Tilburg International Club


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We need your EVENT IDEAS!

Every year, the TIC Board works hard to plan activities and events that are fun, inspirational and educational for its membership. We strive to create experiences that encourage our members to form social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

This year we will soon be introducing our “Event Team”. By utilizing a small team, we hope to bring you more exciting and diverse events for you to enjoy.

Our new event team needs your ideas for a fantastic 2018 – 2019 club year!

Do you have some great ideas that would be perfect for our club members?  Do you know of some awesome activities that every club member should experience? Do you believe there is a way that our club can give back to the local community? We want to hear from you!

Please take one moment to fill in the form below, we would love to hear from you!!

#tilburg #expatlife #International #club


Day Pass to Sligro

Did you know that with the TIC membership card, you can get a day pass to shop at the Tilburg wholesale store, Sligro?

Sligro is a modern, volume-shopping warehouse that covers 11.000 m² and offers fresh produce, wine, food and food supply items. Typical clients of Sligro are businesses, restaurants and self-employed business owners that buy their supplies in bulk. Sligro also has in-store samples of many of their food items as well as product tasting evenings.

With the TIC membership card shown at the door*, our members can shop like the professionals or just stock up on kitchen favourites!

Check the Sligro website for information about their assortment and opening hours!

*Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to enter.

Invitation: 10-Year Anniversary Welcome Event!

To celebrate our 10-year Anniversary, tilburg international club (tíc) has a very special and fun-filled Welcome to Tilburg afternoon planned for internationals in and around Tilburg!

Meet & Greet Tilburg
We will start at the Mercure with an official welcome from the Mayor of Tilburg, Theo Weterings! We’ll raise a glass of bubbles (or soft drink!) in honor of tíc’s 10-year anniversary while enjoying light snacks and chatting with other expats living in the region.

Trip around the World!
In this portion of our event, you’ll wander through Tilburg’s inner city visiting cafés and restaurants featuring various international flavors to taste test. At each stop, you’ll have a truly around the world experience! Our final destination will be De Wagon in the Spoorzone where there will be prizes to win, gifts to receive, stories to be shared and a good time to be had!

tilburg international club’s Welcome to Tilburg event is sponsored by our official partner, the Municipality of Tilburg (Gemeente Tilburg).

We are pleased to receive support from the Holland Expat Center South (HECS)

And, once again, P&D care will be providing our ‘Grand Prize’!

Program – Saturday, 8 September 2018, from 13:30-18:00

13:30  Doors Open at the Mercure

14:00  Official Welcome by Yolonda van Riel, President of the tilburg international club and Theo Weterings, Mayor of Tilburg

14:15  Trip around the World begins! We’ll visit
The Cat’s BackJamie Oliver’s PizzeriaMojo and Aim Aroy

16:30  Reception “borrel” at De Wagon

18:00  End program


Start: Mercure, Heuvel 37, Tilburg
Parking: Tivoli Parkeergarage, Heuvel 3
Parking: Parkeergarage Pieter Vreedeplein, Magazijnstraat, Tilburg (beware of construction delays on Spoorlaan, the street leading to the parking garage)
Bicycles: Fietsenstalling Heuvel, Heuvel 35

End:   De Wagon, Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1041
Parking: streetside metered parking with PIN pass ONLY
Bicycles: Fietsenstalling Heuvel, Heuvel 35

You will participate in our “world tour” in small groups and will have a group leader who will guide you through the route. You will even receive a ‘survival bag’ to help get you to the end! Suitable for all ages; children are welcome!

While taking a leisurely stroll through the city, you’ll get to know other expats living in and around the Tilburg area. Whether you are brand-new to the Tilburg area, or have lived here for many years, there will be a little something for everyone in the Welcome to Tilburg event!

There is no charge to participate but registration is required, but we kindly request that you register below.


President’s message – June 2018

What a whirlwind of activity and changes we had during this club season! We visited museums, went on city tours, attended a real German Christmas market and had a wonderful art presentation! Those were only some of the fun things we enjoyed next to our regular events like borrels, book club and movie night!

There were also some significant board changes this year. An Event Team (led by Jessica Lipe-Swart together with Molly Johnson and Anne-Lise Artaud) was added to help alleviate some of the workload as well as offer even more diverse activities.

Estela Highet Garcia will be replacing Betty Wangsawidjaja as Treasurer. Anne van Oorschot, founder of the club and who currently holds the position of board secretary, is also stepping down from the board. Melissa Donders was voted in unanimously during our AGM as our new club secretary. I want to personally thank Anne and Betty for all they have done for the club. They started out as my fellow club and board members but I’m happy that true friendships have developed along the way. Also, I want to welcome our new board members and wish them lots of success and fun in their new positions!

TIC is also celebrating its ten-year club anniversary this year and preparation has already begun for a celebration to coincide with our annual Welcome Event coming up after the summer break. It is indeed busy but exciting times for your club. So … wherever your travels may take you this summer, I wish you warm, sunny weather but most of all wonderful, memorable moments with family and friends!

Happy Summer!


Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art review

by Mala Raman

Graduates of Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art presented their group show “Wake the Dog” in which they connected their circus skills with dance and theatre. The performance was directed and produced by the students and coached by Stefan Hort (Switzerland).

Entering the theater, a group of 9 performers were already “on” and interacting with the audience members as individuals found their seats. One participant was sitting on the side of the hall singing a French song and playing the guitar. The students gave off a vaudeville vibe before the show and that continued throughout the performance beginning with a group dance.

According to my fellow TIC members (because I had no clue), it seems the acting/theater portion of the show symbolized how people have been trained to behave according to societal norms, responding to events in their daily lives in a Pavlovian manner. The point of the performance (I think) was that we must break free of our boxes and open our eyes to what is happening in the greater scheme of life, in other’s words, we must wake the dog.

Long theatrical dialogues and diatribes (complete with dog hoods) were punctuated by short bursts of circus skills. There was an annoying dog barking sound track with ‘house’ style background music that was played intermittently signalling the group to begin “dancing” again. I could have done without seeing that exact dance 20 times during the performance.

On the bright side, what there was to see of the circus acts looked impressive and difficult. The acts included the static and dance trapeze, tightwire, Chinese pole, rope and partner acrobatics.  It’s clear that these students have worked hard at their chosen craft and it was nice to see the end result of their years of study. I just wish I had been able to witness more of their actual talents.

#expatlife #Tilburg #Fontys #performance #circus #internationalclub

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