Weekend of Artistic Printmaking - Chrysalid Gallery & Mesh Club

Weekend of Artistic Printmaking - Chrysalid Gallery & Mesh Club

Art enthusiasts, get ready for an exciting celebration of screen printing at the Weekend of Artistic Printmaking! The event will feature a unique exhibition and free workshops showcasing the works of Miroslav Cukovic and emerging artists. Don't miss the chance to explore contemporary screen printing on April 8th and 9th at Chrysalid Gallery in Rotterdam.


Weekend of Artist Printmaking

Chrysalid Gallery has partnered with Mesh Print Club in Rotterdam to present an exciting event celebrating the art of screen printing and the works of Miroslav Cukovic.

The Weekend of Artistic Printmaking will take place on April 8th and 9th, from 13:00 to 17:00, at Chrysalid Gallery, located at Coolsestraat 142 in Rotterdam.


Workshop by Miroslav Cukovic

The event's main attraction is a screen printing workshop led by Miroslav Cukovic and Mesh Print Club, where attendees can learn about screen printing techniques, participate in artist talks, and create their own unique prints under the guidance of the experts.

Miroslav Cukovic is a renowned Serbian artist and printmaker who has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across Europe and beyond.


Weekend of Artistic Printmaking - Chrysalid Gallery & Mesh ClubWeekend of Artistic Printmaking - Chrysalid Gallery & Mesh Club



In addition to the workshop, the event will feature an exhibition showcasing a range of his stunning prints, as well as a selection of works by Mesh Print Club's emerging screen printmakers. These talented artists are at the forefront of contemporary screen printing, pushing the boundaries of the medium and producing work that is both innovative and visually stunning.


Free event

The Weekend of Artistic Printmaking is free to attend and open to everyone. Whether you're an artist looking to learn new techniques or a fan of Miroslav Cukovic's work, this is an event not to be missed. Join us for an afternoon of creativity, inspiration, and artistic exploration and discover the exciting world of contemporary screen printing.

New York Mini Marathon in Rotterdam supports diabetes research

New York Mini Marathon in Rotterdam supports diabetes research

Diabetes Fund hosts New York Mini Marathon in Rotterdam on 13 May, inviting runners and walkers to raise funds and awareness for diabetes research.


On Saturday, 13 May 2023, the New York Mini Marathon takes place in Rotterdam, an event organised by the Diabetes Fund. New to this fifth anniversary edition is the participation of walkers. The goal is to raise awareness of diabetes and to collect funds for research. This is urgently needed, as 1.2 million Dutch people have diabetes, with a thousand added weekly. A life free from diabetes is the dream.


Experience “New York” for a day

Participants will experience the atmosphere of New York for a day, running or walking among skyscrapers, along the Maas River, and across the Erasmus Bridge. Along the route, cheerleaders and a gospel choir will offer encouragement. The festival site is set to feature food trucks, a DJ playing catchy tunes, and a performance by local Dutch Sinatra-style musician Lee Towers as the closing act.


Running and walking distances

The New York Mini Marathon is open to all, with the option to participate individually or as part of a team. Various distances are available for runners: 4.2 km, 10.5 km, or 21 km, while the walking route spans 5 km. Designed specifically for children aged four to twelve, the Kidsrun comprises a 420-metre course with an array of obstacles and games.

It should be noted that the New York Mini Marathon is not an official race; there will be no time registration, and the route will not be fully closed. Instead, volunteers will be on hand to mark the route and provide directions.


Taking action for diabetes

By participating in running or walking events, individuals actively contribute to the fight against diabetes. The objective is to amass as much funding as possible for research aimed at preventing, improving treatment, and ultimately curing diabetes.

Diena Halbertsma, director of the Diabetes Fund, has expressed that a life without diabetes is the shared dream of those affected by the condition and their loved ones. The impact of diabetes on a person's life is profound, as the disease necessitates continuous management and heightens the risk of additional health complications such as eye, nerve, and kidney damage.

The funds garnered through the New York Mini Marathon are intended to enhance the quality of life for those living with diabetes, and the director has voiced her pride in the many individuals who have chosen to support this cause by running or walking in solidarity.


Registration New York Mini Marathon Rotterdam

Register for the New York Mini Marathon at newyorkminimarathon.nl. Runners pay a €29.50 registration fee, while the Kidsrun costs €22.50. Walkers pay €20 as an adult and €10 as a child.

Ramadan in Rotterdam - dates, activities, information

Ramadan in Rotterdam - dates, activities, information

Rotterdam has a large Muslim community, and Ramadan is an important month for many Muslims living in the city. Find out what Ramadan is all about and how you can take part in the tradition. 


When is Ramadan in Rotterdam?

The start of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon. In Rotterdam, Ramadan 2025 will likely start at sunset on Friday, February 28th 2025, and end on the evening of Saturday, March 29th 2025. If the new moon isn't sighted, Ramadan may actually start a day later. 


What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims observe fasting, prayer, and spiritual reflection. It is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and lasts for 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Fasting during Ramadan involves abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. It is seen as a way to purify the body and soul and to focus on spiritual discipline and devotion. Muslims also increase their recitation of the Quran and engage in additional prayers during the month, particularly at night, in a practice known as Taraweeh.

Ramadan is also a time of increased charitable giving and community service, with Muslims encouraged to donate to charity and help those in need. It is also a time of increased family and community gatherings, with special meals being prepared for breaking the fast each evening.

The end of Ramadan is marked by a holiday called Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated with special prayers, family gatherings, and feasting. Overall, Ramadan is a time of spiritual renewal, increased devotion, and community connection for Muslims around the world.


What food is eaten during Ramadan?

The food that is traditionally eaten during Ramadan in Rotterdam can vary depending on cultural and regional traditions. However, there are some common foods and dishes that are often served during the month:

  • Dates: Eating dates to break the fast is a common practice during Ramadan in Rotterdam, as well as in other parts of the Muslim world.
  • Harira: This is a hearty soup made with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and sometimes meat, and is often served as the first course of the evening meal during Ramadan.
  • Sambousek: These are small savory pastries filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables, and are often served as appetizers during Ramadan.
  • Kibbeh: These are deep-fried balls made of bulgur wheat, ground meat, and spices.
  • Falafel: These are small, deep-fried balls made of ground chickpeas, herbs, and spices, often served with tahini sauce.
  • Baklava: This is a sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweet syrup.
  • Qatayef: These are small, sweet pastries filled with cheese or nuts and are often served for dessert during Ramadan.

In addition to these traditional foods, many Muslims in Rotterdam also enjoy international cuisine during Ramadan, such as Turkish, Moroccan, and Pakistani dishes. In essence, the food served at Iftar in Rotterdam reflects the diverse cultural and culinary traditions of the Muslim community in the city.


Differences and similarities between Ramadan and Christmas

Christmas and Ramadan are both religious observances that are celebrated by different faith communities around the world, but there are some key similarities and differences between the two:



  • Both Christmas and Ramadan are times of spiritual reflection and renewal for their respective communities.
  • Both holidays involve acts of giving and generosity. Christmas is associated with gift-giving, while Ramadan emphasizes charitable giving and acts of kindness.
  • Both holidays bring families and communities together. In many cultures, Christmas and Ramadan are times for gathering with loved ones and sharing meals.



  • Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, while Ramadan is an Islamic observance that commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Christmas is typically celebrated on December 25th, while Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
  • While Christmas is usually celebrated with festive decorations and music, Ramadan is typically observed with more subdued and contemplative practices, such as fasting and prayer.
  • Christmas is a one-day holiday, while Ramadan lasts for a full month.


How to celebrate Ramadan in Rotterdam

Regardless of whether you are Muslim or not, if you are in Rotterdam and want to celebrate Ramadan or engage with the local Muslim community, there are several ways to do so:


Join a local mosque
Rotterdam has several mosques that host special Ramadan events, including communal prayers, iftar (the breaking of the fast), and Taraweeh (special night prayers). Joining a local mosque can be a great way to connect with the Muslim community and participate in Ramadan activities.

Attend an iftar event
Many organizations and community groups in Rotterdam host iftar dinners during Ramadan. These events are often open to the public and provide an opportunity to break the fast with others while learning more about Ramadan and Islam.

Give to charity
Ramadan is a time of giving and charity in Islam. Consider donating to a local charity or volunteering your time to help those in need.

Read the Quran
Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection and renewal. Consider reading the Quran or attending a Quran study group to deepen your understanding of Islam.

Share the spirit of Ramadan:
Finally, consider sharing the spirit of Ramadan with your Muslim friends and neighbours in Rotterdam. Greet people with "Ramadan Kareem" (a blessed Ramadan) or share a special Ramadan treat with someone you know.


Restaurants hosting Iftar dinners

In recent years, Rotterdam has also seen an increase in the number of businesses and organizations that cater to Muslims during Ramadan. Some restaurants offer special iftar menus, and there are even mobile apps that help Muslims in Rotterdam locate the nearest mosque for prayer times and iftar events.

You might need to ask around or keep an eye out for these dinners and events, as they are usually announced without much fanfare.

Blijdorp Festival Rotterdam - location, date, artist line-up

Blijdorp Festival Rotterdam - location, date, artist line-up

Blijdorp Festival is a curious mix of music, art, and happiness. The event goes down in winter as well in summer. The summer edition is the bigger and bolder version and takes place in Rotterdam's Roel Langerakpark.

The event features various areas with different genres, including a “full size” techno stage in and around the park's trees and lake.  Each year, the festival organisers and attendees take pride in finding innovative ways to leave smaller eco-footprints.
The next edition of the Blijdorp Festival takes place on Saturday, 12 August 2023.

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Blijdorp Festival artist line-up

In 2023, festival-goers will go wild across 6 stages with Speedy J & ROD, Goldband, Moxie & Bella, David Vunk, Full Crate (live), DJ Tennis, Sticks, among others. 

Blijdorp Festival sounds like:

Check out the Spotify playlist below and have a listen.

Blijdorp Festival aftermovie

Location: Roel Langerakpark

Upstream Rotterdam: gathering of top entrepreneurs & talent

Upstream Rotterdam: gathering of top entrepreneurs & talent

At Upstream, the Rotterdam Metropolitan area transforms into a place where startups, scale-ups, investors, corporates, policymakers, and students come together to make a positive impact on the world. Upstream aims to enable innovations that will drive the transition to the next economy; an economy that is digital, carbon-neutral, circular and inclusive.

What is Upstream Rotterdam?

Upstream is a three-day event, co-created with over 40 partners dedicated to supporting the growth of companies committed to accelerating the transition to a future-proof economy that is digital, carbon-neutral, circular, and inclusive. The festival gives its attendees access to an international ecosystem of talent, funding, markets, and exposure opportunities. As changemakers from different backgrounds and industries come together to leverage their innovations, they highlight the position of the Greater Rotterdam Metropolitan Area as a fast-evolving tech environment for businesses to grow.
The next edition of Upstream Rotterdam takes place on 23-25 May 2023

3 days, 40 co-creators, and countless reasons to join

Every year, Upstream invites the Dutch innovation community, as well as international corporations and investors, resulting in over 45 different events happening throughout the festival. Past editions attracted over 2000 attendees. Every edition of Upstream Festival continues the tradition of aligning its core events around three themes: talent, capital, and growth.
"The three speakers are among the most inspiring and progressive professionals in the Netherlands and draw a large number of applications from entrepreneurs and top talent. The three-day event is therefore a hotspot of influential entrepreneurs; capital investments are attracted, startups are formed, and valuable connections are made," says Lars Crama, private lead Upstream
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Upstream 2023 details

Starting with Talent Day on May 23rd, city events, career fairs, coding challenges, and other networking events will be an invaluable opportunity for startups, scale-ups, and talent to meet each other.

On Capital Day the program will revolve around connecting startups and scale-ups with leading (inter)national investors.

The festival will close with a focus on Growth, on May 25th. During this last day, innovative SMEs, corporate partners, startups, and scale-ups will connect to create solutions for a future-proof economy.


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