Angela Verkuijlen is Nijmegen’s Night Mayor. The ambassador for the city’s nightlife and cultural life, she encourages, promotes and connects various initiatives and organisations in order to make Nijmegen a more vibrant place.
Photo by: Roy Soetekouw
The nights are dark in Nijmegen, but the days can be as well. Visit the muZIEum (muSEEum) for an interesting and surprising tour in the dark. This museum shows you what it’s like to be blind and you will enter a world where your other senses – hearing, smell, touch and taste – will also be challenged. You can even go on an outdoor tour through the city centre…
The beautiful Goffertpark will be transformed into the biggest open-air restaurant in the eastern Netherlands, with food trucks, wine tasting, beer, workshops, concerts and more. It’s a good place to chill out on the grass, spoil yourself and enjoy the varied programme of local artists.
Located in the trendy, industrial surroundings of the Honigcomplex, Nijmegen’s microbrewery Oersoep brings national and international brewers together to present their finest flavours. There will be a party on Friday 26 August and a festival on Saturday 27 August where your taste buds will be pampered all day long!
Almost every organisation involved with art and culture in Nijmegen will be participating in this major event. You will find visual arts, music, theatre, dance and plenty of crossovers throughout the whole city, sometimes in the most unexpected places. It’s a great opportunity to explore the city and be inspired. The grand finale will be an arty party at the music venue Doornroosje, which will go on until the early hours!
To relax, go for a nice, long walk to the other side of the river and discover the national heritage site Fort Beneden Lent. The fort was built in 1862, occupied and restored by squatters in the 1970s and is now open to the public. It’s quite hidden away, but you’ll see a big treehouse above the site, overlooking the beautiful city island of Nijmegen. If you’re lucky, the pizza oven will be on so you can have a delicious snack!