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).
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.
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.
Every year in the latest month the World Press Photo exhibition comes to the Netherlands and whenever it’s possible I try to visit it. They moved from the Der Aa Kerk to the Synagog in Groningen, both locations have impressive architecture.
Last Sunday was the second edition of Live at Zondag (Live on Sunday) at Poortershoes, a terrific initiative from a bunch of music loving people that decided at organising a set of concerts was an experiment they really wanted to and so they went for it. This afternoon we got a gig by The Tightropes
I do love new musical initiatives. A few years ago the church in Borger was transformed into a concert-stage which has earned it’s place in many a bands agenda, a few years before that some friends organized houseconcerts in Groningen, which eventually grew to concerts in the synagogue and a four night programming at Groningen’s Noorderzon festival, I’ve seen the birth of the German Static Roots Festival and now a few friends and colleagues of mine have decided to organise several concerts in the community house Poortershoes in Groningen starting with Black Bottle Riot. To kick things off at full steam!
This weekend is the 2018 edition of the Swingin’ Groningen festival and every year I try to at least get one night in and this year I visited on Friday evening as that had the best part of the program for me.
There’s a thing about African music that just makes my heart beat a bit faster and happier. Luckily I’m not the only one and so we are getting more and more funky Afrobeat of African bluesy bands playing in Europe. It doesn’t attract the amounts of crowd like the big western rockbands do, but there’s a good bunch of music lovers that will turn up for these concerts! Last Wednesday Guy One from Ghana played at Vera.
Not so long ago I ran into the album ‘Astonishing Tales From Beyond The Brass Dimension’ by the Broken Brass Ensemble, a brass band (naturally) from the Netherlands. And then I saw they’d come to Simplon for a concert. A very nice coincidence and of course I went there too.