Upcoming Dialogues in English

Through dialogue, people with different backgrounds, interests, and opportunities get the chance to meet and inspire each other. 

Getting to Know Each Other

In conversation you learn about others, and discover things about yourself. Every conversation is an opportunity. By talking to each other, we come to understand each other better, and may form lasting relationships.

Although Utrecht is an old city, it’s always full of new arrivals. Utrecht in Dialogue aims to connect newcomers and longtime residents for positive conversations and shared inquiry. Whether you’ve just moved to the region or have lived here all your life, you’re welcome to join an English-language event and get to know fellow residents through dialogue.

What exactly is a dialogue?

A dialogue is a way of talking with others. Of appreciating differences and inquire themes.from different perspectives to reach new insights. The basis of any dialogue is a willingness to listen, and to invite others to speak. Everyone enjoys equal standing. Everyone participates, and everyone’s input counts. Read more on what a dialogue is >>>

Upcoming dialogues

Would you like to take part in a dialogue? You’re always welcome! Here is an overview of the upcoming English-language dialogues. Take a look, and be sure to sign up.

On Friday March 29th, Utrecht in Dialogue will partner with De Voorkamer for a dialogue on the theme “Express Yourself!” We’ll discuss artistic, musical, and dramatic forms of expression, as well as written and verbal ways of making yourself heard and seen. Dialogue begins at 19:30, doors open at 19:00. Sign up online. 

Interested in a good conversation? Want to try your hand facilitating a dialogue? The Dialogue Home at Maliebaan 45 is a great place to practice running a dialogue table, or to brainstorm new topics for discussion. Join us Wednesday, April 3 from 19:30 to 22:30 at Maliebaan 45. Doors open from 19:00. Sign up online. 

The grand opening of Utrecht in Dialogue’s 10th Anniversary photo exhibition on the theme “Seeing Each Other” will take place on April 6 at Bibliotheek Overvecht. The exhibition will open at 13:45, with remarks from local council representative Linda Voortman. Immediately afterwards, we’ll sit down for a dialogue addressing our impressions of the photographs, our dreams about seeing each other, and the steps we can take to achieve them. Dialogue tables in Dutch and English will be available. Sign up online.

With this year’s European elections just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on the meaning of Europe. In partnership with Town & Gown (UCU) and Y Vote Utrecht, we’d like to invite you to a dialogue on European culture and identity. What does being (or not being) European mean to you? What specific experiences inform you understanding? Afterwards we’ll enjoy snacks from various countries. Tables available in Dutch and English. Sign up online.

On Thursday, April 25th, Utrecht in Dialogue will return to De Kargadoor for a dialogue on the theme ‘Freedom from Criticism.’ Although warnings from others often help us grow, there’s also great value in exploring new paths without worrying about critical feedback. In this dialogue, we’ll discuss what it’s like to pursue our visions beyond critique, and consider what we can do to help each other overcome lingering obstacles. Sign up online.

Volunteering

Utrecht in Dialoog is currently growing its team of English-speaking volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about our organization or are interested in getting involved, please email info@utrechtindialoog.nl.

Learning to facilitate a dialogue

Ever wonder how can you encourage an engaging conversation about sensitive topics? How can you ask the right questions and provide the right structure? In the workshop ‘Learning to facilitate a dialogue’ we give you the tools to do this.

Interested in this workshop? Let us know! Once enough people want to do it, we can set a new date!

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