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Gift for Infinity event: Everyone on the move for ‘Let Old be Gold’


Streaming of the projection spectacle A Gift for Infinity by the NNO, Club Guy & Roni, WERC Collective and Jan Klug.

Let Old be Gold! – the Event

On Friday 23 May, a grand event took place on the square in front of the Academy Building, turning the spotlight on ‘Let Old be Gold’. There was something for everyone, from pupils to students, and for young and old.

The afternoon started with a primary-school lecture organized by the Children’s University on the theme ‘Let Old be Gold’. Later that afternoon and in the evening you could do experiments at the science market and attend interesting lectures on the study and the ‘400 Questions’ project. For the more active visitors there were several sports events: Groningen on the Move, playing tennis on the super-Wii or participating in the Zimmer frame race! You could learn about the study, work up a sweat and pitch in with us to collect money for ‘Let Old be Gold’. The evening ended with a spectacular projection extravaganza together with the NNO, the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, dance company Club Guy and Roni, video collective WERC en media artist Jan Klug. More information about the background and the credits of the projection spectacle 'A Gift for Infinity' you will find here.

Click here to see all pictures of the afternoon and here for the projection spectacle.


Prior to the event, several activities were organized based on the theme ‘Let Old be Gold’. University staff gave lessons at primary and secondary schools, people volunteering for sports and social associations were celebrated and a ‘social media’ workshop was organized for the older generation.



Let Old be Gold! – the Study

The celebration of the 400th anniversary of the University of Groningen is accompanied by an academic study to which everyone can contribute: a Gift for Infinity – a gift for the future. In September 2013, the public could vote for one of three research proposals, and with 50% of nearly 8000 votes, ‘Let Old be Gold’ was the winner. A major public event will revolve around ‘Let Old be Gold’. Of the 2.6 million people over 65 in the Netherlands, one million is lonely to very lonely. We know that if you continue to participate in society, this will leave you happier, more active, in better shape and healthier. But how does that work? Why does one person remain active and the other not? How can we ensure that no-one withdraws and goes into decline? Government bodies, businesses and the public can support the selected study. How exactly? Find out at