One happy village

Blijdorp Festival is a new kid in town. A not-so-average festival at a hidden green gem for lovers of music in the widest sense: from dance in a tent to jazz in a tipi. A festival of many firsts and contradictions that somehow blend perfectly. 

Published by Guest on 22/08/2014

The Roel Langerak park has never actually hosted a festival before. But the usually quiet and idyllic park proved to be a welcoming host to tents, theatre acts, DJ’s, live painting and tipi’s.

Meet the founders.
Last year Rotterdam locals and friends Nino van den Bos, Frankie Dros and Jeroen Huppes decided to sit around the table and brainstorm about what their city needed. They explain: "We want to bring something extra to the local music scene. Not just a DJ with a fence around it. We chose this park because it's a hidden green gem in the backyard of the Blijdorp Zoo and only 10 minutes from Central Station. The perfect spot for a festival".

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A great line-up.
It offers a diverse line up with local and international artists representing different genres. This makes it possible for German house/techno duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse to play next to local jazz hero Jules Deelder and a live performance by The Hague based Tears & Marble.

In addition the music in accompanied by AAA Gallery's live painting and free hugs by Vermaakbaar. Organizers Nino van den Bos and Frankie Dros also played a tune at their own festival as DJ duo Nino & Frankie. Dros tell us: "The festival is a renewing concept with the emphasis on danceable electronic music, good food, friendly prices and a fresh audience."

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Room for more.
The diverse program translated into a melting pot of 1500 visitors. All kinds of ages, nationalities and subcultures blended together to enjoy the music, food stands, cold drinks, free hugs, blow up animals, silent disco, art and lots of other entertainment. As Dros calls it: "There's room for everyone". The green surrounding added to a friendly atmosphere and a feeling of freedom.

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Coming up.
Next year's edition promises to be even better: "More live performances like Tears & Marble, a bigger tipi, more delicious food and again the best crow from Rotterdam and surroundings."

We hear ya, Frankie. We are looking forward to it already!
For more information: www.blijdorpfestival.nl

Thanks to Eva de Korte for the great vivid picture.

- Cathalijne -

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