Hiphophuis has been the center for creativity and development according to the universal values of hip-hop culture since 2002. A safe space for kids and teens, newbies and professionals, passers-by and purists. The organization is run by a close-knit team with deep roots in the hip-hop community. Hiphophuis, based in Rotterdam, works nationally and internationally to challenge norms in the individual, hip-hop scene, and cultural sector.
Hiphophuis builds, strengthens and develops based on the values of hip-hop. Because hip-hop inspires ideas about equality, ownership, creativity and innovation that are needed in this world. Hip hop empowers people, communities and ultimately society. Hiphophuis builds on this with hip-hop classes and events, spreading cultural knowledge and offering a home for the community.
The close-knit team is split into teams that work together on a daily basis. We also have a strong pool of volunteers. We will soon introduce everyone in more detail, now an overview.
Suze van Zijl (production lesson program), Mavio Panzu (floor assistant), Akef Ibrahimi (floor assistant), Marissa Hooplot (floor assistant)
Michael Bouterse (financial controller), Wenting Chong (administrative assistant),
Virgil Ormskerk (business management)
Aruna Vermeulen (co-founder & managing director)
Danielle Arons (HR)
Wilson Almeida Duarte (video content creator), Aïda Sium (Head of Marketing & Development), Laura Lakam (Producer branding events & volunteer coordinator), Matteo van der Sluys (social media manager)
Being unique is powerful. Expressing yourself is essential. Hip-hop offers the tools for you to find your strengths, to express who you are. It teaches you the importance of authenticity and never to copy. In our classes and events, we support those who show themselves and we encourage those who need an extra push.
Hip-hop is not only about moves, music, style and expressions. Hip-hop comes with its own way of thinking, behaving and living that is reflected in everything you do. The culture and history of hip-hop have an inseparable connection to social issues and society. It is important to educate and share knowledge about this. To better understand the culture, but also your own identity. We partner with cultural leaders and ambassadors for programs that matter.
In a powerful community, you take care of each other, you have each other’s ‘back’ and you motivate each other. Our mission is to uplift everyone in our community. And by doing that well, our influence extends beyond our own walls. We inspire each other and others to follow your own rules. Build your own empire. Create your own news. And by doing things successfully in our own way, we also inspire others to follow suit.
Check out the various programs and collaborations with which we carry out our vision below.