We invite you for a personal meeting with unique persons: a refugee, a veteran, a violin builder, a storyteller, or you go to a temple, a mosque, a social initiative… You pick the meeting, we make sure that you’re expected. In Rotterdam we can create custom programs tailored to your wishes, also for larger companies. Contact us!
105 HOSTS - 10 CITIES - 128 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
City Art Rotterdam is a project of Chris Ripken and Hannie Bierens. They have a large building, which was nominated in 1999 to be ...demolished, refurbished and built to a stunning arts center. The building includes 5 large rooms, each about 200 square meters and a smaller room of 60 square meters. Chris has a large workshop with welding, ceramics kilns and woodworking machines. The post-industrial property began as a fur and suede clothing workshop, downstairs you could find the tannery and upstairs the studio. Later this building has served as a supermarket for several owners. Chris Ripken has completed the school of arts in Maastricht successfully in 1986, he has obtained a 1st grade teacher training. In 1989, Chris came to Rotterdam with his family, and he has dedicated himself to making "street art", applied art to defend the neighborhood that against the degradation, caused by urban renewal. Up to now Chris has been seriously involved in the design of public space with applied art for and by residents. Chris has realized a large collection of sculptures. A large number of state are exhibited in City Art Rotterdam. Hannie Bierens has in her professional career focused on the social and societal issues. As a trainer / coach Hannie involved in the projects that Chris realizes.
Maaszicht provides care, shelter and individual counseling to homeless boys and girls. Maaszicht is a form of sheltered housing wh...ere young people stay for a longer time. A mentor is working with the youngsters to solve their problems, and create a new future. After the 24-hour care there's the opportunity to an Assisted Living. The youngster can also transfer to longer-term care or start with a place of their own with, if necessary, a follow-up by an employee of Maaszicht.
Museum the Stairwell has an average of one visitor per week. The visitor gets an emotion proof and a coffee right card. Additional...ly, visitors can see more than 500 works of art. A tour of the director is also a possibility.
City Art Rotterdam is the heart of all the applied work Chris Ripken has realized in the outdoors. Chris was contracted by the mun...icipality of Rotterdam, housing associations, community organizations, individuals and schools. The projects are all realized together with locals. This is based on the philosophy that if people may create something in their own neighborhood, this makes the environment owned instead of anonymous. In the immediate vicinity of his studio some works can be seen on a tour with Chris.
The District Pastoraat Old West is another way of being church than traditional. Vicar Katinka is working on the streets and squar...es in the old quarters of the city daily. She'll tell her story and take you for a walk.
The Hare Krishna’s are known for their great food. Exotic dishes are often served during festivals and in temples. The food is alw...ays on a vegetarian or vegan base and it's made with love. And you can taste it. Only after the food is offered to Krishna it can be eaten. You’ll never find meat, fish or eggs on the menu. And because garlic and onions unsettle the spirit they are not used in the kitchen. The Krishna movement is a movement within Hinduism. Krishna is the central. Passing on the love of God is the highest goal. The chanting of the mantra should be repeated every day at least 16 x 108 times, but as many times as you want. The chanting is done using a rosary with 108 beads. Feel free to ask your hosts any questions about their faith and their lives.
Fred takes you into the world of spiritual wiris, medicinal wiri and the faja watra. Winti culture originates from Suriname with e...lements from Ghana. In a short time, Fred Kulturu shop has developed into a mini-cradle of knowledge, an information center and a warrant of the Afro-Surinamese cultural heritage. On the program you’ll find the use of ritual and medicinal herbs mainly from Surinam flora, educational and informational activities in support of young people and adults who are looking for their roots and meaning of life. Fred Kulturu Shop is more than a counter where goods go from one to the other. It is an experience. People from many ethnic backgrounds visit Fred.
JMO, the Foundation for Youth and Migrants Broadcasting is an organization with broad social objectives. Founded in August 2013 by... former employees of the Radio Stanvaste, which had existed since 1998 and unfortunately had to stop broadcasting. The collective had started in a new setting in line with the good old radio programming. The Foundation focuses broadly on informing and activating migrants, young and old. In addition, JMO shapes the multicultural community, the new Netherlands. Take a seat behind the microphone and experience the process of making radio.
Arabic Calligraphy is known with its twelve different writing styles as a very precise writing art. During these courses you will ...have the chance to practice the basics of this art. We will start with the Arabic alphabet. The first lessons are aimed to make yourself comfortable with getting handy with the use of the bamboo pen what you will be using during the writing sessions. We will also inform you about the preparation of the calligraphy ink. Our main goal is to inform you as well as possible so you can practice pieces at home independently.
Samba will give you a warm welcome in his own home. He is a passionate storyteller. His mother and grandfather preceded him as nat...ural storytellers about a wide variety of subjects. Samba will tell you about himself and about Senegal, his nation of origin. And of course he's open for questions.
B.a.d: the epitome of entrepreneurship Foundation B.a.d is an artists' initiative. It was founded in 1987, when a group of art st...udents squatted a decommissioned bath house. The experience was short lived but influential as it inspired the need to establish a formal structure, and subsequently B.a.d was founded (Stichting B.a.d – Bad meaning ‘Bath’ in Dutch). As a collaborative, the Foundation has participated in many international exhibitions. In 2001, Foundation B.a.d began a project called 'B.a.d to The Future!' The aim of this project was to secure the premises for long term use, which included finding new partners, renovating the building, and continually rethinking how we function as an artistic organisation. Meet the artists who squatted the building, hear their story and ask them anything. B.a.d has hosted over 400 artists in residence from around the world. They have a large hall and garden, which can be used by members and guests for artistic and social activities. All this makes Foundation B.a.d an enjoyable and pleasant place for artists to work and stay.
The artists of Herenplaats have mental challenges or learning disabilities. They have great visual talents but were unable to foll...ow the regular formal education at an Academy for Fine Arts. Twenty-three of these artists make up Gallery Atelier Herenplaats. Within this studio they followed tailor made training and they create their work in a shared workshop. Some of them received international acclaim.
CVD de Hille is a 24-hour day and night shelter for people in Rotterdam who are older than 23 years and who are acutely homeless. ...Homelessness is usually just the result of a big pile of problems such as debt, addiction, relationship problems, unemployment or problems with physical and / or mental health. "The night shelter of CVD isn’t just providing a place to sleep. It also looks at how you can continue your life in a positive way." Make yourself known as the guest from City Safari at the door and one of the co-workers will pick you up for a tour.
Meet Arthyra and discover the most austere approach to the world of natural medicine in Rotterdam.She addresses this encounter ver...y personal. This workshop will help you to take your rightful place in your life. It will give you a different perspective on relationships, work environment and (Often unwanted) family patterns. That will help you effectively to be yourself . This workshop is ment for men only!
Meet Arthyra and discover the most austere approach to the world of natural medicine in Rotterdam.She immediately questions you so...mething very personal. What about your dreams and desires?! Are you still waiting for the right moment? You can start right now! This workshop is ment for women only!