Utrecht SPRING Performing Arts Festival

Key Information


Application Deadline: 14/02/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10006500


Departure Date: 17/05/22

Return Date: 21/05/22


£325: the estimated cost for travel, accommodation and transfers. Students will also be required to pay for: festival pass (£80), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Accommodation will be booked by DMU

Travel: Eurostar/trains will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: Mark Crossley - mcrossley@dmu.ac.uk


DMU students enrolled on BA Performing Arts are eligible to participate in this opportunity.


There are a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Utrecht Spring festival is one of the most prestigious European performance events, focusing on contemporary theatre and dance. Artists from across Europe and the globe perform in multiple venues across the city in a vibrant two week event.

The purpose of the trip is to immerse ourselves in the Spring festival through watching multiple performances, taking part in workshops and attending artist talks. Utrecht is a major cultural city in the Netherlands and students will be immersed in the festival and the social life of the city for four days.

DMU students and staff have participate in this Festival for a number of years, and COVID-19 restrictions permitting, a group of up 20 students and staff will travel to Utrecht in May 2022. Please note, that this trip is subject to the Festival taking place, and further information about COVID-19 can be found here.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and competencies that enhance your studies. Through participation in this Utrecht Spring Performance Festival trip we expect that students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the range of contemporary performance
  • Develop new methodologies of performance presentation and devising
  • Understand new modes of contemporary site based practice
  • Develop an intercultural skillset

To maximise the student learning outcomes of this opportunity, pre-trip there will be facilitated discussions with participants to develop strategies to ensure that the aims of attending the festival link directly broader learning on their course. Furthermore, post-trip, students are encouraged to implement learning outcomes from the festival in next years modules and assessments.

Cultural activities

Alongside the activities that will be offered as part of the festival, students are encouraged to take time to explore the beautiful Dutch city of Utrecht. it is recommended to visit St Martin’s Cathedral in the heart of the city, and even to climb the Cathedral tower. Utrecht also has a canal network, and students could take the time explore the Old Canal (Oudegracht), by foot, bike or by boat.

Please note that all cultural visits and activities are subject to COVID-19 regulations in the Netherlands.

COVID-19 information

  • Travel to the Netherlands is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website.
  • Students are required to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel due to the Dutch entry requirements. Only full vaccinated travellers are permitted entry without quarantine.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the entry and testing requirements for the Netherlands can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website. No pre-travel COVID-19 test is currently required for travel to the Netherlands. Travellers are required to take a PCR or Lateral Flow test any time upon arrival in England and before the end of day 2 at the latest. Further Information can be found on the UK Government website.
  • For fully vaccinated travellers, the estimated costs for the required COVID-19 tests are £20-30. Students are required to arrange and pay for these tests independently.
  • All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.