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Sun 19 July

De Verhalenbazaar

Beautiful princesses, brave knights, frightening dragons and many more mythical creatures will be coming to live for the second time this summer in Rotterdam on the Verhalenbazaar (Story bazaar). Kids are the boss!

Sun 05 July

Terrasse de France – partner tres non officiel du Tour de France

We are feeling a petit peu French lately. Maybe it’s because of le Tour de France passing the Erasmusbridge on July 5th. They’ll be so close you could throw your undies at your favourite bicycletteur. Don’t miss out! - Ne la manque pas! Nhow terrace becomes Terrasse de France on Juillet 5.

Fri 19 June


Coming friday 19 & saturday 20 th of june we are presenting a lot of good performances on classical and jazz music. This all for free at the waterfront of ‘De Rotte’ at Noordplein. On friday night the Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra with solist the well known trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and on saturday i.a. soul jazz legend Giovanca, Balkan sensation Amariszi and the swing of BRUUT!

Fri 07 August

Duizel in het Park

From August 7 till 9 the Rotterdam Vroesenpark is the summer festival of the year. Literature, art, music and performances in the grass for both young and old. The program is amazingly diverse: romantic songs and tough blues, slang and literature prizes.

Sat 29 August

Vrije Volk Festival

On Saturday August 29th the very first dance festival ever will take place in the beautiful Vroesenpark. The second edition of het Vrije Volk Festival is a collaboration between 3 innovative and creative organizations: Now & Wow, Niko and Revolt.

Fri 12 June


For the true idler, the gardens and edens are the kind of places we all should be hanging around, in fantasy and real life, rather than toiling for an imagined better future. With this in mind we invite you to check in at DE PLAYER and its garden. Savor the good things, hear and see captivating performative actions, good food & drinks.

Thu 11 June


If the Schouwburgplein had a roof, it would be on fire from June 11 – 13. WIRED is the beating heart for youth, art, culture and education. Try the newest innovative technologies or make the craziest creations together with professional designers and artist. Or just enjoy our awesome performances and sneak peeks.

Sat 20 June

Dag van de Architectuur (Day of the Architecture)

Dozens of interesting Rotterdam sites and buildings are open to the public, during the Day of the Architecture. They are located around five important Rotterdam icons: De Luchtsingel (which celebrates its official opening with an Urban Picnic), Centraal Station, De Rotterdam, De Markthal, the Erasmus Pavilion, and the Van Nelle Fabriek.

Sat 20 June

Urban Picnic (official opening Luchtsingel)

On the Dag van de Architectuur, the completion of the Luchtsingel in Rotterdam will be celebrated in Rotterdam. You are invited for a celebratory Urban Picnic! A strip card allows you to sample delights from local culinary entrepreneurs. Sit back and relax on a rug on the Luchtsingel to enjoy your picnic box!

Sat 27 June

Expedition Festival

On the hills, in the middle of the ‘Bergse Bos’, we set up camp again. To reunite over music and linger under the sun.

Sat 25 July

On the other side of reality

The Summer Carnival has evolved to become part of the fabric of Rotterdam and has a complex global history associated with the rise of capitalism, colonisation, and diaspora. It is one of the largest cultural events in the Netherlands and remains outside of the museum context. On the Other Side of Reality will provide a float and procession to the carnival’s street parade, which will then be transformed into a vast installation at TENT, culminating in an outdoor youth performance, and concluding with a symposium. With this event, TENT is searching for the point where the worlds of contemporary art and the carnival, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, and art and society overlap.

Sun 14 June

Save 1000 kilo of veggies - DamnFoodWaste

In The Netherlands we throw away almost a third of our food. Mostly it’s food that farmers can’t sell because it doesn’t meet consumers’ requirements, food that passed the Best Before date and is thrown away in supermarkets and you might also want to take a look in your own bin? It’s probably not that hard to find some wasted food in there! JOIN US!

Sat 06 June

Modular Day + Night / Genius of Time, Tama Sumo, Hunee, Legowelt

After a succesvoll first edition in BIRD Modular Day + Night goes outside for a special summer edition in the backyard of BIRD. You​’re invited to​ two stages with the best house, disco and electronical music. At 23.00 hour we move inside to the official afterparty where Job Jobse with ​various​ friends are standing behind the turning tables.

Sun 05 July

Metropolis Festival 2015

On Sunday 5th of July the 27th edition of the infamous Metropolis Festival will take place in the Zuiderpark in Rotterdam. The festival offers ‘the best you’ve never heard of’ with bands and acts from all over the world. In the past bands like The Black Keys, The Strokes, Interpol, The XX, Triggerfinger and The Killers played the festival just before their breakthrough.

Sun 07 June


Sit down in the Park near the Euromast and enjoy the SummerSundays on 7, 14, 21 or 28 june, or 5 juli!

Thu 11 June

Cool cultural life at WIRED festival

WIRED festival, on June 11th, 12th and 13th will be the festival to be for young adults. At the Schouwburgplein they’ll get to meet the best of what Rotterdam has to offer when it comes to the city’s cultural life. There will be great shows by cool artists, fun and interactive workshops and surprising exhibitions.

Sat 13 June


Rotterdam celebrates its space!

To dream and do.

To be and become.

For old and young,

For dreamers and doers,

EVERYONE is welcome at RotterDream.

Fri 11 September

Festival ‘Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier’

The annual ‘State of the Art’ festival will show a rich cross-section of what the city has to offer on the cutting edge of performance art and visual art, with fashion, music, design, photography, video art and interventions in the public space.

Fri 03 July

Fixed Days

For the 5th edition of bike festival Fixed Days, they’ve found a new homebase in Rotterdam. The 3-day festival will start off on the first weekend of July, which is not entirely accidental as it’s also the weekend that the Tour the France will ride through the city of Rotterdam.

Program includes races for all levels of cyclists, a bike market, a city ride and free workshops.

Sat 23 May

Small Springfestival @ Rotterdamse Munt

Celebrate spring at Rotterdamse Munt. A beautifull garden filled with herbs, between Kop van Zuid en Afrikaanderwijk.