Kunstbende: a national competition for young creative talent

Kunstbende: a national competition for young creative talent

April 22nd, 2018 - A sunny Sunday afternoon with a lot of young talent. Today the Popunie organizes the lead-up round of Kunstbende in Zuid-Holland. All the young and creative talent of the province has gathered in Rotterdam. With dance, DJ, expo, fashion, film, music, writing and theatre on the program, it’s an interesting afternoon for everyone to attend.
 
Kunstbende is a nice organization that really does their best to bring out the best in all the participants. Kunstbende was founded in 1991 in the Netherlands but is also active in Belgium, Aruba and Curaçao. 
 
Today's visitors are mainly family members and friends of the artists, but it's also cool for any culturally interested people. Although it’s officially a competition, there is no competition atmosphere at all; the organization does their best to make it friendly and cosy - and with success. They let every participant shine and be a star today at Maaspodium. 
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
If you win during this round in Rotterdam, you will continue to the national final. This year the final will take place on Saturday, June 30th in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. And who goes home with the 1st prize is on one of the eight main stages, such as Mysteryland 2019, Oerol 2019, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019 or Amsterdam FashionWeek 2019. In addition, all the first prize winners will be in the What's Happening area at Lowlands and include coaching from experts in the field. 
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
Kunstbende is the national competition for young creative talent. For many participants, this is a first step towards a professional career in art. For example, famous Dutch acts Trijntje Oosterhuis, Claudia de Breij, Krezip, Douwe Bob and Nielson started at the Kunstbende. After an intensive coaching route, the selected acts once again competed with each other today in Maaspodium in Rotterdam.
 
Today’s winners: Dante Kedde (expo), Amara van der Elst (writing), Mika de Pee & Stefan Droger (theater), Shihayna Poulina (fashion), Playhousse (dance), Thijs Buizert (DJ), DOUBLLE (music) and Dante Kedde (film).
 
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
Kunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki SmitsKunstbende Rotterdam 📷 Nikki Smits
 
Motel Mozaique weekend is the best time to be in Rotterdam

Motel Mozaique weekend is the best time to be in Rotterdam

Party! MoMo weekend is surely one of the best times to be in Rotterdam. Three full festival days with (free) music events at dozens of hidden locations in the city. 
 
Motel Mozaïque was established in 2001; a festive year in which Rotterdam was the European Capital of Culture. The art festival has been growing bigger and bigger ever since. Unfortunately, popular venues such as Bird and KINO aren't participating locations this year. Nonetheless, the festival has added more locations and now lasts an extra day. 
 
Many MoMo-related events held at multiple locations around Eendrachtsplein are free, which means people come out in full force. The whole city centre really turned upside down during Motel Mozaïque. In addition to the festival, the whole city participates in organising special breakfast concerts, serving festival bites, unique city tours and other nice events.  
Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits
Motel Mozaïque focuses on music, poetry, dance as well as crossover forms and is known for its excellent programming. Many artists were already on stage at MoMo, before they broke through nationally or internationally. MoMo has started to expand into new musical genres and art forms, like the new 48-hour non-stop event in Groot Handelsgebouw. This is an area in which the festival has increasingly started to focus on.
 
This festival weekend is unforgettable and a must visit for anyone who wants to get to know the city.
 
A large part of the artists are from the Netherlands, but by also programming musicians from less obvious countries such as South Africa, Venezuela, Mexico, Angola and Bulgaria, the festival presents a very broad and unique program. 
Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki SmitsMotel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki SmitsWith beautiful festival locations such as churches Arminius and Paradijskerk as well as the perfect sunny weather at the outdoor location Plaza Mozaïque on Eendrachtsplein, this festival weekend is unforgettable and a must visit for anyone who wants to get to know the city. 
 
Whereas other festivals continue to do the same every year, Motel Mozaïque is constantly developing itself and that’s very interesting to see. The biggest names on the 2018 programme are well known to the casual concertgoer as they frequently perform in the Netherlands. However, at MoMo it's the unknown artists which are the most interesting. 
Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits
Even now that the festival has ended, there is still plenty to see and do. In addition to the festival, Motel Mozaïque also organizes concerts throughout the year at various locations in Rotterdam. They organise these events in collaboration with venues such as Rotown, BIRD, LantarenVenster and more.
 
They have proven themselves as a quality event for which can blindly buy tickets for. We'll be there again next year, from the 18th through the 20th of April 2019 and we encourage you to do the same!
Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki SmitsMotel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits
 
Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki SmitsMotel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits
 
Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits Motel Mozaique Festival 2018 📷 Nikki Smits
International Pillow Fight Rotterdam 2018

International Pillow Fight Rotterdam 2018

The International Pillow Fight in Rotterdam took place on Saturday, April 14th. Whereas other cities had their pillow fights a week earlier, Rotterdam saw its version of the feathery battle pushed back a full because of the 2018 Rotterdam Marathon
 
The Pillow Fight took place in front of the Laurenskerk (also known as Grote Kerk). We were there and posted a live stream on Facebook. Check it out: 

International Pillow Fight Rotterdam 2018!

Posted by Rotterdam Style on Saturday, April 14, 2018
Final result of the Rotterdam municipal elections in 2018

Final result of the Rotterdam municipal elections in 2018

The 2018 Rotterdam municipal elections took place on Wednesday, March 21st. On Friday morning, March 23, Mayor Aboutaleb, as chairman of the central electoral committee, announced the final results. 
 
Election stats
  • The total turnout in Rotterdam is: 46.04%.
  • Number of voters: 501,234
  • Number of votes cast: 230,786
  • Number of blank votes: 1.152
  • Number of invalid votes: 2.099
  • Quota: 5.128
The quota: the electoral quota is the total number of votes cast in an election divided by the number of seats to be distributed. The electoral quota is needed to be able to determine the distribution of seats in the city council after the elections.The total votes cast 230,786 divided by 45 council seats yields a quota of 5.128. 
Rotterdam 2018 Municipal Election resultsRotterdam 2018 Municipal Election results

Residual seats
after the first allocation of the 'full' seats to the parties, seats will still remain. These are called residual seats. These residual seats are distributed according to the 'system of the largest averages'.
 
The residual seat distribution is as follows:
  • Leefbaar Rotterdam: 2 seats
  • PvdA: 1 seat
  • D66: 1 seat
  • SP: 1 seat
  • VVD: 1 seat
  • CDA: 1 seat
  • DENK: 1 seat
Drag-net referendum: 57.4% NO / 38.5% YES
Constituents were also asked to cast a yes or no vote regarding a new law that would allow the collection and sharing of personal data with national and international intelligence agencies. Rotterdam voted 'no'. 
  
Spectacular landscapes and symphonic musical sounds during Planet Earth II - Live In Concert

Spectacular landscapes and symphonic musical sounds during Planet Earth II - Live In Concert

In 2013, Ziggo Dome Amsterdam hosted the must-see and hear event ‘Planet Earth in Concert’. The motion picture was accompanied by the symphonic musical sounds of an 80-piece Gelders Orchestra conducted by George Fenton. Five years later, the musical and cinematic experience is back in Rotterdam Ahoy with the most beautiful images of the latest successful BBC series; Planet Earth II. 
 
Much of the success of the TV series can be attributed to presenter and narrator Sir David Attenborough as well as the music composed by Hans Zimmer. Attenborough and Zimmer aren’t present in Rotterdam Ahoy. Tonight's entertainment is provided by the 80-piece The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Matthew Freeman and joined on stage by presenter Robbert Dijkgraaf. Dijkgraaf narrates the impressive images with introductions, summaries and small jokes. However, since he reads the text from an autocue and because there is a loud echo coming from his microphone, his contribution is not always as good as hoped. 
 
Many of us may have forgotten the music of George Fenton in the previous series, but you will recognize the impressive music of Planet Earth II for sure. Zimmer is famous for creating music for the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Gladiator and his music also plays an important role tonight. Composer Hans Zimmer produced the score as well as the main theme for Planet Earth II. The main theme is performed multiple times during the event. Overall, the live orchestral music creates a varied and moving soundtrack to the unique nature images of the BBC and the timing is fantastic.
Planet Earth II by Nikki SmitsPlanet Earth II by Nikki Smits
In Planet Earth II, unique recordings of Earth are made with the help of drones, heat and light sensitive cameras, telelenses and miniature cameras. Tonight, the scene that draws the most attention is also the most famous scene; the harrowing chase scene between the baby iguana and racer snakes in the Galápagos Islands. It's a scene that has gone viral online and widely captivated social media users, but the audience today is reacting as if they were seeing it for the first time. The audience goes all the way with the story and because of the exciting music and the massive screen behind the orchestra, it’s a really intense experience.
 
During ‘Planet Earth II - Live In Concert’ viewers immediately step into the footsteps of the animals themselves and travel with them to a new world. New spectacular landscapes and habitats are visited as viewers are treated to experiences and discoveries which have never been seen before. With the ‘Planet Earth II - Live In Concert,’ a new successful concert series has been born. The live music & visual concept has been preceded by among others such as ‘The Godfather Live in Concert’, ‘Disney in Concert’, ‘Harry Potter in Concert’ and hopefully, someday soon, we'll be able to enjoy ‘Planet Earth III - Live In Concert’ as well.
 

 
Planet Earth II by Nikki SmitsPlanet Earth II by Nikki Smits
Planet Earth II by Nikki SmitsPlanet Earth II by Nikki Smits
Planet Earth II by Nikki SmitsPlanet Earth II by Nikki Smits

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