Enschede is a city overflowing with culture. In the centre there is a great deal of cultural films, cabaret, theatre and music. The district Roombeek is the second cultural heart of Enschede. The artistic and creatively designed “Cultuurmijl” (Culture Mile) connects Roombeek to the heart of the city. Besides larger cultural institutions there are countless smaller exhibition spaces and studios where beginning artists show their talent. So there is enough to discover!
Would you like to grab a movie? There will always be something you like within the extensive offer in the cinema Wolff Cinestar next to Go Planet Parc or at city cinema Wolff Cineast. Visit http://www.wolff.nl/ for more information (in Dutch).
Do you prefer arthouse movies? On the “Oude Markt” is Concordia Cinema, the cultural art cinema of Enschede. Website: http://www.concordia.nl/home
Are you a lover of visual arts? Rijksmuseum Twenthe has a varied collection from the Middle Ages to the present. You can see works by big names like Brueghel, Ruisdael, Breitner and Jongkind, but also contemporary work by big names like Richard Long and Nicholas Pope. Website: http://www.rijksmuseumtwenthe.nl/en
If you are interested more in archaeology, history and folklore then do visit TwentseWelle. Here nature and culture are woven into a unique concept that puts into pictures the human adventure: a universal story with Twente as a guideline. Website: http://www.twentsewelle.nl/ (in Dutch)
In Enschede you can also find the most beautiful synagogue of West Europe. Leaded windows, mosaic, Torah roles, the synagogue of Enschede has it all. It is certainly worth a visit. Enschede also has a large offer of galleries, like shop and exhibition space Eerst! and photo gallery Objektief.
Enschede is a real music city: music plays a great role. The Nationaal Muziekkwartier is the music and theatre stage of Enschede. A bustling cultural place with a number of stages, halls and rehearsal rooms in which six professional musical institutions live together under one roof.
One of those partners is pop stage Atak; pop, rock, metal, all genres get a chance here. In addition, Atak provides the stage for the annual closing party StuKaFest, the Studenten Kamer Festival (student room festival), for which student rooms are changed into mini theatres. Website: http://www.atak.nl/ (in Dutch).
The Wilminktheater (http://www.wilminktheater.nl/nl/ in Dutch/German) and Muziekcentrum Enschede are established within the ‘Nationaal Muziekkwartier’. Cabaret, music, dance, musical or drama & literature, there will be something of your liking. The other partners are the Nationale Reisopera (http://www.reisopera.nl/ in Dutch), HET Symfonieorkest (http://www.hetsymfonieorkest.nl/ in Dutch), De Muziekschool Twente and ArtEZ Conservatorium (http://www.artez.nl/English).