Pakhuis de Zwijger focuses on the future of the region, our country and the world from an urban perspective through its programs and projects. Our approach to the large and complex social issues and challenges is value-driven and the programs and projects aim to contribute to better cities for everyone.

Future focused
We are an independent and progressive platform for everyone who has ideas and plans for the cities of tomorrow. Or better yet: for the whole world. We have a curious attitude and look critically at the past and present. In our programming we investigate new solutions for urgent social issues and tasks – such as affordable housing, equal opportunity or sustainable economies – whereby we constantly ask ourselves: in what kind of a world do we want to live in the future?

We look at global developments from the perspective of the city. After all, cities are the places where the major challenges of our time – such as racism, climate change and gentrification – manifest themselves in a pronounced way. Cities are also places of progress and innovation. Many different people live there, all with their own dreams, ambitions and wishes. When we bring these people together, creativity is spawned and unexpected solutions arise for the major challenges we face.

Politics, economy, ecology and social issues: they are all interconnected. In the city, the country and all over the world. That is why we believe in an integrated approach. Only when we see the whole picture can we develop sustainable solutions. That is why we connect people from different disciplines and bring together individuals with a variety of opinions. In this way we arrive at conversations that generate innovative ideas that make the world and the city a better place.

We build cities for all. Cities are becoming increasingly diverse. There is no majority of one population group: differences in age, cultural background, gender (identity), religion, sexual orientation, and physical, mental and economic capacities are an intrical part of the city. Cities where everyone feels at home. Where the human dimension is at the centre, where exclusion has no place, representation and power distribution are in balance and all people are given equal opportunities.


We focus on an economy in which the well-being, health and resilience of people and the planet are at the centre, here and all around the world. In doing so, we respect the limits of our earth and commit to circularity, climate, environment and biodiversity. We are on our way to a sustainable city and society.

It all starts in the street, the neighbourhood and the district. This is where the people are with whom we want to build a better city and metropolitan area, a more beautiful world: a bottom-up approach. Here, residents, entrepreneurs and social organisations have a seat at the table, alongside governments, the business community and knowledge institutions. Only through cooperation between all stakeholders within the city and region can we arrive at sustainable solutions for everyone.

We see all urban issues as design-related. By bringing together designers, artists and other creatives, we make room for imagination and different ways of looking at things. For example, we work on design principles with which we can shape a world that contributes to the happiness and well-being of all its residents.

We bring people together, find common denominators and are not afraid to start awkward conversations. In order to take the next step together, we use the value-oriented dialogue as a form of discussion. The dialogue focuses on listening, understanding and constructive cooperation with one another.

We offer space to all people who are committed to a city for all. We explicitly make room for marginalised groups, so that everyone (regardless of age, cultural background, capacities, faith and gender) is heard. We ensure that innovations and ideas that contribute to just and sustainable cities are given a stage. Access to our conversations is and will remain free.

We use storytelling to put current topics on the agenda and present innovative ideas. Stories inspire, give meaning and appeal to the imagination. We ensure that new talents and established names can meet one another. This creates new stories and exchanges between different points of view and mutual understanding.

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
Dissident Talks
Safeguarding LGBTQI+ children and youth
Get to know Costa Rican-LGBTQI+ activist Shi Alarcòn
di 4 jun, 20.00
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
In de spotlight