There is something to do all year round in northern Groningen. Every month, many of the local studios have an open day or a cultural performance is organised. However, the region particularly comes alive in the summer with its many festivals and events. Here are some of the (annual) events. Check out our calendar for more events.
Back to the Beginning
Artists experiment with music, dance, theatre, art, poetry and are inspired by the potential of old churches – that is the concept of Back to the Beginning. In 2013, the festival of the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken celebrated its fifth anniversary.
Appingedam attracts lots of interest with its medieval centre, neighbouring terp villages and characteristic churches which provide the stage and decor for a varied programme. New and famous artists provide their own interpretation of the theme. For more information, visit www.terugnaarhetbegin.nl.
Bie Daip shanty festival
The "Bie Daip" International Shanty Festival is a major cultural event for every shanty fan, featuring a range of international shanty groups which perform throughout the weekend on one main stage and in seven restaurants and cafés and on the various terraces in Appingedam. Tour boats take groups and public on board. During this 3 day event, more than 240 performances are organised. For more information, visit www.biedaip.nl.
Garden & Art fortnight
Visit the wonderful hidden gardens of Groningen during the Garden & Art Fortnight in June. This is when Groningen opens its garden gates to the public. During this event, the special gardens provide the backdrop for art and culture. For more information about the Garden & Art Fortnight, visit www.tuinen.groningen.nl.
In June, quilt lovers can enjoy 3 days during which over 750 quilts are displayed in 14 historic churches in northern Groningen. Traditional, modern and art quilts are not just exhibited in churches, but also in four windmills, several village centres and a restaurant. The quilts have been made by both national and international textile artists and by amateur quilters from the region. For more information, visit www.quiltfestival.nl.