Inspiring programme and career advice for starting artists

Inspiring programme and career advice for starting artists

The New Current organizes an inspiring program for starting artists. In a four-day series, experienced professionals give young creators training, advice and the tools they need for a successful career in the art business.
In preparation for Art Rotterdam Week, The New Current is launching a training programme in which young artists learn from established professionals about important elements within the art sector. Spread over four days, lectures and masterclasses are given on subjects such as entrepreneurship, making a clear (online) presentation and obtaining sustainable income.


After the academy, it is not always easy for artists to gain knowledge in the field. The art market demands specific tools that you just have to master. This is where the experience of established experts can provide the most value. The programme of lectures and workshops offers a valuable follow-up to the art academy but is also interesting for artists who have been working professionally for several years.
In addition to well-known collectors and curators such as Anne van der Zwaag (Object and Big Art) and cultural financial advisor Alexander Ramselaar, internationally renowned artists also take part in the programme. For example, the Belgian Koen Vanmechelen talks about a distinctive positioning as an artist and internet artist Constant Dullaert talks about the importance of unconventional collaborations and media. On the last day, Rotterdam-based artist Joep van Lieshout will discuss, among other things, the possibilities for stable and sustainable income from the artistic practice.
The New Current organizes training programme for starting artistsThe New Current organizes training programme for starting artists

The New Current

The program is offered by The New Current which offers a platform for young talent within the art sector. During Art Rotterdam Week (4 - 9 February 2020) the organization will present a large-scale exhibition of work by young talent in the former indoor parking garage of the Spaanse Kubus, near the Van Nelle Factory.
The master class programme is on 10, 11, 17 and 18 January 2020 in TENT Rotterdam (Witte de Withstraat 50). Tickets are available via

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Rotterdam bans the releasing of balloons

Rotterdam bans the releasing of balloons

As of 1 January 2020 there will be a definitive ban on releasing balloons. A proposal to this effect was adopted on 12 December 2019 by the city council.
The ban applies to balloons in all forms and of all materials released into the air by helium or any other gas or fire source. Alderman Arno Bonte (Sustainability) is therefore pleased that the council voted in favour of the release ban: "Remains of balloons end up in nature and in the sea and end up in the stomachs of birds and fish. With the ban on the release of balloons, we prevent a lot of animal suffering.
Balloons that are stuck or held may still be used, provided they are neatly tidied up again. Event organizers will be instructed on the ban on releasing balloons when applying for a permit.
Bye bye direct mail - Rotterdam tackles unaddressed mail

Bye bye direct mail - Rotterdam tackles unaddressed mail

How do you feel about unaddressed advertising and leaflets in your mailbox? Love it or hate it, as of 1 January 2020, unaddressed mail will be regulated in a new way. 
The city council has decided that residents may still receive door-to-door newspapers in their mailbox, but no advertising leaflets. With the new system, the city council hopes to "save" about three million kilos of paper a year.

Yes or no to printed advertising in your mailbox?

If you would like to receive printed advertising material, stick a yes/yes sticker on the mailbox. Those who don't want to receive anything at all, including door-to-door newspapers, can use a No/No sticker. Both stickers can be picked up free of charge at one of the city shops or municipal offices. These are 'new' stickers, but the current stickers are also still valid.
"Households without a sticker on the letterbox now receive 34 kilos of unsolicited advertising leaflets every year", explains alderman Arno Bonte (Sustainability). "That is an unnecessary burden on the environment and an irritation for many people. We will put an end to that with this new system".
Rotterdam has 3,138 charging points for electric cars

Rotterdam has 3,138 charging points for electric cars

Since this month, the Netherlands has more than 50,000 charging points for plugged vehicles. This, according to a survey by the 'Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland' (RVO) on Wednesday.
An average of twelve hundred charging points per month were added this year, according to the government agency's figures. There are now 27,992 public and 21,351 semi-public charging points in the Netherlands. The number of fast chargers also increased: the RVO counted 1,136 at 289 locations.
The number of charging points increased the most in Rotterdam. Fifty more were added in November, bringing the total to 3,138.
The largest number of loading points is in Amsterdam, where you can reach 4,900 locations. There are now more charging stations in the capital than there are petrol stations in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government's Climate Accord sets the target of 1.8 million charging stations by 2030. The RAI Mobility Association would prefer three million charging stations to be ready before that date.
New hotspot Williams Canteen offers guests all-day concept

New hotspot Williams Canteen offers guests all-day concept

New Rotterdam hotspot Williams Canteen opens in Witte de With quarter. Williams Canteen offers guests an all-day concept with cocktails and international cuisine.
Williams Canteen is a brand new all-day concept by Kim Riekwel, Jamil Sancha and his wife Stefanie, - known from Supermercado. The restaurant offers a dinner menu with fine wines as well as breakfast, lunch and drinks. The business changes with the day and the needs of the guests.

Williams Canteen is a refuge

The name refers to the street where Williams Canteen is located and to William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. This stylish canteen has to become a new refuge for everyone: locals, expats and tourists. The interior is a wink to the 1930s with a raw Rotterdam edge and ensures that every type of guest feels at ease. There are brass details, unfinished walls, walnut panelling, a bar with pink marble top and a record player where you can play vinyl yourself.
Williams Canteen wall and windowWilliams Canteen wall and window
"We paid a lot of attention to the interior," says co-owner Kim Riekwel. "The antique fridge comes from the beginning of the last century, the chairs and the reading table are from Vivre Interieur Authentique from Nijmegen and we got the wall cabinet at DASNICE from Antwerp. "We wanted to create something unique and it had to be both accessible and very stylish at the same time.

International cuisine

The kitchen is run by chef Jip Boon of restaurant Thirteen. The menu consists mainly of classic French-Dutch dishes with an international twist. Picture a Dutch cauliflower with a Mexican pumpkin mole or steak tartar with parsnip and a coffee/mushroom mayonnaise.
They serve octopus at Williams CanteenThey serve octopus at Williams Canteen
Williams Canteen also has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu that features eggs any way you like, overnight oats or sandwich pastrami, possibly supplemented with Kimchi or a pea spread. Drinking snacks like boquerones, a selection of Dutch cheeses or burrata are also on the menu.
Snacks on the left White chocolate hazelnut and caramel cake on the rightSnacks on the left White chocolate hazelnut and caramel cake on the right

At Williams Canteen, you'll also find homemade canned foods and canned signature cocktails you can buy and enjoy any time of day.

Local sourcing

In collaboration with Man Met Bril Koffie, a coffee was developed especially for Williams Canteen and on the map, you can find several beers from Kaapse Brouwers. The organic meat and cheeses also come from the region.

Opening hours Williams Canteen

Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 0:00 a.m.
Friday from 8:00 to 1:00 a.m.
Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday from 9:00 to 0:00 a.m.

Location: Williams Canteen

Williams Canteen
Address: William Boothlaan 5a, 3012 VG Rotterdam
Booking: 010 200 27 29

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