Blijdorp Festival Rotterdam - location, date, artist line-up

Blijdorp Festival Rotterdam - location, date, artist line-up

Blijdorp Festival is a curious mix of music, art, and happiness. The event goes down in winter as well in summer. The summer edition is the bigger and bolder version and takes place in Rotterdam's Roel Langerakpark.

The event features various areas with different genres, including a “full size” techno stage in and around the park's trees and lake.  Each year, the festival organisers and attendees take pride in finding innovative ways to leave smaller eco-footprints.
The next edition of the Blijdorp Festival takes place on Saturday, 12 August 2023.

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Blijdorp Festival artist line-up

In 2023, festival-goers will go wild across 6 stages with Speedy J & ROD, Goldband, Moxie & Bella, David Vunk, Full Crate (live), DJ Tennis, Sticks, among others. 

Blijdorp Festival sounds like:

Check out the Spotify playlist below and have a listen.

Blijdorp Festival aftermovie

Location: Roel Langerakpark

Upstream Rotterdam: gathering of top entrepreneurs & talent

Upstream Rotterdam: gathering of top entrepreneurs & talent

At Upstream, the Rotterdam Metropolitan area transforms into a place where startups, scale-ups, investors, corporates, policymakers, and students come together to make a positive impact on the world. Upstream aims to enable innovations that will drive the transition to the next economy; an economy that is digital, carbon-neutral, circular and inclusive.

What is Upstream Rotterdam?

Upstream is a three-day event, co-created with over 40 partners dedicated to supporting the growth of companies committed to accelerating the transition to a future-proof economy that is digital, carbon-neutral, circular, and inclusive. The festival gives its attendees access to an international ecosystem of talent, funding, markets, and exposure opportunities. As changemakers from different backgrounds and industries come together to leverage their innovations, they highlight the position of the Greater Rotterdam Metropolitan Area as a fast-evolving tech environment for businesses to grow.
The next edition of Upstream Rotterdam takes place on 23-25 May 2023

3 days, 40 co-creators, and countless reasons to join

Every year, Upstream invites the Dutch innovation community, as well as international corporations and investors, resulting in over 45 different events happening throughout the festival. Past editions attracted over 2000 attendees. Every edition of Upstream Festival continues the tradition of aligning its core events around three themes: talent, capital, and growth.
"The three speakers are among the most inspiring and progressive professionals in the Netherlands and draw a large number of applications from entrepreneurs and top talent. The three-day event is therefore a hotspot of influential entrepreneurs; capital investments are attracted, startups are formed, and valuable connections are made," says Lars Crama, private lead Upstream
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Upstream 2023 details

Starting with Talent Day on May 23rd, city events, career fairs, coding challenges, and other networking events will be an invaluable opportunity for startups, scale-ups, and talent to meet each other.

On Capital Day the program will revolve around connecting startups and scale-ups with leading (inter)national investors.

The festival will close with a focus on Growth, on May 25th. During this last day, innovative SMEs, corporate partners, startups, and scale-ups will connect to create solutions for a future-proof economy.

Kidsstock family festival Rotterdam - dates, artists, info

Kidsstock family festival Rotterdam - dates, artists, info

Kidsstock is a family festival with workshops, performances, and food court. The event takes place every summer at the Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam. 
Attend performances by popular singers and illusionists. Dance together to the best house classics, or rather bump into your friends in bumper cars? It's all possible on at the Kidsstock family festival. The Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam will be the setting for a day full of entertainment for young and old. Think of a unique programme spread over several stages, with music being the common thread.
The next Kidsstock event takes place on Sunday, 11 June 2023 at Kralingse Plas, Rotterdam, from 13:00 to 20:00. Tickets are required for entry. A ticket for children over 6 and adults costs €25 each, for children aged 3 to 6 years a ticket costs €12.50 and children under 3 can join their parents for free.

What to expect at Kidsstock 2023?

The Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam will be the setting for a day full of entertainment for young and old. Think of a unique programme spread over several stages, with music being the common thread. The acts range from the iconic band VOF de Kunst to Bankzitters (known from YouTube) and duo performances by top Dutch DJs with their kids.
DJ Michel de Hey performing with daughter LouLou. Credit: Yvette de WitDJ Michel de Hey performing with daughter LouLou. Credit: Yvette de Wit
And also be sure to take a stroll to be surprised by a special mix of walking theatre and entertainment. Or join one of the many workshops where crafts and new skills are taught. Of course, there will also be plenty of goodies to eat at the food trucks on the day, such as poffertjes or pizzas, and for parents there will be a fine wine bar with a varied selection.
A food truck at Kidsstock. Credit: Yvette de WitA food truck at Kidsstock. Credit: Yvette de Wit
Besides dancing to the finest house classics, the kids can also get to work themselves at the craft square led by the duo Klieder en Klodder. From making a musical instrument to designing and making a hat or your own Kidsstock bag, it's all possible here. The little ones can colour and listen to a story by Hakim Traïdia (known from Sesame Street). Of course, there is also plenty of room for craziness and magic. Like Bubblica's enchanting soap bubble show and Turbo Touw Tornado's giant rope-jumping machine. Or how about a happy, flirty old-timer handing out sweets or a (robot) monkey that can ride a motorbike. 
Kids participating in creative workshops at Kidsstock. Credit: Yvette de WitKids participating in creative workshops at Kidsstock. Credit: Yvette de Wit

The organizers behind Kidsstock

Kidsstock is a co-creation of four fathers and their seven children. The dads are no strangers to the festival world; they are also behind Boothstock and used to conceive and run the Dance Parade. "Our kids comment on everything. Everything we come up with has to be better, more fun and wilder from them. Then we decided they should organise a festival themselves. That's how this youth advisory board came about. From the name to the programming, the children have determined what this festival looks like," says the organisers.
For more information about the programme and conditions, take a look at the Kidsstock website.
Rotterdam Marathon - dates, registration and current records

Rotterdam Marathon - dates, registration and current records

The Rotterdam Marathon is one of the largest sporting events in the Netherlands, and has been ranked by Runner's World magazine as one of the top 10 marathons in the world. The event has been held annually since 1981.

What you need to know about NN Rotterdam Marathon

The next Rotterdam Marathon will take place on 15 & 16 April 2023.

About Rotterdam Marathon

The very first Rotterdam Marathon took place in 1981 and saw 200 runners gather for the start. Today, the Rotterdam Marathon draws top runners from all over the world and has been growing steadily every year. More than 950,000 spectators show up to witness the event. In 2018, there were 13,997 finishers for the full marathon.

Rotterdam Marathon programme 

In 2023, the programme for the 42nd edition of the Rotterdam Marathon probably consists of the following races:
Saturday, 15 April 2023
  • AD City Run Rotterdam (4.2K)
  • NN Kids Runs (1K and 2.5K) 
Sunday, 16 April 2023
  • 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam (10,55 km)
  • NN Marathon Rotterdam (42,195 km) 

Rotterdam Marathon aftermovie


Register for the NN Rotterdam Marathon

You can register on the official Rotterdam Marathon website. Credit cards are accepted!

Rotterdam Marathon course records

So you think you can run? Speed is actually guaranteed. The Rotterdam Marathon is one of the fastest courses in the world. It's a course where world records have been broken many times before.
The men's record currently stands at 2:03.36 (Bashir Abdi, 2021).
The women's record stands at 2:18:58 (Tiki Gelana, 2012).
Tell you what. Break one of these records and coffee is on us!

Rotterdam Marathon Route

This year, the Rotterdam Marathon starts at the Erasmus bridge and ends on the Coolsingel.
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Watch the Rotterdam Marathon on television

If you can't make it to the marathon, that's fine. The Rotterdam Marathon is always broadcast on Dutch public broadcaster NPO as well as in various countries abroad.
Museum Night Rotterdam - amazing art & culture after dark

Museum Night Rotterdam - amazing art & culture after dark

Looking to sample the best art in the city? All in one night? Then check out Museum Night! Rotterdam's art & culture scene comes to life at over 30+ locations in the city on the first Saturday night of March.


What is Museum Night?

The 'Museumnacht' is a yearly event which takes place (on different dates) in different cities in the Netherlands as well as Belgium. Rotterdam's Museum Night takes place on the first Saturday in March, whereas Amsterdam's Museumnacht is always on the first Saturday in November. In Brussels and Oostende it's known as 'Museumnocturne'. During these events, many museums and art galleries participate by opening their doors in the evening hours and hosting special expositions and artistic performances. 


Museum Night Rotterdam, known as Museumnacht010, is a unique opportunity to check out all the art and culture Rotterdam has to offer! Expect to see exhibitions, unique collections, bizarre performances and daring projects at more than 40 museums and cultural institutions in the city. All museums and cultural institutions taking part are open from 20:00 until 1:00. Note that you need to purchase tickets beforehand (before they sell out) to actually gain full access to every location on this night.

Rotterdam's Museum Night always has a very diverse programme. Check out the full programme and get your tickets on the Museumnacht010 website.

Museumnacht010 is a collaboration of the participating art and cultural institutions of Rotterdam. The institutions put together their own program and seek cooperation in order to show what Rotterdam has to offer in the field of art and culture. Museum Night010 is managed by a small coordinating project team.


Museumnacht Aftermovie

Museum Night Rotterdam locations:

In 2023, these are the participating museums and galleries.

  • Garage Rotterdam
  • Kunstinstituut Melly
  • Christian Ouwens Galerie
  • Root Gallery
  • Huis Sonneveld
  • wereldmuseum
  • Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam
  • Nieuwe Instituut
  • Mariniersmuseum
  • Maritiem Museum Rotterdam
  • Galerie PHOEBUS Rotterdam
  • Galerie Atelier Herenplaats
  • Frank Taal Galerie
  • Chabot Museum
  • HIM (Het Industriegebouw Modern)
  • Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Roodkapje
  • Belasting & Douane Museum
  • WORM
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam
  • Contour Gallery
  • Koninklijke Visio
  • Goethe-Institut Rotterdam
  • V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
  • PrintRoom
  • Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • TENT Rotterdam
  • Verhalenhuis Belvédère
  • Studio Seine
  • MaMA
  • Schaakstukkenmuseum
  • Nederlands Fotomuseum

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