Due to some things happening in the past related to some music venues we used to have which vanished, as well as buildings like churches needing to look for other means of income, we have the St. Laurens, the Paradijs and the Arminius churches functioning as a location for lectures, debate nights, dance events and concerts besides their ‘original’ purpose.
I love the multi-purpose usage of these kind of places as my faith lies in (good) music 🙂
So, as we have 3 churches to choose from, the Arminius church is really doing great by offering a varied program.
The Arminius church is a monumental building named after the founder of the Remonstrant faith, Jacobus Hermansz van Oudewater, later changed to Jacobus Arminius. He tried to forge a bridge between the beliefs, philosophy and teachings of Calvi(j)n and Erasmus‘ biblical humanism. Despite some challenges he paved the way to a type of Christianity which included reason, freedom and tolerance.
This church is not so big and going to concerts there makes it a nice intimate experience with everlasting memories.
It is also a fixed location for the annual Motel Mozaique festival in April as it hosts the 3voor12 live sessions of the VPRO radio and TV channel. I can highly recommend these sessions as you will get a little preview or showcase of some of the bands and artists booked for the festival. And it’s for FREE to visit, just make sure you’re on time as full house is full house.