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AFFR 2015 - theme ||GLOBAL HOME||

Key questions are: how to create a meaningful environment and give people a sense of belonging, despite the troubled waters of our time? How can we design cities to absorb the increased demand for temporary accommodation? What does the new network city look like? Where is the boundary between permanence and transience, identity and anonymity, the built and the virtual home? In short: what is a Global Home?
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Every festival edition we focus on a theme for our (film)programme. This years theme is ||GLOBAL HOME||Key questions are: how to create a meaningful environment and give people a sense of belonging,...

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11 June 2015Rotterdam Rooftop Days


The Rooftop Days of Rotterdam are a festive exploration of the rooftops of Rotterdam JUNE 11 – 14: ROOFTOP DAYS Do you want to experience the city in a way you never have before? This year, you can! Where else than in the high-rise city of the Netherlands: Rotterdam. You can hit the roof from […]

9 April 2015Metropolitan Field Trip Film Brussels: Our City


As part of the Metropolitan Field Trips, AFFR is screening every month a film on a European city. After Athens, Zürich and Lisbon this month it is Brussels! In preparation for the field trip the film Our City of Marina Tarantino will be screened. Our City, Marina Tarantino (Belgium, 2014, 83 min.). The film is […]

26 February 2015Inspiring Cities Film: Zürich


An introduction evening on Zürich and it’s urban developments. Zürich is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centers; most of Switzerland’s research and development centres are concentrated here. But at the same time it is the place where one of the first fablabs in Europe was situated, where new small enterprises […]


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Dragons in Rotterdam

Lost: dragon. Found: new building Photo by Jeroen Laven The West-Kruiskade is thé multicultural street of Rotterdam in one of the more interesting areas of the city (Oude Westen), with a.o. many Chinese and Surinam shops. The street also contains…

CityPoem 42 – Antwerp (7)

This Thursday, a poem about the Antwerp ZOO. Photo: drhenkenstein Part of the Antwerp CityPoem programme, and written by the Antwerp CityPoet Ramsey Nasr. Put on the wall in the Zoo. The fifth of 7 Antwerp CityPoems this week, ending…

Museumplein Amsterdam – The Stompstone Song

“Sit back and be impressed! I certainly was!”Earlier, we showed you the Musical Tiles, or ‘Dance Chimes’ on Museumplein, Amsterdam, as part of our citysounds programme. One of our readers, Janneke, said “Sit back and be impressed! I certainly…


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Rotterdam week 8 questions – 49: Jacques van Heijningen

When you drive with your car and pass the van Brienenoordbridge, you are happy to be almost home. Inspiring Cities interviewed Jacques van Heijningen. Jacques van Heijningen is the director of the Rotterdam Fund for Film and Audiovisual media. He…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 10: Rob van den Bos

Rob is from Rotterdam: born and raised, although he works in Scheveningen. The people and different cultures in small neighbourhoods in and around the city centre form for him the soul of Rotterdam. 1. How do you describe Rotterdam to…

Rotterdam week 8 questions – 44: Ina Klaassen

Rotterdam is the most “un-Dutch” and diverse city of The Netherlands. How do you describe Rotterdam to people in other countries. What are the qualities of the city. Why are they so good? Rotterdam is the most “un-Dutch” and diverse…