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Connect, attract, and invite all equally

How to work towards a place that offers access to everyone and in which everyone feels invited to participate fully? How to work towards a place where all inhabitants feel welcome and belong. How should this place, and especially leisure, organize itself. How can it be inclusive, not only in consumption, but also in design? How can leisure re-develop itself and contribute as an instrument to ensure that everyone feels welcome, can participate, can co-design, can meet each other and can identify with and feel connected to each other?   

Involve everyone
This is about promoting quality of life – increasing attractiveness – offering equal opportunities – keeping it affordable – providing safety through participation. Designing places and leisure for and with everyone. Leisure is a stage for voices – for enjoyment – for relaxation – for inspiration – for giving meaning – for meeting each other. Involving everyone to design these stages together to get the best fit in design for everyone. No design for the average, but with the margins in head and heart.  

Inclusion does justice to diversity. Not by denying differences, polarization, discrimination, or segregation, but by creating opportunities for meetups, discussion, connection, and participation. Leisure plays a significant role in this. Leisure organizations in particular design activities that build bridges. It is precisely in the leisure domain that places emerge where we can meet and get to know others. Culture and sport create opportunities to ’empower’. Theatres, pop venues, restaurants and media provide platforms to give everyone a voice. Leisure activities offer inspiration, relaxation, connection, development, or happiness to varying degrees according to different preferences. And that should be possible for everyone. 

Feel welcome
Working towards an inclusive leisure full city means giving space to diversity – variation -differentiation (race, gender, education, etc.), recognizing differences and respectfully discussing them. An inclusive city offers places to meet and facilitates opportunities towards mutual understanding. Places where we feel at home, where we feel welcome. But also places where it can sometimes rub off. Where edges meet each other, Where we get confused, maybe challenged. As long as we continue to offer everyone’s uniqueness in the city a safe and equal stage. An equal power to be. 

In this perspective, we search for clues how to work on that inclusive city, inclusive places, inclusive leisure. Without assumptions, with everyone. Through examples from the various cities in which leisure was used as a means, as well as pioneers in the leisure sector in this area, we try to take concrete steps with you on how to achieve this together. The starting point is that we create place to belong for all. The use of experiential expertise is indispensable in these processes. For and by everyone.  

Uncover magazine: Inclusion
Breda University of Applied Sciences published a magazine, called Uncover, about the theme Inclusion. You can read the magazine via this link.
Almost all organisations and participants who will be part of the Future of Leisure Conference, presented below, have contributed to the magazine.

– Ronald Ligtenberg – Founder & CEO
– Nikki Manuputty


The art of Possibilizing:

Do you spot opportunities where others see limitations? Possibilize connects, thinks and acts in possibilities and is inspired by limitations. This creates sensory-stimulating festivals, immersive live performances and multidisciplinary theater performances that inspire others. For many people, a disability sounds like an obstacle, an inconvenience, and therefore a problem. Possibilizers show the opposite and are inspired by these limitations in order to arrive at new possibilities that have never been seen before. They are eager to be busy every day with projects such as Sencity Festival, Superkracht and Revelland. Be inspired by our projects.

Pakhuis de Zwijger
Romy Heymans – Programme leader Designing Cities for All, programme maker Inclusive City & FemCity


The call for a fair, safe and healthy living environment for everyone. In 2021, Pakhuis de Zwijger’s extensive program Designing Cities for All commenced with the support of the Creative Industry Fund NL. This program focuses on the role of designers in shaping and creating cities for, by and with everyone. One of the key questions for the activity program is: In the context of the super-diverse city, how can designers contribute to the creation of inclusive cities for, by and with everyone? Program leader Romy Heymans will during her presentation share insights, best cases and challenges and she will present a set of crucial design principles to take along when you start designing the future yourself.

Studio Stoofpot
– Randy van Boxtel – co-founder Studio Stoofpot, organiser and trainer
– Lisa Jansen – co-founder Studio Stoofpot, writer and trainer


Studio Stoofpot believes that the inclusive way is the only way forward. Through workshops, training and consultancy they help motivated organizations that already believe in the importance of inclusion work towards more inclusivity and accessibility. Their motto? Nothing about us, without us. That is why all their speakers, trainers and consultants (including the ones you’ll meet today) combine theoretical knowledge with lived experience.

Participants of the workshop will dive into their personal outlook on the world: what parts of your identity do you think about daily and which parts have you never even been asked to consider? Participants will be challenged to broaden their frame of reference and increase their awareness of (intersections of) marginalization by reflecting on their findings together.

‘Theatwerkplaats’ Tiuri

‘Theaterwerkplaats’ Tiuri invests in the talent development of performers with a (mental) disability. The players’ unprecedented talent becomes visible, making a fundamental impact on today’s cultural and social field. By doing so, Tiuri connects the worlds of culture, education and care.

In the workshop, Margriet Jacobs and Igor Memic will take you into the world of ‘Theaterwerkplaats’ Tiuri . By now they have so much experience in their profession that they are happy to share it with you. We would love to meet you from our movement language.

Buddy to Buddy
Emma Pierre – Director

Buddy to Buddy matches newcomers who have a refugee background with fellow citizens. Newcomers become familiarised with their new environment and residents get to know their new neighbours.

By getting to know each other and each other’s culture, you not only expand your own world, but also that of others. Everybody can participate! Young, old, solo or as a family. After we match you to a Buddy based on common interests, you will get to know each other over a period of four months.

Vereniging LFB
Ellis Jongerius – Director & expert by experience
Dounia Bouchiki – Expert by experience
Petra Holleman – Coordination coach
Hélène Hooft – Coordinator projects and fundraising

LinkedIn / website

Association LFB is an advocacy organisation by and for people with intellectual disabilities.
We work for a society that is accessible to all.
Topics include the STERK project in education and insight into the exploration between BUas and LFB and the projects carried out so far.

Bo Diversity
Eline Kouwenberg – Founder

The future of leisure is… inclusive. What is inclusive leisure and what is needed to make a festival truly inclusive? In partnership with Kairos and Drags of Anarchy, BO founded samesame festival which will take place for the first time on May 28th at ‘t Zoet in Breda. A festival where art, music, performance and culture is blended together in an amazing queer inclusive cocktail. 

Football Memories
Arjen Pijfers – Initiator

“Occasionally I forget something. But not when it comes to football.” ~ Jimmy Calderwood (ex-Willem II)

Collecting football memories together. Football as a connecting factor for older people sharing stories about the old days. Willem II was the first club to start Football Memories in the Netherlands.

Dick Houtzager
Bureau of the National Coordinator against Discrimination and Racism
Scientific Officer

Dick Houtzager is the project leader of the Dutch part of the Inclusive Public Space project of the University of Leeds (UK). He also is the founder and chief editor of the legal journal Handicap & Recht.

Mélisa van der Elst
Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU)
Student Advisor Inclusion
Experienced Expert

The workshop ‘Inclusion in the leisure sector: next steps’ aims at supporting professionals, students and others in creating an inclusive leisure sector. Although the leisure sector has taken significant steps to make events more accessible and inclusive, much still has to be done to ascertain that activities can be enjoyed by all, regardless of their ability. Participants of this interactive workshop will be given examples of success and of pitfalls of inclusion in the leisure sector. They will be able to discuss insights and experiences and will receive information about the legal requirements of inclusion. The workshop is not only aimed at clients’ experiences, but also brings forward accessibility issues faced by workers, service providers and educational institutes.

– Heleen Vermeulen – Managing Director
– Elise Jacobs – Marketing & Communicatie Coordinator
– Nya Dijkerman – Guide and Audience Officer

The muZIEum is not just a museum, but a museum where you experience for a moment what it is like to be blind or visually impaired.

The museum does this every day with an enthusiastic team that passionately spreads muZIEum’s message.

The Personal Encounter is always central: a job for some, an experience for others. In pitch darkness, visitors trust their expert guide and discover what is possible when you can’t see anything. At the same time, our professional develops his talents in a work environment where visual impairment is not an obstacle, but rather an added value.