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Festivals in Rotterdam

Rotterdam,

one of the best festival cities in the world

Desiré van den Berg

Festivals in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is one of the world’s best festival cities, and with good reason. Not only does the city host many different festivals (not just in sultry summer, but also in the icy winter months), Rotterdam’s festival organisers also demonstrate daring and a drive to innovate in the programmes they design.

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From small and intimate to big and international

Besides internationally acclaimed festivals like the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and the North Sea Jazz Festival in July, the city hosts more and more small, intimate festivals as well. And these newcomers are increasingly held in exceptional corners of the city. Old warehouses and silos, rooftops, abandoned buildings and ‘secret gardens’ offer inspiration. The port is also popular; concerts are held regularly in factory halls, wharves, shipping containers and tucked-away corners of liminal space where electronic music and avant-garde art flourish surprisingly well.

Award for Rotterdam festivals

Rotterdam was named one of the six best festival cities in the world during the 64th Annual International Festivals & Events Association Convention, Expo & Retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States on September 25, 2019.

All kind of festivals

Dance

Dance

Forget Tomorrowland and Ibiza
Food

Food

The food trucks have arrived
Music

Music

Listen and dance

Jazz

Jazz

All that jazz
On and along the water

On and along the water

Applicable in Rotterdam
Film

Film

Both outside and inside

Festival agenda

Check out the comprehensive festival agenda for more details. Staying overnight after a day of festival? View the hotels.

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