Nature will surprise you every day with fascinating things to look at, but if you'd like a change, then you can go out to the movies, the theatre or a concert

While the theatres may have a limited programme on during the summer months, towns, cities and outdoor areas do host a whole range of cultural activities.

The suggestions below are but a few examples.


Kunsten op Straat

An international street theatre festival in various towns in Overijssel. From May until September, more than 200 performances are given by more than 100 groups and artists from the Netherlandsand abroad.


Deventer op Stelten, 7-8-9 July 2017
Large-scale international outdoor theatre festival: a celebration of art and culture for a broad public with quality outdoor performances, high above the audience, and intimate theatrical confrontations too. Free entry.


Deventer book market, Sunday 6 August 2017
Europe's largest book market with 880 stalls along the river IJssel and in the city centre; extra literary activities, such as a poetry breakfast.

Puppetry Days, Meppel
Dozens of quality performances for young and old by international puppeteers and mime artists.


International kite festival, Emmen
Kites in all shapes and sizes with participants from countries far and wide. There are demonstrations, performances, a kite school, a large exhibition, artists with wind projects and various workshops too.


Country estate concerts, Dalfsen
Concerts by musical ensembles from different musical backgrounds: from classical to light classical to world music.
Performed on the country estates of Salland in a beautiful outdoor setting with an intimate atmosphere.


Twente Ballooning, Oldenzaal, 23-24-25-26 August 2017 

is an event that can be considered as one of the most spectacular balloon meetings in the Netherlands. 
Held at the 'Het Hulsbeek' recreation park in Oldenzaal.


Van Hier Tot Ginder art cycling route, Okkenbroek, 9-10-11 June 2017
Annual art cycling route in the beautiful Deventer outdoors, around the village of Okkenbroek. Special locations along the route provide the platform for visual arts, poetry, music and theatre.
Participation is free of charge.



Movieskoop Cinemas, Hardenberg

Pathé, Zwolle

Filmtheater Fraterhuis, Zwolle

Luxor Theater / JT, Hoogeveen

Filmhuis, Hoogeveen

Movie Unlimited,Almelo

Filmhuis, Almelo



De Voorveghter, Hardenberg
The renovated theatre has a large 470-seat auditorium and a small 140-seat one. There is a varied programme of cabaret, drama, popular and world music.


De Carrousel, Ommen
The multipurpose centre Carrousel has a marvellous 265-seat theatre auditorium and balcony. A wide range of artists perform here.


Bostheater, Ommen
The largest open-air theatre in the Netherlands with excellent acoustics. There is a varied programme of events during the summer months.
A route map is available at reception.

Shakespeare Theater, Diever
Beautifully situated open-air theatre, where, since 1949, Shakespeare plays have been performed in the summer months.
In 2017: 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Try-outs: 1, 5, 8, 12, 14, 15 July and 16 August 2017

Performances: 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 August 2017
                     1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 September 2017

Odeon De Spiegel Theaters, Zwolle
Theater Odeon
The spot for those who love smaller, atmospheric theatres.
Theater De Spiegel
The place for big names and productions such as operas, musicals and ballets.


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