Götheborg of Sweden: an 18th-century ship experience in Rotterdam

Götheborg of Sweden: an 18th-century ship experience in Rotterdam

The Götheborg of Sweden, the world's largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, has arrived in Rotterdam, as part of its European Tour 2023. The ship is moored at the Holland Amerikakade until 14th May, and during opening hours it can be visited by the public with a ticket. Scroll below for opening hours and ticket prices. 

Götheborg of Sweden's arrival and festivities

On Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 12:00 pm, the Götheborg of Sweden, a replica of an 18th-century Swedish merchant ship, arrived in Rotterdam. In the morning, the ship was welcomed with a parade, and before docking in the afternoon, it saluted the city of Rotterdam with multiple cannon shots.

European Tour 2023

The Götheborg will embark from Barcelona on March 20, 2023, and sail to its home port of Gothenburg, Sweden, where it will play a central role in the city's 400th-anniversary celebrations in early June. During the 2023 expedition, the ship will make six stops, inviting visitors on board and offering the opportunity to sail and experience life on an 18th-century vessel.

Opportunity to sail as a deckhand

During the European Tour 2023, the public can sail as deckhands. The ship requires a crew of 70, consisting of about 20 professional crew members and 50 sailors from the public who join for the adventure, experience, and the opportunity to learn how to sail an 18th-century ship. Unfortunately, all of these vacancies are already taken.

About the Götheborg of Sweden

The Götheborg of Sweden is a unique replica of an 18th-century merchant ship belonging to the Swedish East India Company that sank off Gothenburg in 1745. Excavations of the original Götheborg ship began in 1984, and construction of the new Götheborg commenced in 1995. It took ten years to build the replica, which was launched 20 years ago, in 2003. Between 2005 and 2007, the ship followed the historic route to Asia and back. Various European expeditions were carried out afterward, with the latest in 2015. In 2021, the ship sailed from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back, and in 2022, it sailed throughout Europe.

Last year, the Götheborg of Sweden garnered attention during its expedition, including a highly successful stop in Nice at the end of September. The ship made 13 stops in 11 European countries, attracting over 60,000 visitors during the various stops, and 500 people sailed as deckhands.


Visiting Götheborg of Sweden in Rotterdam

Opening Hours for Rotterdam

Thursday, 11th May: 14:00–20:00 (last entry 19:15)
Friday, 12th May: 10:00–20:00 (last entry 19:15)
Saturday, 13th May: 10:00–17:00 (last entry 16:15)
Sunday, 14th May: 12:00–16:00 (last entry 15:15)

Ticket Prices

Adults: € 15.00
Children, ages 5-16: € 7.50
Children, ages 0-4: Free

Tickets: https://www.gotheborg.se/visit-us/

Location and directions

The Götheborg of Sweden will be docked at Holland Amerikakade in Rotterdam, a central and easily accessible location.

Rotterdam Rooftop Days - dates, locations, information

Rotterdam Rooftop Days - dates, locations, information

The Rotterdam Rooftop Days, better known in Dutch as 'Rotterdamse Dakendagen,' is an annual event that takes place on the first weekend of June. Reach new heights and stand tall among the skyscrapers as they open their roofs to the public.
The next annual Rotterdam Rooftop Days festival will be held from 1 to 4 June 2023. From 1 May, ticket sales have commenced for both the 2023 Rotterdam Rooftop Days, as well as the separate Bovenop Zuid art route on the roof of the Zuidplein Shopping Centre, which is new this year. Rotterdam Rooftop Days are part of Rotterdam Architecture Month

Rotterdam Rooftop Days | 1-4 June 2023

The annual Rooftop Days weekend, taking place from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 June, consists of around 60 roofs open for visitors, often accompanied by a guide or featuring music, theatre, or visual arts.  During the Rotterdam Rooftop Days, you can visit 60 roofs throughout the city. As a visitor, you will access lofty spots, where you would normally only find air installations and solar panels, or locations (as on most roofs) where, usually, nothing is happening at all. The rooftop festival programme focuses on creative ways to use these spaces, as the city becomes increasingly crowded and congested. Artists and designers will demonstrate the potential of rooftops to make the city more enjoyable, sustainable, and sociable. Highlights of this edition include various theatre performances, specially created for the rooftop as a stage, with the skyline as a backdrop.

Bovenop Zuid (atop Zuidplein Shopping Centre) | 1-30 June 2023

The rooftop landscape at the shopping centre in Charlois spans an area equivalent to six football pitches. A striking yellow walking path, 850 metres in length, will be accessible via stairs. Artists from Zuid will transform walls, objects, and the roof itself into an elevated art park. Zuidplein is a major transport hub, boasting one of the Netherlands' largest bus stations. The eponymous shopping centre celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022 and underwent extensive renovations. For decades, residents of Rotterdam and visitors from the region have come to shop and dine, but they have never been welcomed to the roof. With an area equivalent to six football pitches at various heights, an 850-metre walking route has been laid out, featuring objects and murals by artists from Zuid. The route is organised as part of the urban campaign Summer on Zuid. As a result, the summer of 2023 will see an abundance of additional activities on Zuid in Rotterdam's cultural calendar.

Tickets to Rotterdam Rooftop Days and Bovenop Zuid

For ticket sales and routes, visit rotterdamsedakendagen.nl and the special bovenopzuid website.
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Eurovision 2023 live screening and cocktail night at KINO

Eurovision 2023 live screening and cocktail night at KINO

Experience the excitement of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 at KINO, a popular cinema situated in central Rotterdam. On 13 May, join Eurovision fans for an entertaining evening complete with an on-site bar, refreshing cocktails, and a Eurovision Bingo offering a variety of prizes.

Eurovision Song Contest screening at KINO

On 13 May 2023, KINO will be screening the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The cinema is offering attendees a cocktail upon arrival and has made arrangements for a bar in the screening room to ensure that guests will not miss any part of the contest. Moreover, this year's event will feature a Eurovision Bingo, where participants have the chance to win various prizes.

A brief history of the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest, an annual event since 1956, has become a European cultural phenomenon. The contest showcases participating countries' musical talent and has launched the careers of many internationally renowned artists such as ABBA, Céline Dion, and Johnny Logan. The event takes place in the country of the previous year's winner, which allows for a unique and changing host city each year. Notable past locations include Dublin, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, among others.


KINO (bioscoop) is situated in a historic building on Gouvernestraat in the city centre of Rotterdam. The establishment boasts six cinema halls, a bar, a restaurant, and BURO, a creative workspace for the audiovisual industry. With a diverse film offering ranging from arthouse to blockbusters, from shorts to classics, KINO has something for everyone. The venue is open from early afternoon until late evening, catering to a wide range of activities such as dining, socialising, and enjoying films.


Getting to KINO

KINO is located on Gouvernestraat, a street with a rich history of over a hundred years as a gathering place for music, theatre, and film. The area is easily accessible by public transport, with several tram and metro stations nearby. The surrounding neighbourhood offers a vibrant mix of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Roffa Mon Amour explores sci-fi and art: Gattaca at Wereldmuseum

Roffa Mon Amour explores sci-fi and art: Gattaca at Wereldmuseum

Discover the connection between art and science fiction at the Roffa Mon Amour + Wereldmuseum Film Event, where artist Antonin Mongin discusses Gattaca and its influence on the Hair Power exhibition.

Gattaca and Hair Power: An unexpected connection

For the second Roffa Mon Amour + Wereldmuseum Film Event on Wednesday, May 17th, artist Antonin Mongin, one of the exhibitors from the Hair Power (HA!R POWER) exhibition, comes to Rotterdam to present Gattaca (1997), a sci-fi film that conceptually inspired his artworks. The connection lies in genetics, as our hair contains all our genetic information, which plays a crucial role in the world of Gattaca.

About the film

Gattaca explores a world where natural-born humans serve as subordinate labourers to genetically engineered citizens with perfect DNA. Vincent (Ethan Hawke), born the natural way, has low life expectations and is registered as an 'Invalid.' However, he refuses to give up on his dreams and starts an illegal identity swap with Jerom (Jude Law), a man with perfect DNA but in a wheelchair. The film raises questions about human manufacturing, which remain relevant today.

Event details and tickets

The Gattaca screening takes place on Wednesday, May 17th, at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam. Doors open at 20:00, and the film starts at 21:00. Tickets are available for €11.00 at roffamonamour.com.

Getting to the Wereldmuseum

The Wereldmuseum is located in the heart of Rotterdam. The area is easily accessible by public transport, with tram and metro stops nearby.

Roffa Mon Amour: a celebration of cinema

Founded in 2012, Roffa Mon Amour is an annual film festival in Rotterdam, held in August, that showcases cinematic talent from around the world. In addition to the festival, Roffa Mon Amour presents various film events and collaborations throughout the year, opening up an inspiring and unpredictable world of cinema to a curious audience.    

AFFR Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam - dates, locations

AFFR Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam - dates, locations

The AFFR is a must for all lovers of architecture and cinema. For over a decade, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam has delighted its visitors with cinematic portraits, critical essays as well as hilarious reflections on city and architecture.

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2023

In 2023, the 15th edition of AFFR will take place from 4 to 8 October. The locations for this edition are LantarenVenster and Theater Zuidplein. 

The festival kicks off on October 4th at Theater Zuidplein with the world premiere of “A Plan for Paradise,” which humorously explores Western design beliefs vs. reality in Nepal. Over four days, the festival will cover diverse topics like water management and global waste from its base at LantarenVenster. This year, there's a special focus on the 'critical' 1970s and on India, aligning with the main theme, Contested Space.

The question posed is: What space is required to sustain the increasing global population? Who possesses the right to exploit the Earth's resources? Is the city a sanctuary for all, or solely for those who can afford it? What position is allocated to nature? Who is entitled to a safe haven as sea levels rise? The space shared among individuals is progressively becoming a source of conflict. This has led AFFR to curate this year's programme centred on the theme of Contested Space.

About AFFR

The Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival explores the relationship between film, city, and architecture by programming and screening films and organizing introductions and debates. In the past decade, AFFR has grown into a leading international platform for films about architecture, urban development and the built environment. The festival is firmly rooted in Rotterdam's cultural circuit, it enjoys great national fame and it has an enormous international network. AFFR not only brings together a broad audience from Rotterdam, but also city lovers, students, researchers, designers and film-makers from the rest of the world, who will discuss the present, past, and future of the city with each other.

The foundation Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was founded in 2000. That year, the first architecture film festival was organized. It wasn't just the first in Rotterdam, but the first of its kind in the world. Full editions followed in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start and in 2009 the festival expanded considerably in both visitor numbers and breadth of programming.

An architecture film is broadly about the meaning of city and architecture. It portrays cities, buildings, and their designers; shows that architecture cannot be understood without its surroundings or explores the role the city plays in our daily lives. In which not infrequently architects and urban planners turn out to be powerless gods and their designs, once realized, acquire very different meanings and functions than anticipated. 


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