We visited the Forum in Groningen today. It’s been the subject of a lot of talk since the moment it was being built. A hideous, way to expensive building in the center of Groningen. And for what use?
Personally I think it’s an incredible building. It’s grand, looks amazing and the view on the roof is fantastic. It’s a bit surreal on the inside with all the escalators, but it does give it a bit of a magical feeling. As far as I’m concerned it’s absolutely OK. Will definitely come back when it’s warmer and a bit less crowded. Possibly there will be some photos of the building itself too then :)
Here are a few photos, click any of them to see a few more
My history with Vanessa Peters goes back to May 2007, when I was just photographing for FileUnder for a little while and Vanessa had one of her first visits to the Netherlands. In a very unlikely Café Roezemoes in Groningen Vanessa tried to sing over the loud chatters of the visitors of the café (fun coincidence: Roezemoes is a translation for chatter).
Just two days after the Ruben Hoeke gig at Live op Zondag I headed to Borger again for Curtis Salgado in Vanslag. Last year Curtis and band performed at the Holland Blues Festival in Grolloo and was one of the headliners there. On the fifth of November they were at Vanslag!
For the second act in this series of Live op Zondag we saw the return of Ruben Hoeke, who ended the first season of Live op Zondag earlier this year in March. However with a newly released album there were new songs and seeing how terrific the first gig was, I was looking forward to this concert as well.
Last weekend the annual Take Root festival was held in Groningen, an Americana festival that offers a stage to the wide variety of American music styles. Several musicians will take it as the start of a European music tour, others are already in Europe. Doug Seegers was already in the Netherlands and played at Vanslag the Thursday before
The concert season is full steam again with many concerts being held. A true sign of the end of the summer(festival) and the start of a new season. In Autumn the leaves are turning yellow and red and for some reason that feels a really good match to Americana music, maybe it’s the time of year. The Dustbowl Revival at least played every possible color of the musical palette and then some more.
On October six Ralph de Jongh kicked off the new season of Love op Zondag, the series of Jazz and Blues concerts held in Poortershoes in Groningen. After last season’s six concerts the series is back for five more and with Ralph they were of to an amazing start.
In a rush to get everything in order for the vacation, I failed to finish the review on Preuvenement, the cultural season-start of the autumn/winter time in Assen. On two outstandingly bright and sunny days we saw a mixture of music and lots and lots of culinary treats in the Gouverneurstuin in Assen.
We could mix a day at Wildlands in Emmen with the Gouden Pijl road cycling event in Emmen in one day, a perfect combination and so after having seen lots of wild animals in the park we were of to see wild cyclists in the center of Emmen.
It has been years since I visited the zoo in Emmen and haven’t been there at all since in changed to the ‘Wildlands’ zoo experience it now is, so as Monica had visited the zoo several times now, this was a great time for her to guide me through the zoo.