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The Museumkaart advantage

museum-kaartNot sure what to do with the kids during the Christmas break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

Did you know that you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

The Museumkaart program has been running since 1981 and now has over 1 million card holders.

Currently you can see highlighted museums that have special programs running just for kids on THIS page (Dutch only). Three well-known museums in Tilburg that are always great for the kids are De Pont, De Textielmuseum and De Natuurmuseum. With the Museumkaart, you can get in free to all three!

The Museumkaart (museum card) is an annual membership card available to (temporary or permanent) Dutch residents which gives unlimited free entry to approximately 400 museums in the Netherlands – including 38 museums in Amsterdam.

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2019 Welcome Event review!

07 Sept 2019. by Yolonda van Riel. The day started out with a big chance of rain but, like all the other Welcome Events before, the skies cleared and we had another fantastic day to celebrate the beginning of another tic season! After registration and a nice cup of coffee at de Spaarbank, the event officially kicked off with walking tours guided by Tilburg’s very own 013 Straatjes (small streets of Tilburg) and sponsored by tic partner BOM.

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tíc Membership Benefits

Started in March of 2008, the tilburg international club has already hosted many activities to meet the needs and wishes of its international members living in and around the area of Tilburg.

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:

        • Provides social, educational and networking activities for internationals living in and around Tilburg;
        • Represents the international community to local governmental bodies; and
        • Aims to further positive relations among people of different nationalities

As a member of tíc, you will be entitled to participate in a variety of events and activities especially geared toward expats living in Holland. Here are just a few of our diverse activities:

  • Special topic educational lectures featuring expert guest speakers
  • Book Club
  • Day trips to various destinations around the country
  • Workshops in a fun, social atmosphere
  • Happy hours at different bars and/or restaurants around town
  • Annual events include our Welcome to Tilburg event, Holiday Dinner, Christmas Cookie workshop and TICnic (picnic)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIG): Movie Night, Walking Group, Sports Events Group (coming soon!)

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#TBT 2015 Welcome Day: Spoorzone

On 7 September 2019, we’ll be hosting another Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2015!

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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. (more…)

The Museumkaart advantage

museum-kaart

Not sure what to do with the kids during the summer break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

Did you know that you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

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ticnic a success!

by Mala Raman

30 Jun 2019. This year we had perfect weather for our annual picnic. To our regular participants, our once a year, pre-summer gathering is known as the tícnic. In a not too warm, not too cold outdoor venue, a big crowd of tíc members and guests came together to once again help bring the club season to a close.

In the middle of a lush green park on the campus of Tilburg University, everyone happily sat at the picnic tables or on the grass to enjoy a good old-fashioned cookout. Thanks to many of our male members who “manned” the grill, there were hamburgers, veggie burgers, braadworst and kip saté to be gobbled up. Members also brought many delicious types of salad or dessert to share. (more…)

#TBT: Another fun TICnic!

In just a couple of days we will once again meet up for our annual “TICnic” on the lovely grounds of Tilburg University.  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look the fun and games from last year!

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by Anne van Oorschot. I am back home after attending the annual tíc picnic…tícNic and it was, as usual, really fun. A couple of the guys did a great job of grilling all the different meats and vegetarian options and I feasted (OK, a bit too much!) on all the delicious and unique salads people had brought.

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Candle Making is fun!

IMG_881530 Mar 2019. Review by Mala Raman. We had a small but enthusiastic tíc crowd who were greeted by Mirjam at the Kaarsen Temple on a bright but cool Saturday afternoon. The kids received a brief explanation on the 2 types of candles they were going to make.

They happily got to work creating imaginative and elaborate pyramid candles. They had plenty of tools to help shape the candles of their dreams with metal cookie cutters, sheets of wax, sharp carvers and their own little fingers! Once they were done, Mirjam coated the candles with a transparent layer of wax as a finishing touch.

The second type of candle was about building layers of different coloured wax and then peeling back the layers to created a multi-coloured candle. After a quick break with a drink and “iets lekkers” the kids got back into the creative flow!

The kids were happy to take home their beautiful creations!

#tilburginternationalclub #tickids #candlemaking #expatlife #artsandcrafts

Delicious treats from the Christmas Cookie Party!

by Alisha Z. (tícKid!)

08 Dec 2018. The cookie workshop was a lot of fun. There was lovely Christmas music in the background for decorating different Christmas themed cookies.

There were snacks and drinks for everyone. All the people that were there made beautiful cookies with all the icing that was self-made. We also had plenty of cookie decorations.

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The tables were very festive and everyone had plenty of room to work on their creations.

Some cookies were left over, so people took them home to decorate on their own!

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Christmascookies #decorating #holidays

Autumn Day @Grotto review

by Mala Raman

21 Oct 2018. It was a clear, but chilly day at Grotto in the Oude Warande in the neighbourhood of Tilburg University. tíc members (and a few guests!) met at the pavilion, Grotto, in the middle of this small forest for a warm drink to keep out the chill.

This cave inside a glass box is a structure located at the point where eight paths converge from the forest in a baroque formal garden. The interior of the building is sunk into the ground and has holes at eye level to afford glimpses of the park outside.

In 2007, Fundament Foundation commissioned Callum Morton to design a pavilion where the baroque design of the garden was to be respected, it had to be at the central point of the park, the only spot from where the star-shaped pattern of the paths can be seen. However, a pavilion in this position would destroy the view of the star design. This presented Morton with a dilemma, which he resolved by creating an exterior that is not immediately apparent, because it is a mirror, so all eight paths of the star continue in the reflection.

tíc kids and adults alike had a great time around this unique building playing soccer, racing a remote control monster truck and munching on warm snacks despite the cold nipping at noses, ears and fingers! It was a beautiful autumn day filled with good company and lots of laughter. Probably one of the last clear days, as the rainy, fall weather has finally arrive in Tilburg.

#tilburginternationalclub #Grotto #Autumnday #expatlife #Fall

2018 Welcome to Tilburg photo album

Our Welcome to Tilburg event last Saturday was a very fun and delicious way to spend the afternoon. With bites to eat, drinks to test and competitions to win, it was an exciting, yet relaxed way for expats to explore the city and get to know one another better.  Check out our 2018 Welcome to Tilburg Facebook album for a look at more of the festivities!

2018 Welcome to Tilburg Event a smashing success!

by Mala Raman

the tilburg international club (tíc) organised a very special and fun-filled Welcome to Tilburg event on 8 September 2018 for internationals in and around Tilburg to celebrate its 10-year Anniversary!

Over 100 expats joined in for a fabulous afternoon starting at the Mercure with bubbles and Tilburgse bossche bol. tíc president, Yolonda van Riel, gave everyone a warm welcome and underscored tíc‘s initiative to support internationals in better understanding the people and culture of the Netherlands as well as to provide a relaxed social atmosphere for meeting new people from around the world.

tíc‘s 10-year anniversary as a club also marks the 10th anniversary of several of its members who have been with tíc from the very beginning. 10-year members, Anne van Oorschot, Masako Kato, Yolonda van Riel, Anita James, Mala Raman, Fabio Castiglionesi and Jean-Francois Hennart, were given special recognition for their ongoing support and commitment to tíc. Yolonda also took a moment to acknowledge Bas van Steensel who designed the new tíc logo.

tíc was also immensely please to have Mayor Theo Weterings welcome expats to the city. He had invaluable words of encouragement for those settling into the area and stressed their impact on the social and economical development of the region. He was also very enthusiastic about the club and its goals to assist expats coming to Tilburg and Brabant.

After a taking a picture to capture the moment, the crowd was split into 4 groups who continued on for an “around the world” trip to local restaurants in Tilburg.  Doors were opened to culturally different worlds with a bite to eat and a drink.  Expats visited Italy and England at Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, America at Cat’s Back, Thailand at Aim Aroy, Japan at Jade and ended, of course, in the Netherlands at De Wagon. Along the way there was a video game contest and a trivia quiz to complete; the competition was fierce!

At the end point of the tour, prizes were awarded to the winning team of the trivia quiz and the pacman player with the highest score. There was also a random drawing for the grand prize €50 gift certificate to EVE in the Spoorzone! Many expats stayed to enjoy the great atmosphere and friendly company of fellow internationals long after the official end of the event.  New friendship were made and many expats found a new home with tíc!

Everyone had a great time and it was all made possible by our partner, the Municipality of Tilburg (Gemeente Tilburg) and our sponsors Holland Expat Center South (HECS), Tilburg University and P&D care!

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#tilburginternationalclub #welcome #tour #expatlife #Brabant #Tilburg

#TBT: Welcome to Tilburg 2017

In just 2 days, we will be celebrating tic‘s 10-year anniversary at our grand Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2017!

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by Mala Raman

We had another great day on 9 September 2017 for our annual Welcome to Tilburg event that officially opens our club year!

Every year we pick a different area of Tilburg to present to new and established members of the international community in Noord Brabant.  This year we focused on the Nieuwlandstraat in the city center. The streets in and around this area are full of eclectic cafes, bakeries and shops … something a little different from the mainstream shopping area.

tic President, Yolonda van Riel with Tilburg Vice Mayor, Erik de Ridder

We officially welcomed expats back from the summer starting with coffee and a sweet at Locals Café, followed by a welcome from Tilburg’s Vice Mayor, Erik de Ridder and finished off with drinks and snacks at WijnBar Cru – and of course juice and treats for our littlest expats! There were games and prizes from local eateries which procure, whenever possible, goods from local vendors in and around Tilburg.

As in past years, TIC partnered with Tilburg University, P&D Care, Holland Expat Center and the Municipality of Tilburg for a fun afternoon program while finding some hidden gems in the heart of Tilburg.

We ended the afternoon with the grand prize drawing of a €50 gift certificate to the restaurant Bij Vermeer. It was a relaxing and entertaining afternoon meeting new people, catching up with old friends and just having fun!

Watch the slideshow on tíc‘s Facebook Page to see more great pictures from this fun event!

Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art review

by Mala Raman

Graduates of Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art presented their group show “Wake the Dog” in which they connected their circus skills with dance and theatre. The performance was directed and produced by the students and coached by Stefan Hort (Switzerland).

Entering the theater, a group of 9 performers were already “on” and interacting with the audience members as individuals found their seats. One participant was sitting on the side of the hall singing a French song and playing the guitar. The students gave off a vaudeville vibe before the show and that continued throughout the performance beginning with a group dance.

According to my fellow TIC members (because I had no clue), it seems the acting/theater portion of the show symbolized how people have been trained to behave according to societal norms, responding to events in their daily lives in a Pavlovian manner. The point of the performance (I think) was that we must break free of our boxes and open our eyes to what is happening in the greater scheme of life, in other’s words, we must wake the dog.

Long theatrical dialogues and diatribes (complete with dog hoods) were punctuated by short bursts of circus skills. There was an annoying dog barking sound track with ‘house’ style background music that was played intermittently signalling the group to begin “dancing” again. I could have done without seeing that exact dance 20 times during the performance.

On the bright side, what there was to see of the circus acts looked impressive and difficult. The acts included the static and dance trapeze, tightwire, Chinese pole, rope and partner acrobatics.  It’s clear that these students have worked hard at their chosen craft and it was nice to see the end result of their years of study. I just wish I had been able to witness more of their actual talents.

#expatlife #Tilburg #Fontys #performance #circus #internationalclub

Another fun TICnic!

by Anne van Oorschot.

I am back home after attending the annual TIC picnic…TICnic and it was, as usual, really fun. Jasper and Jonas did a great job of grilling all the different meats and vegetarian options and I feasted (OK, a bit too much!) on all the delicious and unique salads people had brought.

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There were also interesting desserts, with several delicious “ethnic recipes” – like making a little trip around the world while staying right in Tilburg 🙂

After our meal, the new Event Team had a fun photo scavenger hunt planned. There were teams of adults and kids scurrying around trying to complete their list of tasks. The team that completed all of their “tasks” and finished first as well as most creatively was declared the winner.

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Every year, we take a moment to give a big Thank You to the TIC Board Members who work hard to make sure TIC remains an interesting, educational and fun club for its members. And, after 10 years, I am leaving the TIC Board (but not the club!) and it was nice to take a moment to say a “proper” goodbye to our members.

After the inspired competition, great food and good company, most of our group stayed to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the sunny weather while catching up with their TIC friends. A fitting close to another fun TIC year.

Our great new Event Team is already hard at work planning many fun activities for the coming club year (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019). They have lots of new and interesting ideas, but old favorites such as book club, movie nights and borrels will continue, as well.

We have a very special Welcome Event planned for Saturday, 8 September 2018 to mark TIC’s 10th anniversary, so jot it down on your calendar and plan to attend!

In the meantime, I and the rest of the Board wish you a good summer – full of sunny weather, interesting activities and relaxation.  We look forward to seeing you at a TIC event in the near future.
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