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Events Calendar

This calendar lists committee events, as well as other Baltimore-area events related to Rotterdam and Netherlands & other events of interest.



Operation Trash

Baltimore-Rotterdam workshops and exchange program

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts designs and coordinates creative educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. Several projects happened in spring & fall 2017, and activities are currently being planned for 2018.

More info about diStefano’s work on our Artist Exchange website

Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Aug 6, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018


Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask


Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg reveals the intersection of science, art, technology, and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form. In her latest efforts, she pays homage to the Netherland’s production of damask during the 17th century, when this fabric was referred to as “white gold.” Couwenberg is a former chair of the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee.

Location: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218

More information


Feb 18

College Park

Schaatsen - Koek & Zopie

DC Dutch organiseert weer een schaatsmiddag voor jong en oud op zondag 18 februari. Ze hebben een ruimte afgehuurd waar deelnemers tussen het schaatsen door kunnen genieten van warme chocolademelk, stroopwafels en andere lekkere versnaperingen.

Time: 2-4pm
Location: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740

More info and tickets


Feb 20


A Plastic Ocean

Docs on the Dock film series

Free film screening followed by a panel discussion.

An international team of scientists and researchers travels to twenty locations around the world over four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

Time: 6:30
Location: Brown Advisory, 901 South Bond Street #400, Baltimore, MD 21231

Hosted by Waterfront Partnership and Chesapeake Bay Foundation

More info and registration


Feb 21


Dutch Drinks DC

Time: 6-8pm
Location: B Too, 1324 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Bimonthly networking borrel, organized by Netherland-America Foundation, Netherlands Embassy, NACCWM, Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, BrettonWoodsNL, and DC Dutch.

Free. Cash bar.

RSVP here

Dutch Drinks DC Nederlandse Borrel Networking Event

Feb 22


Miss Kiet’s Children (Film)

Dutch movie with subtitles; screening at the Patterson Theatre (Creative Alliance) in Baltimore. A heart-warming story of young refugee kids adapting to life in a new country (the Netherlands) under the guidance of a wonderful, caring teacher. Recommended! Event organized by Creative Alliance, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and Baltimore’s Refugee Youth Project.

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224

Event page & tickets

Movie website

Reviews in NY Times & The Guardian

Gesprek met Juf Kiet op De Wereld Draait Door (in Dutch)

Photo of two children in Miss Kiet's class

Feb 27


Sevdaliza (music)

Born in Iran and residing in the Netherlands, Sevdaliza is an autodidactic singer, songwriter, visual artist and composer. Her creations contrast husky vocals with cutting strings and basslines creating an enigmatic mood.

Location: U Street Music Hall, Washington DC

Event page and tickets

More about this performer



Maryland region

Circular Economy lectures

Francesco Di Maio, a professor at TU Delft, will give lectures in the Baltimore/DC region on Circular Economy, a topic that the Netherlands is a leading pioneer in. Lectures include:

  • March 7: Quantifying Circularity for Innovation — FREE public lecture at Morgan State University School of Architecture & Planning. 5-6pm at the CBEIS building, 5201 Perring Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21214.
  • March 5-7: Sessions for architecture students about circular economy and resource efficiency in building materials, at Morgan State University School of Architecture & Planning.
  • March 11-14: Lecture about recycling technologies to close the loop for end-of-life concrete at the 33rd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management in Annapolis, Maryland.

More information

Photo of Francesco Di Maio

Mar 13


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam committee meeting

Time: 5:30-7pm


Mar 28


Urban (In)Equity lecture at AIA Baltimore

Cristina Murphy from XCOOP Rotterdam gives a talk about the multi-year multi-city research project about gentrification and urban (in)equity. The cities in the research project include Baltimore and Rotterdam. Stay tuned for more details about this lecture.

Urban (In)Equity: Can Design Solve Spatial Injustice?

Apr 10


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam committee meeting

Time: 5:30-7pm


May 8


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam committee meeting

Time: 5:30-7pm


May 12


European Union Embassies Open House Tour

Stay tuned for more details.


May 16-18


GreenPort Congress 2018

This annual international sustainability-themed Port conference takes place in Baltimore in 2018. Baltimore Sister Cities & Maryland Sister States have been collaborating with Maryland Port Administration to attract international speakers & attendees, including a speaker from Port of Rotterdam and other speakers from the Netherlands. The full program will be posted on the GreenPort Congress website later in February.

In conjunction with the conference, there will be a “Trash-Eaters in the Harbor” event on May 18 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel will meet Rotterdam’s Waste Sharks at this event!

Conference website

Container ship in Port of Rotterdam

May 31


IABR-2018+2020 Launch

#IABR will launch its eighth and ninth edition, IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, in one go in two cities, on 31 May 2018 in Rotterdam and on 1 June 2018 in Brussels.

IABR website

Container ship in Port of Rotterdam

Jun 6-9


Urban (In)Equity at the EDRA Conference

XCOOP Rotterdam is conducting a multi-year multi-city research project about gentrification and urban (in)equity. The cities in the research project include Baltimore and Rotterdam. XCOOP and its partners from Bogotá will give a talk called “Exploring Spatial Equity: Can Design solve Inequity?” at the “Social Equity by Design” conference held by Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) June 6-9, 2018, at the Oklahoma City Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Oklahoma city, Oklahoma.

Urban (In)Equity: Can Design Solve Spatial Injustice?

Jun 12


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam committee meeting

Time: 5:30-7pm


Jul 1 - Nov 25


Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age at the National Gallery of Art


Drawn largely from the National Gallery of Art’s collection, the exhibition features works by artists such as Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, and Willem van de Velde the Younger. Scenes range from quiet harbor views, frozen canals, and calm seas to dramatic shipwrecks and fierce naval battles, revealing the full range of marine art during the Dutch Golden Age.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

More information




Urban (In)Equity workshops

Date to be announced later

XCOOP Rotterdam is conducting a multi-year multi-city research project about gentrification and urban (in)equity. The cities in the research project include Baltimore and Rotterdam. Several workshops take place in Baltimore this year. Stay tuned for more details.

Urban (In)Equity: Can Design Solve Spatial Injustice?



Baltimore-Rotterdam film screening

Date to be announced later

A screening of animated and experimental films made by Baltimore and Rotterdam filmmakers. Date likely to be Sept 24. Stay tuned for more details.


Oct 4


Innovation Expo 2018

Taking innovations forward, making breakthroughs happen to help tackle social challenges in the Netherlands and globally. This is the Dutch government’s ambition with the Innovation Expo 2018. The business community, knowledge institutes, social organisations and governmentals meet up on 4 October 2018 in Rotterdam.

Location: RDM Onderzeebootloods en het RDM Congrescentrum in Rotterdam Zuid

More information

Call for submissions


Jan 11,


Baltimore Sister Cities Membership Meeting & Holiday Party

For members of Baltimore Sister Cities and their invited guests.

Baltimore Sister Cities Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

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