Expert session:
A Night Mayor for every city

Groningen en Nijmegen


Chris Garrit (NL)

The Night Mayor of Groningen from 2011 until November 2015. Groningen is the city with the youngest population of The Netherlands, due the large number of students living there. They provide a vibrant nightlife in the city that has no closing times. For four years Chris Garrit worked his butt off to improve the nightlife of his hometown. In this position he was ‘linking pin’ between people on the dancefloor, club owners, the community and the city officials. He drew international attention for his mayorship. Festivals abroad invited Garrit to share his nightlife experience.


Angela Verkuijlen (NL)

In 2014 Angela was elected Night Mayor of Nijmegen. The theater maker wants to improve the relationship and communication between all nocturnal initiatives and local politics in Nijmegen. In her first year as Night Mayor she’s working hard connecting audiences and generations by involving them in different ways at various aspects of the Nijmegen’s nightlife. Verkuijlen will be the ‘rebel in a suit’ of her city till 2018.

Road to Night Mayor

Expert session: A Nigh Mayor for every city – Groningen & Nijmegen