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Sat 23 July

Festival De Bouw - build stuff in the Museumpark!

July 23rd - 29th Festival de Bouw will take over the Museumpark. We extend an open invitation to anyone who wants to build a hut or tower there with their own two hands. Wood, saws and hammers are available. We ask for a small contribution towards the cost of nails and screws. Let’s build a new city within Rotterdam together!

When you’re done building, join us at the bar for a cold glass of beer (or lemonade) and make use of our DIY BBQ’s for your dinner. There will be live music and games to keep you entertained well into the night.

Sun 07 August

Poëziebus (Poetrybus)

Sunday the August 7 the tour of the Poëziebus (Poetrybus) ends in Rotterdam. We go out with a bang! Eendrachtsplein will host more than fifty poets from the Netherlands en Belgium.

Thu 21 July

Eendracht Festival 7.0

The free showcase festival that shows the good things Rotterdam has to offer. On a Thursday night! With more than 100 musicians. Around Kabouter Buttplug, Witte de Withstraat en Nieuwe Binnenweg. Starting at 14:30 ‘till late (maybe even 05:00 -06:00 hour)

Fri 01 July

I love CAMP

From 3 to 14 August, MAMA presents a series of happenings set against a campsite-meets-festival-ground-meets-urban-beach backdrop.

Fri 22 July


Holiday to DÂK, 3 weeks of summer on the roof of parking Thornico with live music, festivals and Social BBQ.

DÂK is a pop-up rooftoppark on top of the Parking Westblaak, just around the corner of the popular Witte de Withstraat area. For three weeks this is the place to spent your summer in Rotterdam. We have live music, local festivals, salsadancing, sportactivities like bootcamps and table tennis tournaments, and on top of the list the Social BBQ where you can bring your own meat! For the complete program, check out

Sat 25 June


For the true idler the gardens and edens are the places we all should be hanging around in, in fantasy and real life, rather than toiling for an imagined better future. With this in mind we invite you to our venue and garden. Savor the good things, hear and see captivating performances, music, food & drinks. The second edition of Gardena will be as blooming as the 2k15 one!

Fri 24 June

Pijnackerplein Bluegrass Festival 2016

The full line-up of the the international Pijnackerplein Bluegrass Festival in Rotterdam (NL) has been announced. For the sixth edition of this free event, many international acts suchs as The Devil Makes Three, Hackensaw Boys, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and The Deslondes are confirmed to perform over the three days.

Sat 09 July

SPECTA Festival Rotterdam

The first edition of the SPECTA Festival will take place on a rad location, where the old and new Rotterdam meet up!


ZigZagCity 2016

Architecture festival ZigZagCity is an expedition through Rotterdam, a journey of the more unexpected places in town. In this edition the festival focuses on the Hoogkwartier, an area that was rebuilt after the Rotterdam blitz and the urban design of which is unique for the Netherlands.

Fri 05 August

Duizel in het Park

Get ready for Duizel in het Park, the summer festival of the year. Vroesenpark will transform in a place where you can discover literature, art, music and performances between Friday, 5 and Sunday, 7 August. A great chance to just lay in the grass with a drink and the most delicious culinary indulgences from the food trucks.

Thu 27 October

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

The underwater world is too beautiful not to watch. That’s why this year, during the second edition of Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, lots of underwater movies can be watched next to the movies about the nature at land. From October 27th up to October 30th the white screen will show over 80 national and international nature films and documentaries.

Sat 11 June

Route du Nord presents Jailhouse Rock!

An evening of unpolished music from Rotterdam, starring De Dood, Venus Tropicaux and The Lumes

Sun 05 June

Rotterdam Circusstad presents: A Brand New Day 2

It’s really happening now! On June 5, hundreds of Rotterdam acrobats, dancers, jugglers and other artists will bring an impressive crossover between their own discipline and the circus, with Katendrecht as a backdrop.

Fri 03 June

This happened Rotterdam – harbour edition (at Future Flux Festival)

You are invited to This happened Rotterdam – harbour edition at the Future Flux Festival! On Friday 3rd June 2016 we offer you a scenic boat trip through the harbour to the Onderzeebootloods. At this former submarine wharf you can enjoy This happened talks on the design of interactivethings, but also installations, performances and music as part of the festival.

Sun 22 May

International Biodiversity Day

On the International Biodiversity Day // Dag v/d Biodiversiteit // Fete de la Nature we’ll celebrate urban nature in Museumpark. Come and explore the park! A mini festival with guided walks and workshops for kids and adults.

Thu 26 May

Operadagen: American Disasters

American Disasters is a two-part piece about two young people facing death. The stories of
 a girl trying to survive Hurricane Katrina and that of a doomed officer in the American Civil War are combined with John Adams’ The Wound-Dresser.

Fri 03 June

Festival Werelds Delfshaven 2016

Festival Wereld Delfshaven takes place on 3,4,5 June. Enjoy street theatre, food from world kitchens and musical highlights from all over the world.

Where: Coolhavenkade, behind the Machinist, Delfshaven When: friday 3rd (17:00-23:00), saturday 4th (12:00-23:00) and sunday 5th (12:00-20:00) of June Entrance: Free!

Sun 29 May

Operadagen: House of Forbidden Music

With the famous Belgian composer and musician Dick van der Harst, flamenco artists, celtic and folk music among other genres by Ialma and the wonderful Dutch soprano Nora Fischer, this closing event The House of Forbidden Music of Operadagen Rotterdam 2016 is already a success!

Sat 28 May

Operadagen: Orfeo’s Night Song

Orfeo’s Night Song is a new music theatre piece that combines Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with his Vespers. Operadagen Rotterdam’s ‘Nieuwe Stemmen’ bring this unforgettable score to life together with baroque orchestra ‘t Kabinet. Music theatre that touches and mystifies the soul in a century-old vault.

Sat 28 May

Operadagen: Amore Siciliano

Celebrated musical director Leonardo García Alarcón evokes the passion of Sicily with big gestures and larger-than-life feelings. Together with the youthful singers and instrumentalists of his Cappella Mediterranea he has sought out sonorous folk songs next to known baroque madrigals. The result is a wondrous performance, brimming with humor and compassion.