Opening of Once Upon A Town | Saturday 19 October 2019

Saturday 19 oktober | Start of Event: 19:00 uur |Location: SNS De Ruimte | Address: Petrus Regoutplein 3| For everyone accessible

The festival opening takes place on Saturday evening with a welcome speech, lecture, performance and refreshments. We start at 19:00 at De Ruimte from SNS at Petrus Regoutplein 3. Bureau Europa’s new director Floor van Spaendonck gives a welcome speech followed by an introduction from the curator, Marjolein van der Loo. Researcher Noemi Cascone then gives the lecture Understanding Migration. After a public discussion, the PANDA collective takes over with a performance of INBURG. Finally, we go to Bureau Europa to toast the opening together.

During the opening, director and narrator Cecilia Thoden van Velsen shares, unannounced, with visitors stories collected from the city.

PANDA Collective, Merlijn Huntjens and Nina Willems


PANDA is a multidisciplinary artist collective of Merlijn Huntjens (poet) and Nina Willems (theatre maker). PANDA makes work that responds to current events in a playful and sometimes absurd way.

During the festival opening, PANDA performs The Inburg Model, in response to Leonie Cornips’s lecture about second-generation immigrants who speak Limburg dialect. They wondered how many types of Limburgers can be defined and what factors inform the ‘ideal’ Limburg identity. INBURG is the Limburg of the heart; the Limburg someone carries in the depths of their being.

Information points

During the festival there are various information points where you can find a program booklet and ask questions.

The locations:

Bureau Europa, Boschstraat 9
Buurthuis Sint Pieter, Pastoor Kribsweg 14a