The ninth Jazz Maastricht Masters festival will take place at the Theater aan het Vrijthof on 25 and 26 March. The line-up features famous artists like James Hunter and Bobby McFerrin as well as up-and-comers playing on several stages. Take a look at www.jazzmaastricht.com for information on tickets (you can buy day tickets or a passe-partout) and the full programme.
If instead of jazz you’d rather enjoy some ska, check out the Muziekgieterij on 26 March. The one-day festival Maaska! features the bands Def P & Beatbusters, Mr. Wallace and The Defenders (who previously played at the Landbouwbelang). You can find more information about the artists and buy your tickets via www.muziekgieterij.nl. Pre-sale tickets cost €9; at the box office €12.
Curious to see an off-the-wall adaptation of the classic novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Insane in the Brain is a dance performance based on this literary work set in a psychiatric hospital. Performed by the Swedish Bounce Streetdance Company, it includes a range of styles, from popping and locking to tap and modern. The show will take place at the Theater aan het Vrijthof on 29 and 30 March. Tickets are available from www.theateraanhetvrijthof.nl; there is a discount for students.
A Thousand Cranes of Hope for Japan. This is the name of an exhibition on the Vrijthof, organised by Asian students from Maastricht University and Hogeschool Zuyd, where you can admire and buy origami paper cranes. These birds are the Japanese symbol of peace, hope and healing. The goal of the exhibition, on Saturday from 11.00 till 18.00, is to raise funds for the people of Japan.