It all started when…
Maastricht University (UM) and Gemeente Maastricht decided that the internationally-minded students in this city need a physical space where they can hang out and meet like-minded people. Students that decide to join one of the bigger student organisations have such a space:
It goes without saying that some ‘smaller’ student organisations also have locations they call home. However, our ambition is to compete with these ‘big four’ - we envision a similar-sized space, similar amount of events and similar number of members. Having a physical space where members can meet other members, organise events together, share stories, get support, and have a drink is crucial when setting up a new community. So over the last few years we have made finding such a space a priority.
Way, way back ISN/ESN Maastricht was tasked with creating such a space. However, it soon became clear that this was too big a task for the organisation to handle by themselves. So Maastricht University (UM) and Gemeente Maastricht decided that a more ‘professional’ task force was needed to initiate a project of this dimension.
Maastricht University (UM) and Gemeente Maastricht had agreed that, upon renovation of the space, we could move into the old Muziekgieterij building at the end of 2019. In order to learn from the Muziekgieterij organisation and get a feeling for the place we began organising events there. Over the span of one-and-a-half years we organised upwards of 40 events at the Muziekgieterij. In late 2018 the decision was made that Kaleido could in fact not move into the old Muziekgieterij building after all. The main reason for this decision were the competing business models of Kaleido and Muziekgieterij. Obviously this came as quite a shock and was a considerable set-back but we didn’t let that stop us. We quickly accepted our faith as nomads and continue our search for a home base until this day.
The Vereniging Kaleido
In May 2019 we founded the legal entity ‘Vereniging Kaleido’. Kaleido now has a board of three people that are responsible for anything Kaleido-related and decide upon which path to take in the future. Having a board of students means that the UM employees can take on a supportive function only and are not at the forefront of all the action. Once Kaleido has found a location it will be entirely student-run, so the current construction is great practice for when this dream becomes a reality.