PAS Festival 2024 is happening! 6 and 7 September 2024!

9th edition of PAS Festival
Get ready for an exciting weekend on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2024! Maastricht University’s Studium Generale is hosting the 9th edition of the Pleasure, Art and Science Festival (PAS). 
At the start of the academic year, Maastricht University opens its doors to treat everyone to a program full of interesting science, beautiful music, theatre and more. During this festival, the university invites you to attend exciting lectures, concerts, and performances in the Jeker Quarter of Maastricht’s inner city. Plan your own route in the gardens, courtyards and halls of the remarkable old buildings and choose from over 50 activities per evening.

Volunteers wanted
We are looking for motivated volunteers who could help us make this year’s PAS Festival a success! 
Do you want to join our enthusiastic team of volunteers at the PAS Festival on Friday 6 and/or Saturday 7 September? We are looking for stage and location managers, hosts, stage builders, receptionists, and all-round support. Volunteers with a valid Emergency Response Officer certificate at the time of the festival would also be a great addition to the team.  You’ll be rewarded with a volunteer fee, a meal and tokens for drinks. Most of all: it’s going to be a lot of fun at this unique festival filled with music, theatre, dance, art, and captivating lectures!

Register now!
Are you interested in helping out on one or both of the evenings? Please register online using our registration form.

If you know someone else who would also like to help during the festival, feel free to spread the word and forward this message. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Milena Costa Ramos.

PAS Festival will be a biennial festival

PAS Festival
Maastricht University’s Studium Generale has been organising the freely accessible PAS Festival at the start of each academic year since 2014. PAS stands for Pleasure, Art & Science.

During the PAS Festival, Maastricht University opens its doors to anyone who wants to get acquainted with the university and the research that takes place there. Over the space of two evenings, more than 60 activities take place each evening. Scientists from the university present the results of their research through lectures, conversations and (interactive) demos, etc. There are also cultural activities, such as theatre and dance performances, concerts, video presentations and exhibitions.

The festival connects the university with the city, art with science, researchers with society, and students with other citizens of Maastricht.

Given all the positive reactions from the audience, volunteers and participants, Studium Generale would like to continue organising the festival on an annual basis. However, this is not feasible, due to rising costs and increased pressure on the small team of organisers. To maintain the size and quality of the festival, Maastricht University has decided to hold the festival every two years instead. This means there will be no edition in 2023. But we will be back again in 2024, at the start of the academic year.

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