Maastricht Makes Music

Music weekend full of performances, learning to listen again and making music of the city yourself!

27 till 28 May 2023

Bureau Europa is going big with a weekend of performances, walks, guided tours and music to close the Frozen Music exhibition. The exhibition in the museum rooms at the basin celebrates the musical richness of Maastricht. The city on the Meuse river may be known for André Rieu, the harmonies, fanfares and carnival bands, but it has many more sounds. The highly regarded Conservatorium and the arts scene in Maastricht can count on exciting young performers and sound art from Maastricht.

Central to the expo is the sound experience of the space around us. Try closing your eyes as you walk down the street and suddenly the wealth of the world strikes you. Not only the sound of traffic, which we rely on to safely navigate the streets, but also that the materials that make up our buildings reflect sound in different ways. Or pay attention to all the passersby and the fragments of conversation you hear one day in a row. Our streets are resonance boxes full of music.

During the music weekend during Pentecost, we mainly take sound art outside with sound walks, a workshop and performances. Inside, the collective OTOMAX can be heard with the virtual car ride through South Limburg OTO, artist Joep Hinssen lets us hear the inaudible airplanes above our heads with his work Come Fly With Me and Christy Westhovens writes the libretto of a city opera with her interactive installation Chattering, that is based on the accidental coincidence of scraps of conversation in the street.

Saturday and Sunday are programmed with extra performances and guided tours, with the last day of the exhibition, Sunday 28 May, celebrating the finissage of Frozen Music with a workshop 'making music-of-the-city' by Sachit Ajmani and Nader Adabnejad. After the workshop and a lunch you will perform yourself! It will be concluded with a drink and a performance.

To participate in one or more programme(s), register via


May 27:
13.00 Curator tour by Remco Beckers (in Dutch)
16.00 Lecture by jazz pianist Murat Ali Cengiz, 'Translating Architecture to Music' (in English)
17.00 Performance by Joost Buis (trombone) and Giuseppe Doronzo (baritone saxophone)
18:00 End of the day

May 28:
12.00 Workshop by Sachit Ajmani and Nader Adabnejad, 'Street Scene' (in English)
14.00 Break with coffee
14.30 Performance 'Street Scene' with Sachit Ajmani and Nader Adabnejad
15.30 Performance Vocal Harmony during finissage with drinks
16.45 Performance by Nader Adabnejad and Bien Kamphuis
17:00 End of the day

No musical knowledge or experience is required to participate in the Street Scene workshop by Sachit Ajmani and Nader Adabnejad! Learn how to make the sounds of the city even without knowledge. Together with the other visitors you prepare a performance that you can perform later. A minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15 are requested for the workshop. Participation is €4 per person. Coffee and tea are provided. Do you have a small musical instrument or anything else that makes noise at home? Bring that! Register for the workshop via

Dates Sat. 27, 12.00h. - 18.00h and so. May 28, 12.00h. - 17.00h.
Access to the exhibition The exhibition is free to visit
Admission program Murat Ali Cengiz and workshop Sachit Ajmani and Nader Adabnejad: €4.00 p.p.
To participate in one or more programme(s), register via

Impression of the closing weekend (photos Moniek Wegdam)