Rotterdam is known for its harbour, no-nonsense mentality and robust building style. What few visitors fail to experience is the fragile, spiderweb-like skeleton of art that weaves through the city. If you don’t know where to look, you will have passed it in awe of the concrete monsters of architecture.
Rotterdam has cultural breeding-grounds situated in every nook of every neigbourhood. This brings the art closer to the ‘common life’, but it also creates a distance between the artists themselves. There is little knowledge of ‘what’s up’ with other artists or disciplines. This makes the buzz of creation seem softer than the bustle of streetcars and pounding of poles, forming new buildings.
One of the breeding-grounds trying to break through this barrier of distance is De Kapsalon (The barbershop).
Situated in Rijnhaven, just over the bridge of the citycentre, lies this former barbershop. It is run by two enthusiastic art-students who want to incorporate every discipline imaginable in their space. Plans for literary events, expositions and musical experimentations, are all on the agenda of 2010.
They welcome every visitor personally and are always looking for (international) ideas that spark. To find out what they’re up to, you can simply follow their facebook