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Get ready for cultural fireworks!

Published 6 Dec 2018 at 12:57 by We Are Public

Ready to escape the cold weather, copious amounts of ‘oliebollen’, the endless stream of dishes, and the annoying pine needles that always find their way into your socks? Well, it’s time for some cultural fireworks outside your own city! Catch the train or grab the car and get ready to venture, we promise you won’t regret it. Our curators put together a programme that’s worth travelling for, so let’s go!

Dance talent & a fresh dose of music in Brabant

Drive onto the A2 or catch the intercity to Den Bosch for the Scapino Ballet on 18 December. TWOOLS, an annual closing event, is a rollercoaster of colourful choreographies created by an array of talents. A must-see if you have a new-found love for dance and if you’re already a keen admirer! Head over to the Effenaar in Eindhoven on 29 December and start rounding off the year with your hands in the air during the live set of Kraak & Smaak, they’ll be joined by their band. In the mood to trigger all your senses? Then pay a visit to De Pont in Tilburg on 23 December. It won’t be your average trip to the museum (with works by Michaël de Kok that are filled with breathtakingly silent moments or Ann Veronica Janssens’ abstract play with light, smoke and colour) as your ears will be treated to sounds by top cellist Maya Fridman.

Blue, purple and orange. 2018 in Museum De Pont. Photo: Peter Cox

Abrasive creatives, and museums in The Hague and Leiden

Head over to Korzo on 21 December for new discoveries and music with a raw edge during Musical Utopias with Ensemble Klang and rapper Moor Mother. Or warm your heart in Leiden on 29 December with compositions by Mozart that sound from the string instruments of Quartetto di Cremona. Would you rather spend your days at the museum with the most amazing views of the dunes in Scheveningen? Then visit Museum Beelden aan Zee on 24 or 31 December for a retrospective of French sculptor Ossip Zadkine. Or go to Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden during the Christmas holidays for critical views on the colonial history of and contemporary pressures of tourism that are exuded on Bali.

Moor Mother. Photo by C. J. Harvey

When in Amsterdam enjoy, laugh and delve into history

What better place to spend the festive season than in a museum? Grab your We Are Public pass and visit the magnificent exhibition Recent Histories at Huis Marseille between 21 and 28 December. Work of the recently deceased South African photographer David Goldblatt is on show, surrounded by photography and video art by young African artists. Seeing as you’ll be in Amsterdam anyway, on the evening of 21 December for example, make sure to treat your ears to some beautiful sounds. We would recommend the super intense, but extremely enjoyable, classical music during Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony | Dmitri Liss and Boris Giltenburg at the Concertgebouw.

Still in the mood for something Christmassy? Give An Ayler Xmas vol.2 a go at Bimhuis on 23 December.

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