From September, Museum Speelklok (and practically the entire city) will be under the spell of musical robots: ancient robots, interactive robots, metal robots, supersonic robots, life-size robots and cupboards with hidden robots. As well as imitating human movement, many of the robots can compose music and even improvise.  You can even operate a few of the robots yourself! Besides a life-size eighteenth-century clarinettist, there’s a Beethoven-robot made of LEGO playing the xylophone and a hypermodern robot called Shimon, which plays the marimba. Gil Weinberg, the American who constructed Shimon, will be in Utrecht during the opening week giving lectures and performing on stage with Shimon in TivoliVredenburg on 26 September. If you can’t get enough of robots, go to Eindhoven, where you can learn about the relationship between man and artificial intelligence at the Robot Love festival (

> from 21 September, Museum Speelklok