Tip: End the summer with a brunch festival on Sunday

Tip: End the summer with a brunch festival on Sunday

Enjoy the last rays of sunshine on Sunday 27 September and end your summer well during the Brunch Festival of Meat Je Vrienden Live! An afternoon full of food, cocktails and live music in the cosy Oude Haven.
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, maybe this is an idea? On the Haringvliet you will find twelve food spots where you can put together a delicious brunch. At Meat Rotterdam you will find a real egg bar for the most delicious dishes, and a sizzling bbq on the sun-drenched terrace. You can slurp oysters at Oesteria, where fresh fish, sashimi and tuna are also served. For vegans/vegetarians, there is also plenty to choose from. You can get your dessert from café De Vrienden Live. They're also in charge of the live music.

Information Brunch Festival

To attend the event, you'll need to book your spot and buy tickets.
Address: Haringvliet 100, 3011 TH Rotterdam
Date: Sunday 27 September, 12:00 - 16:00
Booking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 010-2142547
Tickets: € 39,50 (incl. welcome cocktail)
Website tickets: https://brunchfestival27sept.eventbrite.nl
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About Meat Your Friends Live

On the Haringvliet in Rotterdam you will find De Vrienden Live. In this restaurant you can enjoy live music and a good dose of cosiness. Between Meat Rotterdam, Oesteria and De Vrienden Live a unique collaboration has arisen this summer: Meat Je Vrienden Live, where the terraces are shared and visitors enjoy snacks and drinks from these three establishments.
Rotterdam Philharmonic and Feyenoord create video production

Rotterdam Philharmonic and Feyenoord create video production

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Feyenoord open cultural and football season with joint video production. The two 'teams' join forces to bring the world of football and classical music together in a special video production.
For six months, the orchestra and the football club were unable to play for their audiences and supporters. Now the Rotterdam orchestra and football club Feyenoord are giving shape to the return to the concert halls and on the football fields with the message: "Ready to play".
In their video, the teams play together - each in their own habitat - and present the players to the public for the new season.
Feyenoord managing director Mark Koevermans: "The crisis is not over yet, but with the start of the league, millions of football fans will have something to look forward to every week. On the eve of what will hopefully be another great season for Feyenoord, we and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - as another icon of Rotterdam - have wanted to reflect on this in this special way".
Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra George Wiegel: "As valuable as it was, recently, that we were able to keep in shape with online projects and reach music lovers all over the world, there is nothing like playing live. We have had a lot of support from our fans' heart-warming reactions and can't wait to welcome them back to our venue".
Depot Museum Boijmans van Beuningen wins Rooftop Award 2020

Depot Museum Boijmans van Beuningen wins Rooftop Award 2020

The roof forest of the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was awarded the Rooftop Award 2020 on Friday 4 September during the Rooftop Symposium in Capital C in Amsterdam. Sjarel Ex, director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Arjen Ketting, associate and architect MVRDV, and Michiel van de Bunt, manager at ZinCo Benelux, received the Rooftop Award from DakenDiva Esther Wienese.

Roof innovators

Rooftop Revolution, the organizer of the symposium and booster of the sustainable use of our roof landscape, wants to use the Rooftop Award to give ambitious 'roof innovators' a stage and show that there is much more that can be done on our roofs. The roof forest at the depot is a wonderful example of this. It was designed by MVRDV in collaboration with MTD Landschapsarchitecten.
Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV: 'Roofs are very important in our designs. We make them accessible as gardens, woods or event grounds. The depot is a special case; it has a clear public function and is located in Rotterdam's Museumpark, which we didn't want to affect too much. We solved that by moving the park to a height of 35 meters'.

Green in the city

Adding nature to the city is the mission of rooftop Revolution. And according to Maas it is also of great importance: 'Especially to give people extra places where they can literally breathe. According to him, the award-winning depot is 'a piece of "jungle" where people can enjoy the forest and the spectacular views'. Museum director Sjarel Ex says about the award: 'It's great to win this prize together. And I think it's fantastic that, together with the City of Rotterdam, we can make the city's collection accessible to the public in this way. With the added value of a panoramic roof with restaurants and nature!
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Ambition, creativity and guts

The depot is a special example of guts, creativity and a turnaround in thinking about roofs', says Jan Henk Tigelaar, director of Rooftop Revolution. We've received wonderful entries, all inspiring projects that deserve to be highlighted, but I understand that the jury couldn't ignore this icon.
Michiel van de Bunt, of consultant ZinCo Benelux, was the one who submitted the rooftop forest for the Rooftop Award: 'ZinCo was involved as one of the partners in the realization of this project, and I am very honoured to receive the Rooftop Award. He adds: 'The profit confirms what can be achieved when you work together with a team of ambitious people'.


Margot Bleeker, director Erasmus MC Trust Fund and involved with the winner of 2018, Tim van Hattum, program leader Green Climate Solutions at Wageningen University Research, and DakenDiva Esther Wienese, author of Het Rotterdamse Dakenboek, had the honour to choose the winner from the seven nominees.
They judged the entries on the following criteria: Innovation, Inspiration, Public Accessibility, Visibility, Sustainability and Green and the State of the Roof now, and almost unanimously chose the depot as the winner.
Esther Wienese: 'This year's Rooftop Award was for 'the most eye-catching roof in the Netherlands'. That's Depot. The trees on the roof of the reflecting 'pot' draw attention to themselves. This means this building has everything to make people aware and inspire them to do more with their roof'.


The art depot in Rotterdam's Museumpark was one of a total of seven nominated roofs. All make a sustainable contribution to their surroundings, are innovative and a feast for the eye:
• Capital C, Amsterdam (monumental roof)
• De Peperklip, Rotterdam (nature roof)
• Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (roof park)
• The Court of Cartesius, Utrecht (business and nursery roof)
• Childcare center Zanddonk, Waalwijk (roof of childcare)
• PLNT, The Roof, Leiden (innovative and multifunctional roof)
• Triodos Bank, Driebergen (business roof)
Depot Boijmans van Beuningen is a collaboration between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Municipality of Rotterdam and Stichting de Verre Bergen. The depot was designed by the architectural firm MVRDV and built by BAM Bouw en Techniek.
Fenix I in Rotterdam nominated for Dutch architecture award

Fenix I in Rotterdam nominated for Dutch architecture award

The Fenix I building in Rotterdam has been nominated for the prestigious BNA Building Of The Year Award 2020. Located in Rotterdam's Katendrecht area, Fenix I is an iconic multi-use building designed by Mei architects and planners.
On 22 October, the jury will announce which building will succeed the North/South Line as BNA Best Building of the Year, in other words: the building with the most added value for people and society. The jury will also announce the four category winners, the public's favourite and will award Honorary Mentions to 2 (non-nominated) buildings.

Fenix I

With 45,000m2 of mixed-use space, a unique building has been erected on Katendrecht. On top of the 100-year-old monumental Fenixloods a new structure has been built with 212 loft residences. This makes Phoenix I stand out technically, the loft concept is exceptional on this scale and architecturally, Fenix I is an iconic icon for Rotterdam.
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In the past, Katendrecht had a very poor image, which meant that there was a clear reason to achieve successful area development. Cultural parties played a key role in the development of Katendrecht, particularly in lowering the threshold for visitors to rediscover the district. In the time between research, design and actual construction of Phoenix I, temporary initiatives brought liveliness to the area, as a result of which its dangerous and seedy image gave way to hotspots, hip entertainment and visitors-turned-ambassadors.
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In addition to freely combinable loft flats in various price categories, the Phoenix I now includes Cultural, Culinary and Creative users. There's a Bed and Breakfast and the building's tenants include Codarts (college for circus artists), Rotjeknor (children's circus with around 340 active children) and Conny Janssen Danst (world-renowned dance company for modern dance).
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10 buildings in the race for BNA Best Building 2020

The nominees for the top architecture prize of the Netherlands are known. The professional jury led by former politician Neelie Kroes selected 17 projects from 103 entries. After a jury round through the Netherlands, 10 nominated buildings remained.
In the category Private Residential Experience, these are the Tiny Holiday Home on the Vinkeveense Plassen and the House with Tail in Soesterberg. Livability & social cohesion is represented by Forum Groningen, the contemporary 'church' Domusdela in Eindhoven and Fenix 1 in Rotterdam. The expansion of the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Werkspoorfabriek in Utrecht, which has been converted into a multi-tenant building, have been nominated in the Stimulating Environments category.
And in the category Identity & icon value, the Hoge Veluwe Park Pavilion, Naturalis Museum in Leiden and the Tij bird observatory near Stellendam have been nominated.
All 10 buildings have a chance to win the jury prize and the public prize. You can cast your vote via https://www.bna.nl/gebouw-van-het-jaar/overzicht/genomineerden.
Nominees for the 2020 BNA Building Of The Year AwardNominees for the 2020 BNA Building Of The Year Award
Private residential experience
Tiny Holiday Home, Vinkeveen
Architect: i29 Architects
Client: private individual

House with tail, Soesterberg
Architect: Onix NL
Client: private individual
Livability & social cohesion
Forum Groningen, Groningen
Architect: NL Architects
Client: Municipality of Groningen

Domusdela, Eindhoven
Architect: diederendirrix and Architecten En|En
Client: Bureau Franken

Phoenix 1, Rotterdam  
Architect: May architects and planners
Client: Heijmans Property
Stimulating environments
Expansion Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
Architect: Fedlev conducted by Paulien Bremmer in collaboration with Hootsmans Architects.
Client: Gerrit Rietveldacademie Foundation

Werkspoorfabriek, Utrecht
Architect: Zecc architects
Client: Overvecht Vastgoed
Identity & icon value
Park pavilion, Otterlo
Architect: The Black Dog & Monadnock
Client: The Hoge Veluwe National Park Foundation

Naturalis, Leiden
Architect: Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Client: Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Tij, Stellendam
Architect: RO&AD Architects and RAU
Client: Vogelbescherming Nederland

About the BNA

Nearly 1200 architectural firms are united in the BNA, Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus. The BNA is a network that promotes modern, creative entrepreneurship. The motivation is the power of architecture for the living environment. The BNA's mission is to strengthen architectural firms that offer added value to clients and society in promising markets.
WFFR Preview Tour - Enjoy the film festival's films online

WFFR Preview Tour - Enjoy the film festival's films online

WFFR is a multi-day nature film festival that takes place at the end of October in Rotterdam. This year, however, the films can also be watched online! From 6 September onwards, WFFR will screen a pre-premiere film online every Sunday until the festival.
This Sunday, September 6th, the WFFR Preview Tour will start with the film Magical Iceland, about the magical nature of rugged Iceland. More info regarding the films and the preview schedule can be found on the WFFR website.
Tickets can be bought on the day itself for 3,- euro on the website after which you will receive a login code that is only valid on the day of purchase. After logging in you can enjoy the film for 24 hours.
Tickets can be purchased via this link: https://www.wffr.nl/programma-2020/preview-tour/.
The WFFR Preview Tour runs until the festival. The films will be announced in the week before screening. The other dates are:
  • Sunday, 13 September
  • Sunday, 20 September
  • Sunday, 27 September
  • Sunday, 4 October
  • Sunday, 11 October
  • Sunday, 18 October
  • Sunday, 25 October

About WFFR - The story of nature

WFFR is more than just a film festival with beautiful nature films. WFFR tells the current story of nature, filmed by well-known and lesser known independent filmmakers from all over the world. Climate change, illegal (wild) animal trade, nature conservation, sustainability, protected species... All of today's important nature themes are covered. So at WFFR you will not only enjoy beautiful nature films, you are also immediately up to date in the field of nature and climate.
The full programme for Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) will be on their official website from 1 October. Tickets are also available from 1 October.

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