Purple

If you start your study at Fontys in September, you will start with a super cool introduction week: Purple.

September marks the start of the new academic year. We will host the Purple introduction week for the new first-year students from 26 to 30 August 2024.

During the Purple introduction week, getting acquainted is central. Getting to know your classmates, your program, the city where you will be studying, and of course, getting to know Fontys. We plan to make the Purple introduction week 2024 just as beautiful and fantastic as every year.

Please note! Team Purple organizes the introduction week in Eindhoven, Tilburg, and Venlo. Programs and institutes themselves choose whether to participate fully, partially, or not at all in the Purple activities. The other Fontys locations will join the introduction week that is organized locally. This applies to the cities of Venlo, Sittard, Utrecht, and Den Bosch.

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Purple 2023

What is Purple?

In 2024, we are also organizing the Purple introduction week. Purple welcomes new students and ensures that they get to know their fellow students, the program, and the city. Keep an eye on the website for updates about this event.

For Fontys, and for Purple as well, the themes of sustainability and vitality are very important. We want our students to not only graduate but to do so in a healthy way and in a sustainable environment.

Purple contributes to this by offering sustainable activities and seeking collaborations with the right partners.

For example, we work with Alcoholwijs, a project within Fontys that promotes responsible alcohol use. Another collaboration is with the mobility project group, because Fontys stands for a safe, active, and accessible Fontys. Additionally, sustainable and healthy choices are encouraged in the journey to and from Fontys, for both staff and students.

Don't forget to follow the Fontys channels before, during, and after Purple. The Purple team primarily communicates via Instagram.

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You are a participant @ Purple …


You will be studying at Fontys. This means that you will participate in Fontys' introduction week called Purple. This takes place in the week before the first week of classes. You register through your program, after which you will also receive more information and updates about this week. As a participant, you will join the program that your program organizes: a specific program schedule on Monday and/or Tuesday and a Fontys centrally organized program on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. During the week, the introduction committees, intro dads, and intro moms will take care of you, and you are in good hands as an intro child. Together, we will make it an unforgettable introduction week where you make friends for life!

If you have questions about your introduction week, ask your introduction committee! You can find the contact details via your Fontys email or on www.fontys.nl/en/fresh-at-fontys 

You are intro-parent @ Purple …

You are an intro-parent during the introduction week. Such a week cannot do without good guidance, so we are very grateful for your help, champ! In the preparation during the year, you sign a contract with your institute and/or introduction committee (IC), you are informed, and you take a first aid course to be well-prepared. Your main task as an intro-parent is to provide the intro-kids with a carefree week where they can come to you with any questions. You are responsible for a group of participants along with one or more fellow intro-parents. Your IC ensures that you are involved in the process and know what to expect at the end of August.

You are parent of a participant @ Purple …

JYour child is going to study at Fontys and will participate in the introduction week. We ensure a 'Warm Welcome' during this event from Fontys. Your child will be guided by the introduction committee and intro-parents (= students of the study). The intro-parents have an agreement with the introduction committee about responsibilities, rules, and desired behavior during the introduction week. Before, during, and after the introduction week, the Fontys trust persons are also closely involved in the event. In addition, the Fontys safety team ensures that everything runs smoothly and according to safety rules from camping to festival. Various aspects of studying are covered throughout the week: from sports offerings to team-building activities to a grand festival to conclude the week. Participating in the introduction provides a kickstart to student life. During the week, lifelong friendships are formed. Additionally, senior students, the introduction committee, study associations, student associations, sports clubs, teachers, and staff are present to answer questions. This is also a time for providing information about the first period of lessons.

Please note: the ticket price to participate in the introduction week may vary by program. This depends on the program offered by the educational institution.

Introduction Committee (IC)

The IC primarily handles the part of the introduction week that is specific to the program. The activities mainly take place on Monday and/or Tuesday, but can also occur on one of the other days, provided that they do not participate in the centrally (by Fontys) organized activities. During the rest of the week, the IC ensures the smooth running of the week. The IC also takes care of the intro-parents and the communication between intro-kids, intro-parents, the program, and Fontys.


Roles and responsibilities IC:

  • GPT Organizes the introduction according to the frameworks and guidelines set by Fontys to ensure a safe Purple week and guides the students throughout the introduction week.
  • Acts on behalf of the institute director, has a direct line with the institute's first employee and the Purple organization.
  • Handles all communication towards the students and supervisors.
  • Is responsible, sets a good example by exhibiting mature behavior and adhering to the guidelines.
  • Ensures that there is no alcohol abuse and creates a socially safe environment.
  • Actively monitors the safety of all participants in the introduction.
  • Instructs the intro parents, so that they can perform their task properly.

What does the week look like?

Monday from 8 AM check-in at the campsite. This is possible throughout the day. From 7 PM to midnight, there is a party in the tent. Tuesday, breakfast between 8 and 10 AM. In the morning and afternoon, activities will also take place on the campsite. These are organized by, among others, the student sports center Eindhoven (SSCE) and Tilburg (Tilburg University Sports Center). In the evening, there is another party in the tent. Wednesday, breakfast between 8 and 10 AM. In the afternoon and evening, the choice activities, square party, and pub crawl take place in the center. For those who stay at the campsite and those who are back early from the city program, there is music in the tent until midnight. Thursday, breakfast between 8 and 10 AM, then get ready to go by bus to the Purple Festival. The festival lasts from 2 PM to 11 PM. Friday, breakfast between 8 and 10 AM. After that, it's time to take down the tents, clean up, and check out.

Welcome at Purple
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Ambience photo Fontys

A pop-up camping site will be set up in Venlo. This camping site is located near Venlo. About 300 students will sleep there during the introduction week.

The Purple introduction week consists of various components. You start 'small' on the program days. These take place on Monday and/or Tuesday, depending on the institute and the program you will be studying. On these day(s), you will get to know your fellow students, the teachers, and the program. Each program does its best to give you the warmest possible welcome. The organization of these day(s) is determined by the introduction committee of the program.

*The schedule for your introduction week can be found at Fresh at Fontys. Click on the city you are going to study and the program you will follow.

In the morning, students can get acquainted with the local (student) sports clubs thanks to the Student Sport Centre Eindhoven or Tilburg University Sports Center. Afterwards, Purple offers a variety of activities that you can sign up for, from swimming to bowling. This offer will be further explained during the MS Teams meetings. At the end of the afternoon, the square party takes place in Eindhoven and Tilburg. This is a party organized by the municipalities and/or hospitality industry in collaboration with Fontys. In Eindhoven, all educational institutions are invited to this event. After dinner, students can find their own way to various hospitality venues. The pub crawl starts within walking distance from the square at 10:00 PM. Here, students can have a drink at various pubs listed on the stamp card.

Get your festival ticket!

Please note: a ticket is included for the entire introduction week. So you do NOT have to buy a separate festival ticket if you participate in the introduction week as a first-year student (intro-kid) or supervisor (intro-parent).

Buy a festival ticket as a Fontys student, -employee or alumni

We want to invite Fontys students, -employees and alumni to the Purple Festival. Buy your Purple Festival ticket here, full = full.

Information and communication

All information can be found in the Woov app.

Ambience photo Fontys
Ambience photo Fontys

A relatively new part of Purple is the Welcome Party, which takes place in the garden of Campus Rachelsmolen. This activity is for international students and all those involved in Fontys' international programs. This activity is centered on getting to know each other and a 'Warm Welcome' @ Fontys. During the BBQ, students have time to get to know each other better, but various partners are also present to help with questions about banking, transportation, and housing, among others. Participation in the BBQ is based on registration; no registration = no place. Senior students from international programs, teachers, buddies, or non-international students are also welcome provided they have registered.


Social safety

Fontys stands for a safe work and learning environment, and this also applies to activities and events organized by Fontys. This means not only physically safe but also socially safe: the locations and activities are free from any form of aggression, (sexual) harassment, bullying, discrimination, coercion, threats, etc. Members of the Safety Info Point can be approached for advice and/or reporting incidents. On the page of this info point (https://fontys.nl/veiligheid/), you can find further information and a guide.

Introduction committees work with their own intro-parent agreement where senior students sign for their role and the associated responsibilities. It clearly describes what is and is not expected of them (including issues regarding boundary-crossing behavior and how to act in such cases) and what the consequences are for violations. Safety topics are also covered during the intro-parent meetings organized by the introduction committees.

Projectplan

The introduction committees start working on the Purple introduction week from January. Around that time, they begin drafting a project plan with two scenarios, an emergency plan, etc. These plans are reviewed by the Purple project leader and the safety advisors of Fontys, who also provide advice where necessary. Safety plays a prominent role in the project plan. In case of a crisis, a Fontys and Purple crisis team is activated.

Damage, nuisance, and behavior

Everyone must behave in such a way that neither direct nor indirect damage is caused, nor unacceptable nuisance and unacceptable behavior, and that they do not act contrary to the law.

  • Possession, use, and trading of alcohol and drugs during the introduction is prohibited. This also applies to other psychoactive substances, such as nitrous oxide.
  • No alcohol is served, passed on, or provided to minors. This is punishable by law.
  • No alcohol is served at activities before 4:00 PM, nor may it be consumed or passed on.
  • Possession, use, or trading of weapons or objects resembling weapons is prohibited.

Emergency Response (ER) and first aid

For the centrally organized Purple activities, first aiders and emergency response officers are provided. At self-organized activities, there must also be a sufficient number of trained ER officers and/or first aiders present. Additionally, the staff and/or members of the Intro Committee are well-instructed and have a clear role during an evacuation or incident. The in-house emergency response officers can offer support during the centrally organized activities. They can report to the Purple first aid station.

Contact

Questions and/or remarks? We are here to help you!

The introduction week does not organize itself. The following team has been created to give you the best start of your student days! A 'Warm Welcome' is what we strive for. Do you have any questions, comments or your own input? Then we would like to hear from you via purple@fontys.nl. You can also find us before, during and after Purple on social media, Instagram.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camping Eindhoven, Tilburg and Venlo

Visitors need to have a valid admission ticket. You will receive this from the introduction committee on the first day.
On Monday and Tuesday, it is not allowed to enter or leave the campsite between 03:00 AM and 07:00 AM. On Wednesday and Thursday, it is not allowed to enter or leave the campsite between 04:30 AM and 07:00 AM. When entering and leaving the event location/events, visitors should not cause any disturbance to local residents and the nearby living environment.
The campsite is a car-free zone. You can unload your belongings at the entrance, but after that, you walk with your stuff to your spot on the campsite.
It is best to check this with your introduction committee. Some committees have rented army tents, while others ask participants to bring their own tents.
This is 150cm by 210cm for a 2-person tent.
After each breakfast shift, certain introduction committees will perform cleanup duties so that everything is neat and clean the next day.
Yes, visitors must always have valid identification on them, as the organization can always ask (to have) this shown. It is also advisable to bring your health insurance card.
Bringing or possessing glassware, plastic bottles, cans, fireworks, drugs, (fire)arms, and/or other dangerous objects or substances, as well as food items, alcoholic beverages, and/or (household) pets at the Purple campsite is not allowed (Assistance dogs are allowed if communicated in advance). Between 10:00 PM – 08:00 AM, amplified sound is not allowed. Any speakers, soundbars, etc. will be confiscated if sound is played during these times.
If there is a reason, security personnel may frisk you.
The security or organization may perform a bag check if they see a reason for it. You or a guide from your institution will always be present.
Participants of Purple enter the event location at their own risk. The organizer is not liable for any damage, of any nature whatsoever, that is directly or indirectly the result of actions or omissions by the organizer, persons employed by her, or other persons employed by or on behalf of her, or by third parties, during the event organized by her and/or in connection with the stay at the event location, unless the damage is the result of intent or gross negligence. Threats, assault, theft, discrimination, unwanted sexual advances, and other troublesome and/or offensive behavior, and/or attempts thereof, are not tolerated by the organizer. If the visitor causes any damage during their visit to the event, the organizer will recover this damage from the involved (to do so). Moreover, the organizer can file a report of such behaviors.
Without written permission from the organizer, it is not allowed to distribute promotional materials (samples/flyers, etc.).
Without prior written permission from the organizer, visitors are not allowed to make and use for commercial purposes images or sound recordings (photos and videos, etc.) of the stay during events organized by Montopinto.
During Purple events, image and/or sound recordings may be made for promotional purposes. Anyone visiting this event location/events agrees that images may be made of him/her. These images may be made public. Images can be removed upon request.
It is not allowed to buy and/or consume alcohol before 4:00 PM. This will be confiscated.
Cleaning of the sanitary facilities happens daily, we are all responsible for keeping it clean for the next user.
Visitors are only allowed to smoke in the designated smoking areas at the event location, and cigarette butts must be cleaned up!

Study program days

You can find all the necessary information on Goede Start. Select the city and your program, and you will be directed to the correct page.
Then contact the liaison of the program you will be attending. The contact person can tell you more about the introduction week and everything that follows.

Sports morning

Yes, that would be useful.
Yes, the introduction committee has done that for the entire group.
Yes, that's not a problem, but please mention it at the start of the activity.
Yes.

Activities in the city

The schedule including the time and location is sent to the introduction committees via email and MS Teams. The activities (bowling, cinema, and swimming) take place on Wednesday.
This is not included as standard. However, it is possible to buy this on-site.
It is allowed to bring your own bottle of water. You can buy food and drink on site.

Pub tour

For each pub listed on the card, you get an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink at the participating pubs.
You will receive this from your introduction committee. They distribute these among the intro-parents who pass it on to the intro-kids.
No, under 18 years old = no alcohol rules also apply at Purple and in the pubs. This is also checked in the pubs.
Yes, you must always have valid identification on you, as the organization can always ask (to have) this shown.

Purple Festival general info

Thursday 29th August 2024.

Doors open at 2 PM and the festival lasts until 11 PM.

Note: you can enter the festival area until 9 PM!

Leijpark in Tilburg.
Various drink and food points are available on the festival location. There is a wide range: from soft drinks to alcoholic drinks. In terms of food, there is a wide choice that takes into account dietary requirements and allergies.
Find all the info at a glance and download the Woov app. You can easily download this from the Google Play Store (Android) or the App Store (Apple). Search for Purple in the app and find all useful information for the festival, from map to timetable.
You can rent a locker on location by scanning and paying for a QR code. You can use your locker immediately. The lockers are small, so avoid large bags (these are not allowed onto the festival grounds).

Please note: full = full, so book your locker at the festival in time. This link will be shared later.
There is no separate wardrobe. If you want to leave your sweater or bag somewhere, use a locker.
No, that is not possible.
At Purple Festival you pay with your wristband at the bars and food corners. You can easily top up via your account. Do you have any balance left after Purple? The money will be automatically refunded to your bank account within 14 days. Keep in mind that you pay a €1 service charge each time you top up.
There is no WIFI network available for visitors.
This will be announced.
There are different stages and music styles and they all have their own volume. The music is generally loud. It is therefore advisable to use hearing protection. Don't you have it with you? Earplugs are also available at the bars.
No cigarettes are sold. Smoking is not allowed in tents. There is plenty of room to smoke elsewhere outside.
There are bicycle sheds at Purple Festival, to reach the bicycle places you cycle via Professor van Buchemlaan into the Leijpark, just before/after the intersection with the Ringbaan-Zuid.

Purple Festival tickets

Single Purple Festival tickets are (limited) for sale here.
* Are you a participant in the Purple introduction week? Then your Purple Festival ticket is included in your registration.
No, Purple Festival is part of your introduction week, so you don't have to buy a separate ticket.
We like to work as sustainably as possible, so it is not necessary to print your ticket. You can show this from your phone at the entrance.
We can and we think it's great fun! You can buy a separate ticket for Purple Festival. Please spread the word and bring all your friends. A ticket is required for a wristband and you cannot enter the site without a wristband. So make sure you have arranged this before Purple Festival and don't miss out on a ticket.
As a participant you have a Purple wristband. Is it broken or have you lost it? Then register with the organization with your account (in the app) and we will arrange a new wristband that we link to your account. Important: if the strap is broken, take it with you and it will be replaced on the spot.

Purple Festival transport

The Leijpark is a 30-minute walk from Tilburg Central Station. Buses (for example bus lines 1/2/142/143) also drive that way, so you can be in the park in fifteen minutes.
Will you be dropped off and picked up again? Then use the space available around the park for this. No specific kiss & ride will be arranged.
Are you coming by car? The easiest way to park your car is paid parking in the neighbourhood or at the Tilburg/Hilvarenbeek carpool.
You can park your bike at the festival location. There is enough space. From there you can walk to the entrance of the festival in a few minutes. Due to possible nuisance, we request that you park your bicycle in the designated parking facilities.
Shuttle buses from the Fontys cities ensure that you get to and from the festival site safely. This applies to Purple introduction week students in all Fontys teaching locations except Utrecht (by public transport), Tilburg (by bicycle) and Venlo.


Purple Festival general info

First aid is also present during the festival, at a fixed post and mobile on the site. In the Woov app you will find the location of the first aid on the map
For everyone's safety, security is present who also perform bag checks for the safety of all participants and employees.
There are toilets for the disabled. These are indicated on the map in the Woov app and the physical floor plans. These toilets are clearly marked per toilet block. For more info send an email to purple@fontys.nl
Do you have allergies or other dietary requirements? Then Purple Festival is the right place for you. There is a wide variety of food on site and there is something for everyone.
Do you want to help during the Purple Festival or at another time during the introduction week? Send us an email at purple@fontys.nl and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Did you lose something during Purple Festival? Please contact the Fontys Customer Contact Center on 08850-80000
Of course you can take photos and videos with your phone for your own use. Bringing your own professional equipment is not allowed. Photographers and videographers are also walking around at the party. If you are at the party, you automatically agree to the fact that photos or video images may be taken of you. You can indicate to the photographer/videographer that you do not like this. Images are mainly used for own reporting.
The house rules of the organizer apply to this event. You can read this at the entrance of the event.

Welcome Party @ Campus Rachelsmolen

It takes place at Campus Rachelsmolen in Eindhoven.
You are welcome for snacks and drinks between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM.
For all international students, coaches, buddies, and other involved parties.
Yes, vegetarian and vegan diets and allergies are accommodated.