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 2019 there will be five Cultural Sundays: January 13, April 14, July 20 & 21, September 14 & 15, October 20.
Nieuwjaarsduik – 13 January
The start of a new year signals the traditional start to the Utrecht cultural calendar. It’s as cosy as a warm bath, so come and immerse yourself in a mix of previews, lectures, presentations, workshops, exhibitions and live performances. Prepare to be inspired by the variety on offer and learn more about the locations, makers and organisations in Utrecht. Once again, this year we will be showcasing budding young talent.
Go West - 14 April
Come and join us in the west of Utrecht, where we’re looking for stories, creating encounters, exploring the history and presenting the latest developments in the area. Reminiscing about how it was, experiencing how it is now and looking forward to all the future plans and developments. Where are the roots of this district? What colours its present identity? And what defines the character of all the different neighbourhoods? Visit little-known communities and cultural-historical locations. Meet the residents and learn more about local initiatives, creative makers, institutions and businesses.
Kadeconcert – 20 & 21 July
After several editions in previous years, the Cultural Sunday Kadeconcert (Quay Concert) returns this year with a two-day program. Come and enjoy a varied music program at the beautiful Weerdsluis on Saturday evening 20 July and Sunday afternoon 21 July. Admission is free.
Uitfeest – 14 & 15 September
The start of the cultural season, at which Utrecht shows off its cultural plumage. It includes an extensive presentation of, and introduction to, the city’s wide range of cultural opportunities. Indulge yourself at a weekend packed with music, film, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature. See what next season’s programme has to offer and arrange a few evenings out for yourself! More information
Alles Kids – 20 October
This is the third edition of this family Sunday, with a special arts programme for kids featuring plenty to do for young and old alike. It’s for boys and girls, brothers and sisters, mums and dads, grannies and granddads. A mix of live performances, workshops, master classes, guided tours, experiments and numerous hands-on activities.
In 2018 there were five Cultural Sundays:
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.