City of culture
Together with its partner cities and regions, Maastricht has set its sights high: to become the cultural capital of Europe in 2018
. Not only is the title important, but the road to get there is just as crucial. This is why there will be an even greater focus on the arts and culture in Maastricht during the coming years. So be sure to keep a sharp eye out for cultural events in Maastricht. Tip: visit the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Festival) in October!
City of Festivals
Maastricht is increasingly gaining a reputation as a city of festivals. Over the years, an extremely varied programme of high-quality festivals has developed, appealing to young and old alike. Maastricht was always a very musical city, and there are individual festivals focusing on all kinds of music: classical, pop, dance, jazz, chamber music, organ music and medieval music. But there are also festivals devoted to theatre, dance, poetry and new forms of contemporary culture.