23/09/2021 — 31/08/2022
City camping Rotterdam

Powerlab Circular

The world population is growing and we consume more and more together. The demand for raw materials is high, but the supply is increasingly limited. We have to produce and consume together in a different way, also in Rotterdam Noord. But what can you do? As a resident? As a local entrepreneur? As a student? What are steps you can take that will have an impact? We are investigating this during Powerlab Circular. We invite people and organizations from Rotterdam North to join in: join the conversation, think or propose a circular idea that we will investigate during six Powerlab Circular weeks. The first Powerlab Circular with the theme ecology starts on September 23 at Stadscamping Rotterdam and lasts from 12:00 to 14:00 with lunch included.

The Netherlands wants to be circular by 2050. But how are we going to achieve that? We will investigate this during Powerlab Circular, an initiative of Powerboat Rotterdam. A Powerlab is a laboratory project with and by residents, intended to develop ideas, test and get feedback. Powerlab connects residents, entrepreneurs and creatives to achieve the best results and to come up with solutions to achieve the circular ambitions. Together we are smarter and we are strong.

The first edition of Powerlab Circular starts on September 23 at Stadscamping Rotterdam and has an ecology theme. More information? Click here. Participate? Sign up here fast on! There is room for a maximum of 15 participants.

Thinking, testing and showing

This Powerlab focuses on how to live circularly in Rotterdam North. With these Powerlabs we want to look together at how we can jointly devise and connect ideas and practical initiatives to make Rotterdam North more circular and throw less away. How do we connect the circles or find the missing links?

In four labs of 6 weeks we will discuss the following circular themes:

  1. Ecology
    September 22
    12:00 - 14:00 incl. lunch
    City camping Rotterdam
  2. Social
    November 18 - December 19, 2021
  3. Economy
    Spring 2022
  4. Cultural
    Summer 2022


Powerboat was founded by theater maker and actress Fokka Deelen and designer Bas Kortmann. Fokka graduated in 1997 from the Academy of Drama in Eindhoven. As a theater maker she wanted to make people think and move. But how can that ever work if you put your audience in a dark room and you yourself proclaim your story from a high stage, into the dark. How can you change people's minds? Fokka did not believe in this and looked for dialogue, interaction, participation. She met Bas in 1998, at which time he graduated from the Design Academy. He too was engaged in interaction, not in theater but through design. How can spaces and objects be used to get to know each other better? They decided to work together and founded theater group Powerboat in 2001. Powerboat has since grown from a theater group, initiator and artistic producer to an expert and advisor in the field of interactive processes and community building. All activities and expertise come from the same source: stimulating and inspiring interaction.