Festival guide



The festival begins on Wednesday evening 25 March with an informal welcome and the opportunity to pick up your tickets at the reception counter between 7.00 and 8.30 PM. The opening show, SAFE (Portugal /the Netherlands), begins at 8.30 PM, followed by a swinging concert by Les Super Etoiles de Partout (Netherlands). All of these activities take place in Zuidplein Theatre, which is easily accessible from Rotterdam Central by subway.


The festival proper starts on the morning of Thursday 26 March and ends late afternoon on Sunday, March 29th. We have centralized all morning activities in the Islemunda cultural center, except - please note - on Sunday, when the morning and afternoon activities will all be held at Zuidplein Theatre. From Rotterdam Central train station it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by subway (get off at 'Zuidplein'). Islemunda can be reached from Rotterdam Central with tramline 23 (direction ‘Beverwaard’). Get off at ‘Keizerswaard’.

Every day we stick to a similar schedule and structure. As a visitor you can decide what you want to do in the mornings and what routes to follow in the afternoons. You have to select these routes beforehand, when you register online. A typical daily schedule looks like this: 

  • 10:00 AM Conversations OR at 10:30 AM Slow Start
  • 12:00 AM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Start of the 12 routes
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Early evening performance OR film
  • 8:45 PM Main stage performance at Zuidplein Theatre
  • Late night stage at Zuidplein Theatre


Activities commence at 10 AM, so if you still need to register or pick up tickets make sure to get to Islemunda with plenty of time to spare. The registration desk opens at 9 AM. The morning programme is a mix of conversations and warm-ups. Some of you may want to stretch your brains while others prefer to stretch their limbs or spirit, chat over coffee, or visit an installation. For the slow start you can decide on the spot where to go on a first-come first-serve basis. But please note that you will need to sign up beforehand for the seminars, because they have limited seating and a quite specific structure.


Between 12AM and 1 PM we serve lunch in Islemunda or at the location where you will attend the afternoon programme. You should be ready at 12 PM to lunch or to move to the starting point of the afternoon programme you have registered for. This programme is a mix of hands-on workshops, presentations, showcase performances and film screenings. Some of these activities last 90 minutes and others 3 hours. Several locations are elsewhere in the city. We will transport you there by chartered bus. In order to keep things manageable, we ask you to each day choose a particular route that will take you through the afternoon. We have a choice of 12 or 13 routes. It is unfortunately not possible to switch between routes halfway through the afternoon.However, some of the workshops and presentations are offered on other days as well. That way, if you have to miss something on one day (because you have to stick with a particular route), you can register for it on another day.


We serve dinner between 5.30 and 6.30 PM. We know that is early for some of you. Please note that the location of the evening meal may vary, depending on the early evening programme you have chosen. Each evening at 7 PM, we start a parallel programme that either takes place in Zuidplein Theatre or at Islemunda. Dinner will be served in or near these sites. At 8.45 PM each evening, we have programmed a plenary performance in the main auditorium of Zuidplein Theatre, followed by a concert in the small auditorium or a jam and dance session in the Zuidplein café. So we start each day at Islemunda and finish each evening at Zuidplein.


From Monday 10 February 2020, you will be able to register for the festival through our website. There, you can indicate which workshops and performances you wish to attend. Please note, however, that since space is limited for some events we recommend that you indicate a first and second preference. You can also register for the entire festival. This will give you access to the workshops (but even so you still need to indicate your preferences!), performances, lunches and suppers, as well as information to help you prepare for the festival. Once the festival has ended, you will also be sent a festival report in the form of an illustrated book. Of course it is also possible to register for only one or two days.


All tickets for shows and presentations are included in the all-in festival package. For people who do not participate in the daytime programme, separate tickets are also available for the evening shows starting in the main auditorium at 8.45 pm (as well as for the Sunday matinee). You can book those tickets directly at the Zuidplein Theatre: Zuidplein 60, via WWW.THEATERZUIDPLEIN.NL .