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Het Grote Gebeuren – Festival for Readers and Writers


Het Grote Gebeuren (which literally translates to The Big Happening) is the best festival for readers and writers in Groningen. It is organised every year by NOORDWOORD, in cooperation with Forum Groningen. In 2021, we will welcome many authors once again on the 3rd of April in the Forum, located at the Nieuwe Markt. Both new and renowned talents will be joining the event.

Entry tickets are available starting mid-January 2021. They can be bought online on the website of Forum Groningen. For teenagers, young adults, students and holders of the City Pass, a ticket costs €12,50 – for other visitors, a ticket costs €25,-.

Location and accessibility
Het Grote Gebeuren will take place in the Forum, located at the Nieuwe Markt in the city centre of Groningen. From the bus stops at the Grote Markt, the Forum is only several minutes on foot away. For more information about the route and parking by car, you can look at https://gemeente.groningen.nl/english/parking 

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Het Grote Gebeuren is a festival organised by NOORDWOORD and Forum Groningen. Since its first edition in 2009, the festival has taken place in the Groninger Forum Library. 2021 will be the first year where the festival will be held in the new Forum building at the Nieuwe Markt.
The programme of Het Grote Gebeuren is in the hands of a committee. This committee consists of Rudi Kamminga (coordinator), Rense Sinkgraven, Melanie Schaalma, Isolde van Meerwijk, Maarten Praamstra, Correen Dekker and Daphne de Bruijn.

Questions or comments
If you have any questions, comments or would like to share your thoughts on Het Grote Gebeuren, please send us an e-mail: contact@noordwoord.nl. We will address your question as soon as possible.

Thanks to
Het Grote Gebeuren is supported by the Dutch Literary Foundation, the Province and Municipality of Groningen and many volunteers, sponsors and subsidizers.