The unique exhibition “In het hart van de Renaissance” (lt. “In the heart of the Renaissance) takes place from the 11th of February till the 18th of June 2017 in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. From Rafaël to Titiaan and from Bellini to Tintoretto; never before have there been so many works from the masters from the golden years of Italian painters on display in the Netherlands. The majority of paintings in Enschede come from the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo museum in the Italian city of Brescia.
In March a delegation of diplomats from over 30 countries, such as Mexico, Canada, Germany and the United States, visited the Rijksmuseum on invitation of the Italian ambassador. They were welcomed by the museum director Arnoud Odding and mayor Onno van Veldhuizen. Special attention was given to the Italian masters Rafaël and Giovanni Battista Moroni.
Van Veldhuizen called the Italian ambassador Andrea Perugini also “an ambassador of Enschede”. Perugini was able to show his country’s art treasures thanks to a cooperation between het Rijksmuseum Twenthe and the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo.
For more information on the exhibition and tickets, visit the website of het Rijksmuseum Twenthe.
The University of Twente and the Embassy for the Twente region in Amsterdam are collaborating to attract students from classes 5 and 6 VWO to continue their studies in Twente. In order to achieve this, a so called “Pop-up University” is being set up where several activities are being organised for specific student groups.
During the year, the University of Twente has two “open-days” where (incoming) students can get to know the University. The number of students attending the University in 2016 has increased with 25% against the previous year. With this increase, Twente University belongs to one of three largest growing University in the Netherlands. The main reason for this increase is the additional inflow of foreign students. From these same numbers, it appears that students from the west of the Netherlands is limited.
“We’ve noticed that students from the west of the Netherlands don’t really focus on other parts of the country such as the east. Which is a shame. Since we have a number of study courses that are not available in the western part of the Netherlands”, says the spokesman of the University of Twente, Erik van Dijk. “With this Pop-up University we try to show the students the possibilities we have in the East-Netherlands.”
The first activity of the Pop-up University will take place at the Twente Embassy located on the Herengracht 450 in Amsterdam. “Right in the city centre, and approachable”, says director Danny the Vries of the Twente Embassy. “At this location, students can have a taste of studying in Twente, close to home. This ties in with what we are trying to accomplish at the embassy here in Amsterdam. To bring Twente closer.”
Laptops, tablets, smartphones: Today we can connect to everyone, everywhere within a few seconds. Through this global connection we have acces to every recent development and to let our own opinion be heard. Despite this global connection, society seems to disintegrate into several separate clusters that distinguish themselves with ‘indisputable’ stances: Nationalists versus globalists, religion versus atheism, ethnic clashes or just a heated discussion. Polarization can be found on a much greater scale these days. Although we are more connected than ever before, it looks as if we’re not on the same page anymore. OFF-LINE: Are you still connected?
The focus of this evening is on the technological developments in the area of information supply, questioning whether we can look to the future without worry. Are we OFF-LINE as a society?
Lecturers and poets will approach this question from a political, ethical and social stance, after which there is room for discussion on how to counter this dissension. It will be an interesting and interactive adventure filled with provocative lectures and inspiring intermezzi. At the same time, information will be provided about the Veerstichting and how you can enroll as a student for the two-day symposium taking place in September. The event will conclude with an option to socialize while enjoying a drink sponsored by Novel-T.
Want to stay up to date about the lecturers, chair-people and interludes of the night? Check out the Facebook event.
We hope to welcome you to this event, accessible for all students in Enschede!
19:30 entry with coffee and/or tea
20:00 start programme
22:00 conclusion and drinks
When: Wednesday 29 March, 20:00-22:00, entry 19:30.
For who: All students in Enschede
Where: Raadzaal Enschede (Langestraat 24) close to de Oude Markt
Costs: Nothing at all!
‘Walking in a winter wonderland…’ The Christmas-hit comes to live during the month of December in the city of Enschede. From the 10th of December until the 8th of January, the city centre warmly welcomes you to the activities surrounding our favourite holidays.
Come and have a twirl at the traditional ice rink set up on the Oude Markt, the Enschede’s most iconic square, right in the middle of the city centre. And afterwards you can warm yourself up with a nice hot chocolate milk or mulled wine in the ‘Skate Café’ located right next to the ice rink. When the winter darkness sets in, the Oude Markt will lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights.
Love blooms at the Langestraat, aptly renamed ‘the Long Lane of Love’ during the month of December, complete with hugging trees, a love padlock wall and love quotes. Take a seat with you loved one under the mistletoe on the ‘heart-bench’ and share a little holiday love!
The Reindeer family will occupy their usual spot the square in front of city hall at, and they cordially invite you to take a seat in their sleigh for a special Winter Wonderland photo.
But hang on… Is the family complete? Where is Rudy? The youngest of the bunch has quite a mind of his own! You just might run into him on other locations in the city…
New this year is the Christmas Wishing Tree in city hall. Leave your personal wish (or one for someone else) in the tree and you might win one of the four Enschede gift bags (worth € 50,-). One winner will be announced each week.
A new eye catcher during the Winter Wonderland festivities is a 6,5 meter high ‘Twentse Ros’ decorated with 2400 sparkling LED lights. Het Twentse Ros is a white steed, symbolising the region of Twente.
For a complete overview of all the activities during Winter Wonders go to www.winterwonderland.nu (only available in Dutch).
Kings Day is a traditional holiday in the Netherlands, celebrating the birthday of the reigning monarch, and is celebrated on April 27. In the Enschede the festivities around King’s day are bundled in ‘Het Koningsfestival’ (King’s Festival).
The night before Kings Day is celebrated during ‘Koningsnacht’ (lt. King’s Night) with several musical performances in the city centre. This year, the King’s Night will be in the evening of Wednesday the 26th of April.
On Thursday the 27th of April, on King’s Day, a number of events will take place in the city of Enschede, including a jumble sale in the city centre and performances on various stages throughout the city.
For more information about the festivities surrounding King’s Day and King’s Night go to the Koningsfestival website (only available in Dutch).
The Batavierenrace is the biggest relay race in the world, in which students from all nationalities participate. The 45th edition runs from Nijmegen, through Germany and the Dutch Region ‘de Achtergoek’ to the Twente region and ends in Enschede at the University campus after crossing ‘de Oude Markt’ at the heart of the city of Enschede.
The total distance of the race is over 175 kilometres and is divided over 25 stages (16 mens- and 9- womens-stages. Every year, over 8.500 runners participate in this annual event with its unique character and charm.
For more information visit the organisation website.
Every first and last Sunday of the month, the shops in the city centre of Enschede are opened from 12:00 till 17:00.
As a welcoming shopping city, Enschede offers the most versatile choice of shops in the eastern Netherlands. The street market attracts a lot of visitors every week from the region and from across the German border. The city centre has a lot to offer for a day of shopping. A pleasant mix of department stores, boutiques and catering establishments. Here you will find everything you need in the area of fashion, gadgets, interior and lifestyle.
In need of a refreshing drink or a bite to eat during your shopping spree? Right in de middle of the city centre you’ll find ‘De Oude Markt’; the most convivial public square in the Netherlands. Surrounding the ‘Grote Kerk’ (lt. the Big Church) are several cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. During those hot summer days the terraces are quickly occupied by people enjoying the sun and drinks. In the evening the restaurants and bars offer a great place for socializing and enjoying yourself.
Beer is more than just pilsners. Craft Beer is Rock ’n Roll! The Dutch Craft Beer Festival is the embodiment of this statement. Beautiful Beers, good food and loud music! A festival to treat the taste buds and bring your earplugs.
Local heroes and (inter)national craft beer brewers will bring beers for budding beer connoisseurs and beers for the die-hard beer geeks, as well as a live brew demonstration.
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The Korte Hengelosestraat, the Zuiderhagen and the Walstraat are all small streets that follow the former lay-out of the city. In these streets you can enjoy a lovely stroll along the dozens of specialist shops and boutiques, some of which have continued to exist from generation to generation. These streets are well worth a visit for their authentic atmosphere.