When it’s your birthday, it’s time for treats and maybe even a birthday party. But what are you going to do when you reach your 400th birthday? Correct, organize a party month!
The birthday cake of the University of Groningen holds 400 candles this year. This sounds like a good reason to organize a grand feast. A special committee will organize a fantastic month full of activities for students, alumni (recently graduated), employees at the university and for everybody else, from May 15 until June 15. The theme of this month is ‘for infinity’. This isn’t an encouragement to be a student for infinity, the theme is based on the infinity of science and the limitlessness of knowledge.
May 15 is the starting point of this celebration month. The festivities will start with a gala for students and employees at the Martiniplaza. The theme of this night is ‘mysteria’. Everybody can introduce three others, so girl- and boyfriends are also able to be present this night. Tickets have been available from November 18. Early birds only paid 10€.
On May 30, the ‘Lauwersloop’ will be held. During this event you can lose some extra pounds. The ‘Lauwersloop’ is a relay race from Leeuwarden to Groningen. The first rector magnificus of the University of Groningen, Ubbo Emmius, lived somewhere on this route about 400 years ago.
Next to sports, science plays an important role this month. The Night of Arts and Science will be organized by the committee on May 24. For the art lovers among us, there is music and theatre in collaboration with the Northern Dutch Theatre. From May 15 until May 22 a show will be performed in an open-air theatre.
Last but not least, an awesome ending party is scheduled. The Grote Markt, the Vismarkt and the Waagplein will be filled with stages with cool music on June 15. It’s not official which artists will perform on the stages. One thing we do know, it’s going to be great.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Do you want more information? Browse to the exclusive website of the University of Groningen.
By Beppie van der Sluis