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Rotterdam Unlimited is one of the biggest events in Rotterdam. The festival originated from the Dunya Festival and the Summer Carnival. Prepare for a lot of colourful entertainment with the Summer Carnival, Battle of the Drums and countless performances throughout the city.



Sat 29 July City center

The street parade is the largest Caribbean parade in Holland. With over 2.500 dancers, 25 carnival groups, and 30 floats you can count on some serious entertainment.

Child wearing a costume

Battle of the Drums

Wed 28 June Different locations: finale @ Hofplein

Three bass bands battle for the Golden Drum.


Queen Election

Tue 25 July until Thu 29 June City center

Who will be the Queen of the street parade? The jury bases their choice on appearance, knowledge of the event, spontaneity, dance moves and improv talent.

Women in carnival outfit

Other activities

Discover various events centered around music, dance and spoken word. This year you can expect performances by Rolf Sanchez, Kuddedieren, Samba Résille and Mario Lucio!


When you step into the Caribbean vibe, you expect some great food – and you’re right! At the mercado near the Coolsingel and the Schouwburgplein, you can taste exotic dishes from all over the world: try the Surinamese grilled chicken, Antillean saté ku batata,  Hindu bara and countless more snacks. Besides the food you can also shop for bags, sunglasses, jewellery and other nick nacks.

Want to be there?

Most of the events are free of charge. Check the website to find the latest information about Rotterdam Unlimited.