Utrecht City Hall has a classical front and a modern back, which are photoshopped on the page depicted here. This is where the mayor and his counselors work and where the city council holds meetings. It is also the place where the welcome reception by the Mayor, mr. Jan van Zanen, is being held.
During Friday lunch, Malgosia Fiebig, city carilloneur of Utrecht, will play the Dom tower Carillon from 1230 to 1330. She will play the following compositions:
1. Blue Baroque – A different view on Baroque Classics (arr. M.Cornick)
2. Comedy songs from Broadway Musicals:
– “Brush up your Shakespeare” (Kiss me Kate) – C.Porter
– “Civilization” (Angel in the Wings) – B.Hilliard/C.Sigman
– “Le Grand Boom Boom” (Little Me) – C.Coleman
– “To keep my Love Alive” (A Connecticut Yankee) – R.Rodgers
3 & 4 Two original carillon compositions:
3. A“Mozart meets Mendelssohn” from Encounters – Geert D’hollander (*1965)
4. Carnival Suite – Frank DellaPenna (*1951)
– Sleepy Head
5. Theme songs from TV series:
– “’Allo ‘Allo” – D.Croft
– “Fawlty Towers” – D.Wilson
– “Thank You For Being a Friend” (The Golden Girls) – A.Gold
– “The Muppet Show Theme” – J.Henson/S.Pottle
The compositons are best heard from the cloister garden (Pandhof). Enjoy!
Anne Boertien and Mirte Bosch from the student union for social scientists Alcmaeon designed a shopping tour around the conference venues. Many small and special shops are included in the tour. Read more: Alcmaeon shoppingtour (pdf).
There is a large variety of restaurants offering cheap and expensive foods from many countries. Giselinde Kuipers is well informed in these matters and she composed a personal Utrecht Eating Out Guide. Read more. Eating in Utrecht Giselinde.
The Rietveld Schröder house is interesting because of its amazing architecture. Gerrit Rietveld was a famous architect desigining houses and furniture (the furniture can be seen at the Centraal Museum, close to the conference venue. He added many beautiful objects to our city. One of them is the Rietveld Schröder House. It can be visited, also from the inside. Read more about this amazing piece of architecture.
Utrecht has a number of shopping areas which are spread out over the city. In the city center, close to the conference venue, one can find a vast majority of small shops with ample opportunity to buy presents or clothes. In the station area, at the border of the city center, a large shopping mall called Hoog Catharijne may be found. Here one finds many shops too. Those are typically bigger and they house establishments of large shops in The Netherlands. Groceries are also available, but usually somewhat outside of the city center, but still nearby. Read more about shopping in Utrecht.
Opening hours are usuallly from 9 to 6, with some exceptions. Thursday evening, July 10th, shops are open until 9 or 10 o’clock. Sunday July 6th shops are opened, but they are closed on July 13th.
Alcmaeon, the social sciences student’s association, has made a shopping walk for you, which starts from the conference venue and shows you many of the small shops in the city center. It will be available at the registration desk in University Hall. Highly recommendable!
Utrecht has a lot of canals, which can be explored in several ways. One can have a canal cruise, which includes historical and cultural comments during the trip. It is also possible to explore Utrecht by canal bike or by canoe. One could even rent a canal boat with a silent engine with a group of people. The canal cruise is especially interesting, because it focuses on specific architectural details which one wouldn’t notice on land, and it connects the water to the history of our wonderful medieval city. Read more about Utrechts canals and wharfs.
This small but excellent museumhas many historical self-playing musical instruments like music boxes and street organs. It is housed in an old church and it is close to the conference venue Read more.
Utrecht is an expanding European city with a rich history. The railway station area undergoes a big renovation to accommodate millions of travelers from all over the country. At the outskirts of the city, new housing is created. Close to the station, TivoliVredenburg, the big music centre for all kinds of music styles, is almost ready (and will be at the time of the conference). Also, Utrecht has the so-called Cultural Sundays, monthly festivals around a certain theme. 12 and 13 July there is Cross Culture, a festival set in the Griftpark, close to the centre. Read more about Utrecht.
In 2013, Utrecht hosted the Youth Olympic Games. Our Provost, professor Bert van der Zwaan, saw this as an opportunity to promote both Utrecht University and the Youth Olympic Games. The comments are in Dutch, but please see this YouTube Film through, because it gets funny somewhere in the beginning. Go to YouTube Film.