For eleven days, the Noorderzon festival is considered the highlight of the cultural summer in Groningen. Every year, in August a colourful collection of artists and performers invades the attractive Noorderplantsoen park. Noorderzon is now recognised as the festive start of the cultural season and a wonderful end to the summer holiday.
While people commonly refer to it as Noorderzon, the complete name of this festival is Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen. Every year, over 135,000 visitors go to the free Noorderplantsoen to take in performances and enjoy the special and relaxed atmosphere. The usually peaceful park is filled with outdoor cafés, food stands and many, many lights and artistic installations. At this exciting place, there is something new behind every tree.