We hebben enorm genoten. (Jack Nuijten) • • One of my fullest and favourite days in Rotterdam. (Valia Tamvaki) • • Creating relationships in a deep level. (Valia Tamvaki) • • Understand a little bit more what is happening around us. (Valia Tamvaki) • • Het is uniek om zo ontvangen te worden. (Jessica Buurs) • • Goed georganiseerd met een grote diversiteit. (Elly Smits) • • Heerlijke en informatieve dag met elkaar! (Pim Candel) • • Heel verrassend en bijzonder. (Pim Candel) • • Ik zou het aanraden aan alle bedrijven, vrienden en collega’s. (Pim Candel) • • Het concept van City Safari is mooi en effectief. (Hans van Leeuwen) • • It was a good experience, really inspiring. (Jongere NJI) • • The day was full of interesting things to think about. (Jongere NJI) • • It changed my thoughts about the way I want to live my life. (Jongere NJI) • • A fun way to discover the diverse city of Rotterdam. (Jogere NJI) • • Really nice mix of different activiteit, perfect time planning. (Jongere NJI) • • Amazing! More time at the Herenplaats please! (Jongere NJI) • • I am glad that I participated! (Jongere NJI) • • I saw something new in my life and felt very lucky because of this. (Jongere NJI) • • We had very inspriring conversations. (Jongere NJI) • • Very well organized, very good descriptions, very interesting people to meet. (Jongere NJI) • • The day as a whole was very inspring. I felt home! (Jongere NJI) • • Keep it up! You are making this world a better place! (Jongere NJI) • • It was nice and I enjoyed it! (Jongere NJI) • • The program was really inspiring and eye opening! (Jongere NJI) • • I would defenitely like to do a program like this again! (Jongere NJI) • • The day just went so fast. (Jongere NJI) • • The visit to Herenplaats was one of the best experiences in my life! (Jongere NJI) • • Wanna go again! (Jongere NJI) • • It was a wonderful day with a lot of fun and inspiring conversations. (Jongere NJI) • • A very good experience to see and understand the society. (Jongere NJI) • • Really nice, really interesting and inspiring to discover all thoze amazing places. (Jongere NJI) • • Een hele leuke en inspirerende dag vol bijzondere ontmoetingen. (Aziza Sbiti) • • We zijn heel wat gewend, maar werden toch erg geraakt door de bijzondere verhalen en • • omstandigheden. (Aziza Sbiti)

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 with a maximum of two participants, we make sure that the encounter will be corona proof. Read more about the adapted procedure. In Rotterdam we can create custom programs tailored to your wishes, also for larger groups. Contact us!

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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 with a maximum of two participants, we make sure that the encounter will be corona proof. Read more about the adapted procedure. In Rotterdam we can create custom programs tailored to your wishes, also for larger groups. Contact us!

59 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)

B.a.d: the epitome of entrepreneurship

ROTTERDAM, OUD-CHARLOIS

Foundation B.a.d is an artists' initiative. It was founded in 1987, when a group of art students squatted a decommissioned bath ho...Foundation B.a.d is an artists' initiative. It was founded in 1987, when a group of art students 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.

LANGUAGE: ---
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 5-10
PRICE PER PERSON FROM: €10 > Details

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Dinner time at Marina's home

ROTTERDAM, NIEUWE WESTEN

Have a great Russian dinner with a Chechen twist while Marina tells you everything you want to know about her life in the Caucasus...Have a great Russian dinner with a Chechen twist while Marina tells you everything you want to know about her life in the Caucasus and in Rotterdam. Marina worked as a nurse in Gorky, Chechnya. When the apartment where she lived with her husband and four children had suffered extensive damage once more from the struggle that was going on in Chechnya between the Russian leadership and Chechen separatists, Marina decided to leave. She says: "I do not know what was scarier, to stay or go away. Now I'm fine and my kids are doing well. All four had a proper education and I'm the proud granny of two grandchildren."

LANGUAGE: Russian, Ingush, Chechen
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 90 Minutes
CATEGORY: Food, Migration
CULTURE CODE: Russia
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-10
PRICE PER PERSON: €25 > Details

Explore the district with Mario Bosch

ROTTERDAM, PENDRECHT

Mario is an inhabitant of Pendrecht for over 50 years and in 2003 he received the symbolic title Day Mayor of Pendrecht which he b...Mario is an inhabitant of Pendrecht for over 50 years and in 2003 he received the symbolic title Day Mayor of Pendrecht which he bears with honour. Pendrecht is his passion and he knows a lot about the district, both the history and the present days. He describes Pendrecht on his website www.mario-bosch.nl which contains a blog as well (the blog is in Dutch only). Pendrecht was built in the fifties during the rebuilding of Rotterdam, the district has a unique structure designed by town-planner Lotte Stam-Beese. At the time Pendrecht was a model district and the showpiece of Rotterdam, it was intended as a working-class district but with wide streets and much greenery. Due to the restructuring and the changing of the population the district has pretty changed, after a bad time the situation is improving and Pendrecht is again getting popular as a residential area. Apart from newly built houses there are still many original buildings, the unique Saint Bavo Church is indicated to be protected as a monument. Mario is pleased to show the district to visitors and tell them what Pendrecht means for him. The walks are always different and are fit in the visitor’s wishes regarding space of time and specific interests, a coffee break can be included. The guided tours are available in Dutch, English or German.

LANGUAGE: German
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Architecture, History, Civil initiatives
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-10
PRICE PER PERSON: €10 > Details

Getting started with art yourself

ROTTERDAM, BERGPOLDER

Chris Ripken was born in 1956 in Rotterdam and is a visual artist. In his impressive large studio and work space, he makes special...Chris Ripken was born in 1956 in Rotterdam and is a visual artist. In his impressive large studio and work space, he makes special things. A workshop with the Rotterdam artist Chris Ripken can not be described unambiguously. Chris works with many different materials and with him you many ways. Think of model making, working with iron, logo design or drawing portraits.

LANGUAGE: German
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 90 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-40
PRICE PER PERSON: €35 > Details

Having lunch with artist Chris Ripken

ROTTERDAM, BERGPOLDER

A delicious lunch between the works at City Art Rotterdam. After a tour along the impressive collection of Chris Ripken there’s a ...A delicious lunch between the works at City Art Rotterdam. After a tour along the impressive collection of Chris Ripken there’s a delicious lunch waiting for you. Chris Ripken has completed the academy in Maastricht successfully in 1986. In 1989, Chris came to Rotterdam with his family, and he has dedicated himself to making "street art" applied art as a defense for degradation, caused by urban renewal. Chris has still involved in the design of public space with applied art for and by people of Rotterdam.

LANGUAGE: German
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts, Food
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-30
PRICE PER PERSON: €25 > Details

Join Marina for a Chechen lunch

ROTTERDAM, NIEUWE WESTEN

Have a great Russian lunch with a Chechen twist while Marina tells you everything you want to know about her life in the Caucasus ...Have a great Russian lunch with a Chechen twist while Marina tells you everything you want to know about her life in the Caucasus and in Rotterdam. Marina worked as a nurse in Gorky, Chechnya. When the apartment where she lived with her husband and four children had suffered extensive damage once more from the struggle that was going on in Chechnya between the Russian leadership and Chechen separatists, Marina decided to leave. She says: "I do not know what was scarier, to stay or go away. Now I'm fine and my kids are doing well. All four had a proper education and I'm the proud granny of two grandchildren."

LANGUAGE: Russian, Ingush, Chechen
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Food, Migration
CULTURE CODE: Russia
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-10
PRICE PER PERSON: €13 > Details

Masterclass Marbling - Ebru

ROTTERDAM, MIDDELLAND

The secret of Ebru is painting on water, a traditional Turkish art form. It is a technique that can be recognized by its organic s...The secret of Ebru is painting on water, a traditional Turkish art form. It is a technique that can be recognized by its organic shapes, mystical aura and flowing patterns. The colors merge on the surface, the painter drips the paint into the container and designs a painting of natural forms. Each painting is immortalized in an amazing way: the design is soaked up by the paper and the final result is visible in negative. During a master class you can learn this fascinating art form in a short time. After a short introduction we start with examples of the techniques needed to practice this art form. The use of the materials is explained during the making of the examples. Then everyone is able to make his own design. During the master class, we obviously provide good guidance and answer all your questions. All designs can be taken home afterwards.

LANGUAGE: Turkish
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts, Culture
CULTURE CODE: Mixed
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-8
PRICE PER PERSON: €50 > Details

Meet the residents of the Super Cube

ROTTERDAM, COOL

Ask for Charlotte. Exodus South Holland South is housed in the so-called Super Cube. Architect Piet Blom designed these special ...Ask for Charlotte. Exodus South Holland South is housed in the so-called Super Cube. Architect Piet Blom designed these special homes. (Ex-) prisoners, after or during imprisonment, who want to make a new start without crime are welcome here. There are fourteen men and women living in this house. The program is focused on self-reliance and personal responsibility. Much attention is paid to the house rules. It’s not always easy to participate in the strict program. Rest and rhythm are important. The chaos of the past has given enough mess. Detrimental behavior and breaking the house rules are not accepted. Positive behavior, development and initiative are rewarded.

LANGUAGE: ---
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: ---
CATEGORY: Justice
CULTURE CODE: Mixed
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 2-6
PRICE PER PERSON: €10 > Details

Be introduced by one of the Herenplaats artists

ROTTERDAM, OUDE WESTEN

The artists of Herenplaats have mental challenges or learning disabilities. They have great visual talents but were unable to foll...The artists of Herenplaats have mental challenges or learning disabilities. They have great visual talents but were unable to follow 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.

LANGUAGE: ---
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts, Social and Welfare
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 2-6
PRICE PER PERSON: €15 > Details

Experience Katendrecht with the heartbeat of Jos

ROTTERDAM, KATENDRECHT

Be inspired by this no-nonsense city. Learn how Rotterdam after the war has won back his beating heart. This did not happen by cop...Be inspired by this no-nonsense city. Learn how Rotterdam after the war has won back his beating heart. This did not happen by copying what once was, but by daring to dream. A good example is the Katendrecht district. Traditionally an area related to the port which was populated first by Chinese and later by pimps and their prostitutes. For a long time this area was a "no go area" and only associated with crime. With typical Rotterdam guts the new residents have created a liveable and safe environment of Katendrecht in cooperation with the local government. Jos can tell you everything about how this ultimately resulted in the neighborhood as it is today. He has planted his roots on Katendrecht and is proud of the resulting safe environment.

LANGUAGE: ---
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Architecture, Civil initiatives, Housing
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-12
PRICE PER PERSON: €10 > Details

Feel the beat

ROTTERDAM, BERGPOLDER

Stepping inside the Hofbogen is stepping inside a real monument. Arrive in the atmosphere of the African djembe. Onno, professiona...Stepping inside the Hofbogen is stepping inside a real monument. Arrive in the atmosphere of the African djembe. Onno, professional percussionist, will teach you how to play this hand drum. Anyone can do it, and within an hour you'll be playing a complex rhythm. Surrender to the music!

LANGUAGE: German, French, English, Nederlands
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts
CULTURE CODE: Africa
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-20
PRICE PER PERSON: €14 > Details

Have a look at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

ROTTERDAM, OUDE WESTEN

The artists of Herenplaats have mental challenges or learning disabilities. They have great visual talents but were unable to foll...The artists of Herenplaats have mental challenges or learning disabilities. They have great visual talents but were unable to follow 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.

LANGUAGE: ---
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts, Social and Welfare
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-18
PRICE PER PERSON: €10 > Details

Introduction to meditation at the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual A...

ROTTERDAM, LISKWARTIER

You are welcome to get in touch with the activities of Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Academy by experiencing yourself how to connect sp...You are welcome to get in touch with the activities of Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Academy by experiencing yourself how to connect spirituality with your daily life. The Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Academy recognizes the inner spirituality and goodness of every human being. The academy helps them to rediscover their own goodness. The development of spiritual understanding and awareness of the individual is supported. And together they try to find the fitting shape in attitude, behavior, skills and values in personal and social life. People who regularly visit the Brahma Kumaris centers exercise Raja Yoga, an open-eye meditation, which allows the mind to relax and create a healthy balance between the inner and outer world. Studying spirituality gives insight into the nature of the soul, God, time and karma. Brahma Kumaris emphasizes meditation and spiritual education and has developed various educational programs such as the Soul Seminars about Raja Yoga meditation. Furthermore, there are special themes, Positive Thinking, Life Without Stress, Overcoming Anger, Resistance to Fear and Self-Respect, which, in addition to information and mutual exchange, also provides space for silent moments and meditation.

LANGUAGE: Nederlands, English
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Education, Culture
CULTURE CODE: ---
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 4-10
PRICE PER PERSON FROM: €7 > Details

Kees will mend your heart in 60 seconds

ROTTERDAM, DIJKZIGT

This is a test item. When Kees was growing up, he was surrounded by adolescent girls and of course they all had relational pro...This is a test item. When Kees was growing up, he was surrounded by adolescent girls and of course they all had relational problems. Kees developed a reputation for mending broken hearts. Whenever a girl found out she had a cheating boyfriend, he would comfort her, body and soul and she would walk away with a fresh look on life, ready for a new start. To satisfy the demand, he devised the 60 second method, guaranteeing a mended broken heart. He is now 68, but the charm still works. You need your heart mended, look no further. Book Kees.

LANGUAGE: French, German, English, Nederlands
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 30 Minutes
CATEGORY: Civil initiatives, Politics
CULTURE CODE: Netherlands
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-6
PRICE PER PERSON: €6 > Details

Meet the artists of Via Kunst

ROTTERDAM, COOL

Via Kunst is a creative workshop for “street related talent”. Participants with an artistic talent, but a lack of possibilities fo...Via Kunst is a creative workshop for “street related talent”. Participants with an artistic talent, but a lack of possibilities for expressing and developing this talent, are welcome to use the studio. In the gallery their arts are presented to the public. Via Kunst is part of the Nico Adriaans Foundation, which is an organization that works with volunteers and professionals, dedicated to providing a new start for drug addicts and the homeless.

LANGUAGE: ---
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: No
DURATION: 60 Minutes
CATEGORY: Arts, Social and Welfare
CULTURE CODE: Mixed
MIN/MAX PERSONS: 1-20
PRICE PER PERSON: €10 > Details
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