Tilburg International Club


tíc is a non-profit association that provides social and educational activities for non-Dutch citizens living in and around Tilburg. Read more About tíc.

tícMovieNight Review: A Private War

by Jonas van Stam

29.03.2019. This review is inspired by the true story of TIC’s Movie Night on March the 29th, by then still the warmest day of 2019.

We cycled to Cinecitta right before sunset. We did this, not knowing yet exactly what kind of movie we were about to witness. We had been so busy having a nostalgic evening with our honoured guest and former tíc member who moved back to the US, Mike Ahern who, needless to say; also joined the movie night (some say he actually came back to Tilburg from the US for it), that we did not manage to watch the trailer of A private war before entering the cinema.

A private war, as I know now, depicts some of the most pivotal reporting assignments of the career of Sunday Times’ foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, and the personal toll they took. The film was rather impressive and surprisingly good, and the element of not having read up about the movie combined with my ignorance considering the existence of the main character, made it even more so. Marie Colvin was (sorry: unavoidable spoiler) a war correspondent, specializing in middle eastern conflict, and famous for reporting on the conflicts in East Timor and Sri Lanka, the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libiya (having interviewed Gaddafi twice) and finally the siege of Homs in Syria.

It does not take much imagination to understand that the harsh reality of the setting in which she worked, and thus what was displayed in the movie, left us somewhat disarranged at the end. Comforted by a variety of drinks (no, I’m just saying people had different drinks), we talked about it and concluded that it was a rather impressive movie, with good acting, and a –to say the least- remarkable and eccentric main character.

The conversation couldn’t just go from the upsetting reality of countries in war to how good the weather was that day in Tilburg (although that would’ve certainly been a very Dutch thing to do), there was a topic in between. This topic being the event a tíc team is going to join in on: The Night of the Refugee charity walk.

And from that moment on, everything happened very quickly: someone instantly financially supported one of the charity walkers who was present, then someone else made a bolt statement of also joining up, after which a third person made a slightly less bolt statement of not nót joining up, and before I knew it, it was my turn to make a statement. Easy choice: I joined up as well. Of course, also with the movie still very much present in my memory.

So, all and all a rather eventful Movie Night with a sequel: walking on the Night of the Refugee on the 15thof June.



#TilburgInternationalclub #Expatlife #movienight #aprivatewar #Cinecitta

Invitation: Nacht van de Vluchteling

Charity: Stichting Vluchteling (The Refugee Foundation)
Date: 15-16 June 2019
Time: 18:45
Route: 20 km in and around Rotterdam
tíc Goal: Raise €1000 for Stichting Vluchteling

A team of tíc members is participating in the national Nacht van de Vluchteling (Night of the Refugee) charity walk to raise support for Stichting Vluchteling in their work to provide emergency aid to refugees and we would love to have you involved!
If you are interested in doing the charity walk, we’ve got good news: We switched to a shorter route: 20 km instead of the original 40 km. And, the event will begin at 6:45pm (18:45) instead of midnight. Lucky for us! Let us know if you have any questions or would like to join our team. We will get together a few times between now and June to practice walking.
If an evening of walking isn’t your thing, or your schedule is already full for 15 Jun, would you consider spreading the word about our team? Repost the tíc team page on social media (buttons on the top of the Nacht van de Vluchteling page) to encourage others to make a donation to help refugees.. Donations made on our team page go directly to the certified non-profit Stichting Vluchteling.

How to Donate

Visit the tíc team page to see who is participating on our team, how close we are to reaching our team goal and how you can get donate.

Go to the tíc team page for the Nacht van de Vluchteling  and click on Donate now (the yellow “Donate now” button) to support the charity.

tíc thanks you for your encouragement and support and for doing your part to help get emergency aid to refugees!

National Event

This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Night of the Refugee. With more than 7,000 participants spread over 10 cities throughout the country, it’s expected to be another memorable occasion. Where will the tic team be? In and around Rotterdam!

Together with the help of thousands of people, the charity aims to raise the biggest amount possible in order to provide more emergency aid to refugees and internally displaced people. This aid is badly needed with more than 68.5 million people on the run from war and violence.

By participating and while being sponsored, you too can help refugees in need. The more money you raise, the more emergency aid comes available for them.

About the Event

Participants walk a set route together at night in order to momentarily identify with the plight of refugees who flee danger at home on foot. (Of course, the charity provides amenities along the routes so it’s not as harrowing as the actual refugee experience). While those who walk the route are expressing their solidarity with refugees, they are also encouraging people to donate to the charity to provide emergency aid for refugees.

Are you interested in joining the tíc team for the walk? Contact us!

#tilburginternationalclub #charitywalk #nachtvandevluchteling #expatlife

Reminder: AGM and Pub Quiz at Tilburg Unversity

Date: Friday, 17 May 2017
Location: Grand Café Esplanade, Warandelaan 2; Tilburg
Time: 19:30/7:30 p.m.
Register by: 15 May (registration form below)
Cost: Free for members
Guests: €5,00 pp for guests (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

As we near the end of our club year, it’s time again for our Annual General Meeting (required by our Constitution). We will be combining the AGM with our Pub Quiz, which, after a few fun and successful editions, has become an annual event 🙂

We will start the evening off with a short business meeting (20 minutes) in which tíc officers will give a brief presentation on how your club is doing as well as our goals for the future. We’d love to hear what you think and get your ideas as well. After the conclusion of the meeting, we will divide into teams and get right into the Pub Quiz. TIC will provide drinks and snacks + prizes for the winning team and a fun evening is sure to be had by all…even if your team doesn’t win 😉

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #agm #members #pubquiz

Hatha Detox Yoga review

by Essi Koskela

13 Apr 2019. Right before noon on Saturday we gathered near the Spoorzone in Tilburg in the hip-looking studio Sooss, which many of us had been hoping to get a reason for to visit. Amazingly, everybody was on time, and after some review of yoga histories, we moved to the cozy classroom on the second floor, just big enough to host the eight of us. We settled on our own matts, or the ones provided by the venue, and sat down to enjoy the daylight and view coming into the room from the big windows covering one side of the room. The atmosphere was tuned by the relaxing music playing during the class, accompanied by the sounds of the city and the ongoing Roadburn festival outside. Cross-legged, we began with breathing exercises.

The class represented the “hatha” style, which is one of the broadest and most allowing style descriptions for the physical practice of yoga. In our case, it described a gentle flow between stretching positions, with a couple of sun salutations and balancing poses in between. So what is specially “detox” about it? “Detox yoga contains relatively high amount of twists, which massage the liver and kidney”, our teacher Mihaela Anohina explained. We were literally squeezing the toxins out of our bodies, or at least concentrating our minds on it. Folding into, and out of, various asanas may have required more effort for the beginners in the class than for the experienced practitioners, but luckily Mihaela readily offered tips on how to ease up the tasks in hand. The class was enjoyable for all levels and participants, women and men alike (or one man, in this case).

Class ended traditionally with us laying down in the final savasana, dead man’s pose. Lying in the floor may not sound comfortable, but resting after such a yoga class is one of the most relaxing experiences available, perfect after a busy week.

As promised beforehand, we were offered accompanying tea, which turned out to be a special type not readily available in the Netherlands. Although the advertising speech for the tea mentioned mushrooms and aroma of the ground, the feeling of the warm tea was very comforting and the taste was surprisingly subtle. After thanking the teacher and ourselves for the wonderful practice, only one question remained: When should we do this again?


#tilburginternationalclub #yoga #English #expatlife #hatha #detox

Open volunteer position, Secretary/Membership

vacant-chairInterested in becoming more actively involved in the #tilburginternationalclub? This is your chance! We  currently have an open position for  Secretary/Membership.

tilburg international club is a “vereniging” and is required to have a Board of Directors to steer activities of the club. Several board positions are essential to running the club including the position of Secretary. Anne van Oorschot just stepped down from the role after 4 years in the position (maximum years allowed according to our club constitution). So, we have an open spot and would very much appreciate some help in this area.

As Secretary/Membership, you would be a member of tíc’s Board of Directors recording board meetings and decisions, assisting with Membership enrolment and inquiries, helping steer the direction of tíc’s activities, and of course, having a lot of fun while contributing to Tilburg’s international community. This is a voluntary position and all board members work closely together to provide support for all club functions, as needed.


  • Ability to attend board meetings once every 4 – 6 weeks
  • Record and distribute Board meeting minutes to board members within 1 week of last meeting
  • Maintain new and existing membership records
  • Responding to membership inquiries from online media sources
  • Preparing agenda and distributing proxy ballots for Annual General Meeting ( 1 x year)
  • Present summary of membership at the Annual General Meeting (1 x year)
  • Preferably have a knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Google Drive
  • Have fun!!

We really do need your help, so if you are interested in chatting further about this position, please let us know!

#Tilburg #Expatlife #BoardofDirectors #volunteer #Secretary

Upcoming Events

  • Book Club: West With the Night 5 June 2019
  • Hap Stap 7 June 2019
  • Nacht van de Vluchteling Charity Walk 15 June 2019 – 16 June 2019
  • TICnic 30 June 2019 Annual tíc picnic

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