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Until the second half of the 19th century Rotterdam was a relatively small city in a strategic position at the end of the rivers Rhine and Meuse. The entrepreneurial spirit of the time decided to dig a new canal straight to sea that could accommodate the biggest ships in the world. An enormous workforce was needed for a growth that led to taking over the position of the busiest port of the world from New York City in 1964. The city grew exponentially as whole villages in the southern provinces of Zeeland and Brabant moved to new districts that were built for them right around the old city center. It has been an immigrant city ever since. The cheap housing right around the center attracted first workers from Italy, Spain, Greece, then from China, Cabo Verde, Turkey and Morocco. Today over half the population is first, second or third generation immigrant. They all live close to the new city center where urban professionals settled. The many cultures sometimes clash, but they always meet and influence each other. Nobody can hide in their cultural enclave in Rotterdam.
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Former world champion Khalid Chennouf teaches kids form the hood to box, but moreover he teaches them self control. Change into a ...set of sporting clothes and you can start a training with them! For Khalid respect for each other and hard work are the key objectives. Together with the young people from the neighborhood you work out for an hour with boxing gloves and pads. Everyone can participate at their own pace and Khalid is there to instruct you.
Mr. van Houten is a carpentry shop where people work with intellectual disabilities or psychiatric problems. Under supervision the...y learn how to make furniture and how to restyle old furniture. The products they've made are sold in the store. They also can make furniture on demand and custommade. Mr. van Houten is part of Pameijer.
Bring a pack of pasta or Rice on your visit as these do not easily reach their expiration date. Most of the food you will find in ...the Food Bank comes from big producers and retail chains that donate food that reaches the expiration date. So some rice or pasta will be appreciated. You will be amazed at the size of the hall. The couple Clara and Sjaak Sies started the first Food Bank in the Netherlands. Other cities followed but Rotterdam remains the central point. Through this private initiative in Rotterdam alone 2,000 families are provided with a box of fresh vegetables and necessary groceries every week. The contents depends on the supply of the moment. The initiative is supported by companies and a lot of volunteers. Ask anything you would like to know about the Food Bank!
All senses are been taken care of at City Art Rotterdam. Watching the images with an explanation from Chris, listening to a concer...t of classical or jazz music, performed by professional musicians, and enjoying the Surinam / Hindustan cuisine. In the building of City Art Rotterdam Chris and Hannie have realized many cultural events. Avant garde art, major solo exhibitions by local and international artists, dance, theater, film and concerts. Chris and Hannie have put a lot of effort in making City Art Rotterdam a "Podium for picture and sound." Chris and Hannie have a long relationship with City Safari and fit perfectly into the vision of City Safari. Many interesting pitches in a city are often hidden or hard to find. They like to work with City Safari because the visitors always show all their curiousity and interest.
You will hear all about the habits and customs in the mosque and of course you can ask everything you want to know, as long as you... put your questions with respect. Your curiosity is very much appreciated!
Many Moroccan men came to the Netherlands illegally in the early seventies. After years of hard work, they had their families join... them in Holland because life here is better than there. Sit down on the couch in the lounge, enjoy a cup of tea and satisfy your curiosity
Sam fled Iraq in 1996. He's been living in Rotterdam for several years now. Meanwhile he graduated and he's working in the IT sect...or. Take a seat on the couch and feel free to talk about everything you want and are curious about.
Ring the bell and take a seat at the table. Jamila has fled the Afghan war long ago with her family and has built up her new life ...in the Netherlands. Meanwhile Jamila is not a refugee anymore, but a proud Dutch woman.
In Hare Krishna meditation mantras are used: it’s about transcendental sound vibrations who cause strong spiritual transformations.... Mantra is a Sanskrit word which literally means' prayer that frees the mind". Mantras are used for thousands of years by seers and saints to reach deep levels of meditation and realization. A workshop of an hour to get acquainted with mantra meditation. After the explanation follows a joint meditation. The Krishna movement is a movement within Hinduism. Krishna is the central. Passing on the love of God is the highest goal. You just enjoy the experience and ask any questions you want, just not during your meditation.
The pastoraat in the New West is working with people from the neighborhood to improve the neighborhood. Katinka and her collegues ...work with women (Women's House Rosa), children and lonely elderly people. The pastoraat is in his unorthodox approach still a church. Reverend Katinka Broos will tell you about her work, you'll visit an activity or taking a walk through a neighborhood full of stories.
There are about twenty people employed by ‘Atelier Miss Janssen’. They all are mentally challenged or have a psychiatric disorder.... Twenty people with their own talent and their own personal style. Together with a designer and an artist they create unique products to be sold in the store in the front.
City Art Rotterdam is a project of Chris Ripken and Hannie Bierens. They have a large building, which was nominated in 1999 to be ...demolished, refurbished and built to a stunning arts center. The building includes 5 large rooms, each about 200 square meters and a smaller room of 60 square meters. Chris has a large workshop with welding, ceramics kilns and woodworking machines. The post-industrial property began as a fur and suede clothing workshop, downstairs you could find the tannery and upstairs the studio. Later this building has served as a supermarket for several owners. Chris Ripken has completed the school of arts in Maastricht successfully in 1986, he has obtained a 1st grade teacher training. In 1989, Chris came to Rotterdam with his family, and he has dedicated himself to making "street art", applied art to defend the neighborhood that against the degradation, caused by urban renewal. Up to now Chris has been seriously involved in the design of public space with applied art for and by residents. Chris has realized a large collection of sculptures. A large number of state are exhibited in City Art Rotterdam. Hannie Bierens has in her professional career focused on the social and societal issues. As a trainer / coach Hannie involved in the projects that Chris realizes.
Maaszicht provides care, shelter and individual counseling to homeless boys and girls. Maaszicht is a form of sheltered housing wh...ere young people stay for a longer time. A mentor is working with the youngsters to solve their problems, and create a new future. After the 24-hour care there's the opportunity to an Assisted Living. The youngster can also transfer to longer-term care or start with a place of their own with, if necessary, a follow-up by an employee of Maaszicht.
Museum the Stairwell has an average of one visitor per week. The visitor gets an emotion proof and a coffee right card. Additional...ly, visitors can see more than 500 works of art. A tour of the director is also a possibility.
City Art Rotterdam is the heart of all the applied work Chris Ripken has realized in the outdoors. Chris was contracted by the mun...icipality of Rotterdam, housing associations, community organizations, individuals and schools. The projects are all realized together with locals. This is based on the philosophy that if people may create something in their own neighborhood, this makes the environment owned instead of anonymous. In the immediate vicinity of his studio some works can be seen on a tour with Chris.