750 years Rotte | dam - expo at Museum Rotterdam

750 years Rotte | dam - expo at Museum Rotterdam

In 2020, it will be 750 years since the dam was laid in the Rotte. A historic moment for the creation of Rotterdam! To mark this milestone, Museum Rotterdam and Archeologie Rotterdam (BOOR), are organizing the exhibition '750 years Rotte | dam'.
Using various archaeological objects, texts and visual material - including special photographs, drawings and two new documentaries - various stories will be told in the expo. Learn everything about ships and locks, immerse yourself in the world of water management, and marvel at the history of Rotterdam. The top piece in the expo is a punter, a boat that was used to close the dam in the Rotte and was found during archaeological research in 1991.
At the beginning of the nineties, Rotterdam archaeologists were investigating the dam from which Rotterdam owes its name. Deep in the construction pit of the Willemsspoortunnel they make a sensational discovery: there is a complete boat under the dam! The punter-like vessel was used to close the last hole. The ship's wood also reveals when the dam was built: around 1270. This small ship, which created our city 750 years ago, is now on display for the first time in Museum Rotterdam!
The ship is a sensational Rotterdam relic: the punter is - almost literally - the basis of our world port city. The first Rotterdammers built their houses on the dam in the Rotte. Besides the original punter, the exhibition shows the centuries-old connection between Rotterdam, shipping and water management. From the ingenious drainage sluices in the medieval dam to the latest rain radar and smart roofs.

Visiting the 750 Years Rotte | dam expo

The exhibition 750 years Rotte | dam can be seen in Museum Rotterdam, from 5 September to 21 March 2021 and is a collaboration with Archeologie Rotterdam (BOOR) and is further made possible by Mondriaanfonds and Ik in 010.

Voet aan de Grond

In the adjacent Halvemaanpassage another expo will open on September 5th: Voet aan de Grond. A very nice addition to our project, and only 25 meters away!
For all activities around the theme 750 years dam in the Rotte, please visit www.ookditisderotte.nl.
To Be - Live music collab by YMP & Rotterdam Philharmonic

To Be - Live music collab by YMP & Rotterdam Philharmonic

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Y.M.P. join forces for the programme 'To be', which will take place on 24 and 25 September in the Doelen in Rotterdam. The concert is a crossover between hip-hop and classical music, with music, spoken word, theatre and visual images.

Ongoing collaboration Y.M.P. and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rotterdam orchestra and the spoken word artist worked together earlier this year. This is when they discovered the common ground that forms the basis for these concerts. On Liberation Day a video was launched by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: an ode to freedom, in which four Rotterdam artists participated. One of them was the spoken word artist Y.M.P.
Now the collaboration will be continued with a full evening programme in de Doelen during which newly composed works by Y.M.P. and an exceptional composer will be presented.

New forms for a wide audience

For the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra the collaboration is a logical next step. "We would like to translate the innovative online musical experiences, which have done very well on video in recent months, into a live experience. That's a creative track that we're setting out for ourselves, in addition to everything we continue to do online. Entering into the experiment, that's what we've been interested in for some time now. And it suits us to make a little more room for it now," says director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra George Wiegel.
Y.M.P.: "This collaboration is a dream come true. From the beginning of my career, I have always said that I will someday make music for the orchestra. Those were big words, time to turn it into great deeds. In this production, classical music and hip-hop become a whole".
The concerts will take place in de Doelen on 24 and 25 September. More information on the website of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
In The Grip of Winter Fest - underground metal at Baroeg

In The Grip of Winter Fest - underground metal at Baroeg

In The Grip of Winter Fest is an annual metal music event that gets better every year. Get ready for a day of heavy music in Baroeg. Expect black metal, death metal and more with an international line-up from the underground scene.

In The Grip of Winter fest

In 2020, the third edition of the third edition of the In The Grip Of Winter Fest features bands in various styles, from black metal to death metal and speed metal:
  • Archgoat (FI black)
  • Entrails (SE death)
  • Pentacle (NL death)
  • Bütcher Speed Metal (BE speed)
  • Ceremony - (NL death)
  • Doodswens (NL black)

In The Grip of Winter - event details

In The Grip of Winter

Spinozaweg 300, 3076 ET Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
23 February 2020 | 15:00

Entrails, Pentacle, Bütcher, Archgoat, Ceremony, Death Wish

Pre-sale: €19
At the gate: €20

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Event type:

Metal Festival


Location: Baroeg

Chinese New Year in Rotterdam - date, location, programme

Chinese New Year in Rotterdam - date, location, programme

In Rotterdam, Chinese New Year is typically heralded with all kinds of activities in the city centre. Expect the awakening of the lion, fireworks, culinary tours, Chinese calligraphy, face painting, delicious food stands and traditional dances.
Chinese New Year (also referred to as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) marks the start of a new year on the Chinese calendar. Contrary to Western New Year (based on the Gregorian calendar), Chinese Year is observed when the new moon appears between 21 January and 20 February and ends with a Lantern Festival on the 15th day of that year.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Rotterdam

In Rotterdam, Chinese New Year celebrations are always on a Saturday. In 2020, that's on Saturday, February 1st.
There's a march from 12:30 to 13:00 along the Mauritsweg. The official awakening of the Lion is at 13:30. Afterwards, the parade kicks off along West-Kruiskade and Westersingel, from 15:00 to 18:00. The parade is the spectacle of the Chinese New Year and is quite crowded.
The lion dance will be performed by the Dutch Wushu Academy Xia Quan.
The parade will pass by various local businesses. Traditionally, the participating local businesses will hang a head of lettuce in front of the door, so that Nian the monster will eat this lettuce instead of the residents of the building. Fireworks will also be lit in front of the doors of these local businesses, because this will chase away the monster.
Chinese New Year in Rotterdam 📷 https://rcny.nlChinese New Year in Rotterdam 📷 https://rcny.nl

What to do at Rotterdam Chinese New Year?

For visitors to the event, there is plenty to do and Chinese culture to be experienced in Wijkpark Oude Westen. You can have your name translated and written in traditional Chinese calligraphy (and take it home with you). You can also get something tasty at the various food stands.
Moreover, there are culinary tours, there's dancing, kids can get their faces painted and to top it all off, the celebration ends with a professional fireworks display.
For more information, visit the official Rotterdam Chinese New Year website.
RAUW mini festival highlights improvisation and crossovers

RAUW mini festival highlights improvisation and crossovers

On 25 January 2020, Jazz International Rotterdam presents RAUW; a jazz evening full of exciting improvisations, genre crossovers, weird sounds and rock-hard grooves.

About RAUW

RAUW is the EP release of ROEST's new EP, titled 'Inloopmuziek.' Band leader and drummer Ruud Voesten didn't just want to present his own work. He also wanted to show the scene in which his music is embedded. At RAUW, the bands and guest artists are aiming to break down the walls of conformism between jazz, rock and electronics. Improvisation, the core of jazz, is preserved, but the tools have been renewed. Expect bold guitar riffs, synthesizers and solid beats in a showcase of the Rotterdam scene with musicians who are averse to being pigeonholed.
Together with Jazz International Rotterdam, Ruud came up with a shortlist of bands and made a tour of Rotterdam to find the most suitable location (Roodkapje).

Artist Line-up

  • FAST D
  • The Celestial Turkey
  • Soil Painting
  • ROEST (with Ruud Voesten)
Ruud Voesten (ROEST) will present his band's newest EP, titled Inloopmuziek. Special guest artists performing are Jimmi Hueting (Jo Goes Hunting), Stefan Lievestro (Mona Lisa Overdrive), Dario Trapani (Marcellis & Darieaux ), Denis Baeten (MILD) and Jelle Roozenburg (New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra).


20:00 - Doors
20:30 – FAST D
21:15 – The Celestial Turkey
21:45 – Soil Painting
22:30 – The Celestial Turkey
23:00 – ROEST
00:00-02:00 – DJ
Want to know more? Keep an eye on the festival's website or Facebook event for the latest news.

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