Up, The Utrecht Edition

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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.

Hemelvaart and Assorted Activities


Happy Hemelvaart, otherwise known as Ascension Day. This is one of those rare Dutch national holidays that is just really foreign to me. Considering how quiet it has been in town today, at least on our side, you’d think that it was a major holiday carefully observed by everybody. The reality is probably that most people are having a quiet, lazy day at home or have gone to the beach to make the most of the slight improvement of the weather. Me? I’ve been writing about alloy wheels. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t feel like much of a holiday for me today.

I’ve fallen a bit behind on updating my calendar of events, but there are a couple of interesting events coming up this weekend. First up the Bier Brouwers Festival (Beer Brewers Festival). It takes place at Molen de Ster on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance is free, but if you want to try the beers, you have to purchase a special glass for €4. There will be eight brewers there with various beers on tap. There will also be food and music, and I’m sure it will be a fun experience.

Festival a/d Werf begins today and runs through May 26. For the next 10 days, the city becomes a stage for all sorts of arts and performances. If you’ve been wondering about strange temporary structures popping up around town, this is most likely the answer!

Finally, starting tomorrow, the Design Route 030 (030 is the Utrecht area code) kicks off. Thirty designers, new and established, will have their work on display in various shop windows and other locations. The event kicks off tomorrow night at 20:00, with an opening party at Winkel van Sinkel. You can walk the route on your own any time to see the different works. It runs through 24 May, and you can find the route on the website. The Dutch do some talented work in the design field, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Utrecht Calendar of Events

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Sadly, Trippist.com closed its suitcase and packed away its passport at the beginning of this year, which meant I no longer was posting about various events going on in and around Utrecht. Still, out of habit, I kept finding events and such that I thought people might be interested in, even if I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go. So, I figured I’d create my own calendar of events here in Utrecht for anyone wanting to get out and about and see all of the culture the city has to offer. Of course, I can’t guarantee that it will be the most extensive calendar, but I’ll try to keep it updated as much as possible. If you know of something going on, pass along the info to me and I’ll add it if I think it’s something right for my readers.

You can find the calendar up at the top of the page, next to the About and Other Expat pages. I hope those of you who are local find it handy.