More than 650,000 people visit de Doelen every year. The building attracts more visitors for concerts than any venue in the Netherlands with the exception of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and is the best visited music venue in the city of Rotterdam. More than 600 concerts are held here every year.
As a conference centre, de Doelen welcomes many thousands of visitors for congresses and other events.
De Doelen is Rotterdam’s leading venue for music and its central arena for the exchange of information. For both these activities the Doelen has a national and international reputation, taking its role as engine for cultural and economic development seriously. De Doelen is a place where musicians, their audiences, conference delegates, visitors meet and mingle freely, providing people of all kinds with meaningful experiences through music, debate and dialogue.
De Doelen / Entrance Willem Burger Kwartier
Rotterdam 3012 CC Netherlands
Wednesday 3 October 2018
7:30 – 10:00 pm
On the second day of HVTT15, during the evening, there is a conference dinner on a very special location: The Laurenskerk. The Laurenskerk, or Church of St. Lawrence, originally arose on the banks of the River Rotte and its location can truly be called the very birthplace of Rotterdam. It is an imposing church built between 1449 and 1525, and it is Rotterdam’s only surviving late Gothic building. After the bombing of Rotterdam in the Second World War, the image of the heavily damaged church and the reconstruction works that followed became a symbol of all that the city and its people had endured. Today, the medieval Laurenskerk cuts a striking profile amid the bold modernity of the city’s present-day architecture.
Join the conference dinner for networking in a nice informal setting!
Tuesday 2 October, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ice-breaking reception takes place in the ‘Burgerzaal’ at the town hall of Rotterdam, which was built between 1914 and 1920 to a design by Henri Evers.
The Burgerzaal is the large room on the first floor. The room is used for official receptions, prize ceremonies, cultural gatherings and receptions after wedding ceremonies in the adjacent wedding room. There is an organ from 1920 and the room is decorated with wall paintings by Johan Thorn Prikker.