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Apr
10
Wed
Sport Film Festival @ LantarenVenster
Apr 10 – Apr 14 all-day

Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam from Thursday April 10th till Saturday April 14th, 2019, it is the fifth edition of the Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam taking place in LantarenVenster.

Sport and culture are two of Rotterdams most important departments. The Sports Film Festival is a great example of how the two can be combined.

During this film festival, you can spend the weekend enjoying beautiful films and documentaries about professional and amateur athletes.
The AD Sportfilmfestival Rotterdam uses an artistic and cultural program to expose the essence of sports. Featuring stories shown on the silver screen, talk shows and more.

 

Apr
13
Sat
King’s Day Fun Fair @ Schiehaven
Apr 13 – May 5 all-day

The annual King’s Day fun fair always guarantees fun for all ages, from exciting rides and rollercoasters, to stands with sweet and delicious treats, to merry-go-rounds that are sure to delight the children.

Location is Schiehaven, in Rotterdam

Just Kidding Comedy Rotterdam @ Cafe Stalles
Apr 13 @ 20:00 – 23:00

March March Everybody March to the Laughter and the March Edition of Just Kidding Comedy Rotterdam! Saturday April 13th @ 8:00pm at Cafe Stalles in Rotterdam!

This month we welcome Raul Kohli (UK) and Andy Valvur (USA) plus your MC Carly Baker (USA). **This show is entirely in ENGLISH**

Saturday, April 13th, 2019
8:00pm Show / 7:15 pm Doors
Cafe Stalles
Nieuwe Binnenweg 11A
3014 GA Rotterdam

BUY TICKETS HERE

Online price : 12Euro
Online Student price: 9.99Euro
Door ticket price: 15 Euro (CASH only)
Door Student price: 12Euro (CASH only + ID)

See you all there!!!!

Apr
14
Sun
No Worries BBQ Festival @ Van Nelle Factory
Apr 14 all-day

The festival offers a program full of activities for young and old. Follow workshops and masterclasses, visit the demonstrations and meet your Smokey Goodness Pitmaster heroes. Enjoy live music while enjoying all the beverages at the festival.

Pitmaster heroes, food and drinks, workshops and masterclasses, kids entertainment, live music

Jord Althuizen & the Smokey Crew release their fifth book! The No Worries BBQ festival offers the perfect opportunity to get a first copy and taste the dishes from the book. The new book contains timeless favorites such as ribs, burgers and tips for a quick summer barbecue.

 

 

Apr
18
Thu
Motel Mozaïque festival @ Various Locations
Apr 18 – Apr 20 all-day

18 – 20 April 2019 ROTTERDAM

In 2019 the Motel Mozaïque Festival will take place on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April, in different venues in the amazing center of Rotterdam. The 19th edition of the festival will bring you exciting (new) artists in performance and art, but most of all a shitload of music!

Three days, all dedicated to new encounters. Some more awkward than others.

We’ll take you on a road to self-discovery. Your favorite music, art, interesting performances and street art. We dare you to get to know yourself, by doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Discover the beauty of opposites, the unknown.

Motel Mozaïque’s line-up is bursting with both new talent, and some more renowned names. We constantly aim for fruitful collaborations between music and performance. A Rotterdam based orchestra with a German techno DJ, a South-American percussionist with a Scandinavian singer-songwriter. Clashes that lead to a long-term memory and partnership.

Apr
20
Sat
Pasar Malam Asia XL @ Ahoy
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

Every year during Easter weekend the Pasar Malam is organised. And this time it’s bigger than ever!
Tropical atmosphere at Pasar Malam : scents of delicious Oriental cuisine and sounds of Indonesian gamelan music …

A spectacular event filled with music, exotic scents, many cultural shows, and a wide range of bands and musicians from the Netherlands and abroad.
For the entire programme please click here
Trombone Festival Slide Factory @ Maaspodium
Apr 20 all-day

On April 20th, the New Trombone Collective organizes a Light edition of the Slide Factory Festival. Immerse yourself in the world of the trombone for 1 day and enjoy the concerts, recitals, clinics, witness master classes or get a lesson from one of the festival artists. We are proud to announce that Ian Bousfield and Mark Nightingale are attending the festival.

 

The festival takes place at 2 locations:

Batavierhuis, Pieter de Hoochweg 108 and Maaspodium, Sint-Jobsweg 3 in Rotterdam

Blijdorp x de Doelen Festival @ De Doelen
Apr 20 @ 17:00 – Apr 21 @ 03:00

Enjoy music from various dj’s at Blijdorp x de Doelen during Easter weekend.

After the winter edition at the Van Nelle Fabriek, Blijdorp Festival is taking over de Doelen. Enjoy music from various dj’s.
Line-up
Denis Sulta, Tom Trago, Cinnaman, Stippenlift, Jeff Solo, Mr Nice Guy, De Likt, Kamaal Williams (live), Freddie Mercure, Elijah Waters (live), Frankie, Steven van Lummel.

 

Apr
21
Sun
Easter Egg Hunt @ Plaswijckpark
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day

Every year the Easter bunny visits Plaswijckpark in Rotterdam to hide lots of colourful eggs. This year it will take place on Sunday 21 and 22 of April! From 12 to 15 h. 

Plaswijckpark is a small family park with a big playground area, a pond with swan-shaped pedal boats, a small zoo and lots of green space to run or walk about. The Easter eggs are hidden in three different area for the various ages, so that also the little ones will have a chance. Every child will exchange the found plastic eggs for 3 chocolate eggs to take home (or eat there) Success is guaranteed!

And there are also 3 golden eggs hidden in every area one. The lucky finder will get a price 🙂

Only drawback is that it might get a bit busy with all the Easter-egg-crazy children…

If you prefer a quieter day out, then visit the park on a “normal” day. Especially early in the morning you’ve got most of the attractions to yourself!

Familiepark Plaswijckpark                            Entrance fees:
Address: Ringdijk 20                                             0 – 1 year:     free of charge
3053 KS Rotterdam                                              2 – 64 years: € 12,95
Tel.:    010 – 418 18 36                                           65+:                € 8, 70

www.plaswijckpark.nl

Apr
22
Mon
Swan Market – Easter @ Parklaan
Apr 22 all-day

Swan Market is a lifestyle market where a very diverse creative offerings can be found.Fashion, jewelry, vintage, accessories, affordable art, etc. are well represented at Swan Market. Besides all the shop-fun you will be spoiled with fair-trade and live musical performances.

The coziness at Swan Market is created by the variety of visitors; a good mix of young and old, couples and families with children, it runs together and make fun with each other.

Monday from 11 to 17 h on Parklaan in Rotterdam

 

Apr
24
Wed
Praatcafe – Language Exchange Event @ Kua Taco Bar
Apr 24 all-day

Rotterdams Praatcafe is a social group for anyone interested in practising Dutch in a cozy environment. Any Dutch language learners can enjoy practising Dutch at ease and with fun. In order to do that, we bring into the group enthusiastic Dutch language learners, professional Dutch teachers, professional language coaches and other social Dutch native speakers. Together we will create creative and social events to make friends, have a lot of fun and practise speaking Dutch. Events will be held in Rotterdam.

They will host a language exchange Rotterdam event on every last Wednesday of the month, where everyone can speak the language(s) he or she wants to socialize in. Wednesday from 19.30-22h.

Apr
28
Sun
Day Cruise to Maasvlakte 2 @ Near Spido Office
Apr 28 all-day

Day Cruise Maasvlakte 2

Experience a whole new part of the Netherlands and a port under development, Maasvlakte 2!

We will start the day with a cup of coffee or tea and apple pie, which will be served by our friendly crew.
After a welcome by our captain, we will set sail towards the Maasvlakte 2.
Around noon you can enjoy a buffet with a variety of cold and hot dishes.
Upon arrival at the Maasvlakte an experienced guide of the Port authorities will come aboard. Along with this guide we will make a tour through this new part of the port where the guide will tell you all about this area.
After this interesting tour there is the possibility to disembark and visit the official visitors centre of the Maasvlakte 2, FutureLand.
FutureLand offers the visitor an experience of the port in an interactive environment. After the visit to FutureLand, we will set sail again towards Rotterdam.

Route:
From the home port of Spido we will sail downstream the river, Nieuwe Maas, towards the Botlek area, the well-known port and industry area of Rotterdam.
Along the way we will pass the city of Schiedam, famous for its Dutch Gin ‘Jenever’ and the city of Vlaardingen mostly known in the Netherlands for its Herring.
Further along the way we will pass the town Maassluis, an historic town on the Waterway, and the spectacular construction of the storm surge barrier the Maeslantkering, which is very important for the protection against high floods coming from the North Sea.
Upon arrival at the famous coastal town of Hoek van Holland we will cross the river towards the Calandkanaal, where we will arrive at the Maasvlakte 1, here you will see the largest container terminals like ECT, Maersk and Euromax.
Through the Yangtzekanaal we will eventually arrive at the Maasvlakte 2.
After the visit to FutureLand we will sail back towards Rotterdam where we will pass several highlights along the way like the town of Rozenburg and Pernis.
At the last part of this trip we will also pass the former cruise ship ‘SS Rotterdam’ and of course the beautiful Rotterdam skyline.

Note: Spido offers the explication in English and German on sheet.

Dates 2019

Sunday 24th of February
Sunday 31st of March
Sunday 28th of April
Sunday 26th of May
Sunday 23rd of June
In Juli and August every Tuesday and Sunday 2, 7 ,9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30th of July and 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27th of august.

Saturday 28th of September
Saturday 19th of Oktober
Sunday 24th of November
Saturday 28thof December

Programma

10:00 hours Embarkation at Willemsplein near the Spido office
10:30 hours Departure and reception with coffee and applepie
12:00 hours Lunchbuffet
13:00 hours Tour with guide of FutureLand through the new port area
14:00 hours Arrival at Futureland with possibility to visit the visitors centre
15:15 hours Return on board, following departure towards Rotterdam
±17:30 hours Arrival at Spido, following disembarkation
* Depending of nautical and meteorological factors the timetable may be changed if necessary.

Rates:

Adults € 59,50 p.p.
Children 4 – 11 years € 31,50 p.p.

Included in the price:
– one cup of coffee or tea and applepie and cream
– Lunch buffet with a variety of cold and warm dishes
– Visit to FutureLand, the visitors centre of the Maasvlakte 2.

Please note: Drinks are not included

May
1
Wed
Festival Circusstad @ Center of Rotterdam
May 1 – May 5 all-day

Performers come closer than ever and invite you to join in during Circusstad Festival. Featuring a variety of workshops and shows.

Circusstad Festival takes over the center of Rotterdam and fills it with amazing stunts and bizarre skills!
Astonishing performances
The festival brings the most beautiful, heroic and spectacular performances to the city center, performed by (inter)national artists and acrobats.

Join the Circus
Wanna fly, balance of juggle a ridiculous amount of balls? They performers of Circusstad will teach you! Join a workshop or practice your circus skills on the playground. Then take a load off with a drink amongst the circus performers!

May
4
Sat
Jongerenherdenking – Commemoration for children and youngsters @ Nieuwe Luxor Theatre
May 4 all-day

A special commemoration for and by children and young people, to give new meaning to the theme ‘Pass on freedom’.

Free entrance

Each year in the Netherlands, we commemorate war victims by keeping two minutes of silence all throughout the country. For a lot of dutch children and young people it is generations ago that their family went through a war. Others have a lot of recent war experiences, or even lived in a war zone.

4 Degrees of Freedom
Conny Janssen Danst, Jeugdtheater Hofplein, Scapino Ballet en Lore Borremans will work together on a show during the Nationale Jongerenherdenking. Four choreographers entered into a dialoge with a child or teenager from Rotterdam, to develop a choreography based on the theme ‘Pass on freedom’.

May
5
Sun
Bevrijdingsfestival – Liberation festival @ Het Park (Euromast)
May 5 all-day

Bevrijdingsfestival

The festival celebrates and promotes the value of freedom by a divers program of music, debat and theatre. Check the line-up on www.bevrijdingsfestivalzh.nl

Every year, three Dutch artists are named Ambassadors for Freedom. Using Army helicopters, these artists are flown from festival to festival, together hitting all 14 festivals in one day, forming the basic line-up of each edition of the Bevrijdingsfestival.

Chilling in the Park
Besides the musical line-up, there’s plenty of other fun activities in the park on the 5th of May. There’s a festival market, a food court, speed date sessions with veterans, and a kid’s area.

The festival is free of charge!

May
6
Mon
Free Belly Dance Classes @ Delft and Hillegersberg
May 6 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Do you want to learn something new, step out of your comfort zone, get in touch with your core muscles and have a whole lot of fun doing it? Come and try belly dance for free in Delft on Monday the 6th of May at 19:00! For more information, check out the Greenstone Belly Dance Website or click the links to register. Register for a free trial class or a full session here.

⏲ 19:00 – 20:00 hour
€ Free

May
8
Wed
Free Belly Dance Classes @ Delft and Hillegersberg
May 8 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Do you want to learn something new, step out of your comfort zone, get in touch with your core muscles and have a whole lot of fun doing it? Come and try belly dance for free in Delft on Monday the 6th of May at 19:00! For more information, check out the Greenstone Belly Dance Website or click the links to register. Register for a free trial class or a full session here.

⏲ 19:00 – 20:00 hour
€ Free

May
9
Thu
Food Truck Festival Trek @ Vroesenpark
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Vroesenpark transforms into a large open-air restaurant with dozens of mobile kitchens where food, drinks, live music and theater are combined.

There’s plenty to see while savoring the most delicious snacks. There’s a stage for music and performing arts in the ‘BurgeRmeester’, a theater convoy moves through the park to entertain the audience, and crowd-pleasing carnival classics are set up for some good, old-fashioned fun. As the night falls, the best funk, soul and ‘80’s songs fill up the dancefloor.

Entrance to the park is free!

 

It is advisable to go on your bike!

Opening hours 10-13 May:

Thursday 10 from 14- 23 h

Friday 11 from 16 – 23 h

Saturday 12 from 14 – 23 h

Sunday 13 from 14 – 21.30h

May
10
Fri
Salsa aan de Haven @ LantarenVenster
May 10 @ 21:30 – May 11 @ 01:00

SALSA aan de Haven on Friday 10 May at 21: 30

Once a month LantarenVenster organizes a salsa evening in cooperation with Salsa aan de Haven. On these evenings  the lobby is taken over by professional DJs and a lot of dancing people and literally transformed into a Latin American Ballroom. With the best salsa, Bachata and Kizomba!

The salsa-evening starts at 21: 30 and lasts until 01: 00.

Come along and dance along!

Admission: € 5,-

May
13
Mon
Expat Cinema: Shadow (EN subtitles) @ Kino
May 13 @ 21:00 – 23:30

Every month British expat Katie Crook programs and hosts KINO Expat Special. A monthly foreign language film with English subtitles with the added bonus of some networking drinks beforehand. From 20:00 onwards, you are welcome for drinks at the bar (stage area), followed by a film with a short intro at 21:00. For the next KINO Expat Special we will be screening the beautiful Chinese film Shadow by Zhang Yimou.

Regie:
Zhang Yimou

Cast:
Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng

With Shadow, director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.

May
14
Tue
Praatcafe – Dutch Borrel (Speaking Dutch event) @ Citizen M
May 14 all-day

Rotterdams Praatcafe is a social group for anyone interested in practising Dutch in a cozy environment. Any Dutch language learners can enjoy practising Dutch at ease and with fun. In order to do that, we bring into the group enthusiastic Dutch language learners, professional Dutch teachers, professional language coaches and other social Dutch native speakers. Together we will create creative and social events to make friends, have a lot of fun and practise speaking Dutch. Events will be held in Rotterdam.

They organize a regular “borrel” (drinks) on every second  Tuesday of the month, from 19.30 to 22h. During the borrel the only language spoken is Dutch.

 

 

Rotterdam Art Music Festival @ Doelen
May 14 – May 18 all-day

During Rotterdam Art Music Festival adventurous music lovers get the chance to meet the international vanguard of the innovators in classical music.

Expect sparkling concerts, crossovers and groundbreaking music by talented musicians who dare to make connections with other genres such as jazz and pop.

Opening evening ROAM
The festival will be opened on Tuesday evening 14 May with a performance by the indie-classical pioneers of ensembles in collaboration with American hip-hop artist Astronautalis, TEMKO and Rotterdam word artist Y.M.P.

On Thursday 16 May, the program will continue with more than twenty performances, spread throughout the city with the Doelen as a vibrant festival center. Join the interactive smartphone show by Arthur Wagenaar, dance to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by the Scottisch Ensemble and Anna Meredith, visit Monica Germino’s whisper concert MUTED in AVL Mundo or club in WORM on Thursday and Friday nights.

 

May
15
Wed
UEN Drinks at the Axe Bar @ Axe Bar, Weena Office
May 15 @ 18:00 – 20:00

We are happy to invite you and your partner to a UEN Drinks Get-Together at the AXE Bar (Weena Office, 1st floor ) on Wednesday 15 May from 18 to 20.00h.

Cristina Popescu, Shiqiang Lin and I will be there to welcome you.

To ensure we have enough to drink for everyone 🙂 please let me know that you are coming until Monday 13 May.

After the drinks, we would also like to invite you to go out for dinner to a restaurant in the vicinity.If you already know that you would like to join the dinner then please also let us know. (For groups bigger than 10 it is advisable to book a table and knowing the approx. number would help us choosing a restaurant and making the reservation) .Of course, you can also decide spontaneously on the evening itself.
Looking forward to meeting you!

Cristina, Shiqiang and Monika
UEN Axe Bar Team 🙂

May
17
Fri
New Skool Rules – Free Hip Hop performances @ various places
May 17 – May 19 all-day

As part of the sixth hiphop and r&b music conference there’s free music shows at several stages in the city.

New Skool Rules is a hiphop and r&b music conference, where people from the music scene can share their knowledge and network. Besides the programme for professionals there are also free showcases to watch.

 

May
18
Sat
Toffler Festival @ Roel Langerakpark
May 18 all-day

The fifth edition of the TOFFLER festival brings together great house and techno artists.

Line-up: Benny Rodrigues, Chris Stussy and many more, check it out here

Roel Langerak Park from 12 – 23 h

Kaapse Brouwers 5th Beer Festival @ Fenix Food Factory
May 18 @ 12:00 – 23:00

It’s our birthday! We are celebrating this special occassion with many befriended brewers, great beers, delicious food and more!

Brewers:

– Kaapse Brouwers

– Austmann Bryggeri & Taproom

– Brouwerij de Molenn

– Brussels Beer Project

– Cerveses La Pirata

– Galway Bay Brewery

– Laugar Brewery

– Oedipus Brewing

– Beerbliotek Brewery

The rest of the program and info about the tickets will follow soon… Stay tuned!

As always: the entrance is €5 per person, which includes a festival glass (it’s a keeper). Fot this event, a token system has been put in place to purchase both beer and food. Each token is €2 and every beer costs 1 token.

From 12 – 23 h.

May
19
Sun
Swan Market @ Markt Spijkenisse
May 19 all-day

Swan Market is a lifestyle market where very diverse creative offerings can be found. Fashion, jewelry, vintage, accessories, affordable art, etc. are well represented at Swan Market. Besides all the shop-fun you will be spoiled with fair-trade and live musical performances.

The coziness at Swan Market is created by the variety of visitors; a good mix of young and old, couples and families with children.

From 11 to 17 h at Markt, Spijkenisse

 

May
24
Fri
Open Doek Festival (Short Films) @ Lantaren Venster
May 24 – May 26 all-day

From 24 until 26 May the Rotterdams Open Doek Festival takes place. Three days filled a broad programme of short films.

About Open Doek

Rotterdams Open Doek is the place for Rotterdam short films. Only talent counts, there are no rules, no themes, no age limits and there’s no distinction between amatures and professionals. Discover new films by famous film makers and meet the stars of the future.

With dozens of premieres of national and international short films, an extensive masterclass program, talk shows, exhibitions, video installations and a bustling festival market the fourth edition of the Rotterdam Open Doek Film promises to be a spectacular festival! In addition to the award Best Short Film (season 2018-2019), this year there will also be an Audience Award and a Special Mention.

 

You can check the progamme here: http://www.rotterdamsopendoek.nl/

 

Rotterdam Architechture Month @ Post Office and other locations
May 24 – Jun 16 all-day

FRI 24 MAY UNTIL SUN 16 JUNE – Rotterdam Architechture Months

Exhibitions, debates, rooftop parties, excursions and sleepovers at an architects’ place: in May/June Rotterdam is all about architecture. With a fully loaded programme, there’s not just fun activities for architects, but for everyone else as well!

THE FORMER POST OFFICE AT THE COOLSINGEL
Post podium buiten
During Rotterdam Architecture Month (RAM) the former post office at the Coolsingel transforms into the stage for Rotterdam architecture: POST Podium.

At POST Podium you will find an extensive architecture program for a whole month! There will be lectures, debates, movie nights and music. During the weekends, the post office can be visited free of charge and is also the information point for the many excursions and events that take place during the Rotterdam Architecture Month.

May
25
Sat
Bauhaus Festival @ Boijmans van Beuningen
May 25 all-day

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is organizing a closing weekend with a true Bauhaus festival full of music and performances. Piece by piece founded in the Bauhaus principles. This weekend is also your last chance to visit the museum before the large-scale renovation starts.

On Saturday evening you can dance at the Bauhausfest, where the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum is transformed into a festive gathering.
For the large-scale renovation, the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum unveils one more time with the exhibition “the netherlands ⇄ bauhaus – pioneers of a new world”. More than 800 works of art, furniture, ceramics, textiles, photos, typography and architecture give you insight into modern design from Germany and the Netherlands, from 1919 to 1968.

Closing weekend
Fr 24 to Sun 26 May
During the festive closing weekend, the museum is open on Friday and Sunday until 7 p.m., on Saturday evening there will be a true Bauhaus festival full of music and performances, you can follow a yoga class in the Bauhaus exhibition on Sunday morning and there are numerous other activities. All current exhibitions can be visited during this closing weekend.

Keep an eye on the museum’s website for more news about the program.