Go West Utrecht

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It’s back!

This time as Cultural Sunday Go West: A journey through the present, past and future from Utrecht West

For the second year in a row, Cultural Sundays goes into the neighbourhood of Lombok.

It will be on April 14 England, Eye in Al, Half Moon, Schepenbuurt, Welgelegen and the Cartesius Central work area.

In the programme, co-composed with residents and initiatives from the neighbourhood, memories are shared, you experience life today, and you become looking ahead on the basis of beautiful plans for the future. Where are the roots, what gives colour to the current identity and character of the different neighbourhoods? New and old stories come to life in the form of meetings with residents, poems, lectures, theatre, exhibitions, film, tours and performances.

West’s story

At the end of the 19th century, Utrecht-West was mainly known as “the fields outside of Catharijne”. Besides a few farms, a mill, some small workshops, a barracks and an inn Den Hommel did not yet have many. Then factories such as the Jaffa machine factory and Douwe Egberts were built, so did the staff. This was the start of building one number of residential areas, Lombok first followed by Oog in Al. One arose around the Cartesiusweg new industrial area. The Werkspoor factories formed the beating heart and later became the industrial halls of Central Auto Repair Company added. During the years the have undergone a transformation. Oog in Al and Lombok have long remained two worlds, but their lives have become increasingly intertwined over the years. The bustling and creative neighbours of the Werkspoor and Cartesius areas are now in full transition and working on a new one function and meaning for the city.

Go West stands for discovering and experiencing, for surprise and adventure. Together with residents and neighborhood initiatives a program has been put together that shows what West stands for. Connoisseurs and tell eyewitnesses about working and living in the early years of West, join one of the many excursions and get to know residents and entrepreneurs who are working towards their dreams West.

The full programme can be found on www.culturelezondagen.nl in mid-March

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 programme which includes exhibitions, music and dance performances.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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