Every Friday afternoon up to 75 people gather in Locatie Spatie to have dinner. A friendly and open event is being organised where everybody is welcome to enjoy dinner with a group of people. SPOON is the place where most people, often with very different backgrounds, enter Locatie Spatie for the first time. Some start helping out as a volunteer and are being triggered to set up their own programme or initiative. They eventually get a key of the building and become co-owner of Locatie Spatie.

The head-chef of SPOON, Farahnaz Malekzadeh, came to The Netherlands as a refugee from Iran. She brought her knowledge of the Iranian kitchen to Locatie Spatie and shares it by cooking meals for € 5,–.

Last year a couple of new volunteers with an immigration background entered Locatie Spatie by participating in an art workshop and started to come back to the SPOON people’s kitchen evenings every Friday. They have become important members for Locatie Spatie in general and they help run the stomach of Locatie Spatie: SPOON.

SPOON always takes care of dinner when there is an opening of an exhibition or an event. This is a place where a lot of people share experiences, knowledge and friendships with the other users of the space i.e. volunteers, Locatie Spatie members, international artists from the Motel Spatie artist in residency program, neighbours, local artists and others.

SPOON’s food helps bringing people together. There is conversation, there is interaction and everybody can join in and participate in a way that is valuable for themselves and others.

Left to right: Antonius, Farah & Elssie (Photo by Joanna Florek).