During this evening on the 18th of November, organized by Bond Precaire Woonvorm, we look at the famous film debut by Ken Loach, 'Cathy Come Home' (1966), a poignant and still urgent portrait of two lovers, Reg and Cathy, who , due to adversity and failing housing policy, grow apart.

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Editor Harmen Brethouwer will introduce the socially driven work of director Ken Loach. In a public debate we will address the situation in Utrecht. How does a state of permanent temporality affect renters on a psychological and relational level? And how can we resolve these issues with renters in Utrecht?

Are there parallels to be drawn between the housing crisis in the Netherlands and previous ones, themed in these films? What are the differences? Dutch housing policy is increasingly focused on increasing the `free market'. The rent prices rise quickly, making it hard for even the (lower) and middle income-groups to find and retain a rental. Besides which, the free sector works increasingly with temporary forms of contracts.

This evening, we ask ourselves: What shared interests do (international) students, young people and people from the city of Utrecht with poorly paid flexible job, have with people in the middle income group?
Are all these groups in danger of becoming part of the ever growing precariousness, living in uncertainty, temporary or too expensively?
We'll be discussing possibilities to connect the interests of these seemingly separate groups, enabling them to live in the city agains affordable prices.

BPW stands for stable living for everyone. BPW organizes renters in networks of solidarity and offers judicial backup.

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Where: ACU Voorstraat 71, in Utrecht,
Start presentation: 18 November 20:30 – followed by a discussion
Language: English
entrance: Free

This film evening is organized by Bond Precaire Woonvorm. Together we watch fragments of foreign films in which examples of a housing crisis are made visible.

Editor Harmen Brethouwer introduces the socially engaged work of filmmaker Ken Loach. The Utrecht situation is discussed during a public discussion. What does permanent temporality do to tenants on a psychological or relational level? And what can we do about it together with Utrecht tenants and home seekers?

To what extent can parallels be drawn between the housing crisis that we are currently experiencing in the Netherlands and previous crises that are thematized in these films? And what are the differences? Dutch housing policy is increasingly aimed at increasing the 'free market'. The problem is that rents are rising rapidly, so that it is difficult even for (lower) middle groups to find and keep a rental property on the market. The free sector also regularly works with temporary rental contracts.

On this evening we will ask the question: what shared interests do (international) students, young people and Utrecht residents with a poorly paid flex job with people with a middle income have? Do all these groups threaten to become part of the growing housing precariat that is temporary, insecure or too expensive? We discuss whether there are possibilities to connect the interests of these apparently separated groups, so that it remains (or becomes) possible for everyone to live in a secure and affordable way in the city.

The Bond Precaire Woonvorm fights for stable housing for everyone. The BPW organizes tenants in solidarity networks and offers legal back-up, both substantively and morally for (flex) residents who want to stand up for their rights.

Would you like to participate or know more about the Bond Precarious Housing Forms? Check out: or like our FB page.

True: ACU Voorstraat 71, in Utrecht.
Start presentation 18 November 20:30 – afterwards discussion.
Language: English
Entrance: Free

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