The Noorderzon Festival of Performing Arts and Society will return to Groningen from the 18th to the 28th of August. As per usual, the core of the festival is centred around the Noorderplantsoen park, with most of the performances taking place in tents, or on open-air stages.
Not all the performances will be in the Noorderplantsoen, however. Some will take place in theatrical venues throughout the city, such as Oosterport, the Martiniplaza, and the Forum.
The event is a mixture of a variety of performing arts, ranging from music and dance to theatrical ensembles. With a widely international cast of artists and performers, the festival has plenty to offer for English-speaking visitors too.
Noorderzon’s official website recently released the initial programme for the festival. One of the highlight English performances is The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, by Back-to-Back Theatre, an international award-winning theatrical performance featured in the New York Times, by three intellectually disabled performers from Australia. They will perform on from the 19th to the 21st of August, with tickets starting from 16 euro per performance.
The full programme is will be published on the 18th of July.
But performances are only part of Noorderzon’s vision. In addition, much of the Noorderplantsoen park is set to transform into a lively temporary village dotted with stalls filled with food and purchasable art pieces such as paintings and sculptures. The village itself, unlike most of the main programme performances, will be freely accessible to the public.
Interested in checking out Noorderzon? Tickets are sold separately per event in the main programme. You can check out the performance timetable, as well as grab your tickets through the festival’s official website.