Once Upon A Town is a city festival with stories about (un) famous creative makers and local legends. The festival is an ode to Maastricht, its inhabitants and the age-old tradition of telling stories (through).
This year’s theme is Migration. The movement of people from one place to another. Temporary and permanent. From Daalhof to Wittevrouwenveld and from Syria to Sint Pieter. Once Upon A Town, the visitor moves on the basis of 3 routes (Migration, the City & Art and Man) through the city and its neighborhoods. You get a unique look into the world of art, architecture & design and you get to know the stories and the people who tell them.

The routes are filled with workshops, lectures, local documentaries, presentations, screenings, (scent and listening) tours, performances, open studios and community centers and dinners at (un) known locations. Of course you are free to put together your own route. Don’t want to miss anything? Then just follow them all!

Bureau Europa was established in 2006 as NAi Maastricht, a branch of the former Dutch Architecture Institute (NAi) in Rotterdam. Since 2013 the organization has operated independently as Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design.
As a presentation platform and network organization, Bureau Europa presents exhibitions, lectures, workshops, city tours and other discursive activities in the field of architecture, urban design and design. From a social perspective, Bureau Europa wants to promote knowledge production and talent development within the cultural domain. These objectives take shape in cultural projects within the institute and in public spaces. Bureau Europa focuses primarily on the shared social agenda of Europe and the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.
With its program, Bureau Europa aspires to activate and expand the analysis of the designed environment through partnerships and projects that tell new stories about our cities and surroundings. The topics we address include the structure of information, the interior and the city, food production, safety and distribution, the future of work, the history and migration of crafts (in relation to scarcity and technological acceleration), and new economies and old boundaries. More information on www.bureau-europa.nl