King of Comedy

Jimmy Carr – Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World tour The legendary British comedian, famous for his dark humour and dry wit, returns to Rotterdam as part of his world tour. In its review, The Guardian described Carr as “a comedy hero for our times”. Hear his best jokes from his 15-year career along…

A get-together for whiskey fans!

Whiskybase Gathering Love whisky? Rotterdam͛’s favourite whisky shop is organising a gathering especially for enthusiasts. There will be more than 1,500 whiskies to choose from, ranging from 1900s vintages to the yet-to-be-released. Tickets are €27,50 for one day or €45 for both days. 20 October (12pm-6pm) & 21 October (11am-5pm), Maassilo (Charlois) whiskybase.com/gathering [Photo by…

Ready to Rock

Left of the Dial A new showcase festival, organised by Rotown, and offering the best in (post-) punk, garage, shoegaze and noiserock. With more than 30 bands playing across five different locations, rock and punk lovers will be sure to find something they like. The line-up consists of, among others, Bad Breeding, Jo Passed and…

Surprising Music Festival

A Festival Downtown A mix of Rotterdam’s best electronic music and artists from abroad, this small festival is a real gem for anyone who likes surprising and emerging acts. From electronic to jazz, hip-hop and all types of exciting combinations in-between. It͛s also free, so you can dip in and out of the various venues until…

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…