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You don't have to take a long trip to get into those holiday vibes this summer. The sun always shines in Rotterdam at these pop-up paradises.

Reggae Rotterdam

22 July, Kralingse Bos
It’s only the second edition, but also one of the biggest in The Netherlands. Find yourself in a Jamaican village at the park near Euromast. With workshops, good food, beautiful decoration and a spectacular line-up full of legends from the scene. King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band, Black Uhuru Official, Richie Spice, Mr. Vegas, and Kevin Lyttle have been announced amongst many others. Check out the agenda-item or the festival website for more information.

Lounging Photo: Bas Czerwinski

Rotterdam Unlimited

Battle of the drums
27 July – Finale at Hofplein
During Rotterdam Unlimited you can immerse yourself in everything a superdiverse city like Rotterdam has to offer in arts and culture. On Saturday two brassgroups challenge each other  to become the ‘Best Brassband of 2018’. The finalists start from different locations in the city to end on the stage at Hofplein. It’s a spectacle full of show and energy. At Hofplein the battle between the bands takes place. For more information check out the agenda-item or festival website

Drummers Photo: Joni Israeli

Summer carnival street parade
28 juli – Route through the city centre
The most famous part of Rotterdam Unlimited is without a doubt the street parade of the Summer Carnival. The biggest tropical event of The Netherlands has grown out to be a true tradition. Expect the most wonderful costumes and lots of swinging hips on the route from Schiedamsedijk. Check out the agenda-item or the festival website for more information.

Woman with feathers Photo: Joni Israeli

Magia

1 September, Wijkpark Oude Westen
The second edition of this festival presents a beautiful mix of music from different parts of the world. Enjoy exotic sounds combined with modern beats. Perfect music to dance to all day long. Nice detail: Magia is free festival. Check out the agenda-item or festival website for more information.

Stage Photo: Bas Czerwinski