7.Theater aan het Vrijthof has much to offer, such as the classic Edmond Hustinx Hall, with its Empire stucco work, rarely found in Maastricht. Yet you can see this elsewhere on Vrijthof if you walk to Restaurant Momus. Sociëteit Momus was founded on 2 December 1840 when, after nine years of martial law during the Belgian Revolt, carnival could finally be celebrated again. Momus, named after the Greek god of mockery and satire, was the Netherlands’ first carnival association. In 1883, they moved into their association building, by Liègeois architect Julien Rémont, on the east side of Vrijthof. Apart from poor relief, the association was involved in organising Shrove Tuesday (Vastenavond). Many carnival traditions still celebrated in Maastricht originated in the Momus era, such as the Boonte Störrem carnival parades that began in 1840, the Momus cannon that has heralded Carnival Sunday since 1841, and all the confetti and serpentines that have annually coloured the city since 1891. Vastelaovend (Limburgish for carnival) and Maastricht go hand in hand, and music is the connecting factor. In Maastricht, drinking marching bands called Zate Hermeniekes march along with the crowds, where the ‘harmony’ is more between the musicians and more about enjoying yourselves than it is about making good or in-tune music. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a skilled musician or can’t play a note at all. On Carnival Tuesday, a jury judges the orchestras for the Zate Hermeniekes competition. Every participating band receives a fixed score of 111 points, praise from the jury, and a leek as a trophy.