Festivals and Events, Rotterdam
If you are in Rotterdam in February, be sure you don't miss museums night. It usually takes place at the end of the month. All Rotterdam's museums are open from 8.p.m. till 2 a.m., you buy just one ticket for 11 euros with which you can enter all museums and galleries in Rotterdam.
It's not just visiting museums...it's really social event, when everyone is out and everyone goes.
Rotterdam was europe's cultural capital in 2001 but it is still famous for its festivals. These includes museum nights, film festivals, but also some outdoor events like the zomercarnaval. Caribbean rythms, a street parade and exotic food make this event one of the most enjoyable in Rotterdam. The main events are the brassband battle (warming up) which is on an evening and the street parade on the following day. With over 600 000 visitors every year, this is the largest caribbean carnaval in Europe. Zomercarnaval takes place in the last days of July, check out their web page for the dates in 2010!
Rotterdam is THE place to be in summer. Different kinds of events take place here, from Zomercarnaval (caribbean summer carnaval) to Wereldhavendagen (world harbour days) and several more. A quieter event are the summer Sundays – Zomer Zondagen. For five weeks, every Sunday small performances take place in the city park. Most times, these are music groups, but there are also other acts and activities for children. I had two music groups and some comedy: De Zwoelie Troelies. Remember “Barbie Girl”? This song and more summer hits from the past years were interpreted by three ladies dressep up as elderly women. For that, they use to play on trumpets, harmonicas and similar instruments. Nice idea, interesting sounds and really funny. Unfortunately, for somebody in heaven it was a little too funny and it started to rain shortly after the show…
Dunya is a world stage festival on which you can see artists, talents, musicians, poets and more from all over the world. There are over 50 performances on 6 stages near the Euromast. You can also taste food from all over the world. The festival usually takes places in May or June. The festival is free.
The Fast Forward Dance Parade is based on the Love Parade In Berlin. Though many other cities have their copies of their own Love Parade, Rotterdam has probably the most succesfull version. In 2005 the 9th edition was kept and attracted 400,000 visitors.
The festival is kept every year on a saturday in August.
After the Parade, the party continues on a large terrain in the south part of the city. Fees are pretty expensive, and all clubs/bars have their own afterparties for usually a lot less.
Every last weekend of July, one million people visit Rotterdam to see the colorfull 'Summer Carnival' Parade.
More then 30 groups of different cultures (Caribean, South American, European etc.) are dancing trough the streets of Rotterdam. You have to see this!
Commissioned by the City of Rotterdam, Peter Wilson of the architectural firm Bolles and Wilson from M?nster, Germany, designed the by now familiar warm red-coloured theatre building on the Wilhelmina Pier. The surprising interior of the nearly 16,000 m2 large theatre, too, was executed after the design of this Australian architect.
Artistperformances, talentscouting, disco's
Café, bar, restaurant
Shop with Ukrainian and Russian products
exposition-meeting, presentation .
programma May 31st. 2003: funk-rock
ДУЭТ «ДЖАДЖИ» - ЦИГАНСКИЙ ДЖАЗ
ГРУППА «АНДОГМЭТИКС» - ФАНК-РОК
«ЛАЙЛА» - ЭКЗОТИЧЕСКИЙ ТАНЕЦ С ПИТОНОМ
С 22.00 ДО 4.00
ВХОД 30 ЕВРО
(В СТОИМОСТЬ ВХОДЯТ 2 ЖЕТОНА НА НАПИТКИ, ШАМПАНСКОЕ И ЗАКУСКИ – НЕОГРАНИЧЕННО)
Shop: ma-vr 13:00-19:00, za 10:00-17:00
Bar: ma-do, zo: 19:00-01:00
Disco or performances:
vr, za: 19:00-01:00;
first and last saturday of the month, specially for 30+.
Using exposition, meeting or presentationlounge: all day!
During this weekend, the port of Rotterdam is opened to the public. You can see royal navy boats and check out the stalls that are set up. Businesses that work in the ports open their doors and there are spectacular demonstrations with helicopters and such. It's free to look around, and it's usually being held in August or September.
This is the summer carnaval. Trucks with music and beautiful looking partying people on it will drive through the city centre. You can stand on the side and watch this moving party or walk along and party yourself. The city will be absolutely loaded then. The carnaval is free and usually in July or August.
Once again the weather was great when the parade went through downtown Rotterdam. Most of the people where in a party mood. Despite the fact alcohol wasn't allowed people managed to get a lot inside of them. This resulted in an isolated fight between the police and the crowd but was correct in half an hour....
The rest of the time it was just a lot of fun in the sun in Rotterdam..
Picture taken august 14, 2004
Go visit the MUSEUM HET SCHIELANDSHUIS.
There you can SMELL real ROTTERDAM till 5th October 2003....
The smell of seawater and seaweed, petrochemics in Hoek van Holland, ore and coal in the Botlek Area, spices and grass from Feyenoord and "zuid".
These typically smells of Rotterdam lead the visitor through the Rotterdam of the 20th Century.
And believe me, the smells are real, as real as I smell them when I am there (which if often because one of my children lives and works there in that busy, busy city).
Your nose can rest a bit while your eyes have a look at the dozens of objects and photographs and your ears are listening to stories told by real "Rotterdammers" and again, believe me, they know how to tell stories!
They are stories about the old Pernis with the smell of soil and strawberries, fish and rope, now pushed aside by industry, stories about the cattle market at the BOEZEMSINGEL with its many pubs for the butchers.....
Inspired by all smells everyone can add his/her own smell-memories to the exhibition!
The MINIZINE "Smell Rotterdam" can be bought at the Museum shop for 3 euro.
There are also 3 lectures but they are in Dutch......for those who understand Dutch!
I can promise you that after visiting this exhibition Rotterdam will smell as never before, you simply will be aware of all the smells....
There are 4 activities in the City as a result of this exhibition.
Boattour 3 hrs. more info:010-414 97 51
A city tour by special tram (guided) 1 1/2 hrs.
for more info:www.snerttram.nl
A special designed "smell" safari through the city FOR GROUPS only!
RESTAURANT DE HARMONIE & SAAI DESIGN
On Sunday 1st of June there will be a fairy tale for those who love Art and delicious food.
At unexpected moments all senses wil undergo tinkling sesations.
Enjoying an afternoon in the garden and the rooms with period furnish of restaurant the HARMONIE.
More info and booking: 010 436 36 10
A lot of tips in only one tip..........
Skate-events at Wednesdaynight.
The famous inline-skate-events are held every Wednesday this summer. Thousands of people from all over the area will take part in this event, and skate through the city, into tunnels, across bridges and over the boulevards....
One of the biggest techno and house-parades in Europe ! It is like the same as The Love Parade in Berlin, but a bit smaller. Every year 500.000 people will visit this event (this year on August 11th, 11.00 hrs) in the centre, to party on techno, big beat, progressive and club. This is definitely a must-see !!!
The largest skate-ramps of Europe can be found in Rotterdam !!! In the city-centre at 'Blaak', you will find a lot of local youth skating between the busy traffic, while cars and citycrowds are passing you !