European Para Championships 2023 Rotterdam - dates, locations, info

European Para Championships 2023 Rotterdam - dates, locations, info

In the heart of Rotterdam, a significant event is set to unfold. The European Para Championships 2023 is on the horizon, bringing together 1500 para athletes from 45 countries. This event, held at the renowned Rotterdam Ahoy, is a testament to the resilience, determination, and spirit of para-athletes.

The championships in detail

The European Para Championships, commonly referred to as EPC2023, is a multi-sport event that showcases the talents of athletes with various physical disabilities. The event is scheduled to take place from 8 to 20 August 2023, with a series of competitions lined up for the participants.

The main venue: Rotterdam Ahoy

Rotterdam Ahoy (Rotterdamse Ahoy) serves as the venue for the championships. This convention centre and arena, located in the heart of Rotterdam, is known for hosting a variety of events, from concerts to exhibitions. For EPC2023, it will transform into a sporting arena where para-athletes will compete and showcase their skills. A valid day ticket is required for access to Ahoy, which can be purchased for €7.50.

Athletes and sports

The championships will feature a range of sports, including Para Judo, Para Archery, Para Cycling, Para Taekwondo, Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia. Athletes from these disciplines have already arrived at Rotterdam Ahoy, ready to compete. The event will also feature other sports, with athletes from across Europe set to participate.

Of course, wheelchair tennis is one of those ten sports! The best European tennis players, including of course the 2023 winner Diede de Groot, will be participating. With preliminary rounds at TV Victoria in Kralingen and the finals on the unique 'city centre court' at Schouwburgplein (12 and 13 August), you can enjoy wheelchair tennis at the highest level.

Directions to Rotterdam Ahoy

Rotterdam Ahoy is conveniently located and easily accessible by various modes of transport. The area surrounding the venue is vibrant, with a variety of amenities available for visitors.


Directions to Schouwburgplein

Schouwburgplein is located in the middle of the city centre. Literally, a stone's throw away from central station.


EAIE Conference 2023: Rotterdam takes centre stage in global education

EAIE Conference 2023: Rotterdam takes centre stage in global education

ROTTERDAM, 31 August 2023 – The city's maritime history and its role as a hub for international exchange will be highlighted as Rotterdam hosts the European Association for International Education Conference from 26 to 29 September 2023.

The EAIE Rotterdam 2023 event will span four days, packed with opportunities for learning, networking, and building partnerships. The conference will feature over 250 activities, including 17 networking events, interactive sessions, campfires, and plenary discussions. More than 500 speakers from institutions and organizations worldwide will share their insights. Additionally, over 200 organizations and institutions will exhibit at the event. The conference is expected to attract more than 6,000 professionals from over 90 countries, making it a global hub for those in the field of international higher education.

Who will be there?

The conference is expected to attract a diverse group of professionals involved in international higher education, including rectors, vice-rectors, directors of international offices, and government representatives. 

Conference theme: The significance of 'Connecting currents'

The theme for this year's conference, “Connecting currents,” resonates with Rotterdam's maritime history and its role as a gateway to Europe. The conference aims to explore the fast-moving and unpredictable currents in international education, from virtual learning to climate action.

Notable Speakers

Ligia Deca, the Minister of Education in Romania, and Pedro Nuno Texeira from the Government of Portugal, will engage in a minister's roundtable discussion titled “Politics and Policies of Internationalisation: Views from the Minister's Office.” The session will take place at Dock 10A, Level 2, on Thursday, 28 September from 14:00 to 15:00.

Jahkini Bisselink and Hajar Yagkoubi, former United Nations Youth Representatives and experts on Gen Z, will deliver a joint keynote. They will delve into the values that drive this generation's choices, from work to consumption. Their talk, “Gen Z: How We Choose, Why We Choose and Why Should You Care,” is scheduled for the Opening Plenary at the RTM Stage on Wednesday, 27 September at 11:00.

Glenn “Typhoon” de Randamie, a Dutch hip-hop musician and philosopher, will close the conference with a talk that explores his journey from an insecure stutterer to a successful word artist. His session will be at the Closing Plenary, RTM Stage, on Friday, 29 September at 12:00.

Key Sessions on Timely Topics

  • Spotlight on the ChatGPT Effect: This panel discussion will explore the AI-driven transformation of education, focusing on ChatGPT's role in shaping 21st-century international education. The session will feature Sven Schütt, a thought leader in AI, and Emiel Romein, an IT professional. It's scheduled for Thursday, 28 September, 14:00–15:00, at Rotterdam B, Level 3.

  • The EAIE Debate: This session will tackle the question of whether academics are the only drivers for internationalisation in higher education. The audience will have the chance to interact with the panelists and cast their vote. The session will be on Thursday, 28 September, 15:30–16:30, at Dock10B, Level 2.

  • Aligning Internationalisation and Sustainability Strategies: This session will discuss how universities can integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their internationalisation strategies. It's set for Thursday, 28 September, 14:00–15:00, at Rotterdam C, Level 3.

EAIE Rotterdam 2023 scheduleEAIE Rotterdam 2023 schedule

Sustainability initiatives

Efforts are being made to minimise the environmental impact of the conference. Rotterdam Ahoy, the venue for the event, has implemented various sustainable practices, including the use of solar panels and an urban water buffer system.

Local collaborations

The conference is partnering with local universities for campus visits and is organising a Learning Journey around the city to focus on education.

How to get there

Directions to Rotterdam Ahoy

Rotterdam Ahoy is located at Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The area is easily accessible by public transport and offers ample parking facilities.


Rotterdam Unlimited Summer Carnival - location, date, lineup

Rotterdam Unlimited Summer Carnival - location, date, lineup

Every summer the streets of Rotterdam are privy to a spectacle which has no equal anywhere else in The Netherlands: the Rotterdam Summer carnival and more specifically, the street parade.

What is Rotterdam Summer Carnival?

The Summer Carnival in Rotterdam is part of the intangible cultural heritage of the Netherlands. It is of great importance to the cultural identity and social cohesion of the country. The Rotterdam summer carnival street parade first took place in 1984.

Sure, there's carnival in other parts of the country. Such as the carnival celebrations in Brabant and Limburg. However, the Rotterdam summer carnival has a Caribbean flair. It includes many elements from Dutch-Caribbean carnival traditions and could best be compared to the Nottingham Carnival in Britain.

When is the next Rotterdam Summer Carnival?

Rotterdam Unlimited 2024 will very likely take place from July 23 to July 27 in different locations across the city. The festival is mostly free, with after-parties being the only events you need tickets for at the summer carnival.

The information below is from 2023. Check back soon for updates!

Friday: Warming Up Rotterdam

On Friday, July 28, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, a Warming Up event will take place in Rotterdam Centrum. Previously known as the Battle of Drums, the event has been modified, with the Battle of Drums portion removed. In its place, there will be an epic gathering of brass bands and sound systems, signifying the start of the event with a powerful auditory display.

At exactly 6:00 PM, three brass bands will depart from three different points in the city:

  • Tiendplein (near Holy Smoke) with Iconic Brass,
  • Nieuwe Binnenweg (near Café Ari) with Legendairs, and
  • Binnerotte (near the Library) with Unicum Brass.

As they make their way to Coolsingel, many fans will join the brass band of their choice in a procession known as the Jump Up. Each brass band will join one of the three sound systems. At exactly 7:00 PM, there will be a 15-minute freestyle session by the brass bands and the sound systems, marking the opening of the carnival with a cacophony of happiness.

Friday: Lighting Parade

The Lighting Parade is set to return for its second edition on Friday, 28th July, following a highly successful trial run in 2022. The hour-long event, which promises to become even more spectacular in the coming years, will commence at 22:00 at Churchillplein. Participants, adorned in carnival costumes embedded with thousands of tiny lights, will then proceed towards Hofplein. The dramatic effect of these illuminated costumes is further enhanced by the impressive backdrop of the Coolsingel.

Saturday: Rotterdam summer carnival street parade

The highlight of the event, the parade, will be on Saturday, 29 July. The parade will commence at 13:00 at Blaak and will traverse a 5 km route through the centre of Rotterdam, concluding around 7:00 PM. The parade features over 30 trucks and more than 2,500 dancers from all over the world. Each carnival group brings its unique flair to the parade, with dancers dressed in spectacular costumes, DJs spinning the latest hits, and floats that are works of art in themselves.


Rotterdam Unlimited Concerts

One of the favourite things about Rotterdam Unlimited is perhaps the (free) concerts. Especially on Saturday, immediately after the street parade, the celebration will continue on the stages and sound systems of Coolsingel, allowing attendees to dance until 11:00 PM. Every year major artists show up and perform on a big stage near Hofplein or in other venues in the city. Past performers at Rotterdam Unlimited have included soca great Alison Hinds, Manu Chao among others. 


Rotterdam summer carnival street parade route 2023

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Still not sure if you should attend? Have a look at the Rotterdam Unlimited 2017 aftermovie:

Padel Copa Rotterdam: International Padel Tournament

Padel Copa Rotterdam: International Padel Tournament

ROTTERDAM, 10 July 2023 – In a first for the city, Rotterdam is set to host the Padel Copa Rotterdam, an international padel tournament. Organised in collaboration with Sportworx, the International Padel Federation (FIP), and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Lawn Tennis Bond (KNLTB), this much-anticipated event brings an emerging global sport to Rotterdam's vibrant cityscape.

Padel Copa Rotterdam's significance

Under the guidance of Tournament Director Flip van Betuw, this event (Internationaal padeltoernooi) will unfold from the 14th to the 17th of September 2023. The Padel Copa serves as a platform for showcasing top-level padel talent as the sport sees an increasing fan base worldwide, including the Netherlands.

Understanding the growth of padel

Over recent years, padel's ascent among the world's rapidly-growing sports has been unquestionable, with the Netherlands reflecting this global trend. As more individuals discover and develop an affinity for the game, the Padel Copa marks an exciting phase in padel's evolution.

Venue and previous champions

The Padel Copa will be held in the Skybox Arena at Henegouwerplein, a stadium that promises an immersive sporting experience. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be a mix of presentations, entertainment, and music.

Last year, the same Arena at Jaarbeursplein in Utrecht witnessed Bram Meijer and Stan Richters clinch a resounding victory in the men's tournament. Both champions are poised to defend their title in Rotterdam this year.

In anticipation of the event, Meijer stated, 'This is one of the coolest events in the Netherlands. You can feel the accessibility of the sport in the stadium. It's a beautiful mix of people watching sport and having a good time.'

Location and directions

The Skybox Arena, located at Henegouwerplein, lies in the heart of Rotterdam and offers easy access for locals and visitors alike. Nestled in an area renowned for its lively energy and architectural beauty, the venue adds to the city's burgeoning sporting calendar.

MOMO Fabrique Festival - date, location, artist line-up

MOMO Fabrique Festival - date, location, artist line-up

The city of Rotterdam is set to host the MOMO Fabrique Festival, a celebration of music, art, and performance, on the 2nd of September. This festival, taking place in the M4H port area, is a tribute to the city's innovative spirit and its vibrant cultural scene.

MOMO Fabrique Festival 2023

The festival, organised by Motel Mozaïque, is a day-long event focusing on electronic music. The 13-hour programme will feature live acts and DJs performing on various stages at Weelde, Fruitvis, and Citrusveiling. The line-up includes notable DJs and producers from both Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Daytime programme: Playground

On the 2nd of September, the multifaceted MOMO Fabrique festival will once again grace the M4H harbour area of Rotterdam. From noon until 5 p.m., the Keilekwartier will host the complimentary Playground, featuring live music, workshops, exhibitions, guided tours, a vintage & design market, gastronomic delights, and much more. The Keilekwartier in M4H is a vibrant hub, home to innovative, creative, and artisanal creators, ranging from furniture craftsmen and culinary experts to musicians and artists. During the MOMO Fabrique Playground, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the works of these creators, set against the unique backdrop of the harbour area. 

Evening/Night programme: Electronic music and performances

The evening and nighttime segment of MOMO Fabrique will predominantly spotlight electronic music, featuring live sets and performances that extend deep into the night at venues such as the Fruitvis, Citrusveiling, and Weelde. Tickets for this segment can be procured from the Motel Mozaïque website.


Aili / Barker (live) / Call Super / Charmaine / comforter2 / Faustin / gaiko (live) / HUNEE / Ishtar Bakhtali / JJAQ / Kems Kriol (live) / Loradeniz (live) / Nedda Sou / Nikos / R3LN4CHT / Salami Rose Joe Louis / Sarkawt Hamad / Seb H. / Suze Ijó

The dinner: A pre-opening for the MOMO Fabrique Festival

On the 1st of September, the eve of the MOMO Fabrique Festival, Motel Mozaïque will orchestrate a splendid dinner at the Voedseltuin. Guests can anticipate exquisite flavours curated by Chef Gilbert Kolff, utilising ingredients sourced from the M4H vicinity. Interspersed between courses will be captivating performances, and attendees will also have the privilege of witnessing the inauguration of the 'Petromelancholia' exhibition at the nearby Brutus. 


International Acts and Local Talent

The festival will also host internationally acclaimed producers and DJs. HUNEE, known for his eclectic style, will set the mood with a set on the beach of the Zandbar. Call Super's vibrant productions will keep the audience engaged until the late hours. Salami Rose Joe Louis, known for her surreal vocals and dynamic grooves, will perform at the Citrusveiling. The Belgian-Japanese duo Aili, representing the new sound of the Belgian music landscape, will also join the line-up.

Celebrating M4H

The M4H area, where the festival takes place, is one of the most progressive neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. It's a place where the city's maritime and industrial history intertwines with innovation, nightlife, and culture. The festival aims to celebrate this unique part of the city and its residents through music, guided tours, and art.

Directions to the Festival

The M4H port area is easily accessible and hosts many organisations that are integral to Rotterdam's cultural and nightlife. To reach the festival, attendees can use public transportation or drive. The area is known for its blend of industrial and modern architecture, with plenty of dining and entertainment options nearby.

Free Day Program

In addition to the main event, MOMO Fabrique also offers a free day program, featuring art, music, design, guided tours, and performances. Local creatives and entrepreneurs will present their work, and a market will be hosted.

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