From a gospel choir to a Sunday meditation, almost every month cemeteries St Petrus Banden and St Barbara organize a special meeting. More and more people visit these beautiful locations and not only for funerals. And that is what these two graveyards in The Hague want to achieve: to lower the threshold to the public and create a hospitable image.
Operational Manager Astrid Oranje and Project Coordinator Susan Veninga are the mainstay of this new way of raising publicity. “We like to open our doors to a wider public and give each visitor some extra attention. A chat, a cup of coffee with a browny or a glass of wine with a savoury biscuit; a small gesture, but people appreciate it. It makes them feel welcome at our cemeteries. It is so beautiful here, the more people experience that the better,” says Astrid.
On Sunday 10 September 2017, on Open Monumentendag, Stichting R.K. Begraafplaatsen (foundation of roman catholic cemeteries) organizes a guided tour at St Petrus Banden. Astrid has worked at this cemetery for more than 30 years and she can tell fascinating stories during this walk.
A new initiative is the ‘ordinary bicycle tour’ on Sunday 24 September 2017. With a The Hague guide a group cycles from St Barbara to St Petrus Banden, past cemeteries and special spots in downtown The Hague. A number of performances for young talents is planned at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (royal conservatoire).
11 July 2017