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Boring is a new music, theater, and art festival inside unique Haarlem spaces, that takes place on January 20 & 21, 2023

Boring features an interdisciplinary program brought to you by artists who challenge the status quo. No white cubes, no seated shows, no regular stage performances.

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20 & 21, 2023

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Bring whatever you like–except weapons, obviously.

Please come. All venues are accessible by wheelchair. Send us a message if you have any specific questions.

Every venue has its own inhouse restroom, and there will be additional toilets at the festival heart. All toilets are gender-neutral.

Go eat! We partnered with some very nice restaurants and other pop-ups we like, but Haarlem is full of other choices.

If you’re from out of town, we recommend you check out the BNB’s and hotels we’ve partnered with. We made sure you’ll get a nice deal. See here were you can book a stay.

Ouch, no. Tickets are bound by name. So someone else is not able to use your ticket.

If Boring has to be canceled due to COVID regulation you will get a refund. If Boring is postponed, your ticket will be valid for the new date. If this doesn’t work for you, you will still have the option for a refund. 

When arriving at De Vishal at Grote Markt in Haarlem, staff will welcome you. Once they have scanned the ticket on your phone, you will get a wristband that grants you access to all Boring venues.


The festival is for people 18+.

Not really. Your feet or wheelchair will do.

All venues are within a 10-minute walk of the festival’s heart (Vishal), and within 15 minutes of each another. We’ll share a little map later.

99% inside.

Friday, January 20 at 18:00 – 06:00 hours & Saturday, January 21, 18:00 – 06:00 hours.

Boring festival takes place within these locations in Haarlem: Philharmonie, Teylers Museum, Noord- Hollands Archief, Patronaat, Frans Hals Museum Hal en Schuur. The reception area and heart of the festival are at De Vishal Art Gallery in Grote Markt.

Everyone. We know this is easier said than done, and we are aware of the lack of safe places in the world for women, BIPOC, the queer community, and people with disabilities. This is why we are specifically focusing on making Boring a safe and inclusive event for all. If you are a victim of any type of harassment at our festival you will be heard and taken seriously by any member of our staff, who you can recognize at every location by our shirts. There is also an info stand at the Vishal where you can report harassment.


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