Launch of special LGBTI Awards during Rotterdam Pride

Launch of special LGBTI Awards during Rotterdam Pride

Inspiring role models to be honoured at the very first Cocktail Awards show during Rotterdam Pride week. The event takes place at Cocktail Fest in Maassilo. 
Rotterdam Pride kicks off on September 27th. What does this mean? Four days of inclusiveness and diversity with lots of activities and parties from the 27th through the 30th of September 2018. The highlight of Rotterdam Pride 2018 is the presentation of the first-ever Cocktail Awards on Saturday, 29th of September in the Maassilo.
With the launch of the awards, the initiators want to reflect on special people who inspire others to be themselves. The 33 selected candidates are all examples and inspirations for the LGBTI community. A vote can be cast on candidates in four categories; the most beautiful drag, most influential influencer, biggest hotspot and best DJ. The winners will be announced during Cocktail Fest - the main party of Rotterdam Pride - with locally well-known invited guests and performers such as Gerard Joling, Gordon, Fred van Leer and Everon Jackson Hooi.
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"Sometimes it is hard work to be yourself. It helps if there are role models who show that you can be who you are and love who you want" says organiser Robin Pors (Vengaboys). "But we often do not think about it or simply think it's normal that these people do this. That's why we want to roll out the pink carpet.
Among the 33 inspirational LGBTI nominees for The Cocktail Awards, 2018 are Karin Bloemen, Jan-Kees de Jager, Diva MayDay and Lady Galore. The awards are a collaboration between Cocktail Fest, OUTtv and Attitude Magazine. You can vote until September 24 via

Blooming LGBTI culture in Rotterdam

The success of Rotterdam goes hand in hand with the resurgence of Rotterdam's famous LGBTI culture. The return of several well-known LGBTI events, the increasingly crowded street parties during Rotterdam Pride and the third edition of Cocktail Fest, show that the city is once again becoming an attractive LGBTI destination.
Cocktail Fest is known for its seamless amalgamation of various target groups and party scenes in the free-minded community. With 5 areas in the Maassilo, the festival has something for everyone. Visitors can go for pop, R&B, techno, deep-house and circuit-house. The motto of the festival is 'Be yourself, Experience everyone', and with an all-encompassing dress code, people are encouraged to dress whichever way they want. Previous editions of Cocktail Fest have attracted thousands of visitors from all over Europe.
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Event details

The Cocktail Awards 2018

Maassilo Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
Saturday, 29 September 2018: 22:00 - 06:00

Fashionable Late Tail Ticket: €36.17
The Official Afterparty Ticket: €11.17

More information about The Cocktail Awards, the festival, the location and tickets can be found on the Cocktail Fest website and on the Cocktail Fest Facebook page.


Location: Maassilo Rotterdam

Netherlands Science Weekend

Netherlands Science Weekend

Science Weekend is held all across the Netherlands on the 6th and 7th of October. The Science Weekend, known locally as 'Weekend van de Wetenschap', is the largest national event in the field of science and technology.
For 48 hours, visitors to the Science Weekend will gain exclusive behind the scenes access to more than 350 participating companies, institutions, museums, universities and research institutes whose doors are normally closed to the public.

Science Weekend ambassadors

"We have to make young people enthusiastic about science and technology, that is the basis for our future," says André Kuipers, the famous Dutch ESA astronaut who is again joining the science weekend as ambassador. The other two ambassadors this year are artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and Eveline Crone, professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology.
You'll find the three ambassadors at various locations during Science Week. For example, André Kuipers will be stationed at ESA / ESTEC in Noordwijk on the 7th of October. The event features lectures about space travel and visitors can also meet the celebrated Dutch astronaut.
Daan Roosegaarde can be found at the living laboratory Space Waste Lab at Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF) on October 6th. Daan will show visitors why space debris isn't only a threat, but also as a potential source of new creativity.
Eveline can be found in Leiden on Sunday, October 7th. Together with the Brain and Development Research Center at Leiden University and the NeuroLabNL Start Impulse project, she will discuss cutting edge scientific research into the developing adolescent brain.
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Science Weekend activities in Rotterdam

These are couple of the highlights of the Science Weekend activities taking place in Rotterdam. Be sure to visit the official website for a complete overview.
Design your own windmill at Maritiem Museum (6 & 7 October)
Should a windmill have 3 or 6 blades to catch a lot of wind? Do they have to be very high in the air or a bit lower and closer to the water? And should the head of the windmill be able to turn? Wind energy is a clean and sustainable energy and we want to deal with it as effectively as possible. Windmills are also beautiful, fun or funny to see and they should not make too much noise. Show how you think you should.
Learn all about recycling in the beer brewing process at BlueCity Lab (6 October)
When brewing beer, the residual product is left over. This contains a lot of proteins and fibers: it can be used well as animal feed. Bakers also use it to make bread. But what else can happen? Think about the future of beer brewing and how breweries can deal with this waste!
Tax & Customs museum (6 & 7 October)
In the Tax & Customs museum there is a lot to discover during Weekend of Science. See a detection dog at work and learn everything about this special canine. You can also learn how to distinguish counterfeiting of real items.
Natural History Museum Rotterdam (7 October)
Curator Klaas Post gives an exciting lecture about the expeditions he has undertaken for the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. During these trips fossils were discovered that are 5 to 8.8 million years old. Many of these finds are also new species that are unique to science. After the lecture, Klaas Post will provide an explanation of the exhibit.
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Event details

Science Weekend 2018

All across the Netherlands, including Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
Saturday, 6 October 2018

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Some locations are free, some are paid. Check the Science Weekend schedule to be sure.

Find out more about 'Weekend van de Wetenschap' at the official website. 

John Cale (Velvet Underground) to perform show in Rotterdam

John Cale (Velvet Underground) to perform show in Rotterdam

On December 3rd 2018, Rotterdam welcomes John Cale, one of the most widely respected and influential rock stars on the planet. Cale's musical track record includes over 20 solo albums, spanning various genres from avant-garde to pop and electronica.

From the Velvet Underground to the Stooges

The distinctive, droning violin sound of John Cale made the legendary The Velvet Underground a distinctive and groundbreaking collective in the sixties. It has since been copied often, but Cale continues to push boundaries restlessly.
Over the years, the stubborn musician known as Cale applied his classically trained knowledge and skills to propel acts like The Stooges, Patti Smith, Modern Lovers and Happy Mondays to a higher level. He has worked with great composers such as LaMonte Young, John Cage, Terry Riley and Brian Eno.
This concert is brought to you buy Rotown, Motel Mozaique Concerts and Theater Rotterdam.


The ticket sale for John Cale starts at 10 am on Friday, September 7th. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The large hall at Theater Rotterdam has both seating and standing room.
Interested in John Cale at Theater Rotterdam? These are the details:

John Cale

Date: 3 December 2018
Place: Theater Rotterdam, Shouwburg
What: A Special Acoustic Performance

Time: 20:00 (doors open at 19:00)
Tickets: €30,- (incl. €1,50 fee)

Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam off to a successful start

Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam off to a successful start

The 2018 edition of Pleinbioscoop (open-air cinema) kicked off last night in Rotterdam's Museumpark. The opening film, The Shape of Water, was attended by more than 2500 people.
Pleinbioscoop is a recurring event in August. The idea? Rent a chair or bring your own and watch a special selection of the best arthouse and Hollywood films from the past year. The event lasts the better part of a month and in addition to the main screenings, also features Dutch films, live music and surprises. The Pleinbioscoop screenings will last until 26 August.

Pleinbioscoop programme

A number of large audience favorites will be screened, such as the teen story Lady Bird, the romantic Call Me By Your Name and the moving Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Furthermore, action films such as Black Panther and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will also be shown on the big screen. International selections include the Australian film Sweet Country and the French-Lebanese The Insult.

Classics & Kid-friendly movies

Every year, the organizers choose two classics. This year the nostalgic family favorite Back to the Future (1985) and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975), the masterpiece by director Miloš Forman who passed away earlier this year. Looking for something to watch with kids? There is also a children's programme. Children's films are shown in a special warehouse on the premises every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Event details: Pleinbioscoop

Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam 2018

Date: August 8th through August 26th 2018
Place: Musuempark Rotterdam
Time: Gates open at 20:00, check website for screening times (and for info on child-friendly matinees)
Entrance: €6

You can find the official festival line-up on the Pleinbioscoop website


Location: Museumpark

More information about the program of the Pleinbioscoop on the website:
World Series of Poker (WSOP) international circuit in Rotterdam

World Series of Poker (WSOP) international circuit in Rotterdam

From Friday, August 31st through Saturday, September 8th, the prestigious World Series of Poker International Circuit  tournament will take place at the Holland Casino in Rotterdam.

World's biggest poker tournament heads back to Rotterdam

The WSOP International Circuit Series is the largest poker tournament on the planet. It is held in 14 locations around the world. This year, the winner of the WSOP Rotterdam Main Event and the winner of the 'Ring Events' leaderboard will each receive a ticket (worth €10,000) for the WSOP Global Casino Championship. All WSOP International Circuit Main Event winners will compete for the guaranteed prize pool of € 1,000,000.00 during this Global Casino Championship.

Holland Casino Rotterdam organizes 11 'Ring Events', including the prestigious 'Main Event' (buy-in € 1,500) that starts on September 4th. Registrations for all tournaments have been open since July 19th.
More information on how to register can be found on Holland Casino's WSOP page.
For an impression of the WSOP in Holland Casino Rotterdam, take a look at this video:

Location: Holland Casino Rotterdam


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