POW!WOW! ROTTERDAM

Posted on August 10, 2018

POW! WOW! has been conquering the hearts of cities all over the world, from Taiwan to Jamaica, by bringing them one of the biggest networks of artists that gathers to celebrate art, music, and culture. 

It’s now time for the magic to head over to Europe, and as exciting as it can get, on September 15th-16th 2018, Rotterdam will proudly be POW!WOW! ’s first ever European host. 

“ POW! – It’s the impact that art has on a person.

  WOW! – It’s reaction that art has on a viewer. ”

Together they form POW-WOW, traditionally a Native American celebration of art, music, and culture which inspired to create one of the world’s leading art festivals today.
It all started in the suburbs of Hawaii, transforming a dull and grey district into a fresh open-air gallery. This September, Rotterdam will bring us back to the first beginnings of POW!WOW!, as the festival will take place at Keilewrerf: an industrial area waiting to get brightened up. 

With a lineup of mainly Dutch artists, the event has invited more than 40 internationally renowned artists to come and create during the full two days of the event. With such a mesmerizing variety of styles, expect to witness unimaginable murals, from the colors of Dan Kitchener to the dimensional structures of Mr. June’s work.

Lineup for Murals: BIER EN BROOD, DAN KITCHENER, DANNY RUMBL, DILK, DOPIE, DZIA & SONS, ENIGMA GEOMETRICKS, FANAKAPAN, I AM EELCO, KARSKI & BEYOND, ME LIKE PAINTING, MR. JUNE, NUNO VIEGAS, OZON, SUPER A, TELMO MIEL, ZEPHA.

Completely free of admission, you will be able to enjoy the art together with a handful of other activities: artists like CES53, NASH, and MICK LA ROCK will be giving a fresh design to 20 different vans, trucks, campers, and as many large vehicles they can get their hands on. Alongside the '20 VANS, 30 CANS' event, an exhibition at the HAKA building, live music, freerunning tournament, and a dunk contest will also take place!

Lineup for 20 VANS, 30 CANS: CES53, HIPSTERSKULLS, ILSE WEISFELT, IVES ONE, JAKE, JOREN JOSHUA, LEMPKE, GOMAD, MICK LA ROCK, MISTER, NASH, NEAS, OLES, OX ALIEN, PAGE3, POP-EYE, SAID KINOS, SREK, STOOG, SUNK. 

The end of POW!WOW!Rotterdam will be marked by the Street Art Awards Benelux 2018, which will be including international artists for the first time, on the night of September 16th at Theatre Rotterdam. A final prize will be given to the winners of each category: young talent, global mural, greatest gallery, photo + videography, local initiative, best artist Benelux + ABC, best message, Benelux + ABC mural, most inventive, people’s favorites. 

Take the chance and start planning your trip to Rotterdam, to experience the first ever European POW!WOW!, an energizing atmosphere full of colors, positive vibes, art, and culture.