Alternative Guide to Rotterdam

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Sat 30 May

Gluren bij de Buren (Peeking at the neighbours)

Gluren bij de Buren is a great event to discover the most stunning houses and hotspots in Rotterdam. Guides will lead you through the South of Rotterdam by bike and show you the most inspiring houses in the area. From skycraperpenthouse to self built houses and schools-transformed-into-houses, great cappuccino bars and veggie gardens. Look around and get inspired. This is how we live in Rotterdam!

Sun 17 May

Self-learning Software Salon

During this event, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Filip Visnjic take the audience on an exploration of the contemporary culture of algorithms, and show how so-called ‘learning algorithms’ play a growing role in our life.

Sat 23 May

Haags Comedy Festival at Hostel ROOM

The Hague Comedy Festival is touring through the Netherlands! After a very succesfull night at Hostel ROOM, they decided to come back!

Thu 21 May

Workshop DIY Textile Printing

JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING learning about printing, and creating your own stamps and stencils to experiment with patterns and shapes on textiles. Learn how to make a bag, or a beautifully wrapped gift, just with a few Furoshiki knots.

Sat 30 May

The Night Shift #2

Attention all procrastinators and night owls (you know who you are)! Work overtime on your own short story or novel in a literary stimulating environment (with drinks!), share your hard toil with fellow writers and receive tips and feedback from a professional writing teacher.

Fri 05 June

WORKSHOP - Artists’ books and bookbinding

More Than a Book - workshop on artists’ books and bookbinding by misprint-it and the Blank Book Chamber

Mon 11 May

Quiz Night at ROOM!

Every Monday Rob organizes a pub quiz in the cosiest living ROOM in town. He created the quiz from his own backpacking experience. He connects the locals with the international backpacker to create a great atmosphere. He mixes up the teams for a social atmosphere and of course to make you more competitive. Answer the challenging questions with your team members and win the weekly price!


Entrepreneurship Training for creative entrepreneurs

Are you a creative entrepreneur or want to get started as an entrepreneur? Would you like to learn more about the business side of the creative profession? And you want to follow an entrepreneurial training that connects to everyday practice? The project Routes To Employment (R2E) is really something for you!

Fri 03 July


The brandnew pop-up event Rotte PICNIC ISLAND brings you a unique way to experience the river. We bring you a place in the middle of the river where you can sip your drink and relax with live-music.

Fri 01 May

Cafe de Kooning official openingparty

Cafe the Kooning, the new centre for art, culture and beer opens up the doors. Bring your own meat, buy our FAXE beer and enjoy the exhibition ‘Flat City’, including artists such as Rowan van As, Bas Kortmann, Daan den Houter, Juul Barnard, and so on.

Sun 03 May

Poetry Workshop at the Airport

Come to our poetry-workshop, where busdriver and poet-of-the-absurd O’ten tic Tim will teach you everything about writing absurd poetry. Brasserie Waalhaven will provide the inspiring scenery. The Brasserie is located at the airport, so you can see the plains fly by.

Sun 31 May

Poetry Workshop @ De Pelgrim by Arie Vuijk

Come to our poetry-workshop, where comedian and light-verse poet Arie Vuijk will teach you everything about writing an ollekebolleke. Brewery the Pelgrim will provide the inspiring scenery. The workshop is in Dutch and costs 12,50 per person. Registration beforehand is needed (and possible at our website).

Sun 24 May

Shimmy Shake Talent Show

The Shimmy Shake Talent Show will be a fun afternoon full of amazing, never before seen fusion belly dance acts performed by wonderful dancers who are showing their femininity, women power, creativity and most important the joy that they have in dancing their very up close and personal own dance!

Sun 26 July

Open Set 2015

The Dutch Graphic Design Summer School Open Set is a two-week intensive series of workshops, lectures and studio visits emphasizing on the interaction between noted Dutch and International graphic designers and artists. Deadline for applications 1st of June. Apply before 1st of May and get early birds discount!

Thu 30 April

Service Design in Healthcare

Engage Rotterdam is hosting an evening event on Service Design in Healthcare. Three guest speakers will guide us through an analysis of how design can improve the patients’ experience. As usual, our guests will be extremely diverse, spanning from academia to industry, to ensure a broad perspective on the topic. The presentations will be sharp and short to ensure time for questions and meaningful discussion. Over a drink of course!

Sun 26 April

Urban Places – Public Spaces

What do urban societies look like today and in what cities do we want to live in the future? Come join us at the Goethe-Institut Rotterdam to discuss these and other questions during the live video-conference between Rotterdam, Johannesburg and Munich.

Sat 18 April

Contact Zone: Monthly workshop + Jam

Get together and explore the fun of Contact Improvisation, a dance where the physical contact between two or more dancers creates the next movement in the moment. We start 14.30 with a workshop by a guest teacher, jam with live-music at 16.30. At 18.00 we close with a potluck dinner from what everyone brings to the table. All levels of experience welcome!

Wed 15 April

More than a Book: workshop on artists’ books and bookbinding

Come learn how to make hand bound books using the most various materials and bookbinding techniques. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to different book structures, which can be combined in multiple ways.

Fri 29 May

Andrea Gibson

Sometimes we need to stand still and think about what is happening in the world around us. Speakers such as Andrea Gibson could give new insights about contemporary issues or simply could make us rethink what we are actually doing. This American slam poet and activist uses not only words but also music to tell us stories, where gender equality and social problems are returning subjects.

Sat 25 April

RDM Sneaker Event

Get ready for the first edition of RDM Sneaker Event, two days packed with everything sneaker related on the 25th + 26th of April in the beating heart of Rotterdam!