Up, The Utrecht Edition

world peace is possible
I’ve been updating the Events Calendar quite a bit in the past few days and there’s some interesting stuff coming up, including various balloon events.

Tomorrow, the Unexpected Art Balloon installation is going up. The idea seems to be 5000 balloons with messages of kindness being set up at certain locations in the city. And don’t worry, they’ll be taking the balloons down again and won’t be using helium, in order to avoid risk to animals and the environment. They’re looking for volunteers, and I’m tempted to try to make some time to go, even if just for an hour tomorrow afternoon.

The following weekend, as part of the Midzomergracht Festival, there will be an attempt to set a Guinness World Record over at Neude. The plan is to see how many balloons can be blown up in one minute.

Finally, if roller derby is more your thing, the Dom City Dolls, Utrecht’s own roller derby team, is hosting a competition on Saturday afternoon.

Don’t forget, if you know of any other events coming up here in Utrecht, feel free to pass them along to me.

Peace Is Possible

Yesterday was the International Day of Peace. Events were held around the world, some private, some public. Here in Utrecht, there were various lectures and performances taking place at the Cathedral, the Academiegebouw, and out in the Domplein. I stopped by briefly in the afternoon to see a bit of the balloon event taking place on the Domplein.

The logo on the balloons was designed by Dick Bruna, an Utrecht native, and creator of Nijntje/Miffy.

The Academiegebouw (one of the original buildings of the University of Utrecht) was the site of some of the lectures and presentations. It was festooned, as were many of the buildings around the Domplein (Dom Square) with the rainbow Vrede (Peace) flags.

A few of the volunteers hanging out before giving out the balloons.

Somewhat appropriately, this statue is a memorial specifically in memory of WWII, but now serves as an unofficial memorial for all victims of the World Wars. The statue stands where the nave of the cathedral used to stand before it was destroyed in a storm.