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

    Het 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.
  • 6.30–7.30pm
    De Gids: To be a plant, an animal, the sea
    Lecture, performance (Free)

    Can we understand rivers, pigs, trees, fungi or cormorants? How could we care about what they have to say? And how do us people, despite our numerous disabilities, once again become a non-disturbing part of the Earth? In collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, literary magazine De Gids explores how human and non-human entities can live harmoniously through the Zoöp programme. With Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Dirk van Weelden, Mariken Heitman and Kirsten van Santen. With a soundscape by Peter Sijbenga.

    This event is in Dutch
  • 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.

    In order to participate, gather at the reception desk at 6.55pm and inform staff that you would like to join. No registration needed.
  • 8.00–9.30pm
    Jaap Bakema Study Centre: Georg Vrachliotis
    Lecture (€ 7,50/ € 3,75)

    Georg Vrachliotis gives a keynote lecture on the role of open data in design and social change, drawing inspiration from the Bouwcentrum Rotterdam, initially founded as a statistical office documenting war damage in the city of Rotterdam in 1948.
  • 9.30-11pm
    DJ set by Peter Barker
    Music, Dance and Drinks (Free)

    Close off this season of Thursday Night Live! with music by DJ Peter Barker, live in Het Nieuwe Café. No registration needed to join this programme component.

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


17:00 – 23:00
English, Dutch
also this evening

The museum is free to visit from 5-9pm


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Thursday Bite€8,88

Jaap Bakema Study Centre
Standard€ 7.50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3.75

The other programme activities are free to join.

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.