SPRING Performing Arts Festival
20-29 May 2021 UTRECHT

ARK Utrecht

ARK Utrecht - City of Trust 

In September (16th - 19th), SPRING is presenting the city celebration ARK Utrecht. An ark is driving across all districts of Utrecht. A fantasy ship filled with dream images on which we sail confidently from the crisis into a new future. Which Utrecht values and  traditions do we want to keep on board? Which ones do we want to leave behind? And what new customs do we need? After a long period of lockdowns, ARK Utrecht will create space for lively encounters between Utrechters who have never met before.

Searching for trust
ARK Utrecht is a city celebration in search for new trust in the future. In a world full of fake news and conspiracies, our trust in the other seems to decrease. Which media can be trusted, which politicians speak the truth and which of your neighbors is really there for you? The global corona crisis has further heightened our feelings of suspicion. How do you keep trust in the government when they decide when you can or cannot go outside? And can you still trust your neighbors when everyone is a possible source of contamination? In order to sail out of the crisis, ARK Utrecht will go looking for a new and unconditional trust in each other, in ourselves and in the future

A driving city-artwork
ARK Utrecht revolves around a figuratively ark in which we save what we find important, create what is missing and leave behind what we no longer need. Two big trucks will be travelling to public squares across all ten Utrecht districts. The trucks will be turned into colourful, utopian arks by designers and the districts’ residents, based on the question: what do we want to collect on board? Around this driving city-artwork a programme full of encounters, interventions and activities will take place, created by city residents and community centres, as well as artists and cultural organisations. The whole neighborhood is invited to get ‘on board’, to take a look or make a contribution.

Room for every citizen of Utrecht
Just as Noah's Ark had room for all kinds of people and animals, ARK Utrecht has room for every citizen of Utrecht. We celebrate the city's diversity with residents of all neighborhoods, ages, backgrounds, gender, educations and beliefs. Meetings will take place through discussion tables, art installations, exhibitions, music, pop-up performances, talkshows, debates, inspiration sessions, parades, rituals or workshops. After four days, the arks will sail confidently towards a hopeful, shared future!

ARK Utrecht is being produced by SPRING: a festival organization with innovative performances from contemporary international theater producers and choreographers for an open and curious audience in various theaters and on unusual places in Utrecht. The concept of ARK Utrecht is developed in cooperation with Anoek Nuyens, Gert Dijkstra and Siham El Ouazizi. ARK Utrecht is part of the European project ARK that is organized in seven European cities by the artistic network Moving Borders. ARK is created by British theatre group Quarantine, a British ensemble of artists and producers and supported by Creative Europe.

For more information about Moving Borders and the seven cities visit www.movingborders.org