Hòfi Kultural is an initiative of Fundashon Plataforma Kultural. This foundation was established in 2010 by Mimoun Himmit, Javier Boezem and Marieke Knol. The main goal of the foundation is to organize activities together with others, increasing expertise and exchange, in order to stimulate the cultural climate on Bonaire.
With Hòfi Kultural we want to contribute to a more inclusive, creative and social Bonaire, by bringing citizens, artists and cultural initiatives together to inspire each other and learn from each other. We want to solve public issues in creative ways and create social impact.
Hòfi Kultural wants to contribute to the global goals for sustainable development. We want to contribute to empower and promote the social inclusion of all people on Bonaire, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. We do this by encouraging and enabling citizens to participate together in cultural activities, meet and get to know each other at Hòfi Kultural. We want to reduce loneliness amongst citizens in the neighborhood and increase social cohesion.
The voluntary board of Fundashon Plataforma Kultural consists of:
Vacant - Chairman
Wietze Koopman - Treasurer
Christine Alvarez - Secretary
The team consists of:
Marieke Knol - General Director
Mimoun Himmit - Financial Director
Marlies Vels - Program Manager
Chamber of Commerce Bonaire: 7599
In 2016 we started to build Hòfi Kultural. In February Louis Posner and Hyacinta 'Chinta' Merselina together laid the first foundation stone of the building. During 'Bon Doet' trees were planted by volunteers.
The following activities for the elderly took place: dancing, playing kwarta and storytelling. In September we started with a music program for children at Kolegio San Bernardo. 60 Children played guitar, brassband, kwarta and percussion. In December the children and the elderly gave a presentation of what they learned. The activities happened at Villa Antonia.
In September we also started with a program together with Fundashon Nawati and Forma, to perform the Bonairean New Year's tradition Maskarada. In January the students from Forma gave a presentation of Maskarada at three different schools.