Culture associations

The University of Twente has a wide range of cultural associations. Most culture-related activities take place in the Vrijhof, the University of Twente’s cultural center. Do any of the associations below appeal to you? Look up the linked association and visit its website for more information on the association and its activities.


    Looking for the elegance of a ballroom dance, the swing and romance of latin or the sensuality of salsa? 4 happy feet has it all!
    On Monday evenings we offer Salsa dancing where you will learn the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Rueda the Casino. On Tuesday evenings we offer Ballroom dancing, covering both the ballroom and latin dances. Just think of the Slow Waltz and the Quickstep or the Chacha and the Rumba.

  •    Arabesque

    Arabesque is a modern dance production group. Throughout the year we work on our technique and create our own dances (around a certain theme), which we show in a performance at the end of the academic year. You're always welcome to join us for a few lessons. After the summer holidays, we will host a few open lessons. Keep an eye on the website for this. Hopefully, we'll see you then!

  •    Break-Even

    Break-Even is a breakdance association for students of the UT and Saxion. It is an active association which not only focuses on training and delivering shows and demonstrations, but also cares about sociability during and outside the training.
    Break-Even offers a breakdance introduction course for beginners each college year. To find out more about this course and about Break-Even in general visit our website.

  •    Chassé

    S.D.V. Chassé is a student association of about 60 members who dance every Wednesday night in the sports centre of the campus. Classes are given at different levels by a professional dance teacher. The classes consist of technique exercises, cardio and rehearsing choreographies for our performances. We also organise other activities such as monthly chassénights, drinks and workshops. Are you excited to join? Do not hesitate to contact us for a try-out class! For more information take a look at our video:

  •    Fanaat

    The Fanaat is the student gaming club. Visit us during the Kick-In for a relaxing boardgame or videogame. We are situated in the Bastille next to the UnionShop.

  •    Foton

    Muscia Silvestra Orkest is the symphony orchestra of the University of Twente. The orchestra plays mostly classical music, including symphonies, overtures and suites. Every year two repertoires are rehearsed which are performed on campus and beyond.
    Many members are active on the board or one of its committees. They provide, for example, new repertoire, promotion, rehearsal weekends, or fun activities. Once every two years, the orchestra travels abroad.

  •    Nest

    Acting, singing dancing? With NEST you can do it all! We are the theater association of the UT and we produce musicals and music-theater shows. Besides that, we also give lessons in all the techniques you might need on stage. Not a stage animal (yet)? NEST can also offer you a lot! Are you interested in scenery building, stage makeup, costumes or in technique, you are also very welcome at our association!


    Since February 2019 we are the association for classical ballet at the University of Twente! Next to organising lessons, we also organise fun activities for our members. Do you want to know more? Keep an eye on this website or our Facebook page for updates and news about the process!

  •    Pro Deo

    Pro Deo is a group of students that does improvisation theatre. This is usually done in the form of theatre sport, in which two teams battle against each other by each improvising scenes which are graded by judges or the audience. They often ask for input from the audience as well or even embed visitors in their scenes.

    If you are interested in practising improvisation theatre, you can join the rehearsals on Thursday evenings. There are lessons for beginners, as well as advanced players. Besides these lessons, there are also shows, workshops, demos, tournaments and lots of fun activities for the members, like a camp, barbecue, game night and drinks after the lessons.

  •    Stubiba

    Stubiba is the big band association of the University of Twente and stands for “Student Big Band”. The oldest band is the Far East Jazz Orchestra and exists over 20 years. The youngest band is the UTmost Big Band and they exist from 1999. Bart Bijleveld is the leader of both bands. For rehearsal times see the website.


    The Student Harmonie Orkest Twente is the harmony orchestra of the University of Twente. The orchestra, known as SHOT, is a student orchestra with musicality, but also with a good atmosphere! Besides giving concerts at festivals and at the UT, SHOT goes twice a year on a rehearsal weekend. The orchestra also goes every other year on a concert tour. Countries where SHOT has been in the past are Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Finland and China.

  •    Stukafest

    Stukafest is an annual cultural festival organized by and for students. It takes place in several student residences scattered throughout the centre of Enschede. All cultural disciplines are represented: music, stand-up comedy, theater, dance and literature. At the beginning of the festival you can listen to a musical act while enjoying a meal. Afterwards, 3 different student residences can be visited. The festival will end with a spectacular party at Atak.


    Do you like singing? Maybe Musilon is something for you! We sing light music (jazz, pop, rock), both a cappella and with accompaniment. Would you like to join? Visit our website and come to our open rehearsals at the beginning of a semester in the Kleine Zaal of the Vrijhof on Monday evening at 19:30.