Ruimtekoers is quite something else. The Village festival, which this year is the third edition experience and this time it takes place in the districts of Kronenburg and Vredenburg, is created by the artists and by the urban dwellers. First, we are used to it, the second not.
A few examples: vijfenzestigplussers from Arnhem-South – there are Kronenburg and Vredenburg – dance with the students of the dance academy in a performance under the guidance of a professional choreographer. During a philosophical evening with, among others, Hans Plomp (co-founder of Ruigoord), the young activist Anne Fleur Dekker, and antropololoog Sinan Cankaya, explains how you, as a just man, a revolution starts, preferably a micro-revolution (for example your neighbours to invite them for the coffee). And assisted by a chef cooking local residents their favorite dishes for the festival audience in a pop-uprestaurant, using ingredients that, as much as possible from the come near.
Outside the ring
Through this kind of program-components, we explore new roads to the city of the future”, says head of communications, Melanie Hulsebosch.”Ruimtekoers will take place in Arnhem, and that is, if you with Amsterdam compares, outside of the ring. And outside of the ring, much more than in the inner cities, where life takes place. Outside the ring is gone to school, lived, and the grocery shopping done.”
A prompt answer
Hulsebosch explains why the participation of residents is so important. “The society is changing and more and more people live in cities. But how do we ensure that we have a little bit of fun? Ruimtekoers has no ready answer to that question, but very important in this is, for example, know who your neighbors are. Therefore, we involve the residents in Ruimtekoers. Via a so-called ‘open-call’ we have them months ago all asked how they like that the festival is completed. There is massive to respond to that.”
“Think because we are talking about ‘Arnhem’ do not have to be a local party. Everyone is welcome, “ emphasizes Hulsebosch. Because, in addition to an urban experiment that is taking place in Arnhem-Zuid is Ruimtekoers of course also just a festival with indiebandjes, hip-hop, art exhibitions, theatre performances and lectures. Or, as Hulsebosch says: “We seek the city of the future to reflect by means of our artistic programme, for which we are very proud of.”
For the party-goers under the Metro-readers, it is perhaps good to know that Ruimtekoers next week Saturday is concluded with a dance, Secretly Dancing, and that you’re tired of the dancing body can then rest on indoorcamping A Place To Be. Don’t forget your sleeping bag, mat and toilet rolls.
Indeed, Ruimtekoers is quite something else.