• Karmelklooster


  • Tryntsje Nauta

    De Zee Roept

  • Pieter de Vries

    Terra inCognita, van Helsdeur tot Duivels Hoorn

  • Pieter Elzinga

    Noorderlicht Blijft!

Karmelklooster Drachten

Tryntsje Nauta | Pieter de Vries | Peter Elzinga

Tryntsje Nauta - The sea calls

At the remote Willem Barentsz Institute on Terschelling young people take a four year course to prepare themselves for life as a seaman. In student rooms full of impersonal elements, and in almost identical uniforms, they assume their future identity. Tryntsje Nauta asked what inspires young men (and a handful of girls) of scarcely twenty to choose a life at sea. She lived with them for weeks on end, and produced this portrait of this new generation of seamen and their view of the sea. 

Pieter de Vries - Terra inCognita, from Helsdeur to Duivels Hoorn

“We never see the Wadden from above. It is known as a ‘flat’ region, that you walk or sail across.” Pieter de Vries seeks to show how beautiful and extraordinary the Wadden are, including the German and Danish Wad. The shapes and colours that are created by natural forces are different every day. Here creation is still evolving with every tide. 

Peter Elzinga - Noorderlicht blijft!

On 16 July, 2012 the northern lights were to be seen in Holwerd, Friesland. The amateur photographer Peter Elzinga captured them, and is showing his photos under the battle cry ‘Keep Noorderlicht!’

Karmelklooster Drachten

  • Burgemeester Wuiteweg 162, Drachten
  • 0512 512103
  • www.karmelklooster.nl
  • 1 Sept. through 7 Oct.
  • Sat. and Sun. 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Take exit 29 from the A7/E22, left at the roundabout (Eikesingel), then turn into the first street left (Sparrehoek) and continue to the parking field on the right.

Nota bene: navigate by destination 'Sparrehoek'.


  • Entrance fee Saturday, incl, coffee/tea: € 5,- 
  • Entrance fee Sunday, incl. concerts, guided tour, viewing of gardens, coffee/tea: € 10,- (with the exception of 9 Sept., when the fee is € 15,-)

It is possible to arrange to stay overnight in the Karmelklooster on Saturday night/Sunday. Special Noorderlicht tariff for lodging with breakfast: single room € 35,- / double room € 60,- (includes entrance fee).
Make reservations in advance via info@karmelklooster.nl.


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History of the Karmel Cloister at Drachten    

From 1936 to 1993 the Karmelklooster in Drachten was the convent of the discalced Carmelites. The convent was built according to the medieval plan, with four cloisters around an inner court. At the back lay the large walled castle garden.

Now exhibitions and concerts are organized in the convent, and on weekdays it is used by all kinds of institutions, which rent space for one day or multi-day training courses. It is also a wedding location for the community of Smallingerland, and can be rented for receptions.

You are visiting a location where the memory of the Carmelite nuns is maintained. It is the only still entirely intact convent in the North Netherlands, and is lovingly preserved.

Garden concerts and Open Cloister 

Every Sunday afternoon concerts begin at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., guided tours at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., and you can visit the gardens. Reservations can be made via info@karmelklooster.nl.

2 Sept.: The Groningen ensemble De Haip, with a program including songs by Ede Staal.

When they made their debut in the summer of 2009 at the summer garden concerts at the Karmelklooster, the audience couldn't get enough of them! Listen, laugh and dance!
> Entrance: € 10,-

9 Sept.: Gerrit Breteler (vocalist) and Clara Rullmann (grand piano)

This afternoon Gerrit Breteler launches his new cd and also sings songs from his earlier cd 's.
> Entrance: € 15,-

16 Sept.: Concert ensemble EDIS

Folk ensemble comprised of Esther Bos (harp, bodhrán, vocals), Daniëlle Doodhagen (fluit, tin whistle, djembé, vocals), Isabelle Doodhagen (violin) and Truus de Vries (piano, keyboards).
> Entree € 10,-

23 Sept.: Concert TRIVERSA 

Ensemble with Anouk de Jong (piano), Judith Bouma (soprano) and Elsbeth de Jong (viola).
> Entrance: € 10,-

30 Sept.: Meijer & Mol in concert

Songs by Schubert, Brahms, Britten and Fauré, among others, by the duo Herman Meijer (grand piano) & Bart Mol (baritone).
> Entrance: € 10,-

7 Oct.: Piano concert by Hristo Petrov

A fast-rising young talent with a virtuoso and sensitive touch. Let this young pianist surprise you!
> Entrance: € 10,-