With parties such as Lumière Cinema, the Muziekgieterij, Bureau Europa, Landbouwbelang, the Sphinxpassage and Pathé in close vicinity of each other, the Sphinxkwartier is pre-eminently an area where culture in its broadest form thrives. Events like Museum Night, Bruis, Fashion Clash, Het Parcours and the Photo Festival Maastricht make the picture complete. For lovers of pop music, exhibitions, film and all other forms of arts, the Sphinxkwartier has become a not-to-be-missed urban district. It gives Maastricht that other and exciting edge.
Establishing the Sphinxkwartier as a place with plenty of space for culture fits well within the ambitions of the city council. In 2014 it was decided to invest in the Timmerfabriek and the former power plant - the so-called 'Ketelhuis - at the Bassin. The plan was to turn these buildings into a 'cultural hotspot' with plenty of space for pop concerts and (arthouse) cinema. Nowadays, the Muziekgieterij has been converted into a fully-fledged pop stage with two pop venues (350 and 1,100 guests), a recording studio and rehearsal spaces. At Lumière Cinema, visitor numbers have been growing steadily since its opening in 2016. From day one, both Muziekgieterij and Lumière were crowd pleasers in the Sphinxkwartier. All in all, it can be said that this 'cultural hotspot' is gaining momentum by the day. This is also evident from the growing number of requests for (cultural) events in the Sphinxkwartier.
Binnentuin: a courtyard for everyone
The courtyard between Lumière Cinema and the Muziekgieterij has been completely refurbished. On the north side, the courtyard is adjacent to the bicycle parking area next to the Muziekgieterij and Collin van der Sluijs' mural. On the south side, passersby can easily walk to Het Bassin using the stairs. The Binnentuin is part of the public space and - like other squares in Maastricht - also intended for events. For example, a cozy outdoor performance by a band visiting the Muziekgieterij. Or an outdoor movie during a sultry summer evening. But other parties may also use the Binnentuin if the activity matches the Sphinxkwartier.
Sphinxkwartier in pictures
Thanks to our photographers Fred Berghmans, Jonathan Vos and Aron Nijs we have an impressive photo collection at our disposal. All photos can be viewed on Flickr Belvédère Maastricht.