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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.
99 HOSTS - 9 CITIES - 126 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
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.
A four hour program of three activities will immerse you in the daily life of Rotterdam Zuid. An artist, a school manager and an e...ntrepreneur are prepared to share how they try to contribute to this struggling part of the city. With a National Program, serious efforts are made to lift this part of the city to the city wide average when it comes to education and self-reliance. Get a taste of the pride and enthusiasm that goes into the challenge of the giant leap forwards. You will be expected in the studio of an artist at work, in the office of the principal of a Rotterdam Zuid college you will have a cup of coffee and an open conversation and you will meet a concerned entrepreneur in his business. You can choose between a program in the morning or in the afternoon.
A ready made program with three addresses in the west of Rotterdam...
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.
Step inside Amancio’s house and enjoy his hospitality. The altar in his living room is dedicated to various gods and goddesses fro...m the Yoruba culture. The Yoruba are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa and 21 percent the third largest ethnic group in Nigeria. But there are also Yoruba communities in southwestern Benin, central Togo and in Sierra Leone. Outside Africa. In Cuba and Brazil, there’re also communities related to the Yoruba. The Yoruba have their own language and their own religion. Amancio will tell you how he’s discovered in Cuba that he has a strong connection with the Yoruba culture in Nigeria.
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 has been a fire in Blue City. The damage is great. For the time being, no guided tours are possible. Peter can read and wr...ite with tropical plants. In ancient Tropciana he has found wonderful treasures, there were plants that over the years that no one cared for them perfectly survived. But Peter also found a home for part time inhabitants, orphan plants and he is dreaming of a botanical garden. Join this biologist and wonder about the secrets of everything that grows and flourishes. Tropicana was a leisure resort, built by Center Parcs in 1988. After years of neclect and vacancy the old water park was sold on October 7, 2015 to BlueCity010 at a public auction. They’ve paid 1.7 million euros. BlueCity010 is a group of 30 operators, including current user Rotter Mushroom, who operate according to the principles of the 'blue economy' (focused on a joint production with no waste).