Starting this Sunday the 16th World Carillon Federation Congress organized by Stichting Martini Beiaard Groningen will take place in the city of Groningen and in surrounding smaller towns and villages.
Among the locations where the presentations take place are the Academy Building of the University of Groningen, and in Middelstum, Uithuizen, Winschoten, Heiligerlee and Appingedam.
On 6/18/2008 I wrote in this blog (in Dutch) how touched I was by the work of the artist Jan Ernst Douma and how his depiction of the Martini Tower brought back memories of my youth.
"I only have to imagine the sound of the carillon,' I mused.
If only I could be in Groningen on Sunday July 13 through Thursday July 17 for during those days the sound of bells will fill the air in the city and the province of Groningen, as carillon lovers from around the worlds join one another in the north of the Netherlands to share their passion.
From age 16-18 I lived in a house with a view of the Martini tower, as shown in the wintery scene created by Douma.
Wishing I could be there this coming week!
For English program follow the link and click on English flag.