To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reign of Dutch King Willem Alexander, the city of Rotterdam hosted King’s Day on 27 April 2023. An unforgettable event.
Rotterdam was the proud host city of the official King’s Day celebrations and the Jubilee of the Dutch King. Commissioned by the municipality of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Festivals coordinated the King’s Day 2023 programme in terms of its content. This meant that all aspects of the programme, including the official King’s Day concert, the activities during the Royal Walking Tour on King’s Day and a 10-day city programme were created and developed by Rotterdam Festivals. The production of the programme along the Royal Walking Tour and the King’s Day Concert were outsourced to an external party – a joint decision with the municipality of Rotterdam. The City Programme connected organisations, entrepreneurs and citizens by taking new initiatives and repeating existing ones.
The theme of the event ‘We are all Kings and Queens’ was selected by the citizens of Rotterdam. Everyone is different – but everyone is special. And everybody is taking part – just the way they are. This was the overall connecting theme of the entire programme, from decorating the city of Rotterdam to the entertaining activities along the Royal Walking Tour of the Dutch royal family.
In the run up to King’s Day on 27 April 2023, the City Programme offered 10 days of enjoyment to make this event as attractive as possible for everyone. Starting with the King’s Day Concert on 19 April and followed by events such as: an exhibition in Maastunnel, a Kings & Queens pop-up schoolyard tour, Rotterdance with us, the official portrait gallery tour and the culinary campaign inviting the city to prepare the Rotterdam royal dish. Please take a look for an overview of all the activities that were part of the City Programme in April 2023.
Enjoy the after movie of King’s Day 2023 in Rotterdam: