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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!

Sat 04 April

Planten en zaden ruildag @ STROOP

This saturday you can exchange your seeds and plants at Stroop. There are many activities this day and there is also a program for children.

Thu 02 April

Rotterdam Late Night #22

Every first Thursday of the month WORM presents the Rotterdam Late Night. This monthly talkshow is about art, politics and the dreams of Rotterdam citizens. Host of the show is writer Ernest van der Kwast. Guests of this edition are carillonneur Richard de Waardt, philosopher Marli Huijer, biologist Kees Moeliker and folk- and bluesband Half Way Station.

Tue 07 April

Club d’Ans

Looking for a short improve dance course to boost this spring season? Join Club d’Ans!

Wed 08 April

Movement Class

On April 8th, Jessica van Rüschen teaches the Movement Class. During the Movement Class you’ll work on body awareness and the creation of your own movement language.

Wed 01 April

Movement Class

On March 25th and April 1st choreographer Giulio D’Anna teaches the Movement Class. The class is dedicated to his latest research DATA of which the first results will be presented in a combined studiopresentation-program on April 3-5.

Thu 09 April

Workshop DIY Textile Printing + Introduction to FUROSHIKI

JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING learning about printing, and creating your own stamps and stencils to experiment with patterns and shapes on textiles.

Sat 28 March

a Book Within a Book

A book collage workshop. Join and create unique book-objects departing from existing books!

Sun 29 March

Eastern swimming for the Dutch Cancer Society!

Do you enjoy swimming or do you have or know children that love swimming and want to see the Eastern Bunny hiding his chocolate eggs? Then we invite you on the 29th of March from 13:00 till 15:00 to bring your friends and family to the “Oostelijk Swimmingpool”.

Sun 29 March

Eastern swimming for the Dutch Cancer Society

Do you enjoy swimming or do you have or know children that love swimming and want to see the Eastern Bunny hiding his chocolate eggs? Then we invite you on the 29th of March from 13:00 till 15:00 to bring your friends and family to the “Oostelijk Swimmingpool”.

Sat 21 March

Parfum de BoemBoem presents: Back on track with judoka Marhinde Verkerk

The Rotterdam judoka Marhinde Verkerk was number 1 in the world ranking, when she got seriously injured and therefore had to skip the World Cup. During a Parfum de BoemBoem-bicycle tour on Saturday, March 21 Marhinde Verkerk gives an insight into the heavy process she went through last year after tearing her wrapper. The physical locations in Rotterdam, which were crucial to her career and recovery, form the route of the tour.

Thu 02 April


Poetry, music and dance comes together at MELT. It is a fresh and new concept. Roots & Routes will launch the first edition of MELT on april the 2th.