An imaginative theatrical event to discover pathways from present rural deadlocks to possible rural utopias


Join us for an afternoon to imagine the future of rural areas of the Netherlands on January 25th. ‘RURAL UTOPIAS’ is the final exhibition of a 10-week-long Mixed Classroom run by the Urban Futures Studio, which brought together 40 policymakers, artists, farmers, activists, and master’s students. Together they explored the question: how to emerge from rural political deadlocks in the Netherlands and cultivate more hopeful possible futures?

The social movement “The Creative Collectives for Utopia” emerged from this course and will guide you through a series of rooms and experiences. In these different rooms, participants will have the opportunity to actively rehearse and collectively prefigure different kinds of stories, ways of thinking, feeling and taking action together to emerge from rural deadlocks. Come and join a growing network of people across the Netherlands concerned with the future of rural areas!

'RURAL UTOPIAS' starts at 13.00, and in the final hour 17.00-18.00, there will be an open bar.


13:00 - 14:00
Imaginative introduction to rural deadlocks
14:15 - 14:55
Imagination room experience 1
(three thematic options: politics, culture or nature)
15:10 - 15:50
Imagination room experience 2
(three thematic options: politics, culture or nature)
16:05 - 17:00
Imaginative exercise for the future of
rural areas — 'rural utopias'
17:00 - 18:00
Drinks & borrels at the bar

*The 15-minute breaks in the schedule account for
transitions with coffee/tea

Start date and time
End date and time
Parnassos Utrecht (Kruisstraat 201, Utrecht)
Entrance fee
Free (registration required)