Meeting.hyves.nl has over 10,000 members of which the majority are between 12 and 19 years’ old. The site lists when and where meetings will be held.
The meetings take place irregularly throughout the Netherlands and are organised by the young people themselves. They usually gather at a railway station and then moved to the agreed location after an hour. The latter is always a public place, as they don’t have the money or are too young to go to a bar or club.
Because the gatherings are public, the group’s composition changes from meeting to meeting bot as far as the individuals attending are concerned and with regard to the subcultures represented there. I was fascinated by the group dynamic and the little rituals that develop which give the group an identity in spite of its diverse and fluctuating composition. I love the way they meet and respect the way in which they accept anyone into the group.