A festival by the name of Noorderzon was first organized in 1991. It was a combination of a successful local festival that presented Sunday music programmes at different locations in the city centre of Groningen, together with a subdivision of festival ‘De Parade’. Now – 25 years later – Noorderzon has expanded to an international arts manifestation that attracts over 135.000 visitors, and is well known beyond the Dutch borders. A lot has happened in the past twenty-five years.

‘Under the name Noorderzon, a manifestation was launched on August 4, 1991, offering music, as well as a multitude of high quality cultural expressions, and drawing a large crowd.’

- Annual report of the Zomermanifestatie (summer manifestation) Foundation Groningen 1991


In 2008 we've started co-producing international work together with our main partners Grand Theatre Groningen. It concerns new performances by groups and theatre makers like chelfitsch (Japan), Stalker Theatre (Australia), Radiohole (US) and Zachary Oberzan (US). Here you can find an overview of our co-productions.

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Artist archive

This section will provide you with a selection of artists and companies that performed at Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen in the previous years.

Everything from Gob Squad (GE/GB) to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (US).

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Programme 1991 - 2013

In 2010 we celebrated our 20th anniversary by reconstructing our history. In this part of our website you'll find the programme-magazines of 1991 to 2000 and those of 2001 to 2013.