Modern Body Festival believes in the importance of re-invented, disused sites in the forming of collectives and grassroots cultural activities in the Netherlands. We work with repurposed, reused locations, allowing ourselves to be influenced and inspired by the buildings and their histories.
This year we work with a variety of historical buildings throughout the city. We are very pleased to introduce our four very special locations as the main venues for our 2nd biennial edition:
The beautiful building that houses the theater De Nieuwe Regentes dates from 1920. It once housed the largest indoor swimming pool and baths in Europe. In 1996 the old swimming pool was redeveloped into a theater with a tearoom, two foyers, and 5 halls: De Grote Zaal (the former swimming pool hall), De Kleine Zaal (the former wading pool), Het Ketelhuis (the former boiler room), Het Diepe (the basin of the former pool) and De Studio. De Nieuwe Regentes functions as a neighborhood theater for the Regentessekwartier, with a broad mix of community, local and international programming in a warm and casual setting.
PROGRAM: Performances, Exhibition
OPENING HOURS: 12h – 23h
ADDRESS: Weimarstraat 63, 2562 GR The Hague
PROGRAM: Exhibition (with performances)
OPENING HOURS: 12h – 20h
ADDRESS: Paviljoensgracht 20, 2512 BP The Hague
The Baruch Pavillion, down the street from philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s house, was initially the former headquarters of the textile wholesaler Koninklijke B. van Mentz. From 1989-2012 the building hosted the Vrije Academie; it was modified according to the art school’s needs to make ateliers, workshops spaces, and a gallery space on the ground floor which remained open as GEMAK until 2015. Various initiatives from the creative sector are currently based in the building, such as LUST / LUSTLab, Maquetteatelier, Trapped in Suburbia, Marsdiep, Kok Pistolet, Bureau Visueel en Windmakers. An experimental plan is being developed for the exhibition space to create a publicly accessible laboratory in the intersection of art and technology.
With many thanks to the LUSTlab Foundation for making the Baruch Pavilion exhibition space available to the Modern Body Festival.
Quartair is a platform for production, presentation and artistic debate. Founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization by a group of young artists, Quartair is located at the former Hague Breadfactory , built in 1902, on the Toussaintkade in The Hague. Quartair initiates and supports exhibitions, projects and exchanges with artists and artist-run-spaces at home and abroad. It pursues an emphatic cooperation with other cultural organizations. Quartair creates with this a platform for artists in The Hague operating in an international network with attention for developments in the contemporary visual arts.
PROGRAM WORKSHOPS: 29 Nov – 1 Dec
OPENING HOURS: 13:00-18:30
ADDRESS: Toussaintkade 55, 2513 CL The Hague
PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM: 29 Nov
OPENING HOURS: 20:00 – 23:00
Housed in a former bank in the center of The Hague, Het Nutshuis is an independent podium for art, culture and society. It hosts programs by the eleven cultural social organisations based in the building, as well as programs by third parties, with a particular emphasis on the backgrounds to, and diverse perspectives of, current social issues. Het Nutshuis is continuing the ideology of Het Nut, a 19th-century citizens’ initiative that supported the ’development and elevation of the common man’, offering people the tools and knowledge that will help them to find their feet in an ever-changing urban environment.
PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM: 30 Nov & 1 Dec
OPENING HOURS: 20:00 – 23:00
ADDRESS: Riviervismarkt 5, 2513 AM The Hague