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“A way for people to get involved, and have an impact”

Parktheater’s International Program To Host Season’s Final Welcome Night With Bending The Walls This Saturday, May 12, the Parktheater in Eindhoven presents Bending the Walls by Spanish choreographer and dancer Fernando Hernando Magadan along with Korzo and the Nederlands Dans Theater. This performance, which the Parktheater says “is about the human desire for happiness”, is the fourth and final show in this season’s Welcome Night series for Eindhoven’s international community. The evening includes a brief pre-show gathering in the theater’s café with an English introduction of the performance. After the show, the audience may return to the café to interact with the...

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Lunch Learners: Digest an entire book over lunch

Who has time to read books these days? According to a recent report from the Netherlands’ Social and Cultural Planning Office, fewer and fewer Dutch people are managing to fit reading into their increasingly busy schedules. In 2006, 90% of Dutch people spent at least ten minutes reading a book each day. By 2016 this had dropped to only 70%. Spotting this problem, TU/e Innovation Management student Jop van der Kemp has created Lunch Learners, a new service which aims to condense the core ideas and knowledge contained in popular non-fiction books, and present them to workers during their lunch hour....

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The Library helps expats to integrate in Eindhoven

“In a modern library, a book is an instrument, not a goal” Public libraries serve public interests. The diverse, multinational population of the Brainport region has non-standard needs and interests in almost every aspect of life and the usage of the public library is not an exception to this rule. The head of Eindhoven public library, Albert Kivits, shares his views on the role that the main public library of the Brainport region plays in the community. The library funding question is important nowadays. Albert Kivits brings up some numbers: “In Eindhoven, the library receives 16,07 euro per capita,...

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Van Abbe reaches out to Eindhoven’s internationals

Van Abbemuseum was created as a cultural offer to the people of Eindhoven with a purpose to elevate them with the beauty of art and to give them an opportunity to be engaged in the cultural life. But what kind of cultural offer could meet the expectations of a culturally diverse, international community of today’s Eindhoven? Looking for an answer to this question, the curators of Van Abbemuseum in collaboration with Expat Spouses Initiative organization opened the dialogue on internationalization between the museum and expats of Eindhoven. This dialogue is the way to select the topics which should be...

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New Ambassadors for Dutch Design Week 2017

Architect Winy Maas (MVRDV), designers Lonny van Ryswyck and Nadine Sterk (Atelier NL) and journalist Marcus Fairs (Dezeen) are the ambassadors for this edition of Dutch Design Week (DDW). New this year is the appointment of not two but three (in fact: four) ambassadors. “This decision has been taken to underpin the international nature of the ambassadorship, something that all three ambassadors are known for”, according to theorganizationn behind DDW (Dutch Design Foundation). Since 2009 DDW has appointed two persons from the field of design to champion Dutch design in general and the week in particular. This year three ambassadors have been chosen. “They truly represent design across the board and will deploy their networks to create links. Above all, they form a sounding board for participants and visitors and, together with the organisation, they develop a number of special activities that will take place during the week.” “Dutch Design Week for me has always been the most future-focused and provocative of all the world’s design events.”Marcus Fairs, Dezeen Professor Winy Maas Ir. Ing. FRIBA HAIA (Schijndel, The Netherlands, 1959) is an architect, urban planner, landscape architect and one of the three founding partners of MVRDV. Winy Maas and his agency MVRDV, the architect of Markthal Rotterdam, also research the future of the city with the Think Tank The Why Factory which Winy Maas leads at TU Delft. www.mvrdv.nl....

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An international Parktheater

The Parktheater made in 2014 their first steps in becoming a more international orientated theatre. They go on in their steady pace by launching an English brochure for the season 2017/2018. But the change doesn’t only covers the language barrier. The theatre also comes up with about hundred performances available for internationals. This all fits in the main theme of the Parktheater, brotherhood. The URL of the English program’s website says enough: ‘’Warm welcome to internationals.’’ ‘’The Parktheater is a place for all inhabitants of Eindhoven, where they should feel at home.’’– Loes Barkema, Communication and Marketing of Parktheater...

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Parktheater: next step in internationalisation

The Eindhoven Parktheater is already putting years of effort in becoming more and more international. This year the theater makes its next step in this progress by offering an English version of the theater’s brochure. Specially made for Eindhoven’s international inhabitant. On the 6th of May, the Parktheater will launch its new brochure with the program for 2017/2018. This Saturday the Dutch version of the brochure will be spread throughout the city. For the non-Dutch speakers, there is an English version online. Not only the brochure is translated; on the website of the Parktheater, access is given to all...

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Eindhoven Eight present themselves in Rotterdam

If there is one city in the Netherlands where modern architecture is cherished and shown, then it must be Rotterdam. So it’s quite an honor for the Eindhoven Eight to be presented in an exposition at The Nieuwe Instituut in exactly this city. “Essential Eight” is a group of eight Eindhoven-based architecture bureaus: Open Architecture Office, Werkstatt, UArchitects, Atelier to the Bone, Houben/Van Mierlo, Wenink Holtkamp, 12N/Fulco Treffers and Ateliereen. “Influenced by the particular context of a city attempting to redefine itself through design and technology, a new breed of architecture studios is emerging in Eindhoven”, curator Sergio M. Figueiredo says. “Combined, their work indicates a recalibration of the idea of architecture and the city, one that is wider and more inclusive, where the problems of context, scale, and detail are inextricably linked to abstraction, communication, and orchestration. While the resulting work takes on a wide array of forms, shapes and spaces, it nevertheless shares material and conceptual affinities, suggesting a fresh vocabulary of productive methods and spatial sensibilities.” Eindhoven Eight is curated by Figueiredo and a group of students from TU Eindhoven under the banner of the fledgling research programme Curatorial Research Collective (CRC). “A new breed of architecture studios is emerging in Eindhoven”Sergio M. Figueiredo, Assistant professor of architecture history and theory at TU Eindhoven Sergio M. Figueiredo is an assistant professor of architecture history and theory at TU Eindhoven,...

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Economia Festival by Baltan: New Views on Old Models

How about a festival on the economy, but without any real economists? Next Friday to Sunday, 28-30 April, Baltan Laboratories is exactly trying to achieve this. Economy as art, as a way of stepping out of the existing frame of thought. In this way, Economia is a 3-day festival that wants to explore new ideas and thinking about our economy. All this with the purpose to establish a fresh point of view on the economic system and our society.   “No one has a clue. That’s what’s most frightening.”Wolfgang Streeck, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Sciences on the crisis of democratic...

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A New Currency for Strijp-S: Egonomia

A temporary local currency for Strijp-S. It’s certainly not the first time that a community introduces its own currency, but the value of the Strijp ‘egonomia’ is quite special: it’s based on values like knowledge, network or creativity, and organized within an online dataplatform. “This could be a way of transforming personal data and knowledge into a common energy and activity on Strijp-S.” Egonomia is a project bij Mark van der Net (architect, urban designer and programmer) and Wiepko Oosterhuis (curator Economia) and powered by VPRO Medialab, Baltan Laboratories, Droog Design / Design+Desires and Park Strijpbeheer. Egonomia is part of Economia, a 3-day festival that explores new ideas and thinking about our economy through keynote lectures, films, performances, and playful installations. Egonomia takes place every day from 11 AM til 11 PM, with free entrance. “Economy seems to be about the hard and measurable truth”, says Renee Schmeetz of VPRO Medialab. “But what is the deal with our invisible values and motivations? Do you spend your money according to your values? And what influence does your spending have on our society? Egonomia is not only an exploration for a local economy with its own currency, but also a social experiment where you can download free cash and spend it in a pop-up economy during Economia festival in Natlab. “Do you spend your money according to your values?”Egonomia, A personal...

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