Monthly tips: the things you really need to visit in January

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You never have to get bored in Groningen. There is a lot to do in the city and province. That's why we will make an overview every month to show you which things you really need to visit.

The Nutcracker Ballet | January 10th |Theater Geert Teis Stadskanaal

A night of ballet with a live orchestra. The State Opera of Tatarstan brings fabulous dancers, fairytale lighting, hundreds of costumes and a beautiful décor. In short: a magical evening for the whole family.
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Grand opening Storyworld | January 11th | Forum Groningen

It’s opening day for Storyworld! Four special guests are coming to Groningen for the opening: Aladdin, Aloy, Spiderman and Lucky Luke will open the museum. But there are festivities in the whole Forum. Participate in a cartoon drawing workshop, watch an animated film, get dressed up and much more.
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Ommelander market | January 11th | Harmonieplein

At the Ommelander Markt, visitors can taste local, delicious and fair products, all of them brought to you by enthusiastic local farmers and entrepreneurs. Consumers are free to feel and inspect the products before buying. The objective of the market is to reinforce the connection between the city and countryside and shorten the ‘from farmer to plate’ chain.
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Working in a monastery: the brewery | till January 12th | Monastry Ter Apel

Beer is the oldest and most widespread alcoholic beverage in the world. Although beer originated in ancient Egypt and surrounding areas, the monks of the Middle Ages really embraces the art of brewing. Beer was already brewed in the Ter Apel monastery in 1465. In this exhibition you will learn everything about the history of beer, the brewing process and the ingredients of this golden drink. And after the exhibit you can visit the Refter, the current beer cellar of the monastery.
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Dissecting pellets Reitdiep | January 12th | Visitor center Reitdiep

Owls eat their prey in one bite. They simply spit out what they cannot digest in the form of a pellet. Ever wondered what an owl actually eats? Then come and dissect some pellets at the Reitdiep visitor center.
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Eurosonic Noorderslag | January 15th till 18th | Groningen city

In churches, schools, halls and pubs throughout the city: for four days, the city will be all about celebrating music. With over 40,000 visitors every year and a line-up of over 350 bands from 31 European countries, Eurosonic Noorderslag is the best place to discover new music.
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Synagogue showcase | January 15th and 16th | Synagogue Folkingestraat

Hidden in the city center of Groningen is a beautiful building: the synagogue. It is the location of the Synagogue Showcase: a serene evening with stripped-down performances by indie and folk bands. Enjoy the calm sounds against this beautiful backdrop.

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Urban biketour | January 16th and 17th | Groningen city

Fancy a cultural adventure in the dark? Cycle along with the Urban Biketour. The CBK presents big works of art in Groningen during Eurosonic ART. Guided by an expert you will see some of the highlights and discover some art on the streets. During the dour you will be surprised by the songs of singer-songwriter Douwe Doorduin. The tour is in Dutch.
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Grasnapolski presents | January 18th | The Dog’s Bollocks

Grasnapolsky is a weekend full of music at an extraordinary location. During Grasnapolsky presents you will get a preview of what to expect during the festival.
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Expat cinema | multiple dates | Forum Groningen

Finally, a chance for internationals to see Japanese dramas, French romance movies or Danish thrillers on the big screen! Join your fellow movie lovers every second Friday to watch a brand new film with English subtitles.
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Poffert competition | January 25th | Cultuurhuis de Klinker Winschoten

Cultuurhuis de Klinker in Winschoten is organising a poffert contest. Curious to see who can bake the best poffert ór do you want to try yourself? Then this is the contest for you! The pofferts will be sold for charity after the competition. The poffert competition is part of the open day. During the open day there are many more acitivities such as workshops and performances.
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Birds of prey at the Lauwersmeer | January 26th | Activity center Lauwersnest

When winter comes, the birds of prey come to the Lauwersmeer. Together with two guides you will look for hibernating, wandering and migratory birds of prey. And who knows, you might even see other nice winter guests…..
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Sunday Morning Classics | January 26th | Oosterpoort Groningen

At the Sunday Morning Classics, students from the Prince Clause Conservatoire play in different settings and together with their principal subject teachers. Every concert offers the spotlight to a different instrument, which are the vocal this time.
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Bookaholics Bookclub | January 29th | City Central

Once every month this book club gets together to talk about an inspiring book on living abroad, experiencing a new culture and learning new languages. For book worms, language lovers and word worshippers. Discuss and engage. This month the book is: 'Little women' by louisa May Alcott.
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Poetry week| January 30th till February 5th | Groningen city

During the poetry week, you can bump into poets and poems just like that, in all kinds of everyday places. There are many activities to visit, including many activities where language is not a problem.
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