Rotterdam Unlimited highlights the culture makers of tomorrow


Rotterdam Unlimited presents a spectacular program full of shows, performances, parades, battles and more from 23 to 27 July, with talent development as an important focus. The five-day street festival has been working on the development and visibility of excellent talent for years, and this year is no different! For this edition of the free festival, the forces are joined with, among others, OPEN Rotterdam, Productiehuis FLOW and House of Knowledge. They present the culture makers of tomorrow.


On Friday 26 July, OPEN Rotterdam is organizing a live program from the RU OPEN TALENTHOUSE in the Doelen Studio. For three days a festival hub is created here, with a cafe, studio, exhibition space, bar, restaurant and stage in one, where everyone is welcome. Talents perform and presenter Samantha Uittenbogaart talks to artists from the RU program. In short; a mix of talent, dialogue, music and culture.

The highlight of the program is the RU OPEN TALENT CONTEST battle on Friday 26 July. Rotterdam Unlimited and OPEN Rotterdam open the search for musical (urban) talents in the city. On Friday evening the selected candidates will compete for a great prize package during a live broadcast from the Doelen Studio. The contest is produced in collaboration with House of Knowledge.

More information will follow via the website and social media channels of Rotterdam Unlimited and OPEN Rotterdam. RU OPEN TALENTHOUSE at OPEN Rotterdam! (TV, web, social) Friday 26 July from 19:00 to 21:00. The broadcast can then be seen on TV.

On Friday 26 July, Schouwburgplein will change into a tropical oasis in Rotterdam under the name RU N.E.W.S. BLOCKPARTY from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The stage is programmed by curator Mich Simon (Y.M.P.), Productiehuis FLOW. N.E.W.S. stands for New Energy, Wise Stories. A new generation of storytellers, who have found their way as self-taught artists; top talent from our own soil. On Saturday evening, 27 July, the curator himself claims a spot on the Hofplein stage and presents Le Seton & WatWatis.

I have programmed artists whose stories I love. An artist can still be that good, but if it is not authentic then I have nothing with it. I present a diverse program with spoken word acts such as Brooklyn Mozes, singer songwriters such as Tastic and L CIANO to AUX and the EQs. It is also a female-friendly stage with the two best female DJs in town, Aisek and Evelyn Rae. It's going to be a big party but with content! ”- Mich Simon (Y.M.P)

After two editions in Lantaren Venster, the successful concept "Know the Ledge" will get a spot on the main stage of Rotterdam Unlimited on Saturday 27 July. The initiative of House of Knowledge is a live (hip-hop) showcase, developed for North Sea Round Town, where 8 talented rappers and vocalists are prepared for a performance through a 2-week development process. They are accompanied by a live band consisting of (semi) professionals and talented instrumentalists. We work with award winning keyboard player Jamal Peoples and his equally famous brother and drummer Larry Peoples (USA). "The Peoples" are known for their work with Angie Stone, Lauryn Hill & Roy Ayers.

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