Cultural tips for Groningen and Drenthe: nostalgic hip-hop by De La Soul, newcomers n00b, Latin American passion, Zeldzaam Mooi Markt and Sint Martinus history

You won’t be bored for the next few days. Travel back to the nineties with the hip-hop trio De La Soul, discover the sounds of the Paraguayan harp or learn more about Sint Martinus in the run up to November 11. This is not all. Read more soon!

Ode to rookies and ‘nobodies’

The duo n00b (Laura Bakker and Isabelle Kafando) had their dream debut last summer. After graduating in June 2021, they were immediately awarded the audience prize of the Amsterdam Kleinkunst Festival and the Wim Sonneveld prize. The ladies now dive into the theater with their very first full-length show.

N00b plays n00b is about beginners, rookies, nobodies. With humor in a modern jacket, they show losers that you have a heart for. N00b shows how crazy and ridiculous reality can be sometimes. It is cabaret for and by this world’s newcomers, an ode to the loner and a heartwarming ride.

Roden – Theater de Winsinghhof, Sat 20.15, 19.50

Nostalgic hip-hop from the nineties

Hip-hop trio De La Soul scored a track around the early 1990s big hits with songs like Me Myself And I, Say No Go and Ring Ring Ring (Ha, Ha, Hey!) . Hip-hop platform HOMEBASE, SPOT/De Oosterpoort and Simplon teamed up to bring this iconic trio to Groningen. It promises to be a nostalgic evening where you travel back to the nineties for a while.

The three artists are known for their likeable and very melodic mix of rap, jazz and pop. De La Soul was quickly seen as one of the leading groups of Native Tongues, a hip-hop movement of black, nationalist hip-hoppers that relies heavily on Afro-centric lyrics and rhythms from jazz. Other well-known hip-hoppers from Native Tongues are, for example, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and The Jungle Brothers.

Groningen – SPOT/De Oosterpoort, Mon at 20.00, 38.60 euros

Arpamor: Latin American passion

The duo Claudia y Manito will come along Arpamor a passionate program full of Spanish songs from the Latin American continent.

During the concert, the songs are explained in Dutch. The songs are peppered with flamenco guitar music and solos on the Paraguayan harp, a South American variant of the classical harp. On this instrument Claudia plays melancholic zambas, rhythmic tangos and pieces from Paraguay and Venezuela.

Norway – De Brinkhof, sun at 14.30, 15 euros incl. beverage (children up to 18 years 10 euros)

Curiosities, unique products and vintage | Advertising

There is something for everyone at the rare beautiful market. It is a market with unique handmade products, rarities, vintage and retro items from local and regional artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs. From illustrations, art, jewellery, (home) accessories, to bags, traditionally made delicacies, clothes and much more.

Oscar Prinsen provides the musical accompaniment with old singles ranging from soul, disco, French chansons to funk. Bubble blowing artist Frans van de Kamp gives mega soap bubble demonstrations for young and old during the Rarely Beautiful Market.

Groningen – Vismarkt, Thu 11.00-17.00, free

The Saint Martin story and the lantern procession | Advertising

Frank Belt from Tell Theater Op Verhaal will together with organist Eeuwe Zijlstra present a performance of Saint Martin . The performance is part of the annual meeting, where children parade their homemade lanterns to the Martinique church and have their light judged by a jury. With musical accompaniment, the procession starts at the Museum aan de A with Saint Martin on horseback and his entourage of Roman soldiers.

Of course, a lantern must be made first. The Vereniging Volksvermaken therefore distributes free fodder beets to Groninger school youth on 5 November at the head of the Vismarkt.

Groningen – Vismarkt Sat 12-15 hours, free

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