Each year the Noorderplantsoen is occupied by The Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Noorderzon for friends), an atmospheric event where miscellaneous stage acts are interspersed with challenging art projects and good food. For eleven days straight the park will be flooded by visitors from all over the country and beyond, a must-see if you live in Groningen!

The festival is, to quote the organisation, "a curious combination of an international arts festival and cutting edge performing arts from all parts of the world... and also one big summer fair in a freely accesible park." The eleven-day programme is of course filled to the brim, visit the Noorderzon website for a clear and uncluttered overview. If you don't care about the line-up and want to go no matter what, you can already buy tickets via

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