The Griffeweg is one of the most important arterial roads for the city of Groningen. The name of the Griffeweg is a derivative of the name of a canal from 1695: The Nijgraven canal, or the Griffegracht. In the 19th century this canal was known as Drekhaven; this was where the city's rubbish, animal manure and sewage was dumped. The Griffeweg was created much later. Over this years this street has been named the Oude Veemarktstraat (Old Cattle Market street) and there was a cattle market where the Oosterpoort is now. There is still a brick gateway, and a number of cafés also remain from the time of the cattle markets. The Oosterpoort district is still a very vibrant part of the city, and the Oosterpoort itself certainly contributes to this.The cultural centre has two concert halls, receives artists, cabaret performers and companies from home and abroad, and is home to the Noord-NederlandsOrkest (regional orchestra). This is also where the annual EuroSonicNoorderslagfestival takes place.
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