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Info visitors

About Dear Future,

The fifth edition of the European Social Innovation Week will take place from 23-29 September 2017, but this year the festival is called Dear Future,. During the festival we come together to explore the future. Be prepared to be surprised by the countless new insights waiting to be discovered. With more than 100 participants and partners, over 50 different programmes and with thousands of regional, national and international visitors Dear Future, demonstrates what can be achieved with Social Innovation. Expect innovative expos, lectures, meet-ups and the presentation of the Social Innovation Award. The festival takes place at different locations across the city-centre of Tilburg. Be inspired and let’s explore the future!

Where can I find the programme?

The programme can be viewed here. In September, you will find the timetable here.

Festival tickets

The most of the Dear Future, programmes are free of charge with a wristband. You can get your free wristband at the information point or you can ask the activity organiser. It is advisable to subscribe if you’re planning on visiting, so that you can be sure of a place. You can subscribe on the programme page of the event that you want to visit. Joining last minute? No problem, however full = full. We will update you later about the programme fees.

Where can I find the map?

Download it here.

Programme cancelled or changed?

If you subscribe to a specific programme, we’ll be in touch with you by email and notify you of any changes. We also communicate via our social media. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regularly during the week for any last-minutes changes.

Sleeping in Tilburg


Camping near Tilburg for the ultimate festival vibe? Then you should definitely check out the Beekse Bergen.

Mercure Hotel

Prefer a little more luxury? No problem! Then opt for this 4-star hotel in the centre of Tilburg: Mercure Hotel.

Het Wapen van Tilburg

Het Wapen van Tilburg is located immediately in front of Tilburg Central Station and provides a café, restaurant and rooms to stay for the night.

De Burgerij

De Burgerij is a restaurant with a deli shop and B&B. It is located in a quiet spot in the centre of Tilburg. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and of course a wonderful breakfast in the morning. & AirBnb

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Info participants

How can I register an event?

Submit your event using the registration form on the website. Questions about your event? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mirjam Smulders: 0630038837 or

What are the costs?

We have different packages with varying costs depending on what kind of event you are wishing to hold. Please look at the packages on our participants’ page for more information.

What are the basic facilities?

Should you want to organise an event, the programme location, technical support, communication/marketing and team support are included. Extra support depends on what kind of package you choose.

Need some ESIW graphic elements?

These can be downloaded from the press page.

Want to amend your event details?

Please let us know by e-mail:

Drinks & food

Smeer 'm

A great place to eat freshly baked bread, unique sandwiches and delicious snacks. Smeer ‘m is located in Hall 84.


RAW provides lunch, dinner and drinks. A great location with delicious food!

De Houtloods

Restaurant De Houtloods is a must-see in the Spoorzone. Here, you can enjoy exceptional food at perhaps the most beautiful terrace in the city.


Kras2 can be found in the Willem II Street, in front of the central railway station. The place to be for great sandwiches and authentic deli wares.

Eethuis Twintig

You can find Eethuis Twintig in the vibrant Piushaven (Pius Harbour). The restaurant/interior shop in one is located in an old rain-gear factory.


Sat Nav (GPS) address

Enter ‘Burgemeester Brokxlaan 8 Tilburg’, which will bring you to the so-called ‘Spoorzone’, the heart of Dear Future,!

I’m coming by car

Of course, you need a parking place. It is possible in the Spoorzone, however spaces are limited. But no need to worry, as there are plenty of spaces close by. For example, in the Tivoli carpark, which is a five-minute walk from the Spoorzone.

I’m coming by bike or on foot

Biking through Tilburg? Great idea! At the central railway station it is possible to hire a bike at ‘Fietspoint Derks’. The Spoorzone is in walking distance of the central station. Walk through the tunnel next to central station and you’ll find the Spoorzone.

I’m coming with public transport

The main location of Dear Future, is in the Spoorzone in Tilburg, which is perfectly accessible with public transport. Once arriving at central station, walk through the tunnel next to the station and you’ll find the Spoorzone.

I’m coming by bike-taxi

Go to the ‘fietstaxi’ website to find out everything you need to know about the Tilburg bike-taxi.

More info?

About the organisation

Dear Future, is organised by a small group of people. The core team compromises people from Midpoint Brabant, Het PON and Marketing Tilburg. Toffey is responsible for the marketing and communications. Collaborations with numerous parties and participants makes the festival possible.

Working at Dear Future,

We can definitely use your help at the festival. For more information and questions about working as a volunteer at Dear Future, send an email to

Press inquiries?

Press inquiries can be e-mailed to More information for the press can be found on the press page.

Information about past editions

Everything about previous editions can be found online. Take a look, for example, at: or

Other questions?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions, large or small. Please e-mail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.