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Wed 04 May

Lokaal x Analoog = Bevrijdingsnacht

5th of May is Liberation and Ascension Day so you’re all free! Join us with local talent at Hoboken Rotterdam.

Music — Food — Art

Wed 17 August

Festival Latino Americano Rotterdam

From August 17 to 21 LantarenVenster is all about Latin America!

Fri 03 June


During the Playground Sessions of FUTURE FLUX FESTIVAL you can experience how art and technology come together!

Sun 12 June



(The Matmos en High Wolf show is part of Futurosity: UBIK, a four day Intergalactic Scifi Bizarro Festival supported by the manifestation Rotterdam Viert de Stad! and The Art of Impact.)

Fri 20 May



Founded in Peru in 1998, Aloardi started as one of the first labels and independent platforms in South and Central America diffusing and producing experimental music, media art, sound related interventions and alternative acoustic research. Based in Lima, our headquarters serves as venue for meetings, workshops, research laboratories, a residency program, audiovisual productions, internet radio broadcasts and a mediatheque.

Fri 10 June

Rotterdamse Dakendagen

You can go on the roofs of Rotterdam! Again…

Fri 29 April

Music Talks #4: Festivals and festivalization

The department of Arts and Culture Studies – together with Grounds and Roodkapje – will be hosting an artistic symposium about festivals and festivalization, including a confrontational performance, a debate with musicians, gatekeepers and academics, and – to close it off – a music performance by Rotterdam indietronica sensation DOOXS. Everyone is welcome, and Music Talks #4 is FREE.

Wed 27 April

King’s Day - Koning Pils Festival

Enjoy the coziest King’s Day celebration in Rotterdam, for young and old, on Wednesday, 27 April. Last year the festival welcomed over 3,000 visitors and turned out to be a great success.

Wed 27 April

Royal Republic

Royal Republic is the place to be on Wednesday the 27th of April, King’s day. BIRD, CLONE, 360 Degrees, Broodrooster, Denoism and Vagübond join forces for a lovely day in the sun.

Tue 12 April

Charlois Speciaal

Charlois Speciaal is a new art festival in Rotterdam Charlois. From10 till 19 June over a 100 artists will present their work at undiscovered locations.

Fri 08 April

Motel Mozaique 2016 Festival

On the weekend of Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 April, the centre of Rotterdam will be transformed into a wonderful musical and cultural hub as the annual festival Motel Mozaique takes over the harbour city.

Thu 28 April

Festival Cinéma Arabe

During its eighth edition from April 28th to May 1st, Cinéma Arabe presents a strong selection of recent Arab filmmakers from the Maghreb, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

Thu 05 May

Bevrijdingsfestival Zuid-Holland

On the 5th of May the Dutch celebrate Liberation Day (of WOII). Bevrijdingsfestival Zuid-Holland is a festival with a divers program with music of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, La Gran Pegatina, Kraantje Pappie, Meta and the Cornerstones and many more. There is also debate, theatre, a children’s program and foodtrucks.

Wed 27 April

Celebrate the 49th birthday of King Willy

April 27, the third edition of the Kralingse Bos festival with 4 different stages and 27 different artists.

Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock are going to celebrate hard at the Dagduik stage, Kevin Lyttle, Coolio & Je Broer going wild at the Venour stage, Jazzy Jeff and Roger Brouwn just doing their thing at the Dope Boys Stage. And last but not least we have The Garden House with bangin’ house music from Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Sun 20 March

Festival de Frikandel 2016

Few bands from Oefenruimte De Frikandel and LGM Studio present themselves during a bizarrely relaxed Sunday afternoon in Grounds. Wig out!

Sat 13 August

Blijdorp Festival 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that the third edition of Blijdorp Festival will take place on 13 August. Join us at the best hidden green spot in the center of Rotterdam: The Roel Langerakpark! This year, we will offer you bigger stages, even more DJs, live acts and bands, the tastiest food and most importantly…good vibes!

Sat 28 May

Niko. Open Air 2k16

☀ Niko. Open Air 2k16 ☀

Niko. Open Air 2k16 is a partnership between Dopeboys, Revolt and Niko.

Sat 04 June

Herr Zimmerman Festival! - Za. 4 Juni 2016

Herr Zimmerman presents an amazing Festival in a unique industrial setting, on a former Factory location between Rotterdam and Delft.

Sat 26 March

Het Geheim van Noord The Secret of The North

Enjoy a day in Rotterdams old prison on the Noordsingel. Tours of the now empty buildings, music, food workshops, kids activities are all available.

Fri 01 July


ROTTE PICNIC Island is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy food, art and culture. This year the pop-up island will be floating at two different places in the water of the river Rotte.