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#TBT 2015 Welcome Day: Spoorzone

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In just 2 days, we will be hosting another Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2015!

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Article by Patricia Gonzalez

Time flies. So with places as with people. From 1868 to 2011, the Spoorzone was an industrial site – a place where trains were built and repaired for Nederlandse Spoor and “migrants” from Utrecht came to work on the railways. Today, the Spoorzone is home to the Red Cross, an intended hub for entrepreneurs, a skate park for youth and, during Mundial festival or one of the many market weekends (e.g., Bazouq, Swan Market, Pasar Malam), a bustling event space.

Three years ago, I was a newcomer to Tilburg meeting other foreigners at TIC’s Open House. On 26th September, I was one of the “old faces” welcoming newly moved buitenlanders and sharing my own stories about living in this city.

Welcome Day began with a tour of the Spoorzone led by Stadsgidserij Tilburg. In the span of an hour, our guide walked us through history, bringing to life tales of railway workers – a smaller segment of the population in the then mostly textile-focused town. He made us smile to hear of the one-cent increase in workers’ hourly wages (big money then!) and how lunches used to be delivered via small pass-throughs in the imposing wall that enclosed the spoor zone. He also told us of the city’s future plans for the area, helping us imagine what’s in store for the space: the new public library, a passageway for bicycles and pedestrians traveling from above the tracks into the city center, and a possible seats2meet venue – all exciting additions to the city.  

We ended our tour at Restaurant De Houtloods, the oldest building in the 13-hectare zone. Under the steel trusses and the clear blue skies, Wethouder Marcelle Hendrickx gave a speech that was warm and welcoming – apropos for the day. Afternoon very quickly turned to evening, as happens when you’re having fun. There were drinks and borrelhapjes, old friends to catch up with, new acquaintances to make, and the shared experience of living and working and loving Tilburg to discuss. It was a pleasant way to kick off the club year.

If you couldn’t come to Welcome Day, don’t worry. There are still plenty of activities in store – a whole year’s worth. But don’t blink or you might miss it!

Welcome Day is an annual event for expats and internationals living in Tilburg and the surrounds. This year’s Spoorzone tour and borrel was organized by TIC, made possible through the combined efforts of Holland Expat Center South and Tilburg University, and generously sponsored by Gemeente Tilburg.  

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As cheesy as it sounds, this job wouldn't be as satisfying as it is without you all. ☀️ For 11 years we have organized this welcome event and every time, we leave with an incredible feeling and the chance to meet people from all over the world that for different reasons ended up living in Tilburg, which we love! 💛 We have all been here for a first time and we know how it is to feel the enthusiasm of the new place but also the need to meet some new friends and this is why we are here! 👏🏻👏🏽👏🏿 Thank you once again, thank you all for coming, for enjoying and for contributing to this amazing family of expats in Tilburg! See you at our next event ✨ . . . #expat #expatlife #dutchculture #holland #netherlands #visitnetherlands #visitholland #thenetherlands . . . . . . . . . . . #multicultural #tilburginternationalclub #tilburginternational #tilburg #tilburgdrinkt #tilburgismooi #visittilburg #ditistilburg #brabant #noordbrabant #visitbrabant #tilburgcom #inbrabant #013straatjes #cafesp
What a great welcome to Tilburg!
Our #welcometotilburg event has started! And even though rain is part of the Dutch culture, it seems that today we will have a beautiful day!! We are ready to start our #walkingtour with @013straatjes 💛
How to make a welcome to Tilburg event more Dutch? 🧐 Bring rain! 😂 It might rain on Saturday so don't forget you rain boots, jacket 🧥or an umbrella! ☔ Nothing will stop us so with or without rain 🌦️ we will welcome you all like you deserve! #dutchsummer #dutchweather #tilburginternationalclub

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