Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival - dates, artists & information

Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival - dates, artists & information

Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival is a free annual music event which takes place in Rotterdam Noord. The event has grown into one of the best bluegrass festivals in Europe.
Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival is not just about music. There's also a wide range of workshops, exhibitions and jam sessions as well as underground comics. The three-day festival is also a good place to find fresh food and drinks at affordable prices. Get your hot dogs, perfectly golden brown fries, high-quality organic meat,  vegan stew, chicken stew and salads from the various stands and food trucks. The next edition of Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival takes place on 23, 24, 25 June 2023.

Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival Line-up 2023

Roterdam Bluegrass Festival features amazing folk artists from Europe and the USA. Artists performing at this year's Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival (so far) include:
Friday 23 June:
Scott H. Biram
The Truffle Valley Boys
Moonshine Wagon
The Wanton String Band
Long Way Home Duo
Rosine Bluegrass Family
Sepand & Khorshid
The Bluegrass Bandits
Nice Like That
Bashed Potatoes
Hola Ghost & The Haunted Horns

Saturday 24 June:
Della Mae
Michael Daves & Jacob Jolliff
Bella White
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Madalitso Band
Moonshine Wagon
Scott H. Biram
Hassan Wargui & Aaron Jonah Lewis
Abe Partridge
Austin & Courtney DerryBerry
The Complete Recordings of Hezekiah Procter
Fog Holler
The Ragtime Rumours

Sunday 25 June:
Douwe Bob & Blue Grass Boogiemen
Michael Daves & Jacob Jolliff
Della Mae
Madalitso Band
Baptiste W. Hamon
Abe Partridge
Austin & Courtney Derryberry
Theo Lawrence
Fog Holler
Teilhard Frost
Herman Brock Jr.
The Shiny Moonlit Boys

The Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival sounds like:


Location: Noordplein Rotterdam

Art Rotterdam - discover (and buy) amazing contemporary art

Art Rotterdam - discover (and buy) amazing contemporary art

Every year, Art Rotterdam draws art, artists and collectors from all over the world. As the premier art fair in the Netherlands, Art Rotterdam is a great opportunity to view and even purchase amazing new art from local and international artists.

What is Art Rotterdam?

Art Rotterdam is the main art fair in the Netherlands. The annual fair provides a platform for the newest developments in visual art. In particular, the fair's focus on recent art, the variety of its participants and sections, the event's connection with the city of Rotterdam and the iconic location (Van Nelle factory) give Art Rotterdam a unique atmosphere that is unlike any other.
For an increasing number of art professionals and collectors worldwide, Art Rotterdam has become a preferred destination within the international field of art fairs. The event attracts more visitors from the Netherlands and abroad each year.

Art Rotterdam 2023

From Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 February 2023, the iconic, Rotterdam Van Nelle Factory will host the 24th edition of Art Rotterdam. On a floor space of 10,000 m2, over a hundred leading domestic and foreign galleries will show work by upcoming and established artists. Two innovations stand out: the presentation of Sculpture Park, co-sponsored by Stichting Droom en Daad, and the central placement of the New Art Section.

Sculpture Park 

Sculpture Park is a presentation of 10 to 20 mainly large-scale artworks that relate to nature or the urban environment. The location is the Tobacco Factory, one of the industrial and monumental spaces that the Van Nelle Factory has to offer. Tom Postma Design (known from Art Basel, Frieze Masters and Tefaf as well as Art Rotterdam) is responsible for the architectural interpretation. Part of the space will be reserved for Rotterdam-based or Rotterdam-trained artists.

Indeed, the aim of Sculpture Park is: connection with the city of Rotterdam. Rotterdam possesses an internationally unique collection of over 50 major works of art. These sculptures, which are all located in important places in the city, are part of the public programme of Rotterdam Art Week. At the same time, the custodian of this collection, Sculpture International, is involved in Sculpture Park at the Van Nelle Factory in terms of content and publicity. Thus, a representative of Sculpture International, together with a representative of Tom Postma Design and a Rotterdam curator/museum director, is part of the selection committee. 

And finally, the Rotterdam-based Stichting Droom en Daad is also a major driving force behind the realisation of Sculpture Park. This foundation, established in 2017, is a philanthropic fund that invests in projects that contribute to a beautiful and attractive Rotterdam for residents and visitors. 


Sculpture Park selection committee

The selection of the artworks will be carried out by a selection committee consisting of: Ove Lucas (director CBK Rotterdam and director Sculpture International Rotterdam), Saskia van Kampen (curator Boijmans Van Beuningen) and Tom Postma (creative director Tom Postma Design).


New Art Section

With the always surprising New Art Section, Art Rotterdam gives a unique presentation of emerging artists year after year. This year, the focus has been strengthened. To do justice to Art Rotterdam's basic principles - discovering new art and encouraging young talent - a central location has been chosen. Visitors to this 24th edition cannot ignore it: the New Art Section is right next to the entrance and emphatically demands attention with its innovative presentations. Adjacent are two restaurants accessible from the entrance area. 

Michiel Simons, M.Simons gallery: "As a young gallery owner, I am extremely proud to participate in the Netherlands' leading contemporary art fair in the New Art Section again this year. The daring character and quality of Art Rotterdam makes the fair a platform for me where, together with my artists, I always go the extra mile to create the most surprising presentation possible. I look forward to welcoming visitors in February with a solo presentation by Hadrien Gerenton and being inspired by my fellow gallery owners."


How to buy art at Art Rotterdam?

If you're an art lover or collector looking to buy art, this is also a great opportunity to do so. To check out the available art beforehand, visit The site displays the online catalogue of Art Rotterdam prior to the fair's opening. This catalogue includes all the works of art exhibited by participating galleries, including their price range, a short biography, videos and recommendations. is Art Rotterdam's online platform, specially built to support potential art buyers. The site maintains an extensive database of artworks, exhibitions, and artist profiles. More than 45 participating galleries have been chosen for their high-quality selection.

Location: Van Nelle factory

Vote for the best recipe in the Takumi Ramen Challenge

Vote for the best recipe in the Takumi Ramen Challenge

Takumi Ramen closes off their 15-year anniversary celebration with a final Ramen Challenge. Participants representing Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Barcelona are competing on February 11th for a chance to two tickets to Japan.  You can also view the recipes and vote for your choice, online. 


Six finalists compete with their recipe for a trip to Tokyo

Takumi Ramen launched the 'ramen challenge' last year. A competition in which participants came up with their own ramen recipe and were allowed to submit it. The lucky winner of this ramen challenge wins 2 tickets to Tokyo and his recipe is sold in selected Takumi restaurants in Europe. The six best recipes submitted will be invited to the grand finale in the Netherlands to cook for the Takumi Ramen masters and judges Mr Saeki, Mr Okada and Mr Ogata. This final day and also festive finale of the 'Takumi 15 year Anniversary' celebration, will take place on Saturday 11 February in Rotterdam.


Takumi Ramen Challenge

After months of competition and hundreds of entries to the #RamenChallenge, a top six recipes have been chosen to compete in the final during the grand finale in Rotterdam. During the exciting finale, the 'Me-so Shrimp Ramen', a rich and intense shrimp miso broth, among others, will take on 'Black Garlic & Miso Pork Belly' with black garlic & miso pork belly in a chicken broth. The 6 finalists who will face each other for their final race towards Tokyo are:

- Gianluca Contu with 'Black Garlic & Miso Pork Belly' from The Hague
- Roma Gomez Cortada with 'Pesto Tsukemen' from Barcelona
- Tim Kortenjann with 'Harissa Duck Ramen' from Düsseldorf
- Kasper Harteveld with 'Me-so Shrimp Ramen' from Rotterdam
- Jake Cao with 'Seafood Ramen' from Barcelona
- Rob Aarts with 'The Dutch Kraken' from Amsterdam

It will be up to the Takumi Ramen masters, Mr Saeki (founder Takumi), Mr Okada (head chef of Takumi) and Mr Ogata (Head designer Takumi), to decide which of these recipes is the best and which of these finalists can call himself winner of the Takumi Ramen Challenge. Of course, they will judge the recipes based on taste and presentation, but also important is the level of innovation within Takumi's range and the feasibility of replicating the recipe in their kitchen. 

Besides the chefs' verdict, the public's opinion also counts. They can vote for their favourite via Takumi's website to help them one step closer to foodhalla Japan.


Takumi 15 Year Anniversary

The Takumi Ramen Challenge is part of Takumi's 15-year anniversary celebrations. The year-long anniversary was celebrated through various events, giveaways and challenges. These events were hosted live in a number of major cities under the banner 'Takumi on tour'. Among others, the restaurant organised spicy ramen challenges, exclusive merchandise was available, exciting prizes could be won and everyone could enjoy ramen specials. In addition, Takumi fans had the chance to take part in a lottery to win various trips to Barcelona, Milan or Amsterdam and, as the big hit, a 5-day trip to Tokyo. The final of the Ramen Challenge is thus the grand finale of the one-year celebration of Takumi's 15th anniversary.


About Takumi Ramen

Takumi Ramen was founded 15 years ago by Mr Saeki and Mr Okada. The Japanese men shared a big dream: to open their own ramen restaurant in Europe. The first Takumi restaurant opened its doors in 2007 in Düsseldorf. Since then, ramen has been unrelentingly popular and the Dutch appreciate the best Japanese soul food like no other. Over the past 15 years, Takumi has become a 'brand' with its own merchandise. The chain now has 43 locations throughout Europe in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic.

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Rotterdam - information

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Rotterdam - information

The annual ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is the biggest tournament of its kind in the Netherlands. Past winners include tennis greats such as Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Stan Wawrinka Tomáš Berdych and Juan Martín del Potro.
In February 2024, the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament will be held in Rotterdam for the 51st time. The exact dates are 10 – 18 February 2024, and the location is Rotterdam Ahoy
Ever since its inception in 1972, the Rotterdam Open has been growing steadily. In 2018, the 45th edition of the World Tennis Tournament drew 122,846 spectators; a record for the Rotterdam-based ATP World Tour 500 series tournament. 

Who's playing at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament?

Expect to see these top players in action in the singles tournament: 
  • Daniil Medvedev
  • ...
The field is further completed by:
  • four players from the qualification tournament
  • one possible special exempt
  • one possible A+ wildcard
If the last two are not available, the next registered players will enter the tournament. 
While the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is a men's singles and doubles tournament, the event also includes a Wheelchair Tennis ITF-1 level singles and doubles tournament. 
Félix Auger Aliassime wins the 2022 ABN AMRO world tennis tournament in RotterdamFélix Auger Aliassime wins the 2022 ABN AMRO world tennis tournament in Rotterdam

Past results of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

The Rotterdam Open has been around since 1976 and has had many of tennis' greatest players grace its court. Past winners include tennis legends such as Arthur Ashe (1972, 1975, 1976) and Boris Becker (1992). In 1979 Björn Borg defeated John McEnroe 6-4 6-2 to win the tournament final.
Recent tournament winners include Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Stan Wawrinka Tomáš Berdych and Juan Martín del Potro. Roger Federer is tied with Arhur Ashe for the most singles tournament wins at three a piece.
  • 2023 - Daniil Medvedev def. Jannik Sinner (5-7, 6-2, 6-2)
  • 2022 - Félix Auger-Aliassime def. Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-4 6-2)
  • 2021 - Andrey Rublev def. Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (4), 6-4.
  • 2020 - Gael Monfils def. Felix Auger Aliassime | 6-2, 6-4
  • 2019 - Gael Monfils def. Stan Wawrinka | 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
  • 2018 - Roger Federer def. Grigor Dimitrov | 6–2, 6–2
  • 2017 - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. David Goffin | 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
  • 2016 - Martin Kližan def. France Gaël Monfils | 6–7(1–7), 6–3, 6–1
  • 2015 - Stan Wawrinka def. Tomáš Berdych | 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
  • 2014 - Tomáš Berdych def. Marin Čilić | 6–4, 6–2
  • 2013 - Juan Martín del Potro def. Julien Benneteau | 7–6(7–2), 6–3
You can find the official list of participants for the singles and doubles tournaments on the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament website.

Event details

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament 2023

Rotterdam Ahoy
Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
11 - 19 February 2023

Andrey Rublev and others.

Get your tickets on the website.

Event type:
ATP World Tour 500 series tournament



Location: Rotterdam Ahoy

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An evening full of Rotterdam talent in Baroeg

An evening full of Rotterdam talent in Baroeg

Thursday, December 15, four bands from Rotterdam will play in Baroeg. This event is organized by local organization LOUD. A new organization that focuses on ambitious musicians from Rotterdam. By organizing live showcases throughout the city they want to give musicians the opportunity to grow in the music industry. 
It is an evening filled with rock, punk and metal. The evening starts with the band Indigo Pastel, an indie rock band with positive reviews from Giel Beelen, Pinguin Radio, 3voor12 and airplay on 3FM, among others. Most of the music was written during burnout followed by a covid-19 quarantine. Next on the program is the band Graftak, who have also previously played at Baroeg Open Air. They bring a fun festive evening with punk, ska reggae and folk from Rotterdam soil. The last two bands of the evening are Vermin and Lijkschouwer. As soon as they take the stage they try to blow you out of your shoes with their ferocious metal riffs. Vermin, formed in the Botlek, just makes your evening exciting with their mix of diverse music. Coroner is the perfect band to end an evening with. Coroner alternates from the quiet vibes to hard vibes in a split second. 
This event is co-sponsored by the Popunie.
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Location: Baroeg, Spinozaweg 300, Rotterdam
Tickets from €4,-
Start: 19:00 hours 
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