The Cathedral of Thorns

The Cathedral of Thorns is a full building-sized illuminated labyrinth on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Visitors are invited to walk through its corridors and experience an artistic journey through a troublesome history toward a bright future; both sides are represented by the hostile yet beautiful thorns. To raise consciousness of the similarities between religions, the design includes symbols of today's world religions and ancient nature-based religions. The walls have niches containing objects of contemporary art by guest artists, expressing mankind's ability to change, share and collaborate through creativity. In addition, the labyrinth also functions as a stage for performances. The Cathedral of Thorns was designed by Herman van Bergen, winner of the International Sculpture Award, 2023 and the prestigious Cola Debrot Award in 2016, and was constructed by unemployed youth. This work of art (in progress) unites all themes of Van Bergen's previous thorn-art sculptures into one expansive project: a building honoring Mother Nature and the Free Spirit that achieves change through creativity.


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Danson Danzon, Guaracha, Bolero and Son – Friday 6th of October 

Cathedral of thorns

Danson Danzon, Guaracha, Bolero and Son – Friday 6th of October 

Save the date! The Cathedral of Thorns will be transformed into a magical place on Friday 6th of October.

Authentic Cuban Style WITH The Estudiantina Ensemble.

Bandleader, guitar, voice Aristides Bekema

  • Carlos Francinet, voice
  • Eric Wijngaarde, voice
  • Leo Martis, tres guitar
  • Ernesto Paz, Bass
  • Roselin Bey, Pailas cubanas
  • Trompet, guest

Join the exclusive guided tour with the designer and founder of the cathedral, Herman van Bergen. Get lost in the fully illuminated beauty of this unique experience, which only happens once a month.

It promises to be another unique evening in our beautifully illuminated Cathedral of Thorns. Want to join? Presale tickets are available at The Zumpiña Shop (next to Restaurant Number TEN), Mensings Caminada Bookstore, and Landhuis Bloemhof.
Tickets will also be available at the door on October 6th from 7 pm.

Entrance fee is ANG 49.00 / US$ 28.00.

Parking : Restaurant Number TEN

Limited seats available, so RSVP now!

RSVP: Email:
WhatsApp: +5999 5266349

Debuutoptreden van Dibo & Randal – Zaterdag 23 september


Debuutoptreden van Dibo & Randal Corsen bij Kathedraal van Doornen

WILLEMSTAD – Tijdens ‘A Night at Cathedral of Thorns’ op zaterdag 23 september fleuren zanger Dibo Doran en pianist/bandleider Randal Corsen met een serie speciale gasten voor de eerste maal de unieke entourage van de Kathedraal van Doornen naast Landhuis Bloemhof op met hun muzikaal optreden.

Regelmatig is er een evenement bij de Kathedraal van Doornen waar de grondlegger ervan Herman van Bergen achteraf een exclusieve rondleiding geeft aan gasten.

Müzik sin Barera
Op zaterdag 23 september vanaf 8 uur ‘s avonds treden zanger/componist Dibo D (Doran) en pianist/componist Randal Corsen op met een formatie die verder bestaat uit Ravello Antoin (bas), Laverne Le Blanc (drums), Chris Walle (keyboard), Royston Hato (percussie) en Josuah Boetius (gitaar). Behalve nummers van het album Müzik sin Barera dat eerder dit jaar in april bij Jazz Fest werd gepresenteerd, vertolken ze ook andere nummers, waaronder van de legendarische Luty Samson.

Tevens kunnen gastoptredens tegemoet gezien worden, heel in het bijzonder die van singer-songwriter Levi Silvanie met Dibo en Randal belooft heel speciaal te worden, omdat Levi de laatste zeven jaar niet meer op een podium op Curaçao te bewonderen is geweest. Verder liggen in het verschiet optredens bij enkele nummers van de zangeressen Lizz Schot en Christine Corsen (de dochter van …).

De show zelf begint klokslag 8 uur, maar de poort en bar gaan al om 7 uur open waarop Dj Lu-C in de aanloop naar het concert zorgt voor achtergrondmuziek. Kaarten a ANG. 65 per persoon zijn verkrijgbaar bij Mensing’s Caminada, Landhuis Bloemhof en The Zumpiña Shop (naast restaurant Number Ten), en indien er over zijn die avond bij de ingang. Vanwege de gelimiteerde capaciteit van de locatie is het handig om tijdig kaarten te bemachtigen. De entree en parkeerplaats zijn zowel aan de kant van restaurant Number Ten, als aan de andere kant bij Landhuis Bloemhof en zelfs bij de Orco Bank; er is dus van beide kanten een ingang.

Friday 4 August at Cathedral of Thorns

Friday 4 August at Cathedral of Thorns

Singer Léah Kline joins
at Cedric Dandaré & Curajazzstars

WILLEMSTAD – During the upcoming ‘Cathedral of Thorns by Night’ on Friday, August 4, the jazz formation Cedric Dandaré & Curajazzstars will perform with another special guest, namely the world-renowned American jazz singer Leah Kline, who is temporarily on the island.

Every month, a cultural musical event takes place one evening at Doornen Cathedral, where its founder, Herman van Bergen, gives an exclusive tour to guests.

Cedric Dandare
For Friday August 4 from 8 pm, guitarist and bandleader Cedric Dandaré will perform with a formation that also consists of Eric Calmes on bass, Dennis Aalse on trumpet, Chris Wallé on keyboards, Lonte Conradus behind the drums, and both Ernie Gregorius and Tshepho Seshaba on percussion. Cedric Dandaré is considered a pioneer who has managed to combine Curaçao music with jazz with great international success. For years he has been active as a music teacher on his native island and occasionally performs on special occasions or in the studio, often with fellow local musicians.

Leah Kline
For this occasion, he was brought into contact with the singer Léah Kline, who is temporarily staying on the island and occasionally performs songs with local formations. Kline is an American who has wandered the world after a dance education. Amsterdam has been its home port since the turn of the century. There she participated in many musicals and she also emerged as a jazz singer. She has already made a name for herself in the Netherlands, Germany and France. Now there is a distinct opportunity to show her skills to the Curaçao public.

Ticket sales
Due to the limited capacity of the location, it is useful to buy tickets in good time at ANG. 49 (USD 28) per person. These are available at The Zumpiña Shop (next to restaurant Number Ten), bookstore Mensing’s Caminada and Landhuis Bloemhof. If left, also on August 4 from 19:00 at the door. The entrance and parking are at restaurant Number Ten.

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