26 Jun 2012 | Tuesday to 2 Jul 2012 | Monday The international folkloric dance festival Op Roakeldais takes place each year in the town of Warffum, attracting dance groups from all over the world and an audience of around 25,000. Approximately 20 groups take part each year, bringing with them the dance, music, costumes and culture of their countries. Recent years have seen representation from China, Korea, Madera, Vanuatu, South Africa, Chile, Mexico, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Highlights include the Ball of Nations and folk-dance ball held on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the foreign guests dance until dawn with members of [...]
In the beautiful garden of the Hortus Haren, Groningen Confucius Institute presents a traditional Chinese lightshow. Impressive Chinese constructions with light create an unique effect. The Confucius China Light Festival is open from 2 December 2011 until 29 January 2012, opening hours: 5 pm – 22 pm. This is a good chance to experience how the chinese celebrate new years.
Christmas Markets in Belgium are very popular. They exude a fantastic atmosphere and offer great shopping opportunities. There are a few notable Belgian Christmas Markets particularly Brussels Winter Wonderland and the Bruges Christmas Market and also a relatively new market in Ypres, which is now in its third year. Brussels Christmas Market, the Winter Wonders takes place in the heart of Brussels. Hailed as “Europe’s most original Christmas market” by British tour operators. Exhibitors from all over Europe will set up their wooden chalets in the Grand Place, Place St Catherine, around the Bourse (Stock exchange) in the Place du [...]
Chris Garrit, organizer of Gideon Festival, reveals the details of the fifth edition of the festival to be held in Groningen between June 10th and 13th. Three days and three nights. Nine stages. 110 acts. The newest and most innovative music of the underground scene in The Netherlands together with many international bands. Art activities and Green Energy. Who wants to travel around the space if you can go on a Rocket Ride to Gideon Festival? A wild musical experience. New durable energy for your body. The place to be? Groningen. When? June 10 -13th. The main culprit of this [...]
Bulgarian music Located between the east and the west, Bulgaria has been the junction of culture for many years. In terms of music, Bulgarian music has both influenced and acted as early adapter to its surroundings. Bulgarian student Ana has made the effort or revealing the secrets of her country’s music background, with recent and more ancient artists alike. ___________________ For centuries, Bulgarians have been dancing to the rhythms of our traditional folklore music. Because of our location as a crossroad between Europe, Asia and the Arab world, our music as well as all other aspects of our culture have [...]