Due to unfortunate things happening in the past to some of the music venues we used to have in Rotterdam, as well as buildings like churches needing to look for other means of income, we now have the (St.)Laurens, the Paradijs and the Arminius church functioning as a location for lectures, debate nights, dance events & concerts besides their ‘original’ purpose.
I love the multi-purpose usage of these kind of places as my faith lies in (good) music 🙂
So, as we have 3 churches to choose from, the Arminius church is really doing great by offering a varied program.
The Arminius church is a monumental building named after the founder of the Remonstrant faith, Jacobus Hermansz van Oudewater, later changed to Jacobus Arminius. He tried to forge a bridge between the beliefs, philosophy and teachings of Calvi(j)n and Erasmus‘ biblical humanism. Despite some challenges he paved the way to a type of Christianity which included reason, freedom and tolerance.
This church is not so big & going to concerts there makes it a nice intimate experience with everlasting memories.
It was also a location for the annual Motel Mozaique festival in April as it hosted the 3voor12 live sessions of the VPRO radio and TV channel. I can highly recommend these sessions , it’s now the MoMosessions, as you will get a little preview or showcase of some of the bands and artists booked for the festival.
Just check the agenda what is scheduled whether it is a debate, an event or a concert.