On completion of the 1955 to 2013 restoration, the Oude Kerk sprung a surprise with its novel focus on large-scale contemporary art projects in this historic church. Within a short time of reopening, the Oude Kerk succeeded in developing a strong contemporary programme. The organization evolved into an ambitious commissioner of international artists for exceptional projects with a special relationship to the monumental church and its red-light surroundings. From radical interventions to respectful homage. The Oude Kerk thus distinguishes itself from what is happening elsewhere in the city, in the realms of contemporary art as well as historical heritage. An average of 150,000 visitors per year are drawn to the programme with exhibitions, performances and concerts.