Discover Benelux, Issue 43, July 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Cultural Events  |  Rotterdam Unlimited

International vibes with Rotterdam Unlimited TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN   |  PHOTOS: ROTTERDAM UNLIMITED

The Netherlands is known for being a multicultural country and maybe no city as much as Rotterdam. Holland’s second-largest city hosts a variety of people with different backgrounds, having over 180 nationalities. All those different cultures have had quite the impact on its city. The festival Rotterdam Unlimited displays, celebrates and embraces the diversity of those cultures, attracting a total of 900,000 visitors. Brass bands, calypso dances, a summer carnival complete with a parade, music per-

formances, poetry: you name it and it will be there from 25 - 29 July. Taking place throughout the streets of Rotterdam, there are three central hotspots: the Coolsingel, Hofplein and Stationsplein. Festival director Guus Dutrieux is excited about the upcoming edition of the annual event. “Rotterdam Unlimited is a festival for the senses, whether music for the ears, the smells of all the diverse food or poetry for the brain. Rotterdam is a city constantly in motion where all these different cultures determine the face of the city. When it comes to programming Rotterdam Unlimited, the

leading factor is always how a certain culture influences our city.” For pop music lovers, there is every reason to visit Rotterdam Unlimited: the Panamanian superstar Joey Montana is going to perform, famous for his sultry reggaeton music. Dutch artist Ronnie Flex will appear too. He is arguably Holland’s biggest star at the moment, scoring hit after hit with his blend of Dutch hip hop, dancehall, reggaeton and house music. Visit for more info.

castlefest 3-6 Augustus 2017 Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse


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