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Events Calendar

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


30th year anniversary of the Baltimore-Rotterdam and Baltimore-Xiamen (China) sister city relationships!



June 4


Deadline for submissions to 2016 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

IABR–2016 is a platform for fresh ideas on the possible future of the twenty-first-century city. IABR will exhibit designs and promote dialogues that open up perspectives of the city we want: a clean city, a communal city, a productive city – a city in which the public space once again occupies center stage. IABR invites urban designers, architects, landscape architects, academics, artists, planners, cities, universities, companies and social organizations, or coalitions thereof, to submit best practices, projects and plans in response to the challenges outlined in its call for projects

Information about the Biennale and the call for submissions


June 9


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



June 12


Dutch innovation event at NYC's Northside Festival

Northside Festival will be showcasing Dutch Innovation with the best Amsterdam-based design-savvy entrepreneurs and some of the most promising Dutch startups invited to participate at the Festival.

More info on web site


June 25


Technology Seminar


More info will be posted on NACCWM web site





Van Gogh themed Family Fun Days at Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore-Rotterdam committee is marking the 125th year anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh’s death by collaborating with the Baltimore Museum of Art on some FREE fun Van Gogh-related activities for children in July 2015. There are activities on each Sunday in July: July 5, 12, 19, and 26. See the descriptions of the July events on the BMA web site.


Energy Seminar

5-7pm at the Netherland Embassy.

Sponsored by Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce.

More info on NACCWM web site



July 17-19


Baltimore’s annual Artscape festival — visit our sister city booth!

Baltimore’s sister cities will have a booth at Artscape with fun activities for festival visitors. Stop by and meet us and learn more about our sister cities, including Rotterdam! Artscape is the largest free arts festival in the United States.

Festival web site


Aug 31


Deadline for proposals for Light City Baltimore 2016 Festival

Festival dates: March 28 - April 3, 2016

Artists and musicians are invited to submit proposals. Baltimore-Rotterdam committee encourages Rotterdam artists to apply. Ideas should have a light-based component if possible, because this is a festival or lights. Funding will be provided to artists whose proposals are selected by the festival jury.

About the festival:

Call for entries:

Deadline for submitting entries: August 31, 2015


Sept 1


Monthly Baltimore-Rotterdam Committee Meeting



Sept 26


30th year anniversary celebration and art exhibit

In 2015, Baltimore celebrates the 30 year anniversary of its sister city relationships with Xiamen in China and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. An art exhibit at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance will commemorate the anniversary. On September 26, there will be a celebratory day of workshops and performances. The exhibit opens in the evening with a reception.

Location: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Workshops/performances: Sept 26, 12 - 6 pm

Art exhibit opening reception: Sept 26, 6 - 8 pm

Art exhibit dates: Sept 25 - Oct 19




Artist residency at Benjamin Franklin High School in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay

Kathie diStefano is a theatre artist and educator based in Rotterdam. She employs participatory techniques and theatre art to create awareness with youth and seniors about the environment through creative strategies to recycle and make smart consumer decisions in Rotterdam. Kathie did a residency in Baltimore’s Brooklyn-Curtis Bay neighborhood in 2013 and is planning a follow-up residency in October 2015. Kathie is also helping plan a new penpal program between Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center (a division of Living Classrooms located in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay) and a school near Rotterdam.


Oct 17-22


Annual Salzburg Global Forum

This annual event brings young cultural innovators together from 10 cities around the world, including Baltimore and Rotterdam, for a weeklong collaborative forum.

Salzburg web site


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