Anyone wishing to meet gay professionals is attending the "Mankracht" drink, taking place every month, on the third Thursday. By the way, the Dutch word mankracht means "manpower". The Mankracht-meetings are attended by 50-70 males (self explanatory) coming from greater Rotterdam - and from further distances- for a "gay" drink. The venue - always in the center of Rotterdam - varies from the bar in the posh Bilderberg Park Hotel to the no-nonsense café of Ferry Rotterdam.
Gay men, younger and older, with a large diversity of professional backgrounds, socialize and make new acquaintances. The only fixed part of the evening is a more or less well known gay professional who is challenged by one of the Mankracht regular interviewers. He is questioned for 10 minutes about his profession, being gay, coming out experiences and his plans for the future in or with Rotterdam.
The Mankracht drink is each month, every third Thursday, either at the Bilderberg Park Hotel (during winter time) or at Ferry Rotterdam (during summertime), always starting at six and continuing until late hours.
Look on www.mankrachtrotterdam.nl for actual information on date, venue, interviews. Tho things only: you have to pay for your drinks, and (sorry): no females allowed.
Photography: Alex van Hulst.
Translation: Teun Botterweg.
LOCATION (DURING THE WINTER)
Bilderberg Park Hotel
3015 LB Rotterdam
010 43 63 611
LOCATION (DURING THE SUMMER)
3012 GG Rotterdam
010 45 67 333
Monthly every third thursday, from 18.00 HR