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!
104 HOSTS - 10 CITIES - 127 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
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."
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...ying 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.
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...ears 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.
Stepping inside the Hofbogen is stepping inside a real monument. Arrive in the atmosphere of the African djembe. Onno, professiona...l 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!
Turn beetroots into borscht. Get started in Marina's kitchen. Marina worked as a nurse in Grozny, Chechnya. When the apartment whe...re 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 have had a proper education and I'm the proud granny of two grandchildren."
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.
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.
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.
You are welcome to get in touch with the activities of Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Academy by experiencing yourself how to connect sp...irituality 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.
Joe is a very special man. He can take you for a horizontal tour of the North Island. He can talk about his projects that promote ...social cohesion on the island or explain how an 'orgone accumulator' works. In any case, he will give you food for thought. Joe Cillen firmly believes: 'At one time the motor vessel North Island will tear itself from its mooring place and set sail to a heavenly spot'. On the map, the North Island does indeed have the shape of a vessel. With a little fantasy you can imagine that Rotterdam is the shipyard where the Northern Island is anchored like a supertanker. Joe was born in the Belgian town of Paal - an anagram of the utopian island Pala from the novel by Aldous Huxley. In his younger years Joe lived a life full of drugs and alcohol. In that 'previous life' Cillen was a miner, delinquent, smuggler and sailor on the tramp. Later in life Cillen went to the Academy of Fine Arts. Now he's running a gallery on the ground floor of his house. Cillen's imaginative plan for the motor vessel has been a well-kept secret for a long time, only known to the approximately three thousand islanders.
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."
This is a test item. When Kees was growing up, he was surrounded by adolescent girls and of course they all had relational problem...s. 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.
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...hapes, 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.
Via Kunst is a creative workshop for “street related talent”. Participants with an artistic talent, but a lack of possibilities fo...r 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.
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.