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ICAF 2023 After-movie

We are overjoyed to share with you our part-trailer, part-after movie, which, we believe, so perfectly encapsulates the energy, the atmosphere, and the beautiful, colourful, diverse practices that together made up ICAF 2023. After premiering during MINI ICAF last month, the after movie is now available to view on our ICAF Platform. The film is part…

Jakub Wróblewski

An interdisciplinary artist, film director and DOP. Ph.D, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Media Art Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Jakub Wróblewski deals with video, interactive film, audiovisual narrative, film theory, graphic narrative structures, immersive storytelling and art and science projects. He runs a 3D and Virtual Occurrences II / WSM / WWA…


 Wednesday 20 March – so save the date!   We are delighted to announce that MINI ICAF will be taking place across the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 20 March, 2024, entirely free of charge.  MINI-ICAF is a one-day event where we look back on the big ICAF festival of 2023 and look ahead to the next…

Introducing Will Weigler: ICAF 2023 Rapporteur

[Will’s Blog 1. March 29] And so it begins—The International Community Arts Festival 2023!  In March of 2020, a certain uncertainty that was unfolding around the planet meant that Edition 8 of the festival could not be the traditional full-on gathering of artists coming to Rotterdam. Nevertheless, our intrepid crew of producers managed, as we…

The runup to ICAF 2023 kicks off

The runup to ICAF 2023 kicks off with Drama Box’s online programme series  Join us online via Drama Box’s Facebook Page or Youtube Channel this Friday, 13 January at 10am CET / 5pm GMT+8 to hear more from Mekong Cultural Hub.  The runup to ICAF 2023 officially begins this Friday, 13 January, with the first…

More information about ICAF 2023 will be released soon.

In the meantime, make sure to save the dates Wednesday 29 to Sunday April 2 2023 to join us in celebrating ICAF 8 together in Rotterdam with the theme “The Sound of Change”.

Every three years, for five days Dutch city of Rotterdam opens its doors to world-class participatory art for International Community Arts Festival. Each festival, theatre, dance, music, film, and visual arts projects from every continent across the globe dock in the port of the city. As such, ICAF brings global participatory art to the Netherlands and connects it to various local communities in Rotterdam and beyond.

“Moments of in-betweenness are something you can never really directly curate. What you curate is a space to hold such potentialities. ICAF as a model allows for moments of in-betweenness to thrive.”

Tania Cañas, artistic director RISE Refugee, Mebourne, Australië  

During the festival, ICAF creates a unique experience: from large-scale performances, to intimate film screenings, to discussions with extraordinary artists and participating communities, to longer term experiments and exchanges with artist in residency programmes.   

The day program of the festival typically offers the opportunity to engage in in-depth conversations with professionals in the field around key issues, debates or updates in community arts. The evenings are then filled with live theatre, dance, film, and music performances that will leave you feeling energised, inspired and transformed.   

For each festival we select a thematic focus, which centres an artistic form or discipline, and an urgent topic or theme currently being discussed in the community arts field. Although we use this focus as a reference point for our programming, we make sure we offer a platform to projects and groups from every continent and all art disciplines to showcase and talk about their work in their own way.