Freedom Is is a thematic programme organised annually at the Tropenmuseum to coincide with the commemoration/celebration of 4/5 Mei.

Museums, Citizenship and Belonging in a Changing Europe brings together scholars, curators and artists to think critically about the ways museums engage with complex and polarized debates on citizenship and belonging.

A neighborhood project consisting of an art route with works around the theme of the stranger. Artist Jabu Arnell will create a new work in response to the museum’s collection, which will be on show for three days in the Glutenvrije Winkel (Pretoriusstraat 37) in Amsterdam East. The Stranger Next Door invites artists, neighbors and students to respond to the concept of the stranger within the context of the city.

What does it mean to be Dutch and who decides that? Since September 11 2001, the discussion about who we are, multiculturality and the future of the Netherlands in a globalising world has become more urgent, and more polarised. Cultural institutes and museums reflect also on these developments, but on what level do they influence the current conceptualization and discourses in the society?

What should museums of ethnography collect today and for the future? This workshop will explore trajectories towards collaborative practices for collecting and documenting collections within ethnographic museums.