Concertgebouw De Vereeniging in coronaproof opstelling.

The Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theatre) and De Vereeniging (Concert hall) in Nijmegen can continue with performances for more than 30 people for the time being. But the public will notice the tightening of rules: please put on a face mask, go home immediately afterwards and prefer not to go to the toilet. “Things are also going to change here,” says director Eva Middelhoff. “Our employees wear a mouth mask and we ask our guests. But we cannot make it compulsory. Once the people are in place, the mask can be removed. ”

Exception due to “cultural importance”
The theater and concert hall are the only rooms in Nijmegen that can accommodate more than 30 people. The Gelderland-South Safety Region decided this this week. Exceptions were allowed per region for “buildings of great cultural importance”. The two largest halls in Nijmegen can use about a quarter of the capacity. That many people can get in, subject to the 1.5 meter rule. There will then be approximately 200 seats in the theater, 350 in De Vereeniging.

No drink afterwards
Until this week, visitors could still enjoy a drink in the on-site café afterwards. “We will stop with that,” says Middelhoff. “Also because the catering industry has to close at ten o’clock everywhere. Theatergoers do get a glass into the theater. The restaurant of De Vereeniging can of course run in the same way as other restaurants in the city.” The cloakroom will remain closed, the coat has to be brought into the room, and visitors are asked to use the toilet only when they have to.
Is it still fun to go to a performance? Middelhoff: “The audience that comes is positive. They appreciate what the artists achieve and our efforts to give them a warm welcome. We have to work hard to promote performances. We only sell 70 percent of the tickets. And those are all the small numbers of the new normal. ” Performances on this scale do not generate money, according to the director. “We do this to keep the culture alive. And it means work for the makers and our own staff. ” The lectures that Radboud University holds in the theater and the concert hall can continue because it concerns education.

Facilitate other stages
The other rooms in Nijmegen, such as Doornroosje, LUX and the Lindenberg, may only admit 30 people for the time being. Can they move their shows to the theater or concert hall? “We would like to facilitate our colleagues”, says Middelhoff. “But the Safety Region must give permission. We therefore asked that question together with all the stages.”


Scientific education from an art stage.

The tickets are free for a change. No large theater companies or theater groups on stage, but university teachers. The highly honored audience is purely and exclusively students, of Social Sciences, to be precise. A deal between the De Vereeniging concert hall and Radboud University preceded the special lecture setting. Of course to create extra space in the university, which is too cramped due to corana. The implementation has received national praise. Students from other cities refer to it with envious gaze: “Look, in Nijmegen they still get physical education, shouldn’t that be possible in our city?” Because every student still likes a day off. But no lectures and therefore no contact with your fellow students, they clearly think that less. Not to mention the loss of quality due to education only through visual contact. So the Rector Magnificus has set itself the sacred task of offering first-year students at least twice physical education, the other bachelor’s students at least once a week. This seems to be successful, partly thanks to the deployment of the stages, including the Main City Theater (Stadsschouwburg). The photo clearly shows that a row of chairs has been removed between the students. This means you can store your laptop and stretch your legs comfortably, something that is not possible in a regular concert season …

Concerts start up after 5 months.

The Symphonic Orchestra Overijssel & Gelderland “PHION” and the Chamber Music Society start up after a Covid-19 silence of over five months. Both institutes had to cancel their last two concerts of the 2019/2020 season. These concerts are booked for the 2020/2021 seasons, so that we have a lot of concerts to attend! There is now a trial going on with audiences of 35 people max, concerts by small ensembles of members of the orchestra, such as a brass ensemble, a small string orchestra etc. The concerts last 1,5 hour and there are drinks and snacks afterwards.

Walk of the World

Walk of the World edition #102

Day 0: Monday 16 July – registration

Pre-marches drinks at “De Vereeniging”.

Emperor Charles Square

Pre-dinner drinks in the back yard; in front: the fountain,