In 2006 Pakhuis de Zwijger, a former refrigerated warehouse on the Piet Heinkade, opened its doors as a platform for social innovation & creation. We started creating programmes and projects focused on the city, our country and the world of tomorrow. Over the past 15 years, we have grown into a unique national and global platform that focuses on bringing people together and realising projects that contribute to the development of a more sustainable, fair and future-proof society.

Pakhuis de Zwijger is an accessible, independent and safe public meeting space for everyone. A contemporary ’talking house’ with a strong online media presence that focuses on dialogue as a form of conversation. A place where together we formulate ambitions and present different opinions and insights in order to arrive at creative solutions for the urgent and complex social issues of our time. Where we bring artists and designers together with scientists, policymakers, experts and citizens in all their diversity. Where together we visualise the cities and metropolises of tomorrow, test research results against the everyday practice and present technological and social innovation as alternatives to current policy and actual reality. And finally, above all, a place where we ask a lot of questions and tackle social issues as complex design assignments.

Social issues
We live in a time of great change and are in the midst of some major transitions. At a time when the scope and complexity of social and economic issues is growing, the direct links between the functioning of local, national communities and global relations, and the condition of our planet are becoming increasingly visible. We jump from one crisis into another; from the refugee crisis to the climate and energy crisis, from the nitrogen and water crisis to identity crisis and the crisis on the housing market. The global social divide is increasing, poverty and debt problems are piling up and unequal opportunities in education are getting worse.

Organising meetings and generating impact
The Pakhuis de Zwijger Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that produces approximately 600 programmes annually together with a large number of partners. The main theme and common thread is the future of daily life. The central question is ‘What kind of city/country do we want to live in, in five, ten, twenty and thirty years’ time?’ Our programme makers bring people and organisations together, build communities of practice, set up substantive editorial boards, place creatives in a central executive role, and together with our partners create programmes to inform and inspire. We map out possible solutions and host initiatives from relevant civil societal organisations that use our platform and expertise to generate and increase their impact. We also participate in European projects, government contracts and organise and moderate processes of co-creation in the city and region. We do this in-house in the various rooms within our own building, in the two New Metropolis locations that we have set up in the ‘Nieuw-West’ and ‘Zuidoost’ districts in Amsterdam, and at other locations in the metropolitan region and country.

Bringing systems and the living world together
Pakhuis de Zwijger and the two New Metropolis branches are working on developing and building impact coalitions; bringing together governments, knowledge institutions and large companies (the systems) on the one hand, and citizens’ initiatives, social organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises and local entrepreneurs (the living world) on the other. In order to arrive at sustainable solutions for urgent social issues, these programmes link daily practices, scientific research and policies. In our programmes and activities, we invite the six stakeholder groups to enter into discussions with each other and come together to develop creative and innovative approaches.

City and country for all
Our city of Amsterdam is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of the population. Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam are now all three cities without a clear majority. Something that has long been the case in many major cities, such as London, Paris and New York. Pakhuis de Zwijger is explicitly programming for this development: in the form of content, in the composition of the speakers, its own HR policy and in the choice of moderators. The starting point in our programming is making the city and the country of the future together; for all of us. Sustainable and just, prosperous, safe and healthy. With equal opportunities for all people.

Governments, knowledge institutes, companies, entrepreneurs, citizen initiatives and social organisations can connect to our platform and the activities of Pakhuis de Zwijger and its branches in various ways. The types of collaborations with organisations and individuals can vary from editorial board member, content and/or financial partner, to sponsor or co-producer. Or just through friendship or donations. The content and the intended impact are always paramount.


Aankomende programma’s
De waarde van creativiteit
Creativiteit is ons beste wapen
Wat kan meer creativiteit betekenen voor de maatschappij, bedrijfsleven en het onderwijs?
Vandaag, 19.30
Boekpresentatie & nagesprek
AI, voorbij de hype
De één zegt dat AI het einde van de mensheid betekent, de ander zegt dat je straks niet meer zonder kan. Maar hoe zit het nou echt met AI?
Vandaag, 20.00
Het Grote Jongeren Europa debat
Hoe willen jongeren de Europese Unie veranderen?
Vandaag, 20.00
Kringwijs presenteert: training voor buurtbewoners 3
Iemand Erbij
Leer hoe je het best kunt handelen in een crisissituatie met uiteenlopende problematiek.
Morgen, 09.30
Doevendansen met Nieuw-West 9
Spelen en Bewegen
Maandelijks gesprek tussen stadsdeelbestuurder Sandra Doevendans en bewoners over thema’s die spelen in Nieuw-West. 
Morgen, 19.00
Nederland kiest
Hoop, Lef en Trots (maar waarop?)
PVV, VVD, NSC en BBB presenteerden op 16 mei hun hoofdlijnenakkoord. Wat staat daar nu eigenlijk écht in? Een beschouwing en expertanalyse.
Morgen, 19.30
Music performance
L’Anima du Munnu (The soul of the world)
A Mediterranean storytelling night on the paradoxical relationship between humanity and the natural world in seven beautiful songs.
Morgen, 20.00
Fifth Friday Sisterhood presents: Creed 4
People & Places
An evening of exploration of stories, music and insight.
Morgen, 20.00
Kringwijs presenteert 1
Leertraject voor Sociaal Ondernemers in Nieuw-West
Training voor sociaal ondernemers met een niet-Nederlandse achtergrond in Amsterdam Nieuw-West.
za 1 jun, 11.00
Gebiedsontwikkeling special
Samen Groen Ondernemen
Hoe verenigen we duurzame ondernemers bij elkaar in een al dan niet gedeelde ruimte in de plint van een gebouw?
ma 3 jun, 16.00
Unpacking Labour Export Policy
Understanding and improving the complexities surrounding labour export policies and the rights of migrants and activists.
ma 3 jun, 19.30
Designing Cities for All: RE-generation 25
Voices of Unheard: Designing Belonging
Exploring the experiences of first-generation non-Western Dutch communities in the context of belonging, inclusion and equity.
ma 3 jun, 20.00
Groene Transitie 41
Veevoer zonder boskap
De aanstaande Europese ontbossingswet zorgt voor grote uitdagingen voor de veevoerketen. Hoe bereiden soja-importeurs en verwerkers zich hierop voor?
ma 3 jun, 20.00
Documentaire & nagesprek
Een ode aan de autonomie
Wat is het belang van kunst voor kinderen? Hoe belangrijk is kunst in het onderwijs en wat is de rol van de politiek hierin?
di 4 jun, 19.30
De Staat van de Stad 2024
Vallen en opstaan
We staan op een breekpunt, als maatschappij en als stad. Hoe keren we het tij?
di 4 jun, 20.00
Koop kaarten
Frontlinie Meet Up 8
Achter de Frontlinie: de journalistiek en ultrarechts
Wat is de rol en verantwoordelijkheid van de journalistiek in een ultrarechts politiek landschap?
di 4 jun, 20.00
QueerCity & Shelter City
Queer Youth Rights: The dissident and decolonial way
Get to know Costa Rican-LGBTQI+ activist Shi Alarcòn
di 4 jun, 20.00
The Future of Europe FESTIVAL
Creative Europe Day
Culture for Democracy.
wo 5 jun, 09.30
The Future of Europe Festival
Europe’s Finest Hours
European stories through talks, movies, workshops and performances, one day before the European Parliament elections.
wo 5 jun, 12.00
Film screening & after talk
LUX: European Cinema
'The Teachers’ Lounge': screening of the winner of the 2024 LUX European Audience Film Award.
wo 5 jun, 20.00
In de spotlight