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BenchesCollective turns the streets into the largest outdoor café in the world. There are two international BenchesDays this year. Sunday June the 5th we’re opening and Sunday September the 18th w’re closing the BenchesSeason! ‘Open’ a bench in front of your house, in your street or in the park and invite your neighbors. Or enjoy visiting other benches in the neighborhood. The owners of the (adopted) benches choose what time they open and what they want to serve: from a cup of coffee to a tasty lunch and from a beautiful story to a salsa lesson. And afterwards, the café guests decide the price. A relaxed and fun way to meet your neighbors. Sunday June the 5th we’re opening the BenchesSeason! On Sunday the 18th of September we’ll close the summer together with all the neighbors in our outdoor café. And if there’s a bench already… it will lead naturally to a more social neighborhood. This promises to be a wonderful BenchesSeason!


1. Open your bench

Click on open your bench, think of a nice name en pick a location. Everybody can open a bench in the shared open living room on the pavement.

2. What will you serve?

A nice cup of coffee with homemade cookies? Swopping clothes or a salsa workshop? Serve whatever you like!
Check out the previous benches for inspiration and list your own.

3. Invite your neighbours

The more, the merrier! Invite all your neighbours, some friends and family to your open bench. And afterwards, leave the bench in front of your house to meet neighbours more often.

4. Go Bench hopping!

Visit a couple of benches and get to know neighbours. Want to combine bench hopping with your own café? Choose a limited opening time and afterwards…
invite your guests along on your route.

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