Shine a light


The St Martin Parade is a sparkling festival of large and smaller lights. A procession through the old centre of Utrecht where everyone is welcome. There are choirs, orchestras and theatrical acts. Do you want to join in? Then bring some sort of light with you! Every year there is a global goal we focus on, with Bridge Builders and Global Goals  always the connecting theme of the parade.


Because of the Covid pandemic in 2021, there will be ‘De Ronde van Sint Maarten’ (The Tour of Saint Martin) on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November at the Berlijnplein in Utrecht Leidsche Rijn. For once the Parade stands still and the spectators move through a magic route of light sculptures, fire installations, choirs, orchestras, brass bands, dance groups, street singers, urban circus and more. See for more information and reservations.

Share the Fire of St Martin
On the Friday night preceding the Parade, the Fire of St Martin will burn on Berlijnplein in the centre of Leidsche Rijn: there will be light art, music, song, dance, food and performances around an enormous fire. Entrance is free. 

Sharing Arts Society (SAS) and St Martin
Every year SAS chooses a theme for the Parade from one of the 17 Global Goals of the United Nations. These provide the basis for a sustainable shared planet and are a contemporary translation of the values that St Martin symbolises. Martin of Tours became famous for sharing his cloak with a beggar. He is the patron saint of Utrecht and his feast day is celebrated in style from 4 through 11 November. For more information go to and 

Documentaries Parade & Fire