Delft may be a small town, but it doesn’t lack variety when it comes to entertainment. Whether you’re a theatre aficionado, prefer ballet or want to watch the latest blockbuster, the perfect venue is right around the corner.
For the past nineteen years, Delft’s Theatre De Veste has hosted a wide array of cultural activities, from stand-up comedy to dance and chamber music. “We host a lot of comedy because Delft loves to laugh. The stand-up nights are more expensive by comparison, but they sell more. This gives us a chance to host experimental acts and newcomers as well,” says Anne Struiksma, of the marketing department. While the stand-up is usually in Dutch, they have hosted internationals such as Greg Shapiro. Among events with international appeal in January they have a concert by a rising Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov and a fusion dance performance. Students can buy an annual membership card for €10. Called an Investigation Card, it works as a discount card and every subsequent ticket then costs €7.50 (including a drink and coat check). Average ticket costs for non-students vary from act to act and cost €10 – €30.
Where: Vesteplein 1
Do you like your cinema black and white? Or do you prefer them international, insightful, artistic and, sometimes, obscure? Filmhuis Lumen is probably more your kind of space then. Founded in 1974 with the aim of improving film availability in Delft, the theatre screens movies not often in the mainstream. Made by filmmakers around the world, the works explore different socio-historical backgrounds, past filmmakers and innovative filmmaking.
For students, tickets cost €7.50 on weekdays.
Where: Doelenplein 5
The Microtheatre is the theatre of amateur drama club called de Flits or The Flash. Founded in 1939, the club comprises a group of around thirty people who do everything from stage construction to acting and administration. They have two annual productions a year which run fifteen to twenty-five times each. “Though we work with plays written by playwrights from across the Western world, we only stage them in Dutch. Right now we are rehearsing Uncle Wanja by Tsjechov, which will be staged from March through May. For our 75th anniversary we will present a variation on Moulin Rouge from October on,” says Eddy Gerretsen, senior member of the club. Entrance costs €10 (€9 for students). “If you want to practice your Dutch and see if a play by a writer you know, a visit might be worthwhile for international students,” he adds.
Where: Kerkstraat 19
Newly revamped, Pathé is the main movie theatre in town. Part of the Pathé chain of cinemas, Pathé Delft showcases the latest Hollywood blockbusters and Dutch movies. In bigger cities such as Den Haag and Rotterdam, the halls also screen big budget films from other countries. While a regular ticket costs €10 (more for a 3D film), morning shows cost €7.50. You can also invest in Unlimited membership cards.
Lijm & Cultuur
Multipurpose venue Lijm & Culture is located right behind the university. In 2014, they will host several plays, bands and the Car Art Festival among other events. At the end of January, the seventh edition of Chaos aan de Schie will be held during which cultural programmes will be held at the venue for six weeks. Prices vary per event, ranging from €10 – €25.
Where: Rotterdamseweg 272
First published in TU Delta, the student magazine of TU Delft on January 13, 2013.