On Saturday the 8th of September, museums across the city of Groningen will have special nighttime opening hours during the second edition of the Groninger Museum Night.
Translation by Traci White
For five euros, visitors will get a wristband giving them access to museum events and exhibits across until well past midnight. The GRID Graphic Museum, Groninger Museum, the Dutch Comics Museum, the Northern Maritime Museum and the University Museum are all taking part. If you’re trying to figure out the best can’t-miss exhibits, Marketing Groningen has picked out some of the highlights of this year’s edition.
From Grunneger chansons to DJs, from museum tattoos to an art auction hosted by art dealer Richard ter Borg, from story tellers to modern dance: the Groninger Museum has put together a very respectable programme for this year’s Museum Night. The high point of the evening is sure to be a performance by the popular band Jack and the Weatherman.
At this museum on the Brugstraat, visitors will find a mobile Victorian photo studio, where they can have their portrait taken on a camera built in 1900, developed in a dark room on site and then added to an exhibit. The maritime museum will also feature TED Talks and a crash course in Gronings.
Although the University Museum will be closed for renovations until mid-November, the university will set up an outdoor stage for performances and speeches, including a Gallery Talk by conservator Rolf ter Sluis and an English-language improv set by Groningen group Stranger Things Have Happened.
Visitors to the Dutch Comics Museum in the Westerhaven can roll up their sleeves and get hands on by participating in comic strip drawing workshops until after midnight, and tunes will be provided by the Brazilian samba band Batatuké.
Follow a tour through the exhibit on the graphic design work of Groningen art collective De Ploeg or take in the best dance and club posters from around the world at the AM/PM Night Club Poster Exhibition at the GRID Graphic Museum on the Sint Janstraat. Visitors can also take part in demos and mini workshops teaching a range of graphic design techniques.
After the portion of the evening at the Groninger Museum winds down, festivities will continue into the wee hours at club OOST where visitors can dance the night away to contemporary South African and Syrian-influenced music by Esa and Fafi Abdel Nour.