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Will new city pass raise pride of residents?

PvdA (labour party) and VVD (people’s party for freedom and democracy) would like to introduce a new Eindhoven city pass. The parties believe that this has many positive effects. The pass could give you free or discounted access to various activities in the city.

With the pass, the parties hope that institutions in the field of sports, arts and culture and other facilities will become more accessible. In this way, the pass should contribute to the pride of the residents and create a greater bond with the city. In addition, a city pass ensures that new Eindhoven residents get to know the city faster and that people can more easily participate in sports, arts and culture.

The city pass would also contribute to the economy. It has a positive impact for local entrepreneurs and would increase visitor numbers to municipal facilities.


The pass would also remove a stigma surrounding poverty schemes. The city pass would ensure that people in poverty more easily come into contact with activities in the city. There is a special arrangement for people with a limited income to use the city pass.

The idea of the city pass will be discussed on Tuesday evening during a debate at city hall.

Source: Studio040

Translated by: Bob

Geldrop-Mierlo in winter atmosphere


Geldrop-Mierlo will be enveloped in a winter atmosphere this month. There are markets and concerts but you can also skate or slide down a ramp.

Music Festival

Next weekend there will be a Christmas market in Mierlo. Besides food stalls around ‘t Patronaat, there is also a music programme, with the talent show ‘Mierlo Got Talent’ and the music show ‘Mierlo Maestro’. Furthermore, the Mierlo Kerbs* Championship will also take place. This will be around the Lucia church.

Wensambulance foundation

From 13 December to 7 January, there will again be a skating rink in the centre of Geldrop. There will also be a Glass House of local radio station KommuS on the Horecaplein. The radio makers spin paid request songs at the skating rink. The money raised will be donated to the Wensambulance Brabant foundation. They help seriously ill people to fulfil their last wish. On Christmas Eve, KommuS launches a top 500, a list of the best songs of all time.

Dickens event

On 16 December, the programme also includes the Dickens event in Geldrop. This will bring the old Charles Dickens Christmas atmosphere to life in the village. Various choirs and actors will participate. A Christmas Carol is one of Dickens’s many famous books.

Source: Studio040

* Kerbs: Two people stand on either side of the road and throw a football so it hits their kerb and bounces to your half of the road. (EN ed.)

Translated by: Anitha Sevugan


Evoluon grounds set for new light festival


One hundred and fifty works of light art can be seen on the grounds of the Evoluon from next Saturday. This is because a new light festival will start here: Lumina Park.

The festival, themed ‘Back to the Future’ last for one month. Lumina Park is well-known in Eastern Europe. In several cities, locations have been decorated with lights in winter atmosphere for some time. Now it is Eindhoven’s turn.


“The Evoluon site will be beautifully illuminated at night, giving the park a special atmosphere. In Lumina Park, we combine lights art with technology to create an experience that will excite the senses”, says Jan Szagdaj , founder of the light event.

Picture credit: Lumina Park

Film and show

Besides the artworks, there are also several activities to be found in Lumina Park. These include a movie afternoon for children, a light show and places to eat and drink.

Source: Studio040

Translated by: Shanthi Ramani

IKEA in Son declared best branch in the world


The IKEA branch in the Ekkersrijt business park in Son has been declared the best in the world. Every year, a branch of the furniture giant receives this honour during a competition within the company. This year the branch in Son came out on top.

“All our employees, some of whom have been working for us for 30 years, are very proud that we won,” store manager Fabrice Mangia told the ED. Last week, employees of the branch were presented with the trophy, a Swedish boulder, in Älmhult, the birthplace of IKEA.

Jury verdict

To win, IKEA at Ekkersrijt had to meet specified criteria. The best is selected per country and then a jury deliberates. Particular attention is paid to the satisfaction of customers and employees. Other strengths of the IKEA branch in Son were the focus on employee development, effective tools such as self-scanners, a large store area, a restaurant with 750 seats and the readiness to try out new concepts.

The prize was first awarded ten years ago. The IKEA branch on Ekkersrijt can now call itself the best for one whole year.


Source: Studio040

For Eindhoven News: Lila Mehrez

Municipality of Son en Breugel and Parish to open parsonage garden

The municipality of Son en Breugel and the Parish of Heilige Oda signed an agreement of intent on Wednesday. Both parties want to involve Park Vroonhoven more in the centre of Son and develop a chapel there.

They also want to open the parsonage garden of the St. Genoveva Church in Breugel to visitors. In addition, a new parish centre is planned. This should be located in the immediate vicinity of the current parsonage and the Sint Genoveva Church. Finally, the parish council would like to see the current parish centre ‘Den Bauw’ designated as ‘residential’.


The municipality has acquired Park Vroonhoven on a long lease from the parish. This agreement will continue until 2033. Based on the coalition agreement in Son en Breugel, there is a desire to update the park and become more involved in the centre. This requires an investment from the municipality. It is therefore desirable to extend the leasehold period.

The agreement also states that a chapel can be built in Park Vroonhoven. The parish would like to further elaborate and realise this.

Parsonage garden

The parsonage garden of St. Genoveva Church is owned by the parish. The rear part is largely located in the Dommeldal. The parish is prepared to lease this part to the municipality. The parsonage garden can then be opened to visitors and be involved in the nature development of the Dommeldal.

The parish centre ‘Den Bauw’ is outdated and no longer meets current needs. ‘Den Bauw’ now has a social function, but the plan is to turn it into a residential location and to build a new parish centre in or in the immediate vicinity of the current Rectory and St. Genoveva Church.


Source: Studio040

For Eindhoven News: Lila Mehrez

IVN distributes 750 trees and shrubs in Geldrop-Mierlo

Geldrop-Mierlo will get more greenery again early next month. This will happen at the De Paardestal (the horse stable) in Geldrop and ‘t Klokhuis (core) in Mierlo. Volunteers will also plant two bird forests and a shrub hedge on Elsbroekpad in Geldrop.

Councillor Frans Stravers will symbolically plant the first tree. Local residents can also make use of the initiative. For example, IVN (institute for nature education and sustainability) Geldrop is giving away 500 pieces of planting material and IVN Mierlo is giving away 250 plants. This concerns nine types of native plants, all of which attract different animals. Members who are not members of the IVN can also get those.


During the previous edition in March, a public garden was given away for planting trees. These plants survived the previous drought quite well.

The objective of the national ‘Plan Boom’ (tree plan), of which the initiative in Geldrop-Mierlo is part of, is to plant 10 million extra trees throughout the Netherlands. In Brabant this concerns 1 million plants and trees.

Source: Studio040

Translated by: Bob


Community service for police officer who killed motorist


The 26-year-old police officer who caused an accident in December last year has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service. Moreover, he is not allowed to drive a car for six months. 


The officer drove across Dr Cuyperlaan with flashing lights in December 2022 pursuing a vehicle that was alledgedly transporting a decoy bicycle. The policecar drove at a speed of  130 kilometres per hour, where 50 kilometres per hour is the maximum permitted speed.
At the intersection with Woenselsestraat, the officer ran into a motorcyclist at 100 kilometres per hour. The car came to a stop against a light pole. The victim did not survive the blow.


The court found that the officer was careless and inattentive and did not take enough account of other road users. He exceeded police guidelines. The court also believes that the suspect should not be punished in the same way as an ordinary road user because the actions of a police officer entail risks. The suspect acted with the best intentions, was deeply affected and expressed regret to the relatives.

The court therefore does not consider an unconditional prison sentence appropriate. However, the man will receive a community service order of 200 hours and a driving ban of twelve months, six of which will be conditional.

Source: Studio040

Translated by: Seetha



Follow Eindhoven News and win tickets to India Day


Immerse yourself in the enchanting colours, flavours and sounds of India. In the foyers and halls of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, enjoy live performances featuring (traditional) dance and music, savour delicious Indian food at the food plaza, and indulge in shopping at various stalls in the bazaar.

Alternatively, participate in various workshops focusing on traditional arts and crafts such as yoga, martial arts, and painting. For children, there’s a full afternoon program featuring percussion, Mad Science, henna art, colouring, and face painting. India Day is a festival organised in collaboration with ambassadors from the Indian community in the Brainport Region. The festival programme is curated in partnership with the team at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

To win free tickets you have to follow Eindhoven News on Linkedin. Ten lucky winners will receive 2 tickets each. Hurry, Op=Op.

Athreya Fusion, Angel ArunA, and more!

Additionally, enjoy the fusion sounds of Athreya Fusion. This band, consisting of 18 Indian musicians from across Europe, blends Western music with authentic Indian music. Based in Switzerland, they will perform two sets specially crafted for this day.

Bollywood singer Angel ArunA, known for touching hearts with her voice, will perform in our Second Foyer. She is a well-known name in the Surinamese-Hindustani and Indian communities, having contributed to the soundtrack of “Zoop in India,” a film successfully screened in theatres in 2006.

Get ready to dance with The Indian Dutch Ensemble, a band that brings a combination of old and new Bollywood disco tunes, making standing still no longer an option.

We conclude the day with DJ Balli Kalsi, who will make sure to keep the party going! The internationally award-winning Bollywood DJ will spin the best tunes from all over India!

Traditional dance

Especially for India Day, various dance schools in Eindhoven collaborate on a three-hour program featuring various dance styles from India. At ‘Natya Nectar: A Celebration of Indian Dance,’ enjoy traditional dance styles such as Odissi, Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Mohiniyattam, and Andhranatyam.

Shyama Warrier – Natanam / Academy of Dance and Arts
Kalabhavan by Keya
Poornima Nair – Shankara / Dance Academy
Sri Manjulika
Dance School Mohini
Kathak by Sonali

Directly from Mumbai: Rajeev Raja Combine

India Day welcomes Indian artists from all over Europe, but The Rajeev Raja Combine is flying in directly from Mumbai! This band is one of India’s most exciting indo-jazz fusion bands. Especially for India Day, they come to the Netherlands for a unique show! With flautist Rajeev Raja as the frontman, the band delivers a sound that truly delights your ears.

Fashion show

During the fusion fashion show ‘Six Yards of Love,’ the spotlight is on the sari. The sari, a traditional garment worn by Indian women, is draped in various ways, showcasing the immense diversity of Indian culture as a whole. From romantic to traditional, the V-Teach Fusion fashion show brings together tradition, innovation, and creativity with an ecstatic audiovisual experience.


If you’re curious about traditional Indian arts, join the free workshops taking place throughout the day. Experience the martial art Kalaripayattu by Kalari Amsterdam, try your hand at Madhubani painting, relax during a yoga workshop with teacher Ankesh Singh, and learn more about the holistic health art of Ayurveda.

Children’s programme:

India Day is for the whole family, and there’s plenty for children to do all day. From a bouncy castle to challenging workshops, they can learn about the fascinating properties of light with Mad Science and engage in their own experiments. They can get fantastic face paintings or have a beautiful henna design created. All these activities are included in the children’s ticket, which is only €5.


Throughout the day, explore the market stalls of Indian entrepreneurs at the lively bazaar. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed on India Day as you sample the delicious cuisine from all regions of India and enjoy typical Indian Desi drinks.

To buy tickets click here 


Eckart school and childcare finally open


After decades of planning and waiting, children in Eindhoven’s Eckart district can go to school in a new school building. The new location for primary school and childcare on Weegschaalstraat opened its doors on Monday.

“There were already plans some 25 years ago. We had to wait a long time for it but we now have a beautiful new school building at last,” says Moniek van Rooij, director of De Kimme, the primary school’s new name. For a long time, no suitable land was available. There were also discussions about financing.

Written off

The 300 children of the primary school and the Billies childcare were initially spread over two locations in outdated buildings. The buildings were poorly insulated and had rotten window frames. “Now everyone is together in one building. So siblings are also back in school together again.”

Van Rooij is happy with the possibilities offered by the new location. “We now have learning areas where we can work across classes. That is today’s education.” The new building is also energy-efficient. “We have the highest possible number of stars. That means a heat pump, solar panels and a basin that collects and reuses water.


The new building cost about seven million euros, according to municipal documents.

Source: Studio040

Translated by: Shanthi Ramani

PvdA/GroenLinks largest voted party in Eindhoven

In Eindhoven, PvdA/GroenLinks emerged as the largest party in the House of Representatives elections. The PVV is just behind that. The last votes were counted in the city last night, the municipality reports.

The turnout in Eindhoven was again lower than the average in the Netherlands on Wednesday. That came to 72.4 percent. That is almost 6 percent less than the national average.

Eindhoven results

PvdA/GroenLinks received 21 percent of the votes, followed by the PVV with 20 percent. After that, there is a small gap in Eindhoven, with 14 percent of the votes for the VVD and 12 for Omtzigt’s new party NSC.

D66 completes the top 5 with 9 percent of the votes. SP, Denk, Party for the Animals and Volt come next in the rankings, with 3 or 4 percent of the votes.

Leading the way

Nationally, PVV won. After counting the votes, leader Geert Wilders’ party came out well above the other parties with 35 seats. He can now take the lead in forming a new coalition.


Source: Studio040

For Eindhoven News: Lila Mehrez


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