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The more than 170 cultures that live together in Rotterdam form a vibrant melting pot and give the city a unique, cosmopolitan vibe Quick links

The more than 170 cultures that live together in Rotterdam form a vibrant melting pot. They give the city a unique, cosmopolitan vibe, where art and culture find fertile soil. You don’t have to go looking for it, the public spaces are filled with art.

You will come across images from Rodin and Picasso, from the impressive collection of Sculpture International Rotterdam, just walking along the street. They are interspersed with works by local artists and street art from the hip hop scene. Museumpark is the place to enjoy the culture. Here you will find the Chabot Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Kunsthal. Within walking distance of each other, they offer a mix of old masters, modern art, contemporary design, photography and fashion. Due to the large-scale renovation of the museum building, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is temporarily closed. During this Transit period, eight institutions and museums across Rotterdam will be holding exhibitions with works of art from the museum collection under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’. The collection will also be presented abroad by means of touring exhibitions. If you like theatre, dance and music, you’re also in the right place. The venues in Rotterdam offer a varied and international programme of performances and concerts.

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Festivals in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a festival city of note: the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Art Rotterdam Week, the North Sea Jazz Festival and the swinging Summer Carnival all contribute to keeping Rotterdam in the spotlight, each in its own way. Together, the events tell the story of the city. Rotterdam is known as one of the best festival cities in the world and was awarded the IFEA World City & Events Award. Be inspired by these attractive festivals!
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