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Every year, dozens of international architecture, design, fashion and digital culture professionals come to the Netherlands at Het Nieuwe Instituut’s invitation to experience Dutch design and its multidisciplinary way of working. The International Visitors Programme promotes international dialogue, cultural exchange, market expansion and the growth of the international professional network. 

Since March 2020, physical visits to the Netherlands have been impossible due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on international travel. Het Nieuwe Instituut is working on a digital initiative that makes international remote exchange possible. This format will be further developed in 2020 and deployed in the longer term.

Before the pandemic, in the first quarter of 2020, Het Nieuwe Instituut welcomed the following international guests:


Angela Chan (UK)

January 2020

Angela Chan, founder of online platform Worm: art+ecology, visited the Netherlands at the invitation of MAMA through the Open Call of the International Visitor Programme.

Motovila (SI)

January 2020

From 19 to 23 January, 12 professionals from the cultural and creative sector in Slovenia visited the Netherlands. The visit was organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut in collaboration with Motovila, Centre for the Promotion of Cooperation in the Cultural and Creative Sectors, and DutchCulture.

Carlos Nazareno (PH)

February 2020

Carlos Nazareno, interactive media specialist and digital artist, came to Het Nieuwe Instituut in February 2020 for an expert meeting and a visit to the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The visit was realised in collaboration with XPUB, the  Piet Zwart Institute's experimental publishing programme.

Sofiane Si Merabet (MA) & Nouha Ben Yebdri (AE)

January/February 2020

Sofiane Si Merabet and Nouha Ben Yebdri, part of the curatorial team of the media and digital art festival New Radicalism, visited the Netherlands from 31 January to 10 February 2020, through the Open Call of the International Visitor Programme.

Anja Kanngieser  (AU)

February 2020

Sound artist and political geographer Anja Kanngieser visited the Netherlands from 19 to 26 February 2020, at the invitation of Sonic Acts, as part of the Open Call of the International Visitor Programme. During the festival (on 22 February) Kanngieser gave the lecture Listening to Ecocide, part of the conference Magical Thinking: Towards a Future Worth Living.