Things to do, things to see
Thanks to an enormous festival diversity, Rotterdam is one of the winning cities. This great news was announced by The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) last week.
Being awarded like this, is a credit to all festival organizers in our city. We think, this is a tremendous appreciation of what the city accomplished by organizing large and small events.
The main purpose was to offer entertainment to a wide audience. From the silent rooftop cinema ‘Roffa Mon Amour’ to the trendsetting music ‘Metropolis Festival’. From the classy ‘Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz’ to the flavorful food event ‘Op z’n Rotterdams’ (translated: ‘The Rotterdam Way’).
This year, our home town is the only European city that has made the list of eight winners. The entries were judged by an international jury consisting of event industry experts. Essential for the recognition was a good collaboration with the local environment.
The IFEA is created to provide a benchmark of festival cities around the world. This association encourages and supports the global festivals and events industry.
As if one prize is not enough, Rotterdam even won a second one. The ‘Rotterdamse Daken dagen‘ (translated: Rotterdam Rooftops days) has been named the ‘best new festival’ in the world. Last June, dozens of high-rise rooftops in our town could be visited during a weekend. This quirky newcomer triumphed in the category of events with a total cost under 250,000 dollars (225,000 euros).
Keeping our eyes on the prize
Rotterdam shares the recognition ‘Best Festivals and Events city’ with Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Sydney (Australia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Jinu City (South Korea), Louisville and Philadelphia (USA). This 2015 award certainly is a real boost for future festival ambitions.
Previously (2010) Rotterdam won this award as well. This time we should be able to keep the prize for more than just a year. The festival season of 2016 again is very promising.