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Sat 27 June

Flamenco Festival Rotterdam

On Saturday June 27th 2015 for the eighth time Flamenco Festival Rotterdam takes place in the outdoor garden and the halls of Grounds, Rotterdam. This is a free accessible flamenco festival with workshops and performances for Spain and flamenco lovers. New this year are crossovers flamenco with opera and with fado.

Sun 29 March

South Explorer

SOUTH EXPLORER: cultural hotspots, temporary locations, galleries, artist studios, art shops open their doors on one day with a various and challenging program. Scroll and Swipe through Rotterdam South, from Oud-Charlois to Carnisse, along the waterside to Bloemhof and Rijnhaven with art, music, poetry, film, food, jewelry, books, photography.

Mon 27 April

BLACKBEARD FEST - a kingsday festival on a boat!

Cruising the rivers of Rotterdam!

BLACKBEARD FEST brings you; sophisticated: ♬House ♬Disco ♬Techno ♬Hiphop

By thunder! This raises my blood! There be a time for action! Hang on old ladies, Blackbeard’s coming!

Fri 26 June


The Jazzdag is the most important networkevent in Dutch jazz. For two days in June, de Kop van Zuid is the centre of all things jazz when the Jazzdag is held in LantarenVenster, Theater Walhalla and Hotel New York. Besides free concerts by upcoming talented jazz musicians and bands there are matchmaking sessions, discussions, demo panels and network opportunities for aspiring musicians and professionals alike.

Sat 13 June

Secret Society Festival

Dance and socializing will come together during a brand new open air festival; Secret Society. Saturday, June 13th, a new world will rise where high class meets connectivity, dance and fantasy in the lush nature of the Bergse Bos on the outskirts of Rotterdam.

Wed 13 May

Popquiz Marathon 2015

Legendary music quiz / pub crawl.

Music quiz at 10+ venues around the Nieuwe Binnenweg and Witte de Withstraat. Whether you’re disco queen or a nineties bitch, there’s always a place to showcase your skills. Starting at 20.00 and finishing at 23.30hrs.

And: stay hydrated!

Sat 13 June

Boothstock Festival

The biggest Dance festival of Rotterdam moves after three editions in Zuiderpark to the beautiful Kralingse Bos on June 13! From 13:00 till 23:00 the forest of Rotterdam will transform into the Woodstock with beats by the best DJ’s like Techno hero Ben Sims, King of House Todd Terry, Groove Masters Detroit Swindle and Kraak & Smaak, UK Garage of DJ EZ, Hardsoul Roog and Rotterdam finest Michel de Hey and ROD.

Mon 27 April

Kralingsebos Festival

A dance Festival in the Kralingse Bos organized by Révolt♛

Sun 08 March

Fuck You Friedrich!

“The women has lots of reasons to be ashamed about them selves. So much conceit, superficiality, meddling, bigoted prejudice, petty fickleness and immodesty lay in her” (Friedrich Nietzsche, uit “beyond good and evil”, 1886)

Thu 11 June

Rotterdam Rooftopdays

Do you want to experience the city like never before? This year you can! From June 11th till June 14th, you can get on the roofs during the very first edition of the Rotterdam Rooftopdays.

Sat 16 May


Line Up: Loco Dice, Joris Voorn, Dusky Eats Everything, Tensnake, Gary Beck, Jonas Kopp, Pfirter, Clouds ROD, Secret Cinema, Egbert, Michel de Hey, Benny Rodrigues, De Sluwe Vos, Detroit Swindle, Joey Daniel, Jeff Moore, Sandeep, Nino&Frankie, Karim Soliman, Wouter S, Tenpa Post, Timeaux.

Sat 14 February

Wild Valentine: Mini film and food festival

This year won’t be a boring valentine with an obligated dinner for two.. you’re going to the movies! nhow Rotterdam and Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam organised a mini film festival ‘Wild Valentine’ with ‘Wild’ movies from the nineties with a touch of romance.

Wed 06 May

Circusstad Festival 2015

Come along (if you dare) and experience the new circus!

Thu 05 February


4 DAYS OF PERFORMANCE INSANITY. WOLFART teams up with PAE and Cateringa & Kompanen for performance installations and free performance van tour thorough the city.

Fri 13 February

Cross-linx 2015

Mark Lanegan & Squarepusher with the Metropole Orchestra
Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Aufgang, Nadia Sirota, Sebastian Plano, Jameszoo, and many more**

Thu 05 February

Eendracht Festival

A new year, a brand new Eendracht Festival! After a well packed and banging Pre Party event at Rotown and Bar3 on December 30th, the city centre makes its way for the winter edition of its showcase festival. On Thursday, February the 5th, 2015 several venues will be filled with talented Rotterdam acts, making downtown Rotterdam a vibrant place full of music, arts and entrepreneurship. During the upcoming Eendracht Festival you can check out over 100 musicians and artists at one of the five festival locations around, and including, the Eendrachtsplein (square).

Sat 24 January

Workshop: Make Your Own Propaganda Film

How to make a good propaganda film? Filmmaker Anna Broinowski knows all about it - she went to North Korea to learn from the experts. She will be sharing her insights in a special workshop at which you can make your own propaganda film. Including screening, a lecture and all the equipment you will need.


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.