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Theatre De Machinefabriek was designed at the beginning of the twentieth century by the city council architect J.A. Mulock Houwer, and originally was a coal-fired power station.

The impressive building on the edge of the CiBoGa district provided electricity for the whole of the city of Groningen until 1936. Nowadays the theatre is the home base for the Northern National Theatre Company, the NNT.

Current situation

Renovations have never led to any alterations of the fa├žade, on account of the monumental status of the building. The former turbine hall and the boiler house have been transformed into a theatre, seating 160 people. Furthermore, the theatre now includes a dressing room, a workplace, a costume workshop and a canteen, and there are several offices and two foyers.

The NNT Restaurant is located on the top floor. Every available space can be used as the setting for a play: from the basement to the workplace.


Since 2010 the Ebbingekwartier district has been the new central point for the Eurosonic Festival, and the Machinefabriek has served as a location for the festival since the year 2000. In that first year, it was still a one-day festival, and the line-up at the theatre included Jammah Tammah, Zebra and The Dill Brothers. Since then the number of bands playing here has increased to seven, divided over two days.

In 2010 the main focus of the festival was on Norway, and the following Norwegian bands played at the theatre: Kvelertak, Shining and Mareena Maneesh, as well as the English band 65Daysofstatic. In 2011 Blaudzun, Wende, Alamo Race Track, Tim Knol, Moss and the French band Cocoon performed here.