Alternative Guide to Rotterdam

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Tue 19 July

DIY Marble Workshop

Learn how to make a sophisticated marble necklace, a cardholder or an elegant little bowl with fimo clay and take it home with you.

Tue 19 July

Harbor bike tour

Join this harbor cycle tour and sail away to Europe’s biggest port. Get to know one of Rotterdam city harbors. Experience harbor past, present & future. Explore upcoming industrial Heijplaat, a new hub for design, manufacturing and sustainability. Dive into the world of TEUs, maritime pilots and VHF channels. Cycle between enormous containerships and cranes. You will learn how the Port of Rotterdam is developing into the ‘smartest’ harbor in the world.

Sun 17 July

DIY Marble Workshop

Learn how to make a sophisticated marble necklace, a cardholder or an elegant little bowl with fimo clay and take it home with you.

Thu 14 July

Hush hush: WilderThings III

Keep in mind: this gathering is deeply secretive! Do not share this information with anybody…

Mon 14 November

Social Media Week Rotterdam

From the 14th untill the 17th of November Rotterdam will host the biggest Social Media event of the Benelux again: #SMWRdam

Top notch national and international speakers will tell you all about the latest developments on social media and innovations. There’s room for lively discussions and intensive networking.

Sun 03 July

IABR—2016: Closing Debate

On 23 April 2016, the 7th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY, about the relationship between spatial design and the economy of the future, opened its doors. After eleven weeks of debate, the program WHAT’S NEXT? closes on 3 July by striking a final chord: NOW, WHAT’S NEXT? What have we learned?

Thu 07 July

Thursday Night: Reflecting on Venice

Can design contribute to improving the living standards of populations in conflict zones? A conversation with the curators of the Austrian, German and Dutch pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale and Luke Korhaar of UNHCR.

Thu 30 June

Pecha Kucha Rotterdam

This edition: Terts Brinkhoff (founder of De Parade); disposable cardboard tents for festivals; guided tours with a bizar overload of data; AND MORE!

Tue 14 June

Dancelessons: Balkan Fusion Dance/June 14th Rotterdam

Let’s start dancing ! Opaaaaa ! Try a dancelesson on June 14th in the Balkan style!

Sat 18 June

Origami Workshop in Rotterdam

Origami a traditional Japanese paper play for young and adults. Literair Café Huis Der Zotheid (Haringvliet 401, Rotterdam) organise every saturday in june from 11.00 till 12.00 an Origami Workshop for 7,50 a person. During those workshops you learn the basic paper works which will stimulate your brains and it will definitely make you love this kind of play.

Sat 25 June

Workshop: make your own bag!

Develop your fashion talent during this short workshop. Make a clutch, tote bag or even an envelope-bag.

Fri 17 June


Oliver Wainwright discusses the causes and consequences of the real estate market driven developments in London (and other cities he recently visited). Which future will the city end up with? Will it be a future of public-spirited, generously sized housing, with value retained in public hands in perpetuity, or one of meanly scaled hutches, squeezed down by the market and sold off to the highest bidder? And what opportunities does Oliver distinguish for urban designers and others to counterbalance the power of money?

Fri 10 June


In this Next Talk, Harriet Bulkeley will ask, what are experiments doing in our cities – how and why has experimentation come to be the way in which the transition to an economy we want, seems to be born? And she will examine what are experiments doing in our cities – what are their intentions, impacts and politics? Investigating how and for whom cities are being made experimental, this talk will help us think about the transition to an economy we want, how it might be made and where it might come undone.

Tue 07 June

Makers Club Rotterdam

Makers Club is for people who enjoy making things. Designers, photographers, illustrators, typographers, filmmakers, programmers, every maker is welcome. There is no agenda, it’s not for recruiting, the point is just to meet, talk and drink with other people.

Fri 10 June

KIOSK all u niek

We are excited to invite you to the Grand Opening of KIOSK all u niek, a unique pop-up store at Tarwewijk, Rotterdam, on Friday, June 10. KIOSK all u niek is devised by Julie Müller, Bérénice Staiger and Susana Pedrosa and is part of the program of Charlois Speciaal.

Opening, Drinks & Live Dj

Thu 26 May

Opening exhibition In Quarantaine - contemporary Hermitages

An exhibition on the grounds of the former Quarantaine facilities near Heijplaat Rotterdam.

Artists, designers and architects design contemporary hermitages, thus giving secluded spaces in modern times.

25 hermitages will be build on the terrain.

Thu 02 June

New Directions for Architecture with Floris Alkemade

‘The big challenge for the twenty-first century is the promotion of freedom of thought. The destructive mechanism of the crisis has ensured that exuberance, radicalism and even the longing for utopia have been demolished among architects. I believe these are precisely the qualities we now need in order to innovate.’ Interview with Floris Alkemade, the Chief Government Architect, ArchiNed, 29 March 2016.

Thu 02 June

UrbannerLAB #4

UrbannerLAB is an intimate gathering where people can discuss new ideas and initiatives for buildings and places, with focus on DIY en Self Build houses. In the old Tropicana building, various speakers talk about their fresh new project, concept or initiative. For anyone who dreams of a not-so-common home.

Fri 27 May

Dansateliers studio presentations

On Friday, 27 May, Dansateliers presents works-in-progress by Jija Sohn and Abundance. There will also be shows on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 May.

Thu 05 May

Rotterdam Late Night

Every first Thursday of the month WORM presents the Rotterdam Late Night. The talkshow about arts, culture and politics in Rotterdam, hosted by writer Ernest van der Kwast. This month’s special guest is ‘Batterijen Paultje’, who can be found on the Rotterdam market for decades.