A neighborhood journey into your heart and mind.
One out of every three people in Utrecht today has a parent born outside of the Netherlands, connecting Utrecht to places near and far throughout the world. The city is home to many people who came to the country as ‘guestworkers’ in the 1960s and their descendants; from the former Dutch colonies; seeking asylum; and international students and ‘knowledge workers’. Utrecht is a ‘bed-bath-bread city’, offering shelter and services to people with undocumented status.
Co-created by its intercultural companions, Migrantour Utrecht’s first tour was in August 2022 in Utrecht’s culturally diverse Lombok neighborhood. Participants praise the interactive tour as ‘moving’, ‘inspirational’ and sometimes ‘confronting’, helping them ‘think – maybe even differently – about migration, integration, inclusion, difference and what it means to be human in a culture that’s not the one you were born into’.
It is hosted by Stichting Collective Nouns’ De Voorkamer, an initiative promoting a more inclusive society by connecting newcomers with migration backgrounds with long-time Utrecht residents living in and around Lombok. Sparking and facilitating the development and showcasing of community members’ diverse passions, interests, skills and talents, and offers a platform for them to initiate and co-create numerous cultural and social projects and events, it stimulates individual and collective agency and ownership, and connects people to one another on a personal level, no matter their background.
In Utrecht intercultural urban routes are promoted by Stichting Collective Nouns’ De Voorkamer
Local coordinator: Fiona-Marie (Fiona) Hawes
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