Groningen Open


The Groningen Open is one of the youngest debate tournaments in the Netherlands. The tournament is organized annually since 2009 by the Groninger Debating Society Kalliope (GDS). Until 2020 it was also known as the Kalliope Debattoernooi (KDT).

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The first edition was organized under the name of “GDS Mini’s”. Until 2020, the Kalliope Groningen Open was a Dutch-language BP tournament organized under the name of Kalliope Debattoernooi (KDT). 2020 was going to be the first time it would be organized in English, but it was canceled due to government regulations during the Corona pandemic. In 2021, it was organized online for the first time. The tournament has traditionally been organized in May, at the same time as the Groninger fair.

Previous editions

YearTeamsChampionsBest speakerTab
202131Lucie Slamova & Rhys SteeleRhys SteeleTab
201916Josse van Proosdij & David MetzJosse van ProosdijTab
201821Daan Welling & Marike BreedRoel BeckerTab
201724Alex Klein & Henk van ZuilenDaan WellingTab
201121Adriaan Andringa & Arielle DundasDaniël SpringerTab
201020Rob Honig & Stan HellegersRob HonigTab
200920Luciën de Bruin & Jeroen HeunLuciën de BruinTab