Make the sidewalk your own!

Vincent van Kleef

What is a Buurt-Bench?

Buurt! It’s time you learn that word. Buurt is Dutch for neighbourhood: the heart and centre of your daily life and home. Buurt is only the beginning of everything you will be able to experience in this project. By opening a buurt-bench you will meet your ‘buren’, also known as your neighbours! 

Place a bench in front of your door and wave to the people that are passing by. Pass out cake, have a chat and make the sidewalk a shared space for the whole street. A BuurtBench is available the whole year round, but a few days a year we celebrate the fact that they make the sidewalk feel more like ours. Especially this year, where we have seen the insides of our living rooms a bit too much and were not able to meet a lot of new people, we think it is time to fill the streets with fun and laughter. 

That is why we will transform our sidewalk into a living room for the whole neighbourhood on the 12th of September. Wipe the dust of your wine glasses, make lemonade for the local kids, organise a dance class, soccer contest or something else that seems like fun! And don’t forget to put your BuurtBench outside as well. 

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1. Prep your Buurt-Bench

Click on sign up, make up a nice name and determine the location. Everybody can open up a Buurt-Bench. And don’t worry, Kitchen chairs or a picnic blanket is also okay. 

2. Serve something tasty yourself and your neighbour.

A nice cup of coffee with a homemade biscuit? A jug of lemonade with some potato chips? Prepare something nice and let the fun come your way!

3. Organise a dance class, soccer tournament or something else.

Yard sale, dance class or soccer tournament? Organise whatever you want! Need some inspiration? Look at the overview and decide yourself what you are going to do and at what time.

4. Invite the neighbours!

Ring their bell, Give them a call or scream it from the top of your lungs: Your Buurt-Bench is open for business and everybody is welcome to join!

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