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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.

Thu 24 September

Camera Japan Festival

During its tenth edition, CAMERA JAPAN Festival serves its 7,000+ audiences with no less than 51 (mostly) recent Japanese titles.

Sat 19 September

Baroeg Open Air

Baroeg Open Air is the free festival of venue Baroeg!
Held in Zuiderpark next to Ahoy & Zuidplein in Rotterdam. The Festival has a broad underground programm.
With Rock & Metal and a Electronic & Talent Stage.
Including acts as Igorrr(with band), Batmobile, Ryker’s, Raketkanon, Venom Inc., Vader & Kid Harlequin.

Sat 05 September

Fabrique Mozaique in M4H

On Saturday the 5th of September Motel Mozaique spin-off ‘Fabrique Mozaique’ will be held in the harbour area M4H. With a stunning performance by Rats On Rafts (postpunk) on ‘Het Val van De Hef’, a live-interview with Kyteman (who will give us a sneak-preview of his new electronic sound) and a lot of tours in the exciting and dynamic area. Festival heart is Uit Je Eigen Stad where all tours start from.

Fri 18 September

PARK(ing) Day

On Friday, September 18th, the second edition of Park(ing) Day will take place in Rotterdam. Entrepreneurs, artists and residents are invited to let their creativity run free and transform parking spots into true urban parks. The municipality provides free parking spaces and DÂK the artificial turf for everyone who participates.

Sat 22 August

Tegenstroom Festival

Let yourself be surprised by Tegenstroom a new underground festival in Rotterdam. A collaboration of some of Rotterdam’s most renowned music collectives with line-ups that focus on what really matters: the music.

Sat 05 September

DIY - Weekend

After a hot summerholiday, we return to our illustrious participation society. But how self-sufficient are we? Wunderbaum, Het Tussenuur, LOKAAL, het Instituut voor Publieke Waarden and the Rotterdamse Schouwburg soften and disrupt these transition with a spectacular Do-It-Yourself-Weekend.

Sat 10 October

Doe Het Zelf Festival 2.0

Free independent music festival in the citycenter of Rotterdam.