Cultural Programme

Pre Conference Programme:

Saturday April 13: Opening CASCO as Place of Hospitality in 2013 – Perpetual Peace Project Teaser.

Sunday April 14: The international ROOTS & ROUTES project EUtropia presents the final show in Utrecht. During the opening ceremony of  the celebration of 300 years Treaty of Utrecht, fifty young artists from nine European countries will introduce a multidisciplinary performance with the central theme The Tower of Babel.

  • 3:00 p.m.: Final show EUtropia in Tivoli (location has changed): Oudegracht 245, 3511 NL Utrecht
    During this spectacular finale, fifty young artists from nine European countries, present a multidisciplinary performance, with the topic the Tower of Babel. A show full of dance (live) music, visuals, spoken word and theater in collaboration with the event Utrecht Dances (Utrecht Danst). To be sure of a spot, please register by sending an e-mail to  More info
  • Different times: Crazy Car downtown Utrecht
    French sensation. A collective of six dancers moves in, out, on, under, through and over a vehicle. The show combines hip hop, contemporary dance, traditional Chinese Circus and audiovisual design. On April 13 and 14 there will be guerrilla shows of Crazy Car at different times downtown Utrecht. 


Day 1

Monday, April 15

Time: 20:15

Location: Muziek, K&W gebouw, Mariaplaats 27

The Healing Power of Music. A performance by The Utrecht String Quartet. This internationally renowned chamber music ensemble in residence will host an evening of string quartets relevant to the conference’s themes. USQ will be joined in performance by pianist Karim Said (,


Henriette Bosmans (1895-1952): String Quartet  1927            

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951):   Op.33a and 33b                                  

Anton Webern (1883-1945):  Variations                                           

Viktor Ullman (1898-1944): String Quartet                                             

Pierre Boulez (b. 1925) : 12 Notations


Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Piano Quintet opus 44

The Utrecht String Quartet: 

“Versatile, dynamic, boundless”


Day 2

Tuesday, April 16


Time: 16.30 – 17:30

Location: University Hall Aula

Lecture-demonstration by Bettany Hughes, broadcaster, filmmaker and historian, well known from her BBC series How to Make History Come alive and When the Moors ruled Europe.

Price: Free of charge, open to public








Time: 21:15 – 22:30

Location: EKKO


A film by: Batoul Taleb, Mariam Abu-Khaled & Udi Aloni  followed by Q&A

Winner of the CINEMA FAIRBINDET PRIZE – Berlinale 2013

Inspired by characters from “Alice in Wonderland,” “Waiting for Godot” and “Antigone,” in this documentary young Palestinian actresses deal with the military occupation and gender oppression, violence and grief, on stage and in life.

Following the lead of their beloved director and peace activist, Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was murdered on April 4th, 2011 outside the Freedom Theater in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank, they use their imagination in an unpredictably brutal environment creating an artistic rebellion; a vivid and brave portrayal of a young, active generation of Palestinians.

See also

Freedom Theatre of Jenin:



Day 3:

Wednesday, April 17


Time: 16.45– 17.45

Location: University Hall Aula

Book Talk with Mariam Said (A World I Loved)

“This is my story, the story of an Arab woman. It is the story of a lost world. It begins in 1917, in Lebanon, when I was seven years old.”

In 2009 Mariam Said published the Memoir of her mother Wadad Makdisi Cortas entitled A World I Loved. It begins in Lebanon in 1917 and spans over half a century, through the creation of Israel to the Lebanese Civil War. Cortas’ memoir details the changing physical, social and political landscape of Lebanon, as the country struggles under Western influence, civil wars and religious upheaval. She died in 1979. Said published the memoir in 2009. It has since been turned into a Play featuring Mariam Said’s daughter Najla Said and Vanessa Redgrave.

This Book Talk will feature a film portrait and reading by Mariam Said, with ample time for questions.

Prices: Free of charge, open to public


Time: 20:15

Location: Stadsschouwburg Utrecht 

Now The Field is Open

Now the field is Open is an encounter between hip hop and contemporary dancers and traditional Persian musicians. Each of these art forms has its own history, identity and culture. How therefore can they fuse together to form a show without losing their individual identity ? Is a dialogue possible between them? More information



Treaty of Utrecht 2013 Full Cultural Programme Booklet 

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