What is happening

Impression of the City Coalition in the Dutch press. International coverage will follow in the future.

Insideout

Insideout

6th December 2022 is the première of the Pantomime theaterplay 'Insideout' made and directed by theatermaker Firas Kalousie in close cooperation with new citizens n Rotterdam. “Our goal is to get rid of our masks and disclose the hidden truth about ourselves and others, that will lead to change and freedom.”

Powerwomen

Powerwomen

Encounters sharing stories with powerwomen in #Rotterdam about life wisdom, dreams and work.🌷♻️🌷 Thank you 🙏🏼الف شكرا Amina Alhusseini, Stichting Mano, Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Stichting Wij Zijn Rotterdam en Krachtvrouwen Rotterdam West

HighSchool Rotterdam

HighSchool Rotterdam

600 students of High School Rotterdam 1st year students of social work encounter new citizens in Story House Belvédère. Listening to stories, asking questions, explore what is needed. About courage, about meaningful relations about breaking the stereotypes during the encounter. Also interested in a workshop Listening & Encounters?

Coalition at Floriade

Coalition at Floriade

On the 7th of October 2022 an international coalition of new and established professionals, architects, builders, engineers met at the innovative Floriade connecting nine nationalities, four continents during an inspiring tour about innovative building. #sustainable #biobased Thanks to Ministry of Interior Affairs, Floriade and Stichting Mano.

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

#Tilburg 29th of Sept 2022 How do policies reach citizens? How to create connections with the neighbourhood? Yordi Lassooy Tekle (Cultuur in Harmonie) Esseline Van de Sande (Stadscoalitie) give a Talk of the Town about #CommunityConnectorsWork and reciprocity 🌷♻️🌷about training and ownership and the by 31 organisations undersigned national Filmmanifesto Community Connectors Work.

Tarab Choir

Tarab Choir

Photographer Peter Lodder took this unique portrait of the TARAB Choir directly after the 1st performance on the 21st of September International Day of Peace 2022. Do you want the Choir to sing for you or in cooperation with your orchestra or musicians? Bookings:

Theater as Therapy

Theater as Therapy

Firas Kalousie, actor, writer and theatermaker creates workshops during which he inspires his audience to use theater techniques to play and learn about personal development that can lead into a theater piece. More info?

Day of Peace

Day of Peace

21st of September has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace. The Nederlands Blazers Ensemble perform together with musicians from the whole world. One of them is the recently established international TARAB Choir in Rotterdam.

Coalition of Powerwomen

Coalition of Powerwomen

A group of international young women met in the inspiring context of the Floriade. We were mesmerised by the Dutch carillon playing music from all over the world, we shared our stories and discovered new technologies, drank coffee from Jemen, Japanese design and beautiful flowers and vegetables. Working together starts with encounters and sharing stories.

TARAB Choir

TARAB Choir

TARAB Choir is an international Choir in Rotterdam that revives century old heritage for future generations. "There is music for listening and music for the heart, that is muwashahaat." The choir performs for the first time on the 21st and 22nd of September 2022 on the International Day of Peace guided by het Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.

Huygens Hofwijck

Huygens Hofwijck

Summerwalk with coalitionpartners through Huygens Hofwijck in Voorburg. Parallels, inventions, encounters. Huygens wrote a poem about his garden and in it: Two Gates speak of more: "Be I greeting friend or guest. ‘t is not by one door yet by two open doors; The spacious entrance shows what is to happen indoors, And that friends are welcome to my bread and my wine, Not half, not whole, not once, but twice." Hofwjjck poem lines 1064-1068

Dutch National Radio

Dutch National Radio

On the 4th of August 2022 Merel Wielaert presents "The Night of" a program of BNN Vara Dutch National Radio. She interviewed Esseline van de Sande. Topics: the Euphrates, the Arabic Spring, culture, soaps, music and more. Podcast in Dutch

CityCoalition Connects

CityCoalition Connects

Due to close cooperation with Mano Foundation we connect new and old citizens. A Landscape architect started working as volunteer with Storyhouse Belvédère, an architect received funding to pay his university admission, an interior designer and an architect started working via the Buildersworkshop, an artist wil start at Kidsatelier Punt 5.

Statesecretary visits womensboat

Statesecretary visits womensboat

Eric van der Burg, State Secretary for Justice & Security came on a working visit after a spontaneous letter from De Stadscoalitie, who was impressed by the inspiring example of the Mano Foundation, the Municipality of Rotterdam and Zorgwerk on the women's assylum boat: "People indicate that they especially appreciate the human factor. Volunteers and residents ensure a safe environment and a good relationship with the neighbourhood. Great initiative!"

TARAB Choir

TARAB Choir

The international TARAB Choir by maestro Majed Saraiedin consists of 35 members of seven nationalities (Syria, Iraq, Libanon, Egypt, Tunesia, Turkey, Netherlands). People travel from all over the Netherlands to be present at the rehearals: "It is a fantastic opportunity to practice our unique heritage under guidance of an expert in Tarab." Find here the Facebook page of the choir.

Landscape of my soul

Landscape of my soul

On the 12th of June 2021, during Poetry International festival the new book of poet Ishmail Kamara, was presented. You can buy the book via our website or via Story House Belvédère.

Routekaart Sleutelpersonen

Routekaart Sleutelpersonen

Community connectors are vital in building bridges between their communities and the new society. Yet they are hardly ever paid for their urgent work. A film manifest signed by 31 organisations and a national policy should address this. During the congres of Mano Foundation Razan Damlakhi, Yordi Lassooy-Tekle and Esseline van de Sande met in a panel discussion about othe roadmap, interest group and lessons for sustainable change.

Life in Limbo

Life in Limbo

In the documentary serie Life in Limbo we encounter the lives of people who live in the Netherlands without papers. An insecure existence with risks and insecurities. How is it to live in a country where you can't exist? Our colleague Ishmail Kamara is one of the main characters in this serie. When he starts to talk people are mesmerized. Look here

Master of Scents

Master of Scents

Dutch Perfume goes international. Master of Scents a beautiful publication in the Holland Herald of KLM. Welcome in Papestraat 15 to discover your unique tailormade parfume.

Citywalk

Citywalk

Citywalk, celebrating the encounter! After two years of lockdown we invited our partners for a walk through the Rotterdam neighbourhood of Katendrecht by city guide, poet and writer Ishmail Kamara with room for singing, music, stories, poetry, lunch and the magic of the unexpected.

Maestro Majed Saraiedin

Maestro Majed Saraiedin

1st of May 2022 start of the international choir by maestro and expert in Tarab: Majed Saraiedin. This heritage comes from the Arabic-Andalusian tradition and deserves a big audience. Together with our coalitiepartners Dutch Blazers Ensemble, Storyhouse Belvédère, Foundation Droom en Daad and Prins Bernard Cultuur Fund we are able to realise and materialise this unique heritage. More info?

Article in Financial Times

Article in Financial Times

Lalash Tahir and Esseline van de Sande published on 8th of April 2022 in FD about the labourpotential of 1st generation Dutchmen and what we can learn from other EU-countries. This article is building on the research onderzoek of Lalash Tahir and Julie Clar.

New @CityCoalition

New @CityCoalition

Rafaella Karadsheh, a social psychologist at the City Coalition, has been working since April 2022. During her masters she specialized in stories. She contributes to recording the English stories. "I like working at De Stadscoalitie to listen to stories. I appreciate the role culture plays in people's values ​​and the way they live their lives. Listening is the best way to learn from others."

Day on the Roof

Day on the Roof

Day on the Roof Day on the roof of your existence. Day dreaming, musing, looking in the far end. Farewell 2021, year of courage and patience. Trust as medicine. Trust in talent, hope and connection. Trust in we are more than one alone. Welcome 2022! Welcome New Year with all your surprises. Painting: Ehab Omaro Text: Esseline van de Sande

Magazine Social Issues

Magazine Social Issues

Article by Esseline van de Sande in the winter edition of Magazine Social Issues December 2021. They work as servant leaders and connect government and professionals, neighbourhoods and communities. Their efforts are proven effective and efficient. Filmmanifest Community Connectors Work 31 organisaties and community connectors call for action to pay these experts and end injustice.

Radiomaker Sakina Bouyachfar

Radiomaker Sakina Bouyachfar

Op-ed 27-11-2021 via platform Nieuw Wij: Community Connectors are an example of the power of communities.

Invest in Community Connectors

Invest in Community Connectors

KIS (Knowledgeplatform Integration and Society) published on 16th of November 2021 an article in which Esseline van de Sande, initiator of the Filmmanifest Community Connectors Work, reflects on the insights of the manifest.

New @CityCoalition

New @CityCoalition

Since November 2021, Donna Waltra, political scientist & Arabic language & culture, has been working at De Stadscoalitie and contributes to our external communication. She did her thesis research on talent and discovered that: "The City Coalition does exactly what gets me excited and energized, namely building bridges and bringing people together."

Language is movement

Language is movement

Poetry Workshops with writer, spoken word artist Ishmail Kamara, more information via: info@stadscoalitie.nl

Report Utrecht University

Report Utrecht University

Three third-year students of Utrecht University researched The City Coalition and her methods. They came up with interesting advice and insights. It is important to reflect. Many thanks to Aysu, Fiona & Julie! Do you want to read the full report mail us info@stadscoalitie.nl

Nomination Yodit Jacob

Nomination Yodit Jacob

Vote for Yodit Jacob, researcher at Pharos. She is nominated for the Encouragement Prize for Emancipation 2021 Joke Smit Award. Yodit is a radiant powerful leader creating urgent connections, giving voice to a large group of female leaders in society, former refugees, who's work is invisible & indispensable.

Première Filmmanifesto

Première Filmmanifesto

On the 16th of November at 16hr we are honoured to present our Filmmanifest Community Connectors Work together with 31 organisations all over the Netherlands who have undersigned this urgent manifesto. The premiere starts at 16hr online. More info via: esseline@stadscoalitie.nl

Trailer Community Connectors Work

Trailer Community Connectors Work

Trailer Community Connectors Work primeur in August 2021 in close cooperation with Pharos, Wikistad, City of Amsterdam, Buurtbaan. You want to join our movement? Mail us via: info@stadscoalitie.nl

New Voices enrich Heritage

New Voices enrich Heritage

Contribution to Faro Magazine 2021: From Treaty to Practice, about the vision and approach of the City Coalition. Click the link to download the magazine.

Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day

A well visited Neighbour Day June 2021 near the kitchen garden in Leidschendam, where the mayor, new and established citizens enjoyed gathering around the Ethiopian coffee ceremony carried out with love by Haimanot Belay, intercultural advisor.

The Story of Ehab

The Story of Ehab

Ehab Omaro makes abstract paintings with many layers. He is inspired by the artists of De Stijl, in particular Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Read this inspiring story by Walter van Teefelen.

Volkskrant article 2021

Volkskrant article 2021

Our article in the Volkskrant 4-1-2021 about Community Connectors and how they are all too often imprisoned in working as a volunteer. In case you have similar experiences in your municipality or as a grassroots community connector that you want to share with us, please contact us via the contact form on our website, greetings Team City Coalition

Utrecht University College

Utrecht University College

In 2020, three researchers reflected with community based research on the City Coalition methodology. From left to right an amazing team: Julie Clar, Fiona Wiggers and Aysu Amaha. Thank you for your insights!

Haimanot Belay receives Royal Dutch Knighthood

Haimanot Belay receives Royal Dutch Knighthood

Haimanot received in April 2020 the Royal Knighthood for her tireless efforts, 25 yrs voluntarily work for the Dutch society in the field of health as 'key-person' creating social cohesion, well being and sharing knowledge about the Dutch law considering genital mutilation. Enriching our society with cultural manifestations and African/Ethiopian traditions.

StoryHouse 2nd edition

StoryHouse 2nd edition

Watch the film impression about the unique second edition of StoryHouse on Dialogue where Easts meets West in the French Church in Voorburg in June 2019.

Dialogue

Dialogue

Read how East meets West in a StoryHouse of dialogue in June 2019 several musicians, artists and craftsmen were given the stage to share their experiences, performances and exchange their ideas with the audience.

Interview Stadscoalitie Midvliet

Interview Stadscoalitie Midvliet

On the 13th of March The City Coalition organized in close cooperation with the municipality, SME's, MBO Rijnland and Platform Economy Labormarket and Education a Storyhouse about the theme: Loneliness.

StoryHouse 1st edition

StoryHouse 1st edition

Watch our film impression about this unique event in Veurtheater in Leidschendam in March 2019.

About Loneliness

About Loneliness

Read more a StoryHouse about loneliness, work, art and music on a rainy Wednesday at Veurtheater in Leidschendam with a jammed packed audience from all over the world.

Hopefull 2019

Hopefull 2019

Wishing all a Hopeful 2019 with the inspiring story of Enas Oudeh, Jewelry maker, artist and entrepreneur.

Working together with new citizens

Working together with new citizens

September 2018 Interview Integration seems like a headache file for many municipalities. Esseline van de Sande tries to lead the way in working differently.

Culture Prize 2018

Culture Prize 2018

Ehab Omaro received on behalf of The City Coalition the Encouragement Culture Prize 2018 Leidschendam-Voorburg.

Culture is economy

Culture is economy

October 2018 a booked Veur Theatre for the première of the short documentary film of the action research of ‘The City Coalition’.

Trailer City Coalition

Trailer City Coalition

After 4 years of action research we present our results in a trailer leading to a short documentary.

Silkroute in Voorburg

Silkroute in Voorburg

13th edition of the yearly Vlietfestival. The City Coalition is contributing with a concert & pop up bazar on the 14th & 15th of september 2017

Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert

Impression Benefit concert in september 2017: Enjoy world music. A concert thanks to director, maestro, Ney-player Majed Sarai Edin, Abovian Centre childrens choir, Monir Goran & Azar Tishe, Ako Taher en Nour Wahedi in cooperation with The City Coalition.

Clockmakers cooperate

Clockmakers cooperate

Mustafa Saeed and Jan Bert van Laren, owner of the clock shop 'The Hands of Time' in the Herenstreet in Voorburg have met each other during the pop up Bazar in September 2017 and have signed a contract to work together.

Connected by passion

Connected by passion

Algemeen Dagblad Interview and article October 2017. "They don't speak each others language, but they share the passion for the same work. This passion creates the connection and mutual understanding."

Interview Pop-up Bazar

Interview Pop-up Bazar

An interview with Midvliet TV about the pop up Bazar in Voorburg. September 2017.

Pop-up Bazar Voorburg

Pop-up Bazar Voorburg

Read the story of how 11 entrepreneurs cooperated on 27th and 28th of October 2017 with likeminded talents from all over the world during the Pop-up Bazar in Huygensquarter in Voorburg.

Interview Leidschendam

Interview Leidschendam

First pop-up Bazar in Leidschendam, a three day unique festival with music, stories, poetry, encounters, experiment, food, beauty, wine, art & jewelry in May 2017 by Midvliet TV.

Connecting citizens

Connecting citizens

The City Coalition creates on 20th and 21st of May 2017 a first Pop-up Bazar, a connecting and innovative festival in Leidschendam.

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert

December 2016:This makes you happy, a concert in the famous Peperbus Church in Leidschendam were people from all over the world met, listened to music, sang together in Christmas spirit.

“The City Coalition is culture, entrepreneurship and community spirit; connected in the best possible way. ”

- Arnout Timmerman

social and cultural policy developer