Fri 19 Jul
17:00 - 22:00
Rotterdam Unlimited Zomercarnaval

Friday Night LIVE

Start your weekend with Friday Night LIVE! On each third Friday of the month you will be welcome at the Kunsthal for an exciting and inspiring programme infused with a generous dose of art. For each edition a different Rotterdam partner will be running the show. On Friday, July 19, the Rotterdam Unlimited Zomercarnaval will be pulling the strings! The exhibition 40 years Summer Carnival- is the source of inspiration for this vibrant evening. Discover it all during Friday Night LIVE!

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For Friday Night LIVE, the Kunsthal will hand over the keys and offer a platform to a Rotterdam partner active in the fields of film, spoken word, dance, music, fashion, and theatre. On Friday, July 19, Rotterdam Unlimited Zomercarnaval pulls the strings. Dance along to the beats of the collective DJ's HEAT, get your Latin heart racing during Latin'ish with DJ Rachella and enjoy the tastiest BBQ bites from GQ Daily Food. You can also get to work at the Open Atelier by the artists of All you can Art. Join in and come watch, listen, party and meet during Friday Night LIVE X Rotterdam Unlimited Summer Carnival! All exhibitions are open until 22:00 hrs.


Kunsthal cafe  
17.00-18.00 DJ's HEAT: Lashanti
18.00-19.00 DJ's HEAT: Feurich
19.00-20.00 DJ's HEAT: Elmer Lopes
20.00-21.00 DJ's HEAT: Ray Escobar
21.00-22.00 DJ's HEAT: Jahwin 
17.00-21.30 BBQ GQ Daily 
18.00-18.30 The Legendairs Brassband 
18.30-20.30 Latin'ish with DJ Rachella 
HALL 3  
17.00-22.00 40 years Summer Carnival
17.00-21.00 Performance: The Natural Hair Club
17.00-22.00  Open Atelier with All you can Art 
KunstHoppen (ArtHopping)

All you can Art 

Celebrate the imagination and participate in All you can Art! At All you can Art everyone – and we literally mean everyone – has an opportunity to make art, learn and discover. During Friday Night LIVE, join the All you can Art artists at the Open Atelier and collaborate on art projects centered on the theme of carnival. 

40 years Summer Carnival

The exhibition 40 Years Summer Carnival at Kunsthal Rotterdam marks the 40th anniversary of one of the largest and most exuberant celebrations in the Netherlands. Each year over 2,500 dancers, 25 carnival groups, and numerous floats liven up the centre of Rotterdam during the street parade, which also includes the presentation of the traditionally elected royalty: the Queen and — since 2022 — King. On the basis of photographs, videos, music, posters, and extravagant carnival costumes, the exhibition guides you through the history of this festive event. 

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Zomercarnaval Rotterdam, 2004. Foto: Bas Czerwinski

About Rotterdam Unlimited Zomercarnaval

The organisation of the Summer Carnival is the responsibility of the Stichting Zomercarnaval and Bureau Vermaeck, united under the name Rotterdam Unlimited Zomercarnaval (Rotterdam Unlimited Summer Carnival). The aim of the Summer Carnival is to bring people from many different cultures together through tropical carnival expressions, similar to those in the Antilles. Since December 2023 the Summer Carnival Rotterdam has been added to the international UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. This year’s annual Royalty Election will take place on 6 July. The Mercado and the Street Parade will take place on 27 July. Read more about the programma here

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Friday open until 22:00
Celebrate 40 years of Summer Carnival during Friday Night LIVE on 19 July. All exhibitions will be open during the evening.
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