The Treaty of Utrecht was concluded in Utrecht on 11 April 1713. The treaty brought an end to almost two centuries of worldwide warfare. In the prelude to this historic occasion, for one and a half years Utrecht was the host, stage and partner of an international assembly which determined the future of Europe. In 1713, a lavish and festive programme of arts and culture in Utrecht was the catalyst that drew the various cultures of the diplomats and negotiators together and thus smoothened the signing of this historic treaty. This was the first peace achieved through diplomacy, with thanks to the hospitality of Utrecht.The Peace of Utrecht was celebrated in 1713 with music, festive fireworks and specially commissioned compositions such as the Utrecht Te Deum and Utrecht Jubilate by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and the Ode for the Peace of Utrecht by William Croft (1678-1727). In 2013, Utrecht once again will be the host, stage and partner of festivities, arts and culture. Then we shall celebrate three hundred years of the Treaty of Utrecht in grand style.Download booklet
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