The Hague nurtures the ambition to be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018. To achieve this much-desired status, the Municipality has set up a studio under the supervision of former museum director Wim van Krimpen. The studio has investigated the cultural strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the city, and formulated the first strategic plans. In the report entitled Recht op Cultuur (‘Right [on] to Culture’), which the studio presented in the summer of 2009, an important role has been ascribed to various temporary platforms that will embellish the city for a period of a year. A striking temporary theatre, designed by cepezed, will rise on the Malieveld, close to the entrance to the city, and thus function as a major eye-catcher and public attraction.
This platform will be a modern-day version of the Colosseum in Rome, the most famous example of a Flavian amphitheatre, and should be able to accommodate around 5,000 people. The construction comprises steel scaffolding, spanned on the exterior with a reproduction of M.C. Escher’s Metamorphose. Performances and concerts, as well as trade fairs and exhibitions, can be held inside. The Hague is the home of the International Court of Justice, and Bono, the frontman of the pop group U2, has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace on several occasions. Accordingly, the singer could give acte de présence in the city on World Peace Day (21 September).
When the Municipality cancelled the construction of Rem Koolhaas’s M-building for the Central Station in 2010, city councillor and former Councillor for Culture Marieke Bolle proposed the Hague Colosseum as a temporary fill-in on the site.