Cultural tips for Groningen and Drenthe: Togo All Stars, Astrid Sy, Housewives do not exist, The meeting and a horse without a name and Het Muizenhuis: Sam & Julia on a journey

Go crazy on the voodoo rhythms of the Togo All Stars, travel with Grandpa Zeeman or immerse yourself in young resistance fighters during the Holocaust lecture. And that’s not all, read on!

Your own way is the best. However?

Housewives do not exist focuses on three women who deal in completely different ways with the combination of relationships, work, children, friends and family . Your own way is the best right? They try to convince each other of that.

Gijsje’s (29) fear of contamination symbolizes her fear of almost her entire life (“Mom, how long have you used this cloth?”). Half-sister Marjolein (39) takes everything as it comes, even if it doesn’t come (“With us, the children shit with a plate of fried rice on their lap”). Mother Loes (59) with her extravagant lifestyle is perhaps the most in life. The differences could hardly be greater, but they agree on one thing: Housewives no longer exist. There are no housewives is based on the film of the same name, which was nominated for a Golden Calf.

Veendam – Beresteyn’s culture and congress centre, trial test Thu at 20.15, 25 euros

Holocaust lecture ‘Don’t mention names’

When 22-year-old Astrid Sy was doing an internship at the Holocaust institute Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, she read an article from 1986 about a nursery in Amsterdam. Six hundred Jewish children were saved from certain death during the occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. This story stuck with her and she decided to write a book about it.

For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sy talks at the synagogue about how her novel Don’t Name Names came about and the challenges she faced while writing . The writing process was a personal search for the experiences of young resistance fighters. What research preceded this? How did Astrid translate factual history into a fictional novel? What themes does the book cover? Sy is a historian, author and presenter of Other times . Her book was published in 2021, about three young women who saved Jewish children from the Nazis during World War II.

Groningen – Synagogue, Thu 16.00, free (registration is required and can be done via )

Voodoo rhythms and modern Afro-funk

If you fancy a good party, the concert with the Togo All Stars is worth a visit. With their voodoo rhythms and modern Afro-funk, they turn the room upside down. Togo and neighboring Benin are seen as the heart of voodoo culture, an important core of Togo All Star’s music.

Voodoo revolves around the music, where each god has his own rhythm and chants, where good and bad, male and female are brought together and form a unity. One cannot do without the other. Togo All Stars would not exist without the female stars in the band: Agbolotovi Sexy and Dodji Alice.

Groningen – Vera, Sat 20.30, 15 euros

Addiction and a Trojan War

Actor Mads Wittermans narrates The meeting comedy about addiction. Pain, confrontation, sadness, madness and imprisonment are revealed by him in his own theatrical way.

A Horse With No Name is about a withdrawn couple who exploit a mythic conflict to avoid having to name their own pain. The horse is almost inside. The champagne is cold. The table is set. A barren plain, impatient hooves and an army. A last breath and then silence. A roaring god resounds from a high mountain. And then the battle begins. Heart pounding and armed to the teeth, a man and a woman plunge into their own Trojan War.

Roden – Theater de Winsinghhof, Sat 20.15, 23 euros

Home is where you feel your mouse

Grandfather sailor has sailed around the world with his ship. At least that’s what he tells in his strong sailor stories. His wife can demonstrate this with a stack of postcards from around the world.

Sam and Julia relive Grandpa’s travels by talking and singing about it with him. Everywhere they go, they meet other mice with their own homes. When Sam and Julia also come home after the trip, they realize: home is where you feel your mouse. Het Muizenhuis: Sam & Julia on the road is the sequel to Het Muizenhuis from four years ago, based on the book series by Karina Schaapman.

Meppel – Schouwburg Ogterop, Sun at 14, 12.50 euros (children up to and including 12 years 9.50 euros)

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