and fascinating festival, click here. Tickets are for sale on the same website. You will have to buy tickets for the performances you want to go see – there are no tickets guaranteeing entry to all shows.

To get to Groningen, you can take a P&O Ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, from where it’s only about an hour and a half’s drive to Groningen.

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