Connect International’s journey began on 10 November 1998 as a merger between two other foundations, the International Club Noord Nederland (IntCNN) and Stichting Connect. The IntCNN, a social club for international managers, was founded in 1995 by five different companies in order to provide better services to the international community in the Northern Netherlands. Stichting Connect, founded in 1996, began as the brain child of a ‘trailing spouse’ who had found a lack of practical information in English about the Northern Netherlands upon her arrival and set up Connect to rectify the situation. After two years of working side by side, the two organizations merged to become Connect International.
The “Here & Now in Groningen” platform is an online personal recommendation agenda in English that allows you to access diverse cultural, networking and sport events in Groningen. Here & Now lets you choose events based on your own preferences, genres or even international-friendliness. Join us and choose between almost every activity in Groningen, from a cozy hobby meet up (that you can also submit yourself) to the mass concerts organized by the city’s biggest venues. The project is also part of International Groningen program which was recently awarded a Good Practice City Label by URBACT; the European fund for integrated urban development. Made possible thanks to RUG, Hanze UAS, UMCG, Provincie Groningen, Gemeente Groningen, cultural organizations and all the internationals in the city!