Gea Smidt

The province of Groningen asked me to develop a project to strengthen the cultural infrastructure on the countryside of Groningen. Look at the website: www.groningsvuur.nl

With the project Gronings Vuur we travel from september 2019 until december 2020 through the province of Groningen with al cultural programme. With music, fotography, film, poems, talks and art we collect what is happening on the countryside. We travel through five municipalities and two regions: Het Hogeland, Westerkwartier, Midden-Groningen, Oldambt, Westerwolde, region Pekela-Veendam-Stadskanaal, region Loppersum-Delfzijl-Appingedam (in future: municipality Eemsdelta).

October 2019 we pass along the fire to the next municipality: Westerkwartier, and so on.
We end the project with the event ‘Verzin’. A theatrale public future-dialogue to show what happened and is caused in the past period.
We end the project GRONINGS VUUR with an evaluating meeting for al the participants at GRONINGS VUUR. We draw lines to the future and let municipalities make and plan of action on:
• cultural infrastructure;
• to unfold society with art and culture.

Gwenda van der Vaart (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, ruimtelijke wetenschappen) does the evaluation-research. Jantine Wijnja organizes the evaluating meeting with us.