One of the most highly anticipated grand openings of the year is that of Keilecafe. In its own words, Keilecafe is more than a venue; it's a permanent festival. Keilecafe aims to be a place where the warm fuzzy feeling you experience at festival never comes to an end.
It's a cool Saturday evening in June and quite a few people have gathered at a lot in the Rotterdam's Nieuw-Mathenesse area. Though the official opening is to take place in July, the Keilecafe is already open for business. Of course, there's also something special going on: this evening, the Pica Pica Zomerparade, a travelling live music and art exposition, lands at Keilecafe.
AUXs and the EQs perform at Keilecafe 📷 Bryan van Putten
Auxs and the EQs perform a mix of covers and original songs ranging from soul and funk to pop and even dance. Speaking of dance, many people also start to dance to the grooves. Auxs, the band's frontwoman, is a lively performer who really knows how to get the crowd going. The band's performance was definitely a perfect way to cap an already perfect afternoon.
Sculpture by Martijn Koolstra at Keilecafe 📷 Bryan van Putten
Unfortunately, there weren't as many works of art on display as expected. This sculpture, with its piercing (missing) eyes, was crafted by Martijn Koolstra. She quietly stood watch over the event, at times drawing confused gazes from passersby.
Keilecafe: a neverending festival
Located at about a stone's throw away from the Marconiplein tram & metro station, it's easy to see why there's been a lot of buzz
in the media. As far as festivals go, Keilecafe definitely looks the part, though you won't find a ticket office or any fences here. The decor features a 14.6-metre yellow shipping container that has been repurposed as a kitchen and an old utility vehicle that used to belong to Deutsche Bahn.