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  • 5–7.30pm
    Thursday Bite
    (€ 8,88)

    The Nieuwe Café offers a Thursday Bite every Thursday evening from 5pm: a light vegetarian meal from the kitchen of chef Manuela Gonçalves Tavares. You can order the Thursday Bite for € 8,88 at the bar on the evening itself.
  • 7–8pm
    Thursday Night Detour
    Exhibition tour (Free, max 12 participants) 

    Every Thursday evening, one of the Detour Guides (formerly known as tour guides) takes you on a free Detour through one of the exhibitions in Het Nieuwe Instituut. Experience design, digital culture and architecture from your guide's perspective. For example, one Detour ends in a joint choreography and you design for insects in another.

    No registration needed. In order to participate, gather at the reception desk at 6.55pm and inform staff that you would like to join.
  • 7–9pm
    Collecting Otherwise: Time-based Interventions in the Archive 
    Discussion (Free)

    We explore artistic interventions with film, projections and other manifestations of the moving image, together with Paoletta Holst and Paolo Patelli on behalf of the Resequencing the Tillema Collection project. They will be joined by Working Group member Hannah Dawn Henderson presenting her newest film on the Collection's depot and archive. The conversation welcomes as respondent the curator Astrid Korporaal. This event is coupled with an exhibition in the Research Centre around Sourcebook, a film by Mandy El-Sayegh and Helena Hunter, curated by Renan Laruan.
  • 8–9.30pm
    In Conversation with Irma Boom: Book Manifest
    Book presentation with NAi Booksellers (Free)

    Irma Boom visits Het Nieuwe Instituut on the occassion of her new publication Irma Boom: Book Manifest. Boom, who is described by Eye Magazine as "the queen of books" has created over 500 books and will, aside from presenting her newest work, go into conversation with Team Thursday, a young graphic design studio based in Rotterdam consisting out of Simone Trum and Loes van Esch. Together they discuss the design process, the book as an object and the value of archiving your work.
  • 9–11pm
    After Party with Hugo Out
    DJ, Drinks and Dance (Free)

    To close off the evening DJ Hugo Out will play in Het Nieuwe Café, located on the ground floor of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Combining new-school electronic styles with old-school sounds is what defines Hugo Out's sets. Preferably using vinyl only, he transforms multiple genres into coherent sets that aims at comforting and educating people with new sounds. He also collaborates with others under his label A Project By Principle.

    No registration needed. 

Choose from the activities above to put together your own personal programme.

17:00 – 23:00
also this evening

The museum can be visited for free between 5–9pm.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Thursday Bite€ 8,88

All other programme elements are free.


Thursday Night Live!

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly evening devoted to burning questions in architecture, design and digital culture, featuring leading speakers from home and abroad. Het Nieuwe Café serves a meal, there’s music from DJs or live perfomers, the museum is open for free and our Detour Guides (aka tour guides) show you around the exhibitions. Meet people, be inspired and join the discussion!

Become a Member

Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and enjoy free access to exhibitions and members-only events. Find fresh ways of looking at the world, make new connections and discover novel perspectives at the intersections of design, architecture and digital culture.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.