Pop-up events for the city and beyond
‘Creating tomorrow together’, is this year’s lustrum theme. In July and August, Utrecht Summer School is delivering, together with its partners, a number of pop-up events. These programmes all have in common that they take the participants from the past to the future. The events are open to all – students, staff, alumni, expats and others interested in the past, present and future of the city of Utrecht. Discover with us parts of the city that you have not seen before – and learn to look at it from a different angle.
If ever there was a city with stories to tell, it’s Utrecht. Acquiring city rights in 1122, Utrecht evolved from a walled city in the Middle Ages into the open city which it is today. It has had its ups and downs, like any other city. In the 1960s one of Utrecht’s canals in the old town was concreted so that a 12-lane motorway could be built there. It soon came to be seen as a big mistake, resulting from a failure to take the city’s past into account. Recently, the canal has been restored though. The inner city is again surrounded by water and green space rather than asphalt and exhaust fumes.
It’s precisely this unfortunate example of a-historic thinking, grounded in the desire to obliterate the past, that has led us to set up a programme in which we explicitly try to include the past in our thinking about the future: “What is past is prologue”.
About the programme
The pop-up events start from a point in the past and will take you to a yet unknown point in the future. You will stroll or cycle through the city on a guided tour, or you will go on a canal cruise, depending on which event you sign up for. You will, as it were, be travelling in time as well as through the urban space called Utrecht. The themes will all be introduced by inspiring experts in the field, and you will be invited, together with the other participants, to share you views and ideas about the future.
In the programme you will find that there are short three-hour-long events, revolving around themes such as animal health and welfare, local stories and big politics, gardens and poetry. A two-day programme on 23 and 24 August about the past and the future of the city and the university will close the cycle of events.
When: Between 5 July and 24 August 2021
Where: Different parts in the city as well as the Utrecht Science Park (Uithof). AKWAGLOT, the floating art work situated in The Singel, will serve as either a starting or endpoint for a number of the events.
Who: Are you keen to get to know Utrecht (a bit better)? Are you interested in connecting with other people, after having spent so much time in your bubble? Then this programme is just right for you. Expats, migrants, students, alumni, others – you are more than welcome.
Sign up: Please note there are a limited number of tickets available for each event so early booking is advised.
COVID-19 restrictions: We follow the restrictions that are in place at the time of the events.
See the UU website for the programme.