Side events on offer

Looking for activities to accompany your event in Enschede? Enschede is a versatile city with a wide range of things to do on a day out. You’ll find a complete offer in the area of recreation, going out and leisure.


The neighbourhood of the future.

Enschede is a city of resilience and diligence. In the neighbourhood of Roombeek, where the fireworks disaster took place in 2000, an example of architectonic innovation has arisen. Cultural heritage and contemporary architecture are boldly combined and offer space for living, working, shopping and arts & culture. Thanks to independent commissions as well as a large contribution from local residents, the neighbourhood projects unity in diversity. It attracts a lot of visitors, even from abroad. In Roombeek Cultuurpark (lt. Roombeek culture park) aficionados of culture will find the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, de Museumfabriek (The Museum Factory) and Tetem Kunstruimte (contemporary visual arts). The AKI ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design is also located in the Roombeek neighbourhood. Guided tours are organised in the area featuring different themes and can be customized to your personal needs. From the Roombeek area it’s a 10 minute stroll to the city centre of Enschede.


Music city for everyone.

Music dominates the cultural events on offer in the city of Enschede. It is one of the few cities in the Netherlands with both it’s own symphony orchestra as well as an opera company. HET Symfonieorkest and the Nederlandse Reisopera (Dutch Touring Opera) are based in het Wilminktheater en Muziekcentrum Enschede, part of the Nationaal Muziekkwartier (lt National Music Quarter), which also includes Metropool. Besides this, a choice of smaller stages really do justice to Enschede as a musical city, such as the famous Jazz stage De Tor (one of the oldest jazz clubs in the country) and Nix & Meer, rendezvous for fans of blues… and more. For anyone looking to combine these locations and their different genres; almost all these stages are in walking distance of each other, surrounding the Oude Markt (Old Market square), the most convivial café terrace in the Netherlands.


More culture.

If you prefer an evening at the theatre or at the movies; Enschede will help cater to your wishes. The grand Wilminktheater also includes ‘De Kleine Willem’ (lt. Little Willem) a charming and cozy small theatre room, and is also responsible for the activities planned in the monumental Grote Kerk (lt. Big Church) on the Oude Markt. Regarding the movies there is a big cinema complex just outside of the city centre, but also a smaller city-cinema and the more intimate Concordia Theatre with its exquisite bonbonnière as an eye-catcher. Lastly in one of the snug streets leading from the Oude Markt you will find the Vestzaktheater.