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Three Dutch venues to merge

Facing a budget shortfall for 2017, De Toonzaal will join forces with other Den Bosch venues W2 Poppodium and Willem II Fabriek

By IQ on 22 Jul 2016

W2 Poppodium, Den Bosch

The W2 on Boschveldweg in 's-Hertogenbosch

image © W2 Poppodium

The operators of three Dutch venues have announced a merger.

Popular music venue W2 Poppodium (500-cap.), experimental/classical music venue De Toonzaal (120-cap.) and music and visual arts centre Willem II Fabriek, all in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (colloquially Den Bosch), will pool resources as of January 2017, allowing for “more flexibility and stability” and reduced overheads, says the W2.

The merger was prompted by Den Bosch city council’s recent announcement that it would slash Toonzaal’s funding by €154,000 in 2017.

As well as financial security, the three say joining forces will allow members of the public to “more easily come into contact with other disciplines, allowing for easier cross-pollination” between the venues’ respective niches.


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