Living Statues Arnhem



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The art of standing still! These unique living statues will surprise and delight you. The best living statue acts from around the world convene in Arnhem every year.

  • Visit the historic town of Arnhem during the Living Statues Festival.
  • Watch the world’s best living statues and pick your own world champion.
  • The world’s biggest living sculptures festival for 11 years.

The World Statues Festival is an extraordinary event held annually in Arnhem’s inner city. It is one big party with over 200 living statues and plenty of street theatre. The street artists, dressed and made up to look like spectacular statues, flock to Arnhem from around the world. The festival is considered the semi-official world championship in the living statues universe.

Living art

The statues play a beautiful game and will leave you open-mouthed with amazement. Although a small movement here and there is allowed as part of the act, the skill is mainly in standing totally still. A work may consist of multiple figures and attributes and an entourage are allowed. 30 September will be the day of The Warm Up on the Markt in Arnhem from 20:30 to 23:00. The world championship occurs on 1 October, when all living statues can be seen in the center of Arnhem from 13:00 to 17:30.

Statues by Night

Another special event is the Statues by Night show, with a walking route leading you through the beautiful city centre of Arnhem and past the many wonderful living statues. Statues by Night is on 29 September in Ede from 19:30 to 23:30. Combine your visit to the World Statues Festival with other great highlights in Arnhem, such as Nature Reserve De Hoge Veluwe, The Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (open-air museum) and dozens of attractive shopping streets.

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