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Wed 13 April

Fisherman’s Friends StrongmanRun Obstacle Mud Challenges

High obstacles and deep mud baths: this year one of the biggest obstacleruns in The Netherlands will come to Rotterdam. On April 13 and the 1st of May thousands of people will conquer a tough trail in the woods, meadows and hills during the Fisherman’s Friends StrongmanRun Obstacle Mud Challenges.

Thu 11 February

Rotterdam.Photo 2016

On behalf of the collaborating partners, More Productions announces the first edition of ROTTERDAM.PHOTO 2016. Several cities organize photo events, what about Rotterdam? Marcel Kollen accepted the challenge to - with a number of partners - put together Rotterdam.Photo 2016.

Sun 14 February

Tour d’Amour around Rotterdam

This Valentine’s Day, Rotterdammers will celebrate their love in a different way. No candy hearts, roses, and pink champagne but a Tour d’Amour all around the city, featuring music, theatre, arts, spoken word, and much more.

Sat 06 February

Opening Museum Rotterdam

In the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February the new Rotterdam Museum opens its doors in the heart of the city! After three years of different locations Museum Rotterdam now has a permanent place in the Timmerhuis. To celebrate the opening, all visitors have free admission for one weekend. Take a look at the new museum, see the new exhibitions or enjoy one of the tours and the lazy afternoon on Sunday.

Sun 20 December

Ver Uit de Maat Festival

Ver Uit de Maat offers a rich programme of Outsider artists, curiosities and eccentricities in store. All this from early afternoon until late evening. Bring your kids too!

Sat 12 December


Spaces Block Party: a feast to celebrate Rotterdam’s finest local heroes in the field of design, fashion, food & art. A block party for everyone of all ages where you can taste great food, experience great (street) art & design and feel the latest fashion.

Sat 12 December


Coolheaven Winterfest is a very cold but fiery blazing happening in and around a big circustent to crackle and glow into the coming festivities!

Saturday 12 December from 14.00 to 24.00 hrs. FREE ENTRANCE

Thu 31 December

Pakhuis NYE Festival

Once again Rotterdam’s New Years Eve event you cannot miss! After four sold out NYE festivals, we return to this beautiful location to enjoy our favorite music styles with our great audience.

Thu 12 November

Arab Camera Festival

Arab Camera Festival is a 4-day journey through the Arab world, taking place from 12 until 15 November. Get to know the rich history, the politics, the beauty and the artistry of this extraordinary part of the world. Everyday there is not only Arab films on display, but also video art installations, Arab music and much more!

Come and watch documentaries, short films and feature films about a race car team consisting of Arab women and everyday life in Cairo, a golden oldie with Omar Sharif and join the ladies night with the Moroccan film ‘The Blinds’ Band’.

Thu 31 December


The longest and most outrageous New Years Eve celebration in Rotterdam! A crazy two day mini-festival with multiple area’s hosted by BAR & CHIPS. Get lost in our fantasy, lose track of time and celebrate the new year twice!!!

Sat 31 October

Small Autumn Festival @ Rotterdamse Munt

Live music, film, workshops, fresh food and drinks from the garden, a market with local products and more! Free entrance for everyone.

Sun 01 November

Secret Society #14 A lazy Sunday at a crazy location

Experience a lovely lazy Sunday at a crazy location on the 1st of November at Piekstraat 71 in Rotterdam.

Sat 07 November

Geen Daden Maar Woorden Festival

Geen Daden Maar Woorden Festival (freely translated: words speak louder than actions) presents literature in combination with other art disciplines. The word, however, has a central place at the festival. This year’s edition will be fully renewed.

Sun 01 November

Moving Futures festival

On 29 October - 1 November Moving Futures festival kicks off in Rotterdam. The opening edition is hosted by Dansateliers and the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and consists of a vivid four day program with work of a new generation dancemakers.

Fri 09 October

NZZN Festival

NZZN (North-South-South-North) is a 3-day festival initiated by DE PLAYER and VROOOM, organised in collaboration with other Rotterdam-based organisations / venues that operate on the fringes of Rotterdam subculture; Koffie & Ambacht (Le Sud), MiMa, Poortgebouw, foundation B.a.d, PAE, Noodlebar, Roodkapje, Wolfart Projectspace, De Nieuwe Ruimte.

Thu 29 October

Moving Futures festival

On 29 October - 1 November Moving Futures festival kicks off in Rotterdam. The opening edition is hosted by Dansateliers and the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and consists of a vivid four day program with work of a new generation dancemakers.

Thu 15 October

Afrofuturism Now! (with Moor Mother Goddess & Nyfolt)

The 5-day Afrofuturism Now! festival at WORM is the first comprehensive presentation of Afrofuturism in the Netherlands. The festival features first-time gigs in NL for many cutting-edge Afrofuturist artists and musicians.

Sat 14 November

Lezersfeest 2015

On Saturday night the 14th of November 2015 there will be a big party in the Central Library in Rotterdam! Enjoy performances by and interviews with artists such as Lars Kepler, Renate Dorrestein, Michel van Egmond, Ronald Giphart, Kamagurka, Thomas Acda, Leo Blokhuis, Connie Palmen en Lucky Fonz III.

Wed 23 September

Festival De Keuze barst los

From Wednesday the 23rd until Sunday the 27th of September, the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and Schouwburgplein will be bursting at the seams, presenting a programme filled with cool and impressive theatre performances from all over the world.

Fri 13 November

Shimmy Shake Festival 2015 - Explore and Experience Urban Fusion Belly dance

The second edition of the one and only three-days international Urban Fusion Belly dance festival in The Netherlands, Shimmy Shake festival, will take place from Friday 13 - Sunday 15 November 2015 at the Maaspodium in Rotterdam.