Enschede is a true musical city. With the Nationaal Muziekkwartier (lt. National Music Quarter) Enschede has a beautiful music- and theatre stage at its disposal. Six cultural institutions are housed under one roof; the Wilminktheatre, Muziekcentrum Enschede, Pop Stage Atak, the Nationale Reisopera and the Nederlands Symphony Orchestra. Offering a wide variety of classical and contemporary, rock and musical and soul and jazz. The extraordinary combination of copper and glass make the Muziekkwartier an architectonical point of interest.
Next to this there are a number of smaller and more intimate theatres and cinemas. The many art galleries and exhibitions, where all varieties of visual arts are reflected, complete the cultural diversity.
For a complete overview of the activities in the area of Arts & Culture go to www.uitinenschede.nl/kunst-en-cultuur (only available in Dutch).
The Wilminktheatre en Muziekcentrum Enschede are divided over 5 halls and a concert-hall and are the biggest supplier of theatre shows and concerts in the eastern Netherlands. The Wilminktheatre is part of the Nationaal Muziekkwartier and had 3 locations: the Wilminktheatre Enschede, Muziekcentrum Enschede and the Grote Kerk.
Popstage ATAK is a stage that mainly focusses on organising activities for a broad spectrum of visitors. Since September 2008 ATAK is accommodated in the National Music Quarter, in walking distance of Enschede Central Station. In front of ATAK, a beautiful new public square is being realised.
The Rijksmuseum Twenthe has the most abundant and exquisite art collection of the eastern Netherlands. Varying from medieval masterpieces to Jonkind, Breitner and Monet. Also on display are exhibits from contemporary artists.
The museum aims to provide a space where visitors can enjoy the works of art from different eras in an exceptional way. Annually the museum organizes about ten exhibitions that find their origin in its own collection. The collection is kept up to date and alive by buying, lending and bequeathing new works of art.
Museum TwentseWelle tells the story of man in the region of Twente starting in the Ice Age to the present day. Nature, hunting, gathering food, agriculture, the development from land to city, the industrial revolution, labour, innovation, technique and society are the major subjects in this journey through time. Using these themes as a guide the ‘Big Story’ shows how mankind en nature develop an interaction between one another. Essentially, the TwentseWelle shows a development that took place all over the Netherlands and beyond its borders. In essence it is a universal story, but with Twente as an example.
The most beautiful synagogue of Western-Europe; the monument looks extraordinary from the outside but it’s true beauty is found inside.
Stained glass windows, mosaics, thora scrolls. The synagogue of Enschede has it all. The architect that designed the structure, Karel de Bazel, did so because the old synagogue located in the city centre had become to small. It was built between 1927 and 1928 and commissioned by the Nederlands-Israëlische Congregation of Enschede.
Roombeek is a cultural park where inhabitants and visitors can stroll from one location to another. Here you can relish in the diverse cultural exhibitions; from medieval art to cultural heritage and from natural history to the more contemporary art forms.
Roombeek Cultuurpark stands for a unique combination of elements: creativity, resourcefulness and imagination. The cultural institution of Roombeek TETEM art space, Concordia 21 Rozendaal exhibition space, TwentseWelle, Rijksmuseum Twenthe and ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design are there to inspire society and in return, be inspired by society. The mentioned institution regularly collaborate in their programming of events. De combination of exceptional art and culture with the architectural quality of the area make a visit to Roombeek Cultuurpark a unique experience.