Women’s History Month

March was Women’s History Month and we shared stories about some of our favourite incredible women or Maastricht!

If you’re interested in learning more about these and other fabulous women, book a Wonderful Women of Maastricht walking tour by contacting us here!

Female workers at Bordenhal of Société Céramique or / and factories Sphinx, 19th-20th century: In the 19th century Maastricht had several large ceramics factories; on the Wyck side Société Céramique (photograph 1, 1930)- or as the locals say ‘Sjèrremik’ – on the Maastricht side, Sphinx (photographs 2-4, 1930s – 1950s).Their labour force consisted of men, women and children. The women worked mainly at handpainting decorations on tableware and packing bathroom sinks and toilets in wooden crates.

In the 19th century it was considered to be the ‘natural order’ to employ men at such low pay their wives were forced to join the labour force too, for wages inferior to those of the men. Employers would prefer single girls since they were even cheaper. The circumstances in these factories were bad to terrible, with added risks for women and girls in sexual intimidation and violence.

In 1930 the Netherlands passed the law on illness – Ziektewet – which guaranteed paid leave to women for 6 weeks prior and after childbirth. This immediately led to mass loss of employment for women.

This occurred at the same time Roman Catholic propaganda intensified on their version of the natural order; in a family the man is supposed to be the breadwinner, the woman the homemaker. Eventually, this idea led to all women employees being fired on the day of their wedding.

Anna Wynandts-Louis (1882-1957): If you were allowed to vote in the Dutch general elections, did you vote for a woman? That has only been legal since 1919 and a Maastricht woman was the first in the country to be elected in municipal elections. Anna Louis was born in the Maastricht Quartier Amélie, a housing estate for skilled labourers. Both her parents were factory workers, her father a glass grinder who lost his job in 1896 after he and his colleagues went on strike. The family moved to Leerdam, also a centre of glass production. There Anna met Johannes-Baptist Wynandts, also from Maastricht. Wage reductions and strikes made them relocate from one glass industry to another in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. In 1907 they returned to Maastricht, where they lived at several addresses before finding a decent family home, built by the ‘red’ housing cooperative ‘Beter Wonen’. Anna was active in the social democratic women’s movement and in local politics. Ofcourse general suffrage for both men and women was the main goal and in 1920 Anna was elected to the municipal council and served there until 1949, except during World War II.

All that time, she held the same position in 3 council committees and was very active in healthcare, education and the position of married working women; she was a staunch defender of women working outside the home, in the face of resistance from conservatives and catholics. Local and regional press ignored her and the socialist positions for decades, but today there is a plaque dedicated to Anna Wynandts-Louis on the stairway leading to the meeting hall of the municipal council.

Maybe add as a little side note Maastricht since 2015 has a woman mayor, Annemarie Penn-te Strake, born in 1953, who has no party affiliation.

Maria Jacoba de Turenne (c. 1666 – 1737): Around 1688 she met Jacob Nijpels from Maastricht and they started a tumultuous relationship. She loaned him money, he cheated on her, they got engaged, broke up and got engaged again, he raped her. Still, to be with him in the army she dressed as a soldier, joined his regiment, was found out and jailed for a few days. She tried again five times. In 1689 she was expecting his child but he still refused to marry her. She found him with another woman, tried to kill him, was prosecuted and jailed. She had him prosecuted for robbing her honour and not marrying her, which she won. Then they married…

Post 3 Kiki Niesten High end fashion In 1979 Kiki Niesten opened her store by the same name, in the Stokstraat. Mestreechtenere had been aware of her stylish presence in the city, but her shop draws a European clientèle. She and her staff are renowned for their honed instincts for stylish and wearable clothes, mainly from French and Italian designers. Ofcourse this is apparent on the price tags too, so this shop is very well placed in the Stokstraat, which offers an array of specialized stores in luxury goods. Kiki Niesten was one of the first entrepreneurs there and helped set the tone by hospitality with ‘Mestreechter Geis’.

Elisabeth Strouven, (1600-1661): Elisabeth Strouven 1600-1661 Her name lives on in the charity fund named after her, quite appropriately since she wanted to serve with all she had. She was born in a cobbler’s family, but always felt a strong mystical connection to God. Since she wanted to be active in caritas, she never joined a convent which would ended her autonomy. With five other women she nursed sick women, especially during the recurring episodes of the plague. She founded the Convent Calvary and could continue her work when the Protestants took the city and curtailed the activities of Catholics. Eventually, her convent no longer provided care for the sick, but was succeeded by the hospital of the same name.

Andrée Bonhomme (1905-1982): Born in Maastricht, she studied music theory and composition in Maastricht and The Hague. She got her teaching certificate in 1927 and made her debut as pianist and composer in 1928, with the Maastricht City Orchestra (MCO). She continued to spend her summers in Paris untill 1940, to be tutored by Darius Milhaud. In addition to her position at MCO, in 1932 she started teaching music theory and composition at the music school in Heerlen. Meanwhile, she produced composotions and songs on French texts. As of World War II her career stalled because she refused to sign the so-called ‘non-Jewish declaration’, required by the nazi occupation. As a consequence, she was forced to resign and was not allowed to give public concerts. In 1972 she received a royal honour. She died in 1982 in Brunssum.

Zangeres zonder Naam (Mary Servaes) 1949-1998 and Lenie Menten (1940-2012) singers of ‘levenslied’ (life song) in the café’s

‘Life song’ = levenslied, a musical genre in northwestern Europe, akin to folk; emotional songs about all the drama life can entail, sung in the bars of the ‘common people’.

Mary Servaes (1919-1998): All of The Netherlands knows her as Zangeres zonder Naam, the nameless singer. She was born in a working man’s family in the west of the country, but married Mestreechteneer Sjo Servaes in 1948.

She performed in the bars of the city, but record producer Johnny Hoes offered her a recording contract in 1957, scoring the first gold record in 1959. She became a camp idol because artists which were considered serious praised her work. In the 1960’s and 70’s she sang protest songs and earned a reputation as ‘mother of all gays’. She continued reaching new audiences well into the 90’s, but died in ’98 after a lonely decade as widow and all capital gone.

Lenie Menten (1940-2012): Lenie never reached a national audience, but was legendary in the city as ‘trekzakspäölster’ – playing the accordeon. Her entire family played accordion, but she also sang, for a while in the 70’s as a duo with her cousin, before going solo. She made several CD’s and kept performing in bars and at parties.

If you would like to see Lenie performing and speaking (in Dutch), check out this link –

Désirée Tonnaer (1955- ): Désirée Tonnaer is a sculptor who was educated at the Art Academy – Academie Beeldende Kunsten – in Maastricht. From 1983 – 1993 she was a teacher at this academy. Her main inspiration is nature, in the spirit of the old adage ‘natura artis magistra’ – nature is the teacher of the arts. Her focus is often on the details which tend to be overlooked, like seed pods for instance. In Maastricht her work can be seen at shopping centre Entre Deux, were she made large, bronze gates inspired by ferns, and in the Geusselt pond, showing gigantic mating dragonflies. She lives and works in Maastricht.

Mariken van Nieumegen (c.1500): One of the earliest documents which can be considered Dutch literature is a play, telling the story of a girl, lost in sin, but redeemed by faith. Mariken van Nieumeghen is said to have spent the last twentyfive years of her life with the so-called White Sisters, the Magdalens. Their convent on the Vrijthof was one of the oldest in the city, founded in the 13th century, in the location of the Theater aan het Vrijthof. Remains of the convent can be seen in the basement of the contemporary building. In the hall, a poem by Wiel Kusters reminds visitors of Mariken.

Mariken had doomed herself by following the devil and living with him in sin. Even the pope could not forgive her and put iron bands around her neck and wrists. After her years of atonement in the convent these rings miraculously fell from her.

In Wiel Kusters’ poem: “Nieumeeghs Mariken verloor hier haar ringen, tekens van straf rond armen en hals. Wij bevrijden ons niet van het dwingen der dingen dan door muziek, die ketens doet springen.”

(Here, Nieumeghen’s Mariken lost her rings, signifying punishment, around her arms and throat. We do not free ourselves of the tyranny of things, but by means of music, which breaks the chains.)

Wilhelmina van der Geijn (1910-2009): Wilhelmina van de Geijn 1910-2009 She was a paleontologist, who published a study about the Cretaceous Period, earning her PhD in the natural sciences as one of the first women in the Netherlands. In July 1939 she was appointed as the director of the Museum of Natural History, a post she held untill July 1947. In August 1947 she was appointed as interim director, serving for another year, under the name of doctor W.A.E. Minis-van de Geijn. This seems to point to the practice at the time of Dutch women losing their jobs on the day they married, irrespective of their qualifications.

She was crucial in guiding the museum, it’s people and it’s collections safely through World War II. The building was used to hide people, guarded by staff who would serve as night watch. The nazi’s stole part of the collection, but one of the American officers was an entomologist, who went in person to Berlin to get it back. After the war, Wilhelmina noticed quite a few of those interned nearby as traitors were not really criminals and put them to work. They built the museum’s garden as it still is today. The majestic chestnut in that garden was brought to Maastricht as a little sapling, strapped on the back of Wilhelmina’s bike.

Henriette d’Oultremont de Wégimont (1792-1864): Born in Maastricht into a noble family, she was a lady in waiting at the court in The Hague since 1817. This was right after the (re)construction of the European states following the defeat of Napoleon, when the kingdom of the Netherlands was constructed and William I installed as it’s first king. He was married to Wilhelmina of Prussia and fathered four children with her lady in waiting Julie von der Golst. When Wilhelmina died, William asked Henriette, almost 20 years younger, to marry him. Henriette felt the position should go to Julie, who had fled the court in humiliation and died the same year.

Quite apart from this personal drama, the situation became the subject of court intrigue and a slander campaign in the press. It also fed into political and religious antagonism in the young kingdom; the old king was resented increasingly for his autocratic rule, his new wife was cast as socially inferior and morally reprehensible, because she came from the Catholic south. The king abdicated in 1840, he and Henriette married and briefly had a contented life in The Hague until his death in 1843.

Beppie Kraft (1946- ): She was also born into a family of great musical talent; her father Sjeng Kraft was a an accordion player known by all of Maastricht. He also wrote songs and one of those launched Beppie’s career when she was 11.

She is still singing, mostly during the Carnaval season, but has also worked as a producer. Most of the country knows her as the little lady – she is only 1.48 m – with the large voice, the queen of the Limburg life song.

Custom Walking Tours 2021

Exciting news! We are now offering on-demand walking tours of Maastricht with plenty of themes to choose from – there’s something for everyone! The tours will run with a maximum of 10 people for a walking tour and 15 people per bike ride. At €15 per person for a walk and €18 per person for a ride, they are an absolute steal, even if we do say so ourselves. We can provide these tours in English or Dutch!

Make sure to browse the pictures here to discover all of our offerings. If you have any questions or would like to organise a tour, send us a message via social media or contact us at: info@meetmaastricht.eu

Dinghuis Colouring Competition


Our amazing winners for this competition are Tessa Kramer and Annemie Satijn – Congratulations! They will each receive a lovely Maastricht merchandise package courtesy of Visit Maastricht with a tote bag, coffee mug and notebook.

We’d also like to give a special shoutout to Hanna Du Toit for her entry – it was a close one!

If you would like to download the colouring page above, feel free to do so. Competition details have been removed from the colouring page so it could be a fun piece of a art as well as a great way to learn about a local Maastricht landmark!

Come across – Sphinx, a cultural mini festival

Meet Maastricht has started a new adventure and we invite you to join!
For the first time, we coproduce a mini cultural festival on October 12th focused on one interesting area of beautiful Maastricht, with our partners Kaleido and Let’s Catch Up.
We offer you a treasure hunt, exploring the fascinating Sphinxkwartier – you will have to find your own way from one surprise to the next discovery by solving riddles. Of course Petrus Regout himself is on hand to help you find all the treasures and tales….
14.00-14.30 hrs: Come to The Student Hotel to find your team and start your hunt – you will have to be back by 17.30 hrs!
18.00 hrs: Petrus Regout will announce the winning team and hand out the prizes.
Meanwhile, there will be foodtrucks, music and  a market standing at the Petrus Regoutplein, with a game after the prize ceremony: a great opportunity to meet and mingle for internationals and Mestreechtenere, for students, families and pensioners!

Meet…United World College Interns

Hello! I am Mavzuna, a current United World College Maastricht student from Tajikistan. I more than happy that I got the chance to volunteer at this amazing cultural foundation and for me it is exciting to be working with the other internationals in order to make our events to be pleasant for everyone who’s attending.

While volunteering at ‘Meet Maastricht’ I have been lucky enough to attend in the most interesting and tailor-made cultural events happening in Maastricht in collaboration with experts from cultural institutions in Maastricht and at the same time had fun while meeting new people. One thing that I really like about Meet Maastricht is that through the offered guided tours, cultural and historical workshops, it brings all the locals, international students and tourists to break the gap between them. It is impressive for me to see how this foundation is needed, liked, and appreciated by the communities in Maastricht and many more internationals.

One of the events that I really much enjoyed along with our participants from Meet Maastricht was the evening in which Jazz Maastricht and the Theater aan het Vrijthof joined the forces with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland to present a concert where jazz and classical meet like never before.

Right after the audience took their seats, the concertmaster welcomed the guests, gave a short speech about the night’s program and along with the audience welcomed Conductor Dmitri Liss, virtuoso Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani and many more amazing musicians from Philharmonie Zuidnederland with a round of applause. Chief- conductor Dmitry Liss took his cue and performed Gershwin’s swirling Girl Crazy, together with Prokofiev’s exciting Romeo and Juliet and iconic jazz pianist Stefano Bollani, premiered the Concerto Azzurro.

Overall, the concert was like a truly magical experience for the audience and the Meet Maastricht participants were lucky to get the chance to meet and greet with Aurora Cano Soto, viola player at Philharmonie Zuidnederland and know more about her career and life as a musician at philharmonie.

Meet… United World College CAS interns


Another week, another blog post from our UWC volunteers! Today, you will have the chance to read Marianna’s reflection on her favorite activity.

”I know that usually the first isn’t the best, but the first event I got to attend happened to be my favorite one. That day, as usual in me, I was late to the meeting point in which I would start my first tour guide experience around the center of Maastricht. When I arrived I was nervous since I had to be quick while registering the people in order to start the tour in time. Fortunately, I managed to get the names of the people attending the tour and didn’t forget to take my camera with me, which allowed me to start taking photos since the very first moment.

Lucy, the tour leader, took us in a walk around the city center by places that I barely had visited nor heard about. Along the beautiful and important places we visited, I had the opportunity to converse with such interesting and diverse tour members.  They were mostly expats, tourists and University students who wanted to have a different view of the Maastricht that’s often portrayed. What I found in that experience was unique. I discovered the hidden history of a place that seemed strange for me and that experience helped me to feel closer to it.

As I had only spent 2 months in the city when I started volunteering in Meet Maastricht I was not familiar with the context and the relevance of the place until I participated in that tour. Maybe that’s why it is so special to me. I will never forget all the nice people I had a chat with, in which we shared our experience as foreigners who miss home but are learning to love their new one. Also, every time I walk by the places we visited such as the Vrijthof, Maastricht University and the Marres museum, I remember all the details and fun facts Lucy told us about it.

After we finished the tour, I warmly said goodbye to all the attendants and closed the tour in a fresh and dark afternoon. Lucy took me to drink some coffee and she told me more stories and curiosities about Maastricht that surprised me and made me know more about Dutch culture. I have had more opportunities to join different activities that I found amazing such as a Vlaai workshop or a Brouwerij tour, however I got fascinated by that calm and fun walk around the center that, even though seems small, has a lot of things to discover.”

Meet… United World College CAS interns

Since October 2018, we are very happy to welcome three amazing students from United World College in our team. Abigail, Mavzuna and Marianna are part of Meet Maastricht during their CAS programme.  You will have the chance to get to know them better via our blog posts!

Here is Abigail’s impression during these months of volunteering in our foundation.

”My name is Abigail and I am a student in Maastricht, a few months ago I joined the Meet Maastricht team. And today I would like to share my opinion about this incredible foundation.
Two things are my favorite in this place. First, you discover what are the mysteries behind this city, suddenly the old buildings, the streets or the statues make sense and tell you stories from the past, they allow you to know the beauty of this city.
The second thing I enjoy is the intercultural experience, in the various activities organized by Meet Maastricht you meet people from different parts of the world who tell you about their experiences and how they came to Maastricht, it is the best experience of cultural exchange. For example, some time ago they made a tour called Post-Industrial, this was one of the activities that caught my attention because I realized the story behind the buildings that I had seen before so naturally, and then I discovered that the well-known student hotel had been a ceramics factory and that the other building had been a paper factory, and then I found myself looking at this interesting past.
The most trained part was to make the tour seeing the current ceramics that they made, so many colors and shapes. Likewise, I loved the company of the group of people who attended the event, some came from Spain, others from Italy, others from Belgium, incredible diversity. This allowed interaction during the event, between questions and exchanges of ideas.
So, dear friends, do not miss the next Meet Maastricht event, I know it will be a fabulous experience that will allow you to explore and discover more about this beautiful city. See you, Abigail”



Meet…Philharmonie Zuidnederland

  • Hello Roxanne. Thank you for this interview! Let’s start with you and your role in Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
  • Hello! My name is Roxanne and I am from Maastricht. I lived and studied here and I am working for the orchestra for five years now. I really like the company as we are trying to be an orchestra of 21th century with developing new things.  I am working for two different departments: for marketing and for education. I really love the department of education as we play many concerts for children and schools. This gives you a lot of energy, when you see how the children respond to the music. For the marketing department, I work for projects which are not like the standard ones, but something new, either artistically or aimed to another audience.
  •  Can you tell us a little bit more about Philharmonie? The goals and the mission of the organization and some basic information?
  • The orchestra only exists for five years as it was a merger between two smaller orchestras. Since 2013, it is officially the Philharmonie Zuidnederland. We have one of the biggest orchestras in the Netherlands with 109 musicians and 35 staff members. We are playing in the province of Limburg, Brabant and Zeeland. As the CEO of the company is always saying, it is 25% of the complete surface of the Netherlands. So it is really quite big area. That means that the musicians should travel a lot: it is possible that one Friday they have a concert in Maastricht and on Saturday they have to be in Zeeland which is quite far. But at the same time it is nice as there are a lot of activities connected to the region. So we have, for example Carnaval concerts, but we also have open air events. A lot of them are attached to the city or the province. I think what the orchestra wants to achieve is to be an orchestra of 21th century. Not an orchestra only for people who can afford to go to the concerts, but an orchestra for everyone who lives in the South of the Netherlands. We want to offer concerts and other programs where a lot of people can feel comfortable with. Also a variety of different activities: the orchestra can be relevant for business events but at the same time for children or for students.
  • So, your audience is quite broad and everyone can participate?
  • Yes exactly, that’s what we try to achieve. But I think we still have way to go. We definitely do a lot of interesting things . If someone is really a fun of a big orchestra with Russian music, he/she can come to the Philharmonie. But if you really like to go to a concert in a different location, as last year’s ‘‘West Side Story” in Vrijthof, you will also find something that you will like, for sure.
  • And for you, which is your favorite project?
  • There are two things that firstly come up in my mind: first, it is the West Side Story because the orchestra was playing in the stage of Andre Rieu live. It was really nice to work on it and in the end they were 8000 visitors which is way more than we expected. If you are in charge of the marketing of the project, it is really cool to see all these people there. Another project that I really like is a collaboration with Double Trouble. They organize a lot of student parties and we worked together with one of their DJ’s. He made music together with the orchestra and we played in one of the Double Trouble events. It was very cool to combine electronic music with classical music.
  • Do you have any new projects coming this year?
  • This year, we will have an event on April which is going to be called Music and Food. I think it sounds already really good. We are not sure yet what it is going to be, but it will be in a different location. In Maastricht, it will be in Complex. There will be music and food and actors from Toneelgroep Maastricht. I am really looking forward for it, because it is also something completely different, the participants will see the orchestra in a completely different way, you can eat something while listening to music which is also really nice.
  • Where can someone find more information about the events?
  • Always in the website. I think it is the best place. Of course, we have brochures in the city and advertisements via flyers, but mostly via the website.
  • How can students participate in case they are interested in doing their internship within the organization?
  • At this moment, we do not have an open vacancy. But if someone applies for an internship, there is a big chance that it would be possible to do it with us. It can be in the marketing department or another department. We collaborate also with the University and the Conservatorium providing lectures and presentations about the orchestra. It really needs cultural entrepreneurship skills for working in the orchestra. So, it is not only open to people with Arts and Culture background. You also have to be interested in how orchestra is working as a business. It will be very nice with us to continue having these meetings and talks with students.
  • Do you have specific discount for students for your events?
  • Yes totally. We have student discount ticket. If you are younger than 30, you can buy a ticket for only 10 euros. It is not only for last minute concerts, you can also buy it already for an event that it is happening in a couple of months. You can buy it in the ticket desk of Theater aan het Vrijthof with just your ID. 
  • Which is your ambition and your dream as an employee of the Philharmonie?
  • What I would really like to achieve is to search for concerts that really fit a younger audience. But also come up with an identity that matches the target group, something that fits students of 21st. What I would also like to achieve is to organize another open air event with a DJ and the classical orchestra. It is a really nice combination, classical and electric music are alike and they can inspire each other, in my opinion.
  • That’s sound amazing indeed. Good luck and thank you again!
  • Thank you!


(pictures by Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Meet Maastricht)


Photo Contest- Autumn in Maastricht 2018

Hello Maastricht lovers,

Autumn is here and our program ” Autumn in Maastricht ” has already started!!! We would like to thank you for joining our events and supporting our ideas.  In Meet Maastricht, we love photography! That’s why we organize once more a photo contest for all of you, amateur and professional photographers. This year, we warmly invite you to share with us your favorite spots of Autumn in Maastricht. Maastricht is so marvelous during autumn! Take your smartphones and your cameras, go for a walk and let us discover this autumn’s beauty through your eyes!

For this contest, we are very proud and happy to cooperate once more with Museum aan het Vrijthof.  But let’s have a look at all details and info about the contest as well as the prize of this year!

These are the rules:

  • Be creative and take a picture of a spot in Maastricht, which represents the theme: Autumn in Maastricht. 
  • Upload it to your social media (Facebook, instagram, twitter etc.) with the hashtag #meetmaastricht
  • The deadline is 01.11.2018. After that, we are going to upload all photos in our FBpage for being available to the public (in case you do not agree with the re-posting of your pictures, you can contact us and we will eliminate you from the competition). After that, the 10 most popular pictures will be sent to the final judge (details below). 
  • All pictures will be uploaded with credits to their owners. 
  • And of course this will not come without a prize! The famous Maastricht photographer Guy van Grinsven is going to select the final winner and the photo will be displayed in Museum aan het Vrijthof. 

Are you excited??? So are we!!

We are looking forward to see your photos!

Meet Maastricht team

Meet… CODE043

  • Hello! Would you like to introduce yourself? Who are you and which is your role in CODE043?
  • My name is Gerard, I am 29, I live here in Maastricht and work in CODE-043. My role is to guide people who apply here for budgets, for projects or for their plans in generals. I am looking to expand my services to the young adults here in Maastricht by hosting network events, creating workshops and seeing what else I can do for CODE043.
  • Wow, good luck. Can you tell us a little bit about CODE043? How and why did the organization start and which was the mission back then?
  • CODE-043 exists about 12 years now. At that time, the government of Maastricht wanted to spend an amount of budget for young adults in Maastricht and see what would these young adults do with it. They thought it would be a nice idea to create an organization which is mainly focused on funding young adults in Maastricht and help them implementing their ideas. This is how CODE043 started.
  • Is it only for Dutch-speaking young adults or internationals can participate too?
  • It is basically for everyone, also international students and young adults. We are hoping we can reach them both.
  • What kind of projects do you usually support?
  • It is very broad,basically everything is possible. The most important is that the project is organized by young adults between 12-25 years old, the project is beneficial for Maastricht, especially for other young adults and students. Something that is very important also is the social impact of the project, it should be beneficial for the society.
  • If some students want to participate and apply with a project, which is the procedure?
  • The main way to apply is through the website. You can find the link and start your own project with a very easy process. After that, you will see what you need in order to start the project, what info you need and how you should think about the finances. But you can always call or send an email or even just come by in the office.
  • This is very helpful! For the new academic year and as new project manager, what are your plans?
  • We have different projects. We now start with INKOM. It is how we can be noticed and search for new volunteers. We will be there in the Info Markt and in the Night at the Museum. We have also some projects with UWC staff: a workshop that we host with almost every school in the city. We will teach UWC staff how to talk to students about subjects as drugs. There is also a conference coming with the theme ‘’Safety in schools’’. The government of Maastricht wants to make sure that every teacher knows about organizations in the city related with young adults safety. CODE043 will be there. We will do the hosting with alcohol-free cocktails and probably be in charge of the matching corner to make sure that all teachers and organizations will find each other.
  • When is the conference?
  • October. Also in October, we will start with CODE events support. They will be networking sessions. Every month, we will host one night and try to get everyone together: for example the young adults who are busy with projects or have applied for a project will meet all together. In October, we will organize the kick-off session, a party in which everyone is invited.  I am really trying to figure out what else we can do for young adults and students to help them with their projects, but also in terms of getting them in touch with people or organizations where they can get other budgets or subsidies. I want this night to be a moment that they can ask me or other people where they can go and then we will provide them with information and solutions. Maybe, I will have to do some research but it will be solved. I also want to do the workshops during these nights so whatever people will need, they can tell me during these sessions and I will try to come up with ideas.
  • So is this one of your ambitions for the next academic year?
  • Yes,definitely
  • Do you have any other idea or ambition which you would like to succeed from September? Something that you have in your mind and you really want to work with?
  • Yes this is a very good question and I actually have! This project is planned basically for half a year. So, it is a trial period. And the CODE events support is one of those things. What I really want to do in this project is t to make sure that CODE043 becomes a safe space for young adults and students. A place where you feel safe enough to come by, to ask about everything you need, but also to get help and coaching. I love these workshops as I think it is very important to realize what you want in your life, to get out of your comfort zone and to challenge yourself. I would love to be part of this process and have a role. One way is these network events, workshops where I can do coaching. But mainly what I want is that people will get the feeling that CODE043 is a safe space.
  • It is very important for Maastricht as many students are coming, they have ideas but maybe they don’t know how to implement them or they are afraid that they will be rejected. It is very important that they have this chance!
  • Yes,exactly!
  • And  where can they find information about your events?
  • Best way is via our website. We have all information there about the projects, all events that they are going on. You can also get to now us, the people who work here. But something also I recommend is our FB page. It is the easiest way for all our event. It is also important for everyone interested to know that we will be present in INKOM, in the Info Markt on Monday, probably with a fun activity. Also, in the Night of the museum, we will be there with a very funny big interactive game. I definitely invite all people to come by and get to know us.
  • Thank you very much it was a pleasure!
  • Thank you too!