Podium Islemunda celebrates 10 years with cultural events

Podium Islemunda celebrates 10 years with cultural events

ROTTERDAM, 12 February 2024 – Podium Islemunda, a beacon of culture in Rotterdam IJsselmonde, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a series of unique events and community involvement.

Podium Islemunda celebrates a decade

On 1 March 2024, Podium Islemunda, located in Rotterdam IJsselmonde, marks its 10th anniversary. The venue opens its doors to the public for a birthday celebration, offering coffee, tea, and cake. Throughout March, a diverse array of ten special events are scheduled, featuring performances by artists with a connection to Podium Islemunda or the IJsselmonde area, including Jandino, Marlon Pichel, Stanley Clementina, and Shantykoor Rotterdam. Visitors are also invited to contribute to a special "MeeMaakMuur" (Participation Wall).

The birthday treats are provided on 1 March from 10:00 to 14:00. The cakes, prepared and served by students from the nearby Recon open-air school for special education, symbolized community involvement. Contributions to the "MeeMaakMuur" are also encouraged on this day.

A month of celebration

The remainder of March features ten events that highlight the venue's special relationship with its performers and the IJsselmonde community. The lineup includes a Comedy Night with Jandino and other notable comedians, a concert by Marlon Pichel, a dance afternoon for the elderly, and a live podcast by Women Connected. Additionally, the second edition of the I Feel Good Festival takes place, featuring Stanley Clementina & Friends on 2 March and a children's afternoon on 9 March. Brasserie op Zuid offers a special anniversary menu throughout the month for €10.

The "MeeMaakMuur"

During the jubilee month, visitors have the opportunity to add their fondest memories or future wishes for Podium Islemunda to a large canvas, through written messages, photos, or other creative expressions. This collection of images and experiences from visitors is set to become a permanent fixture in the building, serving as a commemoration of the first ten years and a vision for the future. Online submissions are also accepted, with a chance to win one of ten evening outings.

A decade of community engagement

Since its inauguration on 1 March 2014, Podium Islemunda has played a vital role in fostering art and culture within the community, making it a true "meemaakpodium" (participatory platform). With over 20,000 Rotterdam residents attending its diverse cultural programming annually, the venue has established itself as a cultural hub in IJsselmonde. The anniversary celebrations were supported by various local organizations and schools, underscoring the venue's commitment to community engagement and cultural enrichment.

Directions to Podium Islemunda

Podium Islemunda is situated in the heart of IJsselmonde, making it easily accessible to visitors. The venue is located on Herenwaard, a vibrant area known for its cultural significance. For those planning to visit, public transportation options are available, including bus and tram services that conveniently stop near the venue. The surrounding area offers a glimpse into the diverse cultural and community activities that define IJsselmonde.

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