ZIMIHC (pronounced as zimmick) is a non-profit organization that encourages local cultural development and participation in the arts. We offer stages and rehearsal studios for all who wish to perform, practice or exhibit their artistic efforts. Everyone is welcome in our three theatres, whether you have 40 years of experience or you’re just starting out.

Director Appie Alferink is a founding member of a band called ZIMIHC. Back in 1989, he found that the city of Utrecht did not offer many opportunities and venues for bands and other artists to rehearse or perform. To remedy this, he founded the very first ZIMIHC theatre in Wittevrouwen. Over the years, ZIMIHC expanded to become an organization with three theatres spread across the city, and has now been supporting and celebrating the amateur arts for over 30 years.

Want to learn more about us? Have a look at our latest business plan.

Photo: ZIMIHC employees and volunteers in ZIMIHC theater Stefanus (2024).

What we do

ZIMIHC has three theatres, spread across the city of Utrecht, where you as an artist can rehearse, perform or exhibit your work. Our venues all have their own unique ambiance, and they’re equipped with all the facilities you may need. Hear the laughter from your stand-up set bounce off the walls of ZIMIHC theater Wittevrouwen (Dutch), take the audience’s breath away with a dance performance in ZIMIHC theater Stefanus (Dutch), or feel the rush of performing for the first time in front of your family and friends in ZIMIHC theater Zuilen (Dutch). The stage truly is yours.

ZIMIHC also organizes national and international events such as Leading Voices (English press release). We call them our Specials (Dutch).

Contact us

We are passionate about the amateur arts, and will gladly answer any questions you may have, be it about our organization or events, technical support, ticket sales, or generating publicity – we are here for you.

Rent a theatre space

Want to rent a theatre hall or rehearsal space for an art performance or a business meetup? Book one of our three theaters (Dutch) in the city of Utrecht. Send us an e-mail or call: +31 30 272 3455.

If you are interested in joining our team, please see Working at ZIMIHC.

Appie Alferink
+31 6 5498 7346

Elle van der Rijt
Human Resources
+316 1864 9957

Martine Spanjers
Specials Coordinator
+31 6 5498 7346