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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.

Sun 06 September

We doen het wel zelf stadstour

Imaging Rotterdam after the fall of the government. Listen to a politician, what does he think about this new state of flux? Listen to an architect who explains how the Hofplein would look or just listen and enjoy the new city soundscape. An newly developed audiotour by het Tussenuur wil be the perfect start of the We Doen Het Wel Zelf Sunday with Wunderbaum, at the Schouwburg.

Sat 29 August

The Longest Stage festival

The longest stage festival on Saturday 29th of August is situated under an old railway bridge in Rotterdam Noord. The festival wants to celebrate this unique building with all sorts of curious performances from music to chair dance, located along the railway line.

Sun 23 August

Dag van de Romantische Muziek

The “Dag van de Romantische Muziek” is the oldest and biggest classical music festival in Rotterdam. During this day, “Het Park” (the park near the Euromast) will be completely transformed into a beautiful venue for the most romantic day of the year. Enjoy this beautiful day in the park with your friends, family, or sweethearts while listening to the most romantic music and eating products from local food companies. There will be a program for children as well.

Fri 14 August

Blijdorp Terras - DE LOBBY x Blijdorp Festival

After succesfull editions we will organise this time a special editions with Blijdorp Festival at the Roel Langerakpark (next to the Blijdorp Zoo). An exclusive preview of the festival that will take place the next day.

Sun 23 August

Third edition Oude Haven Summer Festival

On Sunday 23 August 2015, the Oude Haven Rotterdam will be transformed into the most atmospheric environment of Rotterdam for the third time. Up and coming talents will perform on four stages on the quay and on the water. New and established talents with a very own sound will ensure a unique festival atmosphere in the Oude Haven.

Sat 01 August

New Theatre Festival in downtown Rotterdam

This summer the Koopgoot in Rotterdam will host a new cultural theatre festival. The entire month of August different remarkable artists will surprise shoppers with stunning performances, daring trapeze-acts, jogglers, bizarre installations and even life-threatening stunts!

Fri 28 August

Once Upon A Time In The West

Creative hub ‘De Keilewerf’ in Rotterdam will be the scene of festival Once Upon A Time In The West from August 28th until August 30th 2015. A special three day music festival build upon the early rock ‘n roll, folk blues & roots feeling, with more than twenty performing bands. A great cocktail for an unforgettable music festival, closing of with an all star jam.

Sat 22 August

Zomerkost Festival

Rotterdams first silent music festival!
Great line-up, ginormous dance floor, summertime, cocktails, amazing views, ice cream, fingerfood, palm trees, festival market, you name it we got it.

Sat 05 September

De Nacht van de Kaap

De Nacht van de Kaap (Night of the Cape) is a music festival that honours the glorious history of the neighbourhood Katendrecht as home of pirates, sailors and a red light district.

Fri 31 July

DÂK Pop Up Rooftoppark

Diez Días DÂK, 10 Days of DÂK on the roof of the parking Westblaak with live music, festivals and Social BBQ.

Thu 23 July

Eendracht Festival 6.0

The Eendracht Festival is a Rotterdams showcase festival that 2 times per year shows how much awesoness Rotterdam has to offer.

Fri 11 September

Nacht van de Dictatuur met Maarten van Rossem

Maarten van Rossem will open the Nacht van de Dictatuur with his unique vision on dictators and dictatorships. Middle East journalist Judit Neurink gives a lecture about IS, what is so attractive about these group aggressive bearded men? Radio Romantiek makes sadistic radio. Look through the eyes of a dictator and encircle in a Dutch newspaper what you dislike. When is an article too critical? Further: how became a Czech bus driver a rebellious hero? And what is it like to live in a dictatorship. Ferdows Kazemi fled twenty years ago from the Islamic dictatorship of Iran. What can you do if you are in conflict with the government? Check for updates en tickets.

Sat 25 July

Summer carnival with Marga Weimans

Fashion designer Marga Weimans takes part in Rotterdam’s Summer Carnival Street Parade! She designs a float and procession with 45 young dancers and models, who represent a transformational process that begins with clean, architectural forms and moves towards the exuberance of the Caribbean Carnival. After the Street Parade has taken place, the artistic float and procession will be transformed into a monumental installation at TENT.

Sun 19 July

De Verhalenbazaar

Beautiful princesses, brave knights, frightening dragons and many more mythical creatures will be coming to live for the second time this summer in Rotterdam on the Verhalenbazaar (Story bazaar). Kids are the boss!

Sun 05 July

Terrasse de France – partner tres non officiel du Tour de France

We are feeling a petit peu French lately. Maybe it’s because of le Tour de France passing the Erasmusbridge on July 5th. They’ll be so close you could throw your undies at your favourite bicycletteur. Don’t miss out! - Ne la manque pas! Nhow terrace becomes Terrasse de France on Juillet 5.

Fri 19 June


Coming friday 19 & saturday 20 th of june we are presenting a lot of good performances on classical and jazz music. This all for free at the waterfront of ‘De Rotte’ at Noordplein. On friday night the Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra with solist the well known trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and on saturday i.a. soul jazz legend Giovanca, Balkan sensation Amariszi and the swing of BRUUT!

Fri 07 August

Duizel in het Park

From August 7 till 9 the Rotterdam Vroesenpark is the summer festival of the year. Literature, art, music and performances in the grass for both young and old. The program is amazingly diverse: romantic songs and tough blues, slang and literature prizes.