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A successful 27th festival edition of Cultura Nova will be celebrated on Sunday, August 27, with a performance by the French company Plasticiens Volants. And they will celebrate with a happy parade! Plasticiens Volants will start at 4.30 pm at Pancratiusplein. Through the Bongerd and the Promenade they will make their way to the Burg. van Grunsvenplein to pull out everything they have for the final of the final. With the cooperation of Diversão samba band.

At the heart of the show is the balloon monster Godzilla, who seems to be looking for a place to build a nest in Heerlen. Will she succeed?

L1 will broadcast the final parade live via Facebook and

THEATER TITANICK LIGHTS UP OPENING NIGHT OF CULTURA NOVA Spectacular parade through the city center

Tonight is the opening night of Cultura Nova 2017! Theater Titanick kicks off the festival with its open air spectacle 'Firebirds'. The performance starts at 21.30 hrs at Raadhuisplein and will continue along Pancratiusstraat, Schelmenhofje, Bongerd and Promenade to the final at Burg. Van Grunsvenplein in front of Theater Heerlen.
L1 will broadcast the whole show live on television. And Theater Titanick will return to the city center on Saturday night. read more


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On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August, there will be a spectacular open-air performance of ‘Carmina Burana’ during the Cultura Nova festival. The Spanish theatrical group La Fura dels Baus and the South Netherlands Philharmonic will be performing the masterpiece by the German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982) against the fairy-tale backdrop of the Beaujean silver sand quarry in Heerlen. The performance is the absolute highlight of Cultura Nova 2018.

‘Carmina Burana’, with its popular number ‘O Fortuna’, will be performed during Cultura Nova under the direction of Carlus Padrissa, the Catalan director of La Fura dels Baus. This Catalan group, which has performed at Cultura Nova several times before, produces multimedia shows that are physical, expressive, and confrontational. The renowned theatrical group made its breakthrough with the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics and, later, touched the hearts of more than 150,000 members of the audience with its ‘Carmina Burana’. It is the first time that La Fura dels Baus will be performing this show in the Netherlands.

The Beaujean silver sand quarry forms the setting for this fantastic open-air spectacle. The Heerlen sand quarries, including that of Beaujean, play an important part in the city’s development. The Beaujean quarry is one of the IBA locations (Internationale Bau Ausstellung) in Parkstad Limburg. This area is being given a different, recreational purpose and will gradually be returned to nature and partly be opened to allow people to experience the former quarries. ‘Carmina Burana’ marks this transition. This location is therefore the ideal place for Parkstad Limburg Theaters and the Cultura Nova festival to present to the public an innovative version of a well-known work.

Click here for a quick impression of ‘Carmina Burana’ by La Fura dels Baus.

Ticket sales at the Theater Heerlen box office, and online: Tickets for Saturday 25 August or Tickets for Sunday 26 August.


You will be assigned a fixed seat if you choose "Rang 1, 2 or 3".
Do you want a standing ticket on the side? Then you choose "Place" (15 euros).
Wheelchair seats can be booked by telephone on: +31455716607.


'Triptyque' by the renowned Canadian company The 7 Fingers/ 7 Doigts will be in Theater Heerlen until Saturday August 26th. In this performance three leading contemporary dance choreographers - Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada and Marcos Morau - have added acrobatic elements from circus to the vocabulary of modern dance.

CIRCUS MEETS DANCE BY THE 7 FINGERS 24-26 August in Theater Heerlen
PREMIERE CIRQUE BERSERK British company visits European Mainland for the first time

Cirque Berserk arrived in our theatre on Thursday! Their bikes have already warmed-up the stage. The acrobats are in shape too. We're looking forward to a party! Cultura Nova is proud to present this British company and welcome them to the European Mainland for the first time. (In cooperation with Parkstad Limburg Theaters). The performance premieres on Saturday. They will be performing on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday too. Do not miss it! read more

CIRQUE BERSERK IN THE NETHERLANDS! 19-22 August in Theater Heerlen
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