Deventer op Stelten – English

Deventer Op Stelten 2021 – ‘Binnen de Perken’

Deventer Op Stelten 2021– Binnen de Perken” will be an unprecedented festival edition. The festival has been looking for a suitable set-up that can take place within the constraints of the corona measures. Where in other years 120,000 visitors enjoyed special international productions during three days, this year’s program is spread over 10 days, with 1 on 1 performances, theatrical walks, installation performances and performances for a maximum of 30 people. And all this in undiscovered places in the city and places that you would normally not consider a stage. High-quality theater with the hidden Deventer city center as a backdrop, in an intimate setting and not with the large number of visitors that we are used to. Also differerent this year will be that reservations have to be made for performances. An open city festival, as we are used to, is simply not feasible in this day and age. We therefor focused on what is possible this year.

About the festival

For more than twenty years the historic town of Deventer in the Netherlands has celebrated culture and arts on the streets. While ‘Op Stelten’ (‘on stilts’) is now used largely as a figurative sense, the performers are truly of the highest level and come from all over Europe. During the international outdoor-theatre festival ‘Deventer Op Stelten’, Deventer turns into a giant open air theatre with over 150 national and international top performances in the historic city centre of Deventer at 20 locations in- and around the centre.
During a weekend in July, performances out of Frances, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands can be seen on monumental squares, in parks and on the streets, in churches and smaller locations.