Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen - in a Nutshell
In 2013 Stichting Noorderzon will organise the 23nd edition of the Noorderzon in the Noorderplantsoen & Downtown Groningen City from 15th till the 25th of August. The Noorderzon has grown from a small scale culture festival into an internationally-profiled cultural event, spanning eleven days and receiving upwards to 150.000 visitors. In 2001 Mark Yeoman was appointed as director and artistic leader of the festival. The change to a director from outside the Netherlands created a number of possibilities for new initiatives, and the festival has undergone a number of fundamental changes, principally to do with the artisitc profile, but also the re-structuring of the organisation to meet the growing demands of a challenging festival climate.
Noorderzon's last edition was visited by more than 150.000 people during our 11 days of festival. We sold more than 50.000 tickets.
The Noorderzon has the ambition 'to offer high quality, cutting-edge international cross-over theatre to a diverse audience', which presently accounts for 60%-70% of our programme each year. The festival also aims to provide a highly visible platform for makers (both new and established) from the North of Holland. In this way, the Noorderzon sets out to provide a unique addition not only to the local cultural climate in the North of Holland, but also to the national and European cultural scene.
The Noorderzon Festival is organised by Stichting Noorderzon, in Groningen, this is a year-round operation, run by a small base team. From February/March the organisation starts to grow with freelancers, project employees and trainees, until in August each year our organisation expands, with literally hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers, stage managers, technicians, ticket sellers, builders, cleaners, and of course, a great many artists from all over the world.
The base team of Noorderzon in 2012 is:
General director: Femke Eerland
Artistic director: Mark Yeoman
General coordinator: Mark Hospers
Office manager: Roland Oostinga and Maryanti Tjia
Communication & PR: Mark Hospers, Milou de Boer, Robbert van Heuven, Fleur Elverding (intern), Justus Hoen (intern)
Head of production: Arnout Dieleman
Programme coordinator: Henk Bothof
Head of technical: Jelmer Tuinstra
Administration: Roland Oostinga
Author: Mirre Dieleman
Kids activities: Nynke Oele
Coordinator Volunteers: Patrick van Lint
Musicprogramme: Peter Sikkema, Joey Ruchtie and Hielke Wenselaar
Catering: Arjan Smit
Ticketing: IKarlijn Profijt
Merchandise: Jaap de Vries
...and many, many others...
Management & Board Stichting Noorderzon 2012
Noorderzon is a not-for-profit foundation, and therefore it has a Board. The foundation is run by general director Femke Eerland. Our Board duties are fullfilled by a team of dedicated volunteers:
Mr. Bert Bruggeman (chair, first term), Mrs. Baukje Jensma (member, second term) and Mr. Rob Janssen (member, second term), Mr. Dirk Nijdam (member, first term) and Mr. Hans Gerritsen (member, first term).
The Foundation and it's Board follow as much as applicable the '23 Recommendations for Cultural Governance'. For more information please look at this site.