Over the past few years, street art in Rotterdam has been enjoying a boom like never before. In 2018, POW! WOW! Rotterdam became the first European city to host the art and music festival. Rotterdam is a vibrant, proudly multi-cultural, and no-nonsense city that has always been uniquely equipped for an art form that doesn’t wait for its audience or beg for acceptance.
The videographers at Rauwkost Collective successfully highlight this in the short film about POW! WOW! Rotterdam. Portraying the medium, the festival, and the city through the eyes of participating artists Nuno Viegas, Dilk and Telmo Miel, three unique visions and approaches that are beautifully brought to life.
The film also offers a look at the work of all the artists at the festival, and is spearheaded by M., an anonymous poet from Rotterdam, who is known for printing his short bursts of poetry, framing them, and gluing them on the walls around the city’s streets. He captures the essence of the city’s eternally shifting culture in his opening poem:
“and even though much change has been effected / the street corners will always keep their sharp edges”.
The first edition on POW! WOW! Rotterdam was a huge succes! During the weekend of September 15 and 16, the M4H area was in the hold of the best (inter)national street artists. The work of more than 70 artists could be admired through murals, canvasses, installations and vans. Aside from the art, a fantastic and diverse festival audience also enjoyed the sports contests and musical acts at out main stage. The party was set ablaze with performances by acts like Sevn Alias, Fresku & Mocromaniac, Pietju Bell and blackwave.
Photo: Willem Breugel
Guided bike and walking tours that you could join lead to all the beautiful, freshly painted murals in the area, but there was much more. Sports enthusiasts could check out or join the streetball dunk contest, freerunning tournament or a special Art Run along the murals. And in the weeks leading up to the festival, Belgian Jaune and Pol Cosmo blessed the RET subway stations Eendrachtsplein and Marconiplein with their work.
Photo: Annie Tram
Soon you’ll be able to relive the magic through our aftermovie en photo reports, but we’re gonna catch up on some much-needed sleeping hours now. A big thank you to all artists, partners and volunteers that helped make POW! WOW! Rotterdam such a succes, and to everyone that visited. We hope to see you all again next year!
Photo: Annie Tram
‘Was awesome. Line up was the bomb.’
-Ninny Duarte Lopes/FB
‘This streetart festival really inspired my son (7). It was a real fun event, we had a lovely time. Please do come back next year!’
‘I sure hope to see this festival again next year, I enjoyed it very much.’