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International Film Festival Rotterdam

44th edition International Film Festival Rotterdam Jan 21 - Feb 1: twelve days of worldwide independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts.

Sat 20 December


Coolheaven Winterfest is a very cold but fiery blazing outside gypsy style happening to crackle and glow into the coming festivities!
Saturday 20 December from 14.00 to 24.00 hrs.

Sat 13 December

Witte de With Square Christmas market

Christmas trees, chestnuts and fire pits. Just before Christmas the Witte de With’s Square will be transformed into a Christmas market with more than twenty craft stalls, music and mistletoe.

Sat 13 December

Now & Wow Fest

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Sun 30 November

Paqo Indians meet Gentle Men’s Club

City Art Rotterdam is the place to be when you are a art lover and you dig Free Jazz. The Paqo’s from the highlands of Peru will add ancient influences to modern jazz. Togethr they create music between sculptures made by Chris Ripken.

Thu 12 February

Stukafest comes to Rotterdam!

Stukafest – the “Student Room Festival”. On the 12th of February 2015, 12 student rooms will be transformed into mini stages filled with music, theatre, film, comedy, literature, poetry and modern art performances. There will be some young and promising talents as well as some more famous performers.

Sat 22 November

Autumn festival @ Rotterdamse Munt

Now it is the tough season: Rotterdamse Munt celebrates the autumn on 22 November. With a backdrop of the sparkling city , autumn leaves and real camp-fire we serve warm sounds and warming drinks , live music and poetry and the kick off a new series of movie nights from Fruit Bios. ” Do you want to experience autumn in the city? Come to our Autumn Festival. “

Sun 21 December

Ver uit de maat festival 2014

The second coming of a classic day behind borders

Sat 22 November

Het kleine Rotterdamse Munt Herfstfestival

So, and it is now time for the tough season. The little Rotterdamse Munt Autumnfestival with a tea terrace , savory and sweet treats, moroccan tea and Turkish coffee, Fruit Bios . stalls selling handicraft products , tea sommelier workshop , garden treasure hunts and movies of Fruitbios.

Wed 19 November

Cultfilm: Beatfest 2nd edition

Rotterdam Beatfest is back! An event with music, poetry and with this year as main film: Kill your Darlings. A true story about a murder in circles of Beat Poets.

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Thu 27 November

Floppy Totaal

The first festival under 1,44 MB!
It’s FREE!

Fri 07 November


The 20th VROOOM event is a jam-packed mini-festival presenting a group of diverse artists that defy genre in music, performance & video. Apocalypse Lauw is a wild and wanton tour de force of Icelandic, American and German artists and musicians staging an amalgam of improvised poetry, noise music and video. Junko & Michel Henritzi will either totally transfix people or have them stagger to the emergency exit; a once-in-a-lifetime experience regardless. The trio Yassin / Sehnaoui / Prins will play unruly live improv filtering through their Lebanese and Dutch practices.

Fri 12 December

Arab Camera Festival

The Arab Camera Festival is an annual event that shows cinema from all around the Arab World. Most films have been produced in Arab countries and give a surprising insight in societal and political developments in the Arab world, from an eastern point of view. The festival provides a stage for debuting filmmakers and filmmakers who address controversial themes.

Fri 14 November

Rotterdam Beats 2014

The fifth edition of Rotterdam Beats takes over the city from 14 – 15 November 2014, and consists of a business conference, a showcase-festival and a vibrant free talent program.

Wed 31 December

Pakhuis presents: Westelijk Handelsterrein NYE Festival

Once again, on December 31st, the Westelijk Handelsterrein will be the perfect place to ring in the new year. In this monumental building, you can visit as many as 10 different ‘warehouses’ where you can hear a wide range of musical genres from a large selection of talented artists.

Fri 24 October

MASH-UP! IFFR & de Kunsthal

International Film Festival Rotterdam & Kunsthal Rotterdam invite you to our Mash-Up!

Sat 18 October

NoodleFest, the best of 2 years Noodlebar

On Saturday, October 18th Roodkapje will be marked by NoodleFest. On this particular evening a selection of artists who have played at Noodlebar in the past 2 years, will show their skills in two different rooms.

Sat 04 October

Geen Daden Maar Woorden Festival Rotterdam

The Geen Daden Maar Woorden Festival combines literature with many other disciplines like music, theatre, film and spoken word. The result is an innovative festival blurring the border between art and nightlife.

Sun 05 October

Poortgebouw 34 Years - MIX ‘M UP!

We are celebrating Poortgebouw 34 years anniversary. A whole weekend full bands, circus, art, dj’s, food, performances, and the opening of our give away shop.

Sun 02 November

Moving Futures Festival - Rotterdam

Moving Futures is a new traveling festival with works of emerging choreographers. Dancemakers who dare to touch upon societal issues and look for a common ground between dance, human behavior, philosophy and science. Moving Futures challenges the audience with a full program with performances, workshops, parties and more.