Utrecht Performing Arts Spring Festival

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Students enrolled on BA Dance, BA Performing Arts and MA Performance Practices are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Utrecht Spring Festival continues to be an exemplar of a changing multicultural and globally connected Europe. The trip enables students to immerse themselves in a major European Performing Arts Festival located in the fastest growing and the ‘most healthy city’ in the Netherlands.

Over five days of intensive activities staff and students participate in a social networking event which aims to culminate in practical and collaborative sharing with Utrecht University students. This is facilitated through the Spring Academy team with DMU/UU staff.

Students will attend the launch night and premiere event and two performances in the week. Additionally, students will participate in either a dance or performance arts workshop with internationally recognised artists and engage in Q&A with Festival and Academy directors about managing, funding and marketing such an international event.

Students gain a networking opportunity and learn to appreciate why and how the festival benefits its different communities, genders, artists, funders, and sponsors.

Outside of core events, students can be inspired and provoked by the rich range of other performances, visual arts exhibition and the open theatre. The festival reaches out to politically and socially connected arts makers, looking beyond purely aesthetic and entertainment values in the work.

Cultural activities

Outside of fixed/core activities students are asked to use the festival passé to see at least four other arts activities. Over and above this, Utrecht’s vibrant city has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands. A number of these take place in the spring such as street festivals, parks and gardens events and performance nights at ACU.

There are cutting edge contemporary arts galleries, including the Morren gallery, which houses a perpetually changing series of contemporary art exhibitions/instillation and Casco, established as an ‘open and public space for artistic research and experiments’. There is an Aboriginal Arts museum and Utrecht boasts a UNESCO World Heritage site in the historically significant architecture of the Rietveld Schröderhuis.

The city has has an extensive canal and wharf system where students can hire boats to follow routes of historical interest around the canals. The city supports a vibrant weekly social calendar including Tango open air, parks skating, and ‘Cultural Sundays’ — This is series of monthly festivals and events where local art establishments and venues work together to prepare a festival based on a theme, which is chosen for its relevance to the City of Utrecht. (During the 2016 Utrecht trip, students came across the international food and drink festival, and explored a new cultural quarter all within walking distance of the hostel accommodation.)

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Dutch immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Netherlands and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The Global Mobility Office can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by DMU Global. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 17 May 2020
  • Return date: Friday 22 May 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £275
  • Students will also be required to pay for: programme fee (£70), UK and in-country transfers (£50), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 10 February 2020 9am