In the 19th century, the ‘Highland (Hoogeland) of Groningen’ was the granary of Europe, which lead to high social and cultural wealth of the upperclass. Richness shown by the most beautiful and biggest farms of the Netherlands, but also the public buildings and rentier-mansions.
The well-to-do farmers en middle class united in ‘rhetorical chambers’ and societies.
Country weddings were grand happenings in those days.
Clothing around 1850 was sober but rich ornamented.
The ladies wore silver casques with golden pins and necklaces and garnet ear-drops.
The gentlemen were stylish dressed while going out and wore tailcoats with a high hat.
Their wealth was obviously shown by their seal and the number of little pendants on it.
‘De Grunneger Daansers’ try to honour their rich history by regional music, singing, dancing, costume, language and popular customs.
Ever since her foundation - november 4th 1956 - the group represented Groningen on many podia at home and abroad and met with high appreciation.
In 2000 they received an international CIOFF price in Bielsko Biala (Poland).
In the Netherlands they have been awarded a.o. the Cultural price of the province of Groningen (1971)
and the Cultural price of the community of Eemsmond in (2001).