open Fri–Sun, 12–24h
Art is our first language. Throughout the year, Het HEM presents a range of temporary art programmes as well as more permanent art installations.
Simon(e) van Saarloos
“We must bring about the end of the world as we know it.”
There is always music to listen to at Het HEM, with programmes focused on experimental ways to create, present and experience music in the building through listening sessions, live shows, and musical artis-in-residence initiatives.
Come by for a drink and a bite, wine and dine at our restaurant, or settle down on our sunny terrace on the Costa del Zaano.
Het HEM loves books. During your visit, come lose yourself in the library's rich selection or discover new favourites in the SANZ Shop.
Situated in a former munitions factory, Het HEM is a new home for contemporary culture.
The building's industrial design and our experimental art programme bring ambience and meaning to every event.
Het HEM Homebase revolves around creating a home for young creative talent from Zaandam. During a period of at least one and a half year (July 2021 to October 2022), a group of young entrepreneurial creatives from Zaandam, brought together by Ella John, Giovanni Tuinfort and Boga Barbosa, has their own space in Het HEM which they use for get-togethers and masterclasses with more established makers who serve as their role models. Participants are free to set out their own learning trajectory and organise all activities themselves. The group works towards two moments when they share their development and creations with the public:
Homebase Connects at the end of October 2021 and a Homebase festival in the summer of 2022.
With Homebase, Het HEM invites young local creatives to contribute to its development as a cultural institution of the 21st century.