from Villa Lila
MAYOR DALES LECTURE 2009: Agnes Jongerius (FNV)
At Friday the 6th of February 2009 Mrs Agnes Jongerius, President of the covering organization of trade union FNV, will pronounce the twelfth Mayor Dales Lecture at the City Hall of Nijmegen. During the evening, which begins at 20.00 with coffee and reception, the Mayor Dales Price by COC Nijmegen will be issued for the thirteenth time. .
Agnes Jongerius studied socio-economic history at the University of Utrecht. She began her career at the Transport union FNV. As region director of the Transport union FNV in Rotterdam, she was actively employed in the inland navigation and professional goods transport. In 1990 she was elected to the board of the federation FNV. In 1997 she became a member of the federation board and later she became the vice president of the FNV. On May 25th 2005 she followed Lodewijk de Waal as the first female president of the FNV.
The lecture and award ceremony will be accompanied by singer / comedian Erik Derks, accompanied on piano by Michiel Hautvast.
Erik Derks recently made the CD’Van alles twee’.
For more information please visit: http://www.erikderks.nl/
In 2008 Erik Derks and Han Polman, as founders of Café Dapper received the Mayor Dales 2008 Price for the special initiative to organise a sunday afternoon café for gay and bisexual with mental disabilities. The jury of the Mayor Dales Price praised Café Dapper for the open approach and the contribution provided to the broader community discussion of mental limitations and gay and biseksualiteit.
Friday, February 6th
The lecture and award ceremony are free. The Municipality of Nijmegen acts as hostess and offers its guests a snack and a drink. Candidates must be timely (received 20.00 hours) present, full is full! more info
Krista van Velzen gets Bi-award 2008
The Bi-Award 2008 is assigned to the member of parliament for the SP Krista
van Velzen. This annual prize is, by the National Network Bisexuality
(LNBi), granted to a person or organization that is (or has been) of exceptional
significance for the national or international bi-movement. Illustrious
predecessors were in the field of science (including Fritz Klein, Ron
Fox), in the field of bi-activism or organizations (including the COC
and Gobi). The ceremony took place during the autumncelebration GoBi for
bi-sexuals at the 1st of November at Villa Lila.
According to the jry report, Van Velzen gives - by her relentless
and consistent attitude towards the advertising and the emphasis that
lies on the not be forced to statements about partner (choice) - an example
to all bisexuals in the Netherlands on how you do have alternative choices
to make your sexual identity visible.
LNBi chairman Luc Houtkamp: "Moreover, Krista van Velzen is as far
as we know the first MP that publicly outs her bisexuality. For bisexual
Netherlands it is of extreme importance that also at the Binnenhof bisexuality
is clearly visible."
Krista van Velzen (1974) is member of the parliament for the Socialist
Party since 2002
She is spokeswoman on defense, housing, spatial planning, environment,
animal welfare, agriculture, nature and food quality. Van Velzen calls
herself "bisexual, 100%".
At the weblog
of Krista van Velzen are a lot of reactions.
Villa makes school again.
After the opening of Villa Lila in 1985 there soon was an interest from Antwerp for the ‘Nijmegian model’. Elsewhere in Belgium there appeared to be interest in this life and from Nijmegen there were provided several presentations about Villa Lila. In Antwerp this resulted in the creation of the Rainbow Center and Center The Dragon. In Gent, Hasselt and Brussels have been pink houses have been arisen. While Villa Lila herself is making discussion about the future again, the national COC reflects with its building at the Rozenstraat to a ‘Pink house’ according to a model that is similar with Villa Lila in Nijmegen. And it seems that we are making more school because in Utrecht, the idea also rises again. The town will support a private initiative to create a Villa Lila
Social training periods
In October the social training periods start again. Students of high
schools will have social training periods at social institutions. Nijmegen
1, the new local broadcasting service wanted to dedicate a report to this
trainings. They visited the Dominicus College to talk to students who
already fulfilled their social training earlier this year. The reporter
jumped out of his skin when he heard that the students did their training
at Villa Lila. And suddenly the item concerned no longer so much as the
social training but it was all about villa Lila as a training spot. Wasn’t
it strange to do the training with homosexuals? The item was broadcasted
at September 3rd and you can see it here.
And what did the Dominicus students think about there
Find out at www.stage-villalila.hyves.nl
‘Smeerolie’ continues scoring!
Gladly I would like to point out to you two
special people who also are involved in Villa Lila. It concerns theatre
maker Godfried Beumers
and expressive artist Mireille Ligterink.
Godfried Beumers lives for over 3 years in Nijmegen and found his way
in this city. Meanwhile he is artistic leader of the Colourful City and
occupied with the preparation of a special production of the Chinese legend
‘the circle of chalk’ (well known of Brechts Caucasian). In
the take off to this production he also organises a tale train with different
Godfried also continues the intercultural story café, starting
September every second Friday of the month. New is, that besides Dutch
storytellers, lovers and pro’s, we will invite storytellers from
several countries to tell their special stories. At www.godfriedbeumers.nl
you will find more information about Godfried.
Less known is Godfrieds involvement with the network ‘Smeerolie’
of which Villa Lila is a member too. For several times he organised the
Smeerolie café in Villa Lila, intended for members of the network
at the intersection point of the creative sector and company life. I already
met several artists through Smeerolie who will exhibit in the Villa in
the future. Mireille Ligterink, who you might know of her paintings that
remind a lot of collages will be one of them. She publishes a totally
different kind of work at www.project52.nl.
A project that reminds a little of our project ’50 heads 50 artists’
Mireille makes a solo project of it and she intends to make 52 paintings.
Every week she makes a portrait of a man or woman who deserves well of
the cultural life of the city of Nijmegen.
Guess three times whom she painted now…
Helm de Laat
The photo was made by Judith Mens and dates of the premiere
of the story café, March 7th 2008.
Villa Lila smoke free too
For a couple of years Villa Lila was mainly smoke free. This was because
we wanted to be accessible as much as possible for everyone as a public
building. So far the foyer had still been excluded because of the bar
function. But as of the first of July smoking in the foyer is also prohibited.
On the floor above the foyer however, there is a small separated smoking
room where the most addicted smokers can light up. The downstairs neighbours
of Villa Lila were consulted since we are using the garden behind the
building together with them. We agreed that it is allowed to smoke there
Our co-workers, -also the people behind the bar- will maintain this prohibition.
Any offender who gets caught by the ‘Authorities’ will cause
the Villa a fine of € 300,00. That would be a pity.
People who ignore the prohibition will be spoken to immediately, the
smoking prohibition will be brought under their attention, we will make
them aware of the fine that the Villa risks and they will be asked to
put out the cigarette (cigar, pipe). If people are willing to restrict
the smoking to the smoking room and garden everything will be fine. People
who will not confine to the rules will be denied entrance to the villa.
Obviously there are ashtrays in the garden and in the smoking room only.
And we wish all the smokers the best of luck, but also we call on them
to quit smoking. You can do it and after a while you will be breathing
The non-smokers who have avoided the Villa until now because of the smoke
and stench problem are heartily invited to visit the Villa and become
an active member, for instance behind the bar. See the job
openings of the Villa on the site.
Giving notice of ‘hatecrimes’ anonymous
starts March 20th.
Victims of homophobic or racial violence in Amsterdam can give notice
anonymous at the police easier starting march 20th. The police will spread
folders and notice forms in café’s, sauna’s, libraries
and other public places. Giving notice can also be done at www.hatecrimes.nl
Which crimes are included in hatecrimes? Crimes and violations that are
committed because the victim is homosexual or has an other race or religion.
Being kicked, beaten, assaulted, abused, harassed etc. because you are
Concisely said: these facts always have a discriminatory background at
the offender. There are codes the police uses at formulating the warrant
and daily reports but from all studies about this matter it is clear that
these codes are used inconsequently, not, or even wrong. This also appeared
at an investigation at the police of Nijmegen. But the called misdemeanours
are not connected to for example homosexuality, because often there is
not enough interrogation. But the holebi organisations already know for
a long time that the informants / victims do not want to come out for
their sexual preferences, or they have little faith that the police will
take the case seriously.
In England the police also struggled with the problem that they could
not get the numbers clear about hatecrimes. And they could not convince
the policymakers that something had to happen about the bad image of the
police. In 2004 they started the project ‘True vision’ in
3 police forces. Of the 43 forces in England 40 participate now. Parts
of the project are: realisation within the forces, recognizable information
fit for the target groups – folders, booklets- and a website. Trough
these ways victims can report or inform anonymously. The police contacts
the person involved later eventually. The project led in England to an
increase of reports c.q. declarations of 38% of homosexual-related offences
and 42% of race hatecrimes. This project is now translated into the Dutch
community through the National Expertise Centre Diversity of the police
and will start as a pilot on march 20th 2008 under the name ‘Hatecrimes’
amongst others in the police region Gelderland south, which also includes
Nijmegen and environment. If the experiment is successful it will be established
all over the country in 2011.
Homo money ís acceptable.
As a homo one can become a member of the ChristenUnie(ChristianUnion),
but only if one keeps quiet about ones inclination. This is what Jan Dirkmaat
from Nijmegen, nature conservationist, managing director of Vereniging
Nederlands Cultuurlandschap (Society of Dutch Cultural Landscape) ánd
Dirkmaat, well-known as chairman of the Das en Boom (Badger and Tree)
society signed up for membership of the CristenUnie in 2002 because of
their firm points of view on the environment. And he was enlisted. Until
the party found out, by way of an interview with Dirkmaat in a daily paper
that he is gay.
After that Dirkmaat was visited in Nijmegen by Dick Stellingwerf, CU Lower
House member at the time and former town council member of Ede. Stellingwerf
bade Dirkmaat to give up his membership and become a financial contributor
instead, because the party had problems with his leanings.
Stellingwerf confirms his conversation with Dirkmaat about Dirkmaat’s
homosexuality, but says he doesn’t remember any details. Also he
doesn’t remember on whose authority he visited Dirkmaat.
During a well visited cocktail hour during the Friday Afternoon Café
on 12 October Villa Lila said goodbye to three volunteers. Maurice Ruiten
has been active from May and Jeanine Salvino from August 2002 in the bar
group of Villa Lila. Theo Zonderland even from April 2001. He has been
coordinator for years as well.
Villa Lila director Helm de Laat praised his dedication and called him
a worthy successor of Rene Kusters who had been coordinator before Theo
for more than 10 years. He used the opportunity to introduce the new coordinator
Tom Jessen and expressed his hope that Tom would be a worthy successor
to Rene and Theo.
f.l.t.r. Tom, René en Theo (picture: Maurice Nooijen).
Nijmegen’s Silver Waal Bridge pin for Brigitte
7 October 2007 At the opening of the Lesbian Festival in Nijmegen last
Friday deputy mayor Lenie Scholten had a surprise up her sleeve for Brigitte
The COC Nijmegen board member and coordinator of the festival was honored
for her effort with the Nijmegen Silver Waal Bridge pin.
In her opening speech deputy mayor Lenie Scholten looked back upon Nijmegen’s
lesbian past-a current topic now that in the Valkhof Museum the exhibition
‘70ies in Nijmegen-Tien Krejatieve Aksiejaren’ is on show,
in which the gay/lesbian past is given ample attention. Scholten knows
what she’s talking about, because end Seventies she herself became
active in the women’s and lesbian movement.
Last week-end the Lesbian Festival 2007 in Nijmegen presented an extensive
and varied program with a Literary Night and debating programs with many
prominent lesbians, documentaries and films, an information market and
with numerous festivities all over town.
The Silver Waal Bridge pin is originally a business gift that through
the years more and more often has been awarded as a sign of municipal
approval. People who make themselves especially useful for (parts of)
the Nijmegen community receive this pin with some regularity.
(Source: COC NL- photos: © Judith Mens)
Bookstore ‘De Feeks’
A relieved Renéee Schoffelen lets us know that bookshop ‘De
Feeks’ will be preserved for Nijmegen and “It’s going
to be even more fun and cheer!”
And that is good news for the gay/lesbian movement.
Because ‘De Feeks’ does not just have a great many holebi
titles in stock, but is also an essential part of the holebi movement
Feeks on sale
Bookstore ‘De Feeks’ is on sale. The present manager of 20
years, Renée Schoffelen, is up to a new challenge. ‘De Feeks’
was founded as a feminist bookstore but has become a very general bookshop
with a number of specializations. The bookstore is specialized in holebi
books, third world literature etc. If you are interested you can read
Meike Kühl new staff member of Villa
After Wouter Christiaans and Niels Spiering joined the staff of Villa
Lila in December of 2006, Meike Kühl has now also joined as a member
of the staff. She used to be in the management of Pinkeltje (now called
Dito) and has put in an effort for other organizations as well. At the
moment she studies Cultural Anthropology in Nijmegen.
Read more about Meike
Read more about Wouter
Read more about Niels
On april 15th, Peter van Loon, chairman COC Nijmegen, Skilledly translated
en beautifully recited a speech of mine in Druten during a memorial service
of the painter Antoon van Welie (1866-1956) to whom the Valkhofmuseum
currently dedicates a grand exposition. At this memorial service the mayor
of Druten, Antoon Aelbers, guestcurator Karin van Lieverloo of the Valkhofmuseum,
and Pieter Roelofs, conservator Rijksmuseum (resident of Druten) also
gave speeches. The service was accompanied by harpmusic en choirsinging.
You can read the speech at this site:
Helm de Laat
New boardmembers Villa Lila.
Wouter Christiaens and Niels Spierings have recentle been added to the
board of Villa Lila. Wouter was previously boardmember of Pinkeltje and
projectleader of the "Nijmeegse Roze Zaterdag". Niels has acquired
managerial skills as member of the national board of the political party
"Groen Links". Within this party he is also active in "Roze
Both introduce themselves further:
Read more about Wouter
Read more about Niels
Aswat founder Rauda Morcos visits Nijmegen.
November 17th, 5 pm during the Fridayafternoon Cafe Rauda will talk
about Aswat, the fist Gay Palestinian Women Organisation.
Read more at: www.aswatgroup.org.
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