Het HEM is open from Thursday until Sunday from noon–midnight
Music Bar, Fri–Sat 6 pm–1 am
These events are related to Dynamic Range Music Bar only. For all events at Het HEM, visit Full calendar.
Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
Swap Talk is a social story project in which we build a collection of ‘human books’ – people with a wish to share their personal story with visitors in a one-to-one conversation.
At a time when algorithms determine much of our view on the world, we think it’s important to remain curious and open towards each other.
We facilitate meetings between people who want to exchange ideas about various social topics with someone outside their own circle. Contributors to the living book collection participate as a volunteer. Het HEM offers the opportunity for them to share their story, in turn inspiring others to further reflect and develop. Visitors do not have to pay for Conversation Swap.
Every season, Het HEM organises a Swap Talk on-loan day, during which visitors can borrow the living books. The participating books experiment with narrative forms that tie in with the theme and the artworks of the Chapters. The first Swap Talk takes place on June 30 and deals with the issues around young people, Hip Hop, learning-by-doing, and discrimination. See our Facebook event for more information (Dutch language only).