Cultural events in the province

Did you know that the province of Groningen has the richest cultural offering of the whole Netherlands? (Yes, it’s true, see this recent article in Dutch, based on the national culture index). There are music, theatre, and art festivals throughout the year, too many to list here - check out Uit Groningen for an overview of events outside the city.

Some of the most established festivals are:

  • Grasnapolsky - music and art festival held at spectacular disused factory location in eastern Groningen. Held annually in February.
  • Terug naar het Begin - festival of art, music and literature held in the medieval churches of north east Groningen, with bike routes between them. Held annually in May.
  • Hongerige Wolf Festival - a weekend festival showcasing new music, dance, film, and theatre in the tiny village of Hongerige Wolf - meaning Hungry Wolf. Held annually in the summer.
  • Op Roakeldais - major festival of world music and dance, held in the tiny village of Warffum each summer.
  • Summer Jazz Bike Tour - jazz concerts held at special locations all within biking distance of the city. Held annually in August.

Over the provincial border in Friesland, the Oranjewoud festival of classical music, also held in the summer, also bears mentioning.

Follow or visit City Central to find out about English language group outings to these festivals.

Find out about museums and other cultural organisations in the province on the tourism website.

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