Dance and Circus Spectacle

TING! Scapino Ballet This well-received performance moulds together dance, music and circus into one mesmerising spectacle. Dancers from Scapino Ballet, musicians from the pop band NITS and the best circus artists pool their talents together. The show in 2016 sold out within weeks; this autumn it returns to Rotterdam one last time. Ticket prices start at…

Travel the world

Hotspot: The Foodhallen Words: Ellen Scholtens Photo: Bart Hoogveld A former warehouse transformed into a designer hotel with its own mercado is the latest hotspot at Kop van Zuid. Located in a historic building that, from 1818 onwards, was originally used to store tea, seeds and nuts. The mercado, or food court Foodhallen Rotterdam, dishes…

Russian Classics Reinvented

Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival The city’s pride, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, will headline at this year’s classical festival celebrating Russian music. And this year there will be much to celebrate, with it being the Russian conductor’s 30th festival. The rest of the fantastic line-up consists of Sergei Babayan, the choir of…

Night of the Cape

Night of the Cape  Nacht van de Kaap (Night of the Cape) promises an evening of chansons and tall tales held, as the name suggests, on the Kaap (Cape) of Rotterdam, at Katendrecht. Picture the peninsula as it used to be, when it was still a red-light district and the haunt of sailors, with a…

Discover Rotterdam’s Harbour

Wereld Havendagen (World Harbour Days) A weekend filled with activities and performances in and around Europe’s biggest harbour, topped off with the famous fireworks show on Saturday night. The event showcases many different aspects of the harbour to all its national and international visitors. Take part in various events and excursions or step aboard the…

Gigs in the Harbour

Oude Haven Zomerfestival  This charming small festival takes place in Rotterdam’s oldest harbour and is a great opportunity to discover the city’s newest musical talent, with intimate concerts at various locations throughout the Oude Haven. This year, Sabrina Starke will headline the festival. Plus, free entrance and additional family-friendly activities will be taking place. Check…

Dancing to Tropical Sounds

Magia  This music festival is one that may well surprise you. Back for a second time, the line-up is filled with under-exposed icons from non-Western music scenes, who are not yet household names. Magia is a festival that celebrates the unknown and introduces you to some unmissable talent!  Even if you’re not familiar with the…

Culinesse

It might not be in the city centre, but trust us, this beachside culinary festival is well worth the metro ride to Nesselande (terminus line B). It’s a feast for all the senses, where you can not only sample delicious food (courtesy of city restaurants such as Asian Glories and Hotel New York) but also…