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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.


Twin Cities

Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events.  Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II.  Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe.  The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century. 

Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, and world-class museums and other cultural institutions.  They also share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Rotterdam photo: © Rob Hollis
Baltimore photo: © George Hagegeorge
Reproduction prohibited without permission.


Building Global Citizens through Project Based Learning: an Arts-Integrated Training

October 27, 2016

Professional development workshop for educators and artists, conducted by theatre educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam's Avalanche Arts; organized by Elisabeth Gambino from Bard High School Early College Baltimore.

Arts Every Day Space, The Motorhouse
120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21201
Free and open to the public!

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Food Innovation -
Baltimore & Beyond

September 22, 2016

Our event on September 22 was inspiring! See photos from the event on our Facebook page. Organized by Baltimore-Rotterdam committee, Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce Washington Metro (NACCWM), and Impact Hub Baltimore. Event was part of Baltimore’s annual Baltimore Innovation Week 2016 presented by 14 West.

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CSX provides grant for Baltimore-Rotterdam exchange

July 17, 2016

CSX has provided a grant to Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts for an “Operation Trash” exchange project designed to educate high school students at Baltimore’s Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) and connect them with a high school in the Rotterdam.

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