Working on the city of Rotterdam - full of enthusiasm
Rotterdam Festivals has now become an organisation with around 20 employees operating from the heart of the city. Every day we work for our city – full of enthusiasm. It is still our mission to make the city more lively and attractive for everyone. This mission has not changed since 1993, but the circumstances have. The city is facing major challenges that demand our attention: climate change, the energy transition, but also societal issues such as inequality, housing shortage and lack of inclusivity. Rotterdam is becoming more and more densely built. Venues are transforming.
Festivals are now perhaps more important than ever before. They bring people together. They make sure that there are fun surprises and moments of wonder, opportunities to meet and feel connected to others. Together with creative culture makers and festival organisors, Rotterdam Festivals makes sure that Rotterdam continues to be a vibrant metropolis, where there is always something to enjoy for everyone.
To continue to do pioneering work, we as Rotterdam Festivals are proactively working on an ecosystem in which new and innovative ideas can be created. We are highly driven and ambitious to really go for the projects and concepts we believe in. We always look at what can be done. We are here for the makers, but also for the visitors. They come from every part of the city of Rotterdam and from far beyond. Like a guide, we show them all the cultural activities on offer. We advise the municipality of Rotterdam about cultural events in public space and about the right balance between peace & quiet on the one hand and liveliness on the other hand, and about the energy that makes Rotterdam unique. We are in the best position to do so, because we operate at the heart of the cultural landscape. We know what is happening and we are the first to spot new trends.
Meanwhile, we regularly conduct surveys to find out about the needs and expectations of the general public taking part in cultural events in Rotterdam. We share the knowledge we gather with the city’s culture makers. This allows them to do even better when it comes to organising festivals that reflect our city’s identity. We aim to make all citizens of Rotterdam proud of their city as well as continuing to attract visitors from outside the city of Rotterdam.