Started in 2001, Cultural Sundays have become one of the most large and successful events in Utrecht, attracting up to 60.000 visitors. On each Cultural Sunday, lasting usually one day, a number of art disciplines, including theatre, opera, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, street culture and storytelling come together to present different sides of a central theme. The events are located throughout the city at different times, and are mostly free of charge. Stuck for something to do on a Sunday? Come and join us. Each Sunday has a language no problem
program which includes exhibitions, music and dance performances.
In 2018 there will be five Cultural Sundays: January 14, April 22, June 3, September 15 & 16, November 4.
Nieuwjaarsduik - 14 January
The traditional start to the cultural calendar in Utrecht feels like a dip in a nice hot bath. For the 14th time, you can immerse yourself in a mix of previews, lectures, presentations, workshops, exhibitions and performances. Become inspired by the sheer diversity of the activities on offer and take a closer look at the locations, makers and organisations. This year's focus is on young talented artists from Utrecht. Come and find out exactly what’s going on and when.
Noordwaarts - 22 April
Cultural Sundays is about to hit the outskirts of Utrecht. First on the list is North! See Overvecht, Zuilen and Ondiep from a completely different angle. In just one day, you will discover the pearls, must-sees and pride of all these districts. All three have a central stage, with live performances, local initiatives and of course delicious food from all around the world. Alternatively, explore the districts by following a special route. Meet & Greet in Utrecht North!
Utrecht Centraal - 3 June
After last year’s resounding success, Utrecht Centraal
once again features on the programme. On 3 June, Utrecht transforms into one big stage, on which a rich, highly diverse range of music is combined with some of the city’s unique, hidden and more unusual locations. This slightly off-beat programme includes a number of unexpected, surprising combinations. Compiled together with many of Utrecht’s music providers and makers, this is the living proof that music is inextricably linked to the DNA of this city, and that music flows through our veins. From classical to pop, from vocal to instrumental, from emerging bands to established names.
Uitfeest - 15 & 16 September
The start of the cultural season, and for the first time ever – a whole weekend! This year’s fantastic programme marking the start of the cultural season has been spread over two days. On Saturday, an open house programme has been organised, allowing members of the public to roll up their sleeves and get involved. And on Sunday, the Stadsschouwburg and TivoliVredenburg are welcoming visitors with their own programme compilation. A weekend brimming with music, film, theatre, visual art and literature.
Utrecht Digitaal - 4 November
In association with Impakt and SETUP, Cultural Sundays proudly presents the young Utrecht e-culture sector. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. Although we’re not always aware of it, digital technology is already an intrinsic part of our day-to-day lives. This is your chance to see the trends, projects, background and history to the digital culture. Utrecht-based organisations, artists and training programmes open their doors to present a range of interesting, high-profile projects on some of the subjects affecting society today. Expect mixed-media installations, virtual reality, interactive games, multimedia performances, and enthralling lectures and presentations by digital designers, inventers and artists.
In 2017 there were six Cultural Sundays:
Nieuwjaarsduik - 15 January
The traditional start to the cultural calendar in Utrecht feels like a dip in a nice hot bath. Immerse yourself in a mix of previews, lectures, presentations, workshops, exhibitions and performances. Get inspired by the sheer diversity of activities on offer and take a closer look at the locations, makers and organisations. This year there is an extra focus on the Mondriaan to Dutch Design
Uitgesproken Utrecht - 11 & 12 March
Despite ongoing digitisation and increasingly ingenious mobile technology, the spoken word, dialogue, physical contact seems to be making a comeback. Talking face-to-face is an essential part of creating intimacy with other people, making ourselves understood, explaining our point of view, understanding others. With elections for the Dutch House of Representatives imminent, this Sunday is the perfect opportunity for Utrecht-based national and international initiatives and speakers to join the massed voices that represent the abundance and diversity of the spoken word in Utrecht. Featuring a wide range of themes and topics, in the most diverse discussion and presentation forms imaginable.
Utrecht 50-75 - 23 April
The numerous urban design projects currently going on in Utrecht have plunged the city into the throes of transition. This is not the first time that the character of Utrecht has changed drastically; it happened after World War II, for example. The growth of the university and higher education in general changed the function of Utrecht from a base for heavy industry into a service provider. The surface area doubled in 1954 when the boundaries shifted, and districts such as Kanaleneiland, Overvecht and Hoograven rose from the ground. In a major, intriguing building project, the Utrecht city authorities developed a new, controversial urban heart around Hoog Catharijne shopping mall. But time stands still for no man, Utrecht included. The atmosphere became turbulent, people more politically aware. Utrecht 50-75
takes visitors on a tour of significant locations and events from this period, bringing the city to life with theatre, photos, film, music and people’s personal accounts of this remarkable era.
Utrecht Centraal - Monday 5 June (N.B.: This is a public holiday)
Utrecht transforms into one big stage, on which a rich, highly diverse range of music is combined with some of the city’s unique, hidden and more unusual locations. This slightly off-beat programme, compiled together with many of Utrecht’s music providers and makers, is the living proof that music is inextricably linked to the DNA of this city. From classical to pop, from vocal to instrumental, from emerging bands to established names. Featuring diverse cross-overs and jaw-dropping musical interventions.
Uitfeest - 3 September
The start of the cultural season, whereby the Utrecht culture sector puts itself in the spotlight with an extended open house programme designed to entice and seduce new audiences into visiting its range of productions and institutions during the season to come.
Alles Kids - 15 October
Back by popular request! For boys and girls, brothers and sisters, as well as fathers, mothers and grandparents. The event marks the start of the autumn school holiday and the end of Children’s Book Week. A family Sunday with a special programme for children, featuring countless art forms aimed at young and old. In close collaboration with the various cultural organisations in Utrecht, and in line with the ongoing educational culture range. With shows, performances, guided tours, lectures, experiments and numerous activities allowing children to experience culture at first hand.