Paard van Troje

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Interior of the Paard van Troje (2012)

Paard van Troje (Dutch for Trojan Horse), since 2017 known as PAARD, is a venue in The Hague, Netherlands founded in 1972 with the support of the alderman of culture from The Hague.[1] Currently located at the Prinsegracht.


The Paard van Troje began as a centre for youth culture. In its early years,[when?] the venue was noted for its permissive policy on use of cannabis which was also sold in the venue, although use of hard drugs was not allowed.

The venues's programming policy focuses on 'quality pop' as opposed to mainstream acts. Therefore, it receives funding from Music Center the Netherlands as one of seven distinguished venues (called 'kernpodia') of the Netherlands (together with Paradiso, Melkweg, Tivoli (Utrecht), 013, Vera, Doornroosje.)

Prominent artists including U2, Prince, Pearl Jam played their first Dutch shows in this venue. Film and theatre is also featured at the club. The annual State-X New Forms festival is curated by the venue, focusing on avant garde rock, left field music and related cutting edge music.

The venue was rewarded with the Nachttempel Award in 2005.[2]

The venue has two stages, a small stage (capacity 300 people) and a main stage (capacity 1,100 people).


  1. ^ NRC-Handelsblad, 16 July 1971
  2. ^ Robert Lagendijk (6 April 2005). "Verkiezing Paard van Troje als Nachttempel omstreden" (in Dutch). 3voor12.

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Coordinates: 52°04′29″N 4°18′27″E / 52.07472°N 4.30750°E / 52.07472; 4.30750