Article by Guido Cocconi Today, across the Netherlands the water boards elections will take place alongside province boards. Water boards are in charge of keeping the lowlands safe from flooding and maintaining water quality and quantity across the seasons. Water boards cooperate but are not in charge of the companies that provide tap drinking water to the public. Noorderzijlvest, the board in charge for management … Continue reading Groningen’s water board faces big investments to purify medicines, microplastics and manure before they flow to the sea.
Bombed-out Ukranian ambulance on display in Vismarkt to raise awareness over much needed medical aid. Continue reading A bombed-out ambulance in Vismarkt to raise awareness over medical aid in Ukraine.
By Yoana Petrova and Barbara Niemczyk “Studying is for ugly girls” written in big letters next to a University library surprises everyone. The quote about Aletta Jacobs, first university female student in the Netherlands is misunderstood by many and passers-by are visibly confused. Artist at Minerva Academy and a PhD student share their thoughts about misconceptions in art. Continue reading “Studying is for ugly girls” – when art gets misunderstood. – VIDEO
By Anna Zwettler and Barbara Niemczyk During times of prohibition in the US, customers who wanted to drink alcohol were required to say the password “speakeasy” at illegal bars. Although drinking in secret is no longer necessary, SpeakEasy bars still exist around the world, and Groningen is no exception. Erik Beeftink, owner of The Stockroom, shares the insights of his passion for bartending and talks about … Continue reading The Stockroom’s owner on a new venue in Groningen – VIDEO
The city of Groningen wanted a painting which showcased the Groninger’s spirit, while paying homage to the city’s long history of education, trade and community. Groningen’s municipality commisioned Egbert Modderman, a prominent Groningen portrait artist known for his works in the city’s Martini church. Earlier today, his painting was unveiled and is on permanent display in the city hall’s entry way . Prior to its … Continue reading City Of Groningen Reveals Painting For Newly Renovated City Hall; Art Feature
By Ana Lešković and Lily Plass There is also a lot of discussion about extracting gas on the mainland of Groningen. For years now, there have been earthquakes because of the drilling. Reason for the Dutch government to announce the closure of the gas plants by 2023. But there is doubt whether the government will live up to this promise because of the gas crisis.People … Continue reading Uncertainty of end to gas quakes leaves Groningers under stress
Groningen’s cultural scene is hosting a large scale Keti Koti festival on July 1st. After a year of discussions about its role in the Dutch slave trade, is now the time for the northern city to offer a formal apology? Continue reading Keti Koti Festival Shines Light on Groningen’s Dark Past – VIDEO
By Tom Abadie and Himanshu Jana June 29th, 2022 – While millions of migrants are fleeing Ukraine to all corners of Europe, many migrants from the past are being forgotten. Here in Groningen, large groups of refugees from Syria notably arrived over the last few years following conflicts in their home country to settle in the Netherlands. We talked to Bashar George about his integration … Continue reading Syrian refugee feels at home in Groningen – VIDEO
NOMEN is a safe space initiative founded by Léa de Croÿ and Carlota Sousareis. Whilst NOMEN’s controversial name might push people away, there is more than meets the eye. Continue reading NOMEN: “We really want to welcome all people” – VIDEO