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The Garden of Delights 2019


The Garden of Delights this year will take place from 12 to 14 December 2019.
We are all very welcome on the Den Alerdinck estate in Laag Zuthem in the municipality of Raalte.

We are extremely early with this news, but actually a bit late because this means that we will not make an edition this spring. We think that is a shame and we will miss it. We`ll get something beautiful in return. It is a long-held wish to create a special The Garden of Delights full of light, sound and fire. A warm walk on a fresh evening with, of course, good care for the inner person.

We have started.
We walk the route with artists and cooks and piece by piece each part of the puzzle gets in place. In the next months you will hear from us on our Facebook page;
If you click on `follow` you are always informed and we will keep sending a newsletter for when we really have something important to say.

We hope to see you in December and wish you a nice summer.
Hevezate Den Alerdinck

Do you have a caravan or camper on loan for us?


We are looking for people who will lend us their caravans or camper for the duration of the festival. This way our artists and volunteers will have a place to stay. If you bring and take your camper to us yourself, in return you will get two entry tickets for free! These are worth €96,- and include a three course dinner and three amazing open air theatre performances. 95469574085-schafer-2688995_1920.jpg

This monday an extra opportunity to visit a Dutch castle


This monday, the 21st of may, the Dutch Castle Association presents the eleventh yearly Castle Day. Over 130 Dutch, Belgian and German castles open their doors to the public. This year`s theme is Hidden Stories Told, to give visitors an unique experience. To share knowledge and build up enthousiasm to preserve this cultural heritage.

Culinary theatre festival The Garden of Delights will take place at Oolde in Laren


June 22, 23 and 24 The Garden of Delights will arrive in Laren with their culinary theatre feast. Anyone who has to miss out on Oerol this year, should try and travel to Oolde instead.

We promise to make this edition just as cozy and delightful as the others!

The program will be on the website from 5 May. Ticket sales will start on 8 May. For people who receive the newsletter, ticket sales start two days earlier. You can register at the bottom of the home page.

Twentieth edition filled with surprises


Last weekend the twentieth edition of De Tuin der Lusten took place at Buitenplaats Spijkerbosch in Olst. In spite of the rainy weather, more than a hundred visitors per evening joined the three-course dinner. Visitors braved the muddy paths for two dance and acrobatics performances in the open air in the different corners of the estate. Ici`bas played her acrobatic dance performance on Friday, September 29 for the hundredth time. Cie Vendeval, with her performance based on interviews with survivors of concentration camps, received a great deal of admiration from the moved attendees.

Buitenplaats Spijkerbosch, Olst opens their doors especially for The Garden of Earthly Delights festival


September 28, 29 and 30 that Garden of Earthly Delights festival travels to Olst to serve a culinary and cultural six-course-menu. A privately owned estate opens for the public for three nights only, to offer the audience an unforgettable experience. Art, theatre and Mediterranean food will fight for your attention in six enticing courses. Everything is inspired by the estate and it`s inhabitants.


A warm early summer evening. Carefree enjoyment of a formidable three-course dinner. A moment of reflection by comedian Patrick Nederkoorn, with a flaming and humorous argument about the black-and-white thinking that we all own. Two beautiful and very different theater performances. Long after-bubbling at the atmospheric bar by the campfire, under the stars. `De Tuin der Lusten` has started at Landgoed Den Dam in Eefde.

The French dancer and choreographer Patrice de Benedetti brings the performance Jean, a powerful and moving performance about war and the prejudices about others. The performance is a tribute to his father and you can taste that in his game.

After the impressive Jean opens The Table of Delights, a fine combination of the best of Portuguese cuisine, unwind and meet with other guests. Slowly the darkness and re-create lights, fire pits and the flames of the coffee grinding plant fall into the fairy tale garden.

After a delicious hot cup of coffee and a freshly baked dessert, everyone stands in front of Asterions Hus, a rich but humorous retelling of Romeo & Julia in twenty-four razor-sharp scenes.
Then it is time for wine, chocolate milk with or without rum and a good conversation.


In Eefde and Hengelo (Gld) this year is the special theater festival that takes place on private estates. The Garden of Delights is an intimate and small-scale festival with a delicious dinner, innovative international theater, dance and visual arts in the most beautiful gardens of our country. They are quiet and quiet places, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. From 5 to 7 May the festival is a guest at Landgoed Den Dam in Eefde. From 2 to 4 June, performances will be played at Landgoed Zelle in Hengelo (Gld).

Extra special this year is the new concept of De Tuin der Lusten: 200 visitors take part together all evening. Butifarra cooks a delicious dinner and artists from Denmark, France, Spain, Argentina and our own country show their skills. The dinner with excellent dishes, called The Table of Delights, is served at long tables in an inspiring place. Wonderful evenings to escape in the atmosphere of De Tuin der Lusten.

5 to 7 May - Landgoed Den Dam, Eefde
In the first weekend of May the French dancer and choreographer Patrice de Benedetti and the Danish theater company Asterions Hus travel to Landgoed Den Dam in Eefde. There Patrice de Benedetti plays a physical performance about his father, who suddenly had to become a soldier in the Second World War. With power and tenderness, the dancer shows notions of hope, gifts, relationships and black-and-white thinking. Asterions Hus brings a surreal version of the famous love story Romeo & Juliet. A lively and humorous performance with 24 scenes, 24 detours and 24 celebrations of love.

2 to 4 June - Landgoed Zelle, Hengelo
Compagnie Woest will take you on a course on the estate in the first weekend of June. Everything happens and together with the six characters you end up in absurd situations, both humorous and tragic. A surprising and stimulating performance! In addition, the French-Argentinian HURyCAN plays a brand new performance that they have never shown before. With their previous performance, the popular duo was already on view at Landgoed De Wildenborch in 2014.


This year there will again be two Gardens of Delights: a Dutch and a French edition.

From 15 to 18 May, the festival De Tuin der Lusten will take place in the gardens of Kasteel de Wildenborch in Vorden. If you walk through the beautifully maintained gardens of the Wildenborch you imagine yourself in paradise and the glorious past of this medieval robbery lock seems far away. The Trouw also referred to the beauty of these gardens: "In 1931 the garden was laid out by her great uncle in English landscape style. All elements of this style are present: ponds, sight lines, views of the landscape behind, winding paths and images. "

It is an honor that De Tuin der Lusten can use theater, dance, visual art and music to paint a picture of the illustrious history of the castle and its inhabitants. Robber knights made way for poets, writers and researchers. The program has been compiled on the basis of this history and several theater makers and artists will be inspired in this green and quiet place by the environment when creating new performances and works of art. In these gardens, the team of De Tuin der Lusten is building an evening program with contemporary acrobatic dance, very refined theatrical circus, and a series of performances and theater projects that not only tell stories about the past, but also give a hint to the future. Of course we have been inspired by the famous poet A.C.W. Staring who inhabited this estate, but mainly through his research in the field of agriculture and horticulture. On this website you will find more information about the different program components.

The French edition of the festival, on May 31st and June 1st, will take place under the name Le Jardin des Délices on the estate of Château de Chamarande in the arts center of the Essonne department, about fifty kilometers south of Paris. The castle is a center for contemporary art and in the gardens you can admire various works of art by, for example, Philippe Ramette, Miguel Egana and Bert Theis. During Le Jardin des Délices, nine Dutch and one French group will play the gardens of the castle here. Soon you can find more information about the program on this website, but write the dates in your diary.

With both editions you can also enjoy the cooking skills of Butifarra. In Vorden you can sit down at De Tafel der Lusten, a dinner in style of the festival, prior to the festival. Tickets for The Garden of Delights and The Table of Delights are available on this website and at Le Jardin des Délices the entrance fee is free.

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