TC is currently eleven people and a space who go by these words: We are a collective of anti-racist feminist queers who are building the beginnings of a community center for culture; or a venue for queer events; or a les university of life in Rotterdam. Tender Center is a relational infrastructure and venue with parties, agitation, co-learning, bodies in varying states, gardening, (s)words, conversation, workshops, food, diy darkroom, curry, and a solid sound system. Tender Center is a not-for-profit association, and we are currently running on funds from our own small pockets and the energies of those who support us in making the space and community activities possible -- thank you all! Thank you, our lesbian trans* feminist queer p.o.c friends, and wider ltqbgipq communities and allies, for creating a space for music, art, poetry, politics, hanging out, and care of all queer kinds.
Tender Center Rotterdam is the place to go for all who seek to question heteronormativity and want to bask in queerness. TC is feminist. TC is a trans* space. TC welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and others affected by immigration systems. TC likes dancing in the daytime. TC is a place to gather and generate energies that overspill its boundaries. TC has a problem with categories, even self defined ones. TC is a spacetime that is being practiced by the community of people who inhabit it. It’s a practical and a dreaming infrastructure. A house for light and deep hanging out and thinking thoughts towards as-yet unthinkable possibilities. A house for learning the tools you’re gonna need in the future we’re building. A collective practice of shared care and responsibility that is sensitive to its inevitable painful failures and creates spontaneous joy. TC is open to all when that’s possible but sometimes it needs to set limits. TC acknowledges the messiness and complexity of life and the uneven distribution of absolutely everything and wants to talk and listen and act about this. TC is a membership organisation.
TC members, volunteers, and organisers are queer social space makers (working as volunteers in our spare time).
Tender Center currently works through a combination of hosting events with other people/organisations, and organising some of our own programme. We host a wide range of event types and vibes in our modest space -- event listings will be clear if events are open to all or otherwise. If you or your group have an idea for an event you’d like to see/organise/host at Tender Center then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our capacity is 50-60 people, depending on spatial arrangement!
If you’re coming to the space on your own or the first time alone and want some company or to meet up before just drop us a line on email@example.com
Allyship is the taking up of another’s struggle as your own—is a valuable form of support, and we are very thankful for the work some of you are doing out there on behalf of our communities. This is why we want the Tender Center to be open to welcoming everyone to our space, without the need to impose fixed categories on each other. We would like to underline that this is a space primarily for our lesbian, trans, feminist, queer p.o.c and women friends, and wider ltqbgipq+ communities. We understand allyship as a verb and an active practice, and so we would like to ask you for your respect and accountability in these ways:
– If you are an ally you are careful about how you and your fellow ally-friends occupy our space. If you notice that the space is getting crowded and people are not able to enter, give room to your queer friends and come back at a quieter moment.
– If you are an ally you are not here to ‘watch’ us, or out of curiosity.
– If you are an ally you do not make comments about what you think about queers (yes, this also implies that we do not need to hear you say how great you think queers are—ahem, we know this already).
– If you are an ally you intervene if other allies you came with disrespect any of these guidelines.
More info on how to be a good ally can be found here: http://www.guidetoallyship.com/.
Thanks to the Mothers & Daughters team for sharing their allyship resources: dank je wel, bisous!
Maybe you like coming by as our friend and visitor and simply being social, but if you want to be more involved, there are two ways to do this.
Become a volunteer!
Volunteer before, during, or after our events by helping out with practical stuff includes bartending, prepping, setting-up technical equipment, and cleaning after event. It is also possible to help us out during renovations and garden days (announced via our newsletter). Maybe physical or social stuff isn’t your thing but you have another skill you’d like to share -- we’d love that too, just drop us a line!
Become a member!
What does being a member entail? Being a member means being actively involved in keeping TC afloat as a physical space and community. This means coming to our fortnightly meetings and being part of our decision making process, planning events, helping out at events, replying to some email on a regular basis, participating in conversations outside of TC related to what we do, doing some admin a bit now and then, as well as contributing financially towards our rent (when and if this is possible for you). It also includes taking on responsibility for fixed tasks, and much more. TC’s current members put in around 4–8 hours of voluntary work / week.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested to know more.