‘20 VANS 30 CANS’ is coming to the Afrikaanderplein during POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019!

Do you love street art and have a van or small truck? Or are you an artist yourself, and would love to see your canvas drive around? Then this is your chance to become part of POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019, and joint the world’s biggest street art-family!

Said Kinos beschildert een busje tijdens POW! WOW! 2018.

The painting of vans and trucks is a a part of POW! WOW! unique to the Rotterdam edition of the international street art festival. Last year, it was organized for the first time in the M4H-area, where it was the source of so much joy and creativity, that we just simply had to repeat it at this year’s festival in the Afrikaanderwijk.

That’s why we’ve selected a special artist line-up, that will transform a selection of vehicles into a mobile art installation, free of charge. Would you like to be the owner of such a one-of-a-kind piece? Fill in this form. And if you’re an artist, there’s still a chance to join 20 VANS 30 CANS as well; we have left a few spots open in our roster for an ‘open call’. To apply, you can fill in the same form.

Among the applicants, the twenty most suitable vehicles will chosen, to be painted live during POW! WOW! Rotterdam at the Afrikaanderplein on Sunday September 15 tijdens POW! WOW! Rotterdam.

To be able to be considered, you have to follow these three points:

  • Your vehicle is a van, camper of small truck. Regular cars or caddy’s will unfortunately not be considered.
  • You agree to the fact that an artist from our lineup will be randomly assigned to your vehicle.
  • You agree to give the artist creative freedom while painting your vehicle. The POW! WOW! Rotterdam organization guarantees no skulls or offensive imagery will be made.

For an impression of the event, take a look at the report OPEN Rotterdam made last year: 

These are the muralists of POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019!

Today, we’re proud to announce the full lineup of street artists who will be transforming the Afrikaanderwijk from September 8th to 15th. That week will be named POW! WOW! Week, with a fully free festival as its finale on Sunday September 15. Many international artists, along with national top talent and local heroes, will provide the neighborhood with their amazing murals. But its not just the muralists who will add color to the Afrikaanderwijk; the 20 VANS 30 CANS event, in which 20 vehicles get a serious make-over, returns as well!

GREY CONCRETE TRANSFORMED INTO AN OPEN AIR GALLERY
The murals are POW! WOW! Rotterdam’s main attraction. That is why we’ve once again invited a diverse selection of artists, to create some beautiful art upon the drab concrete. The mural artists who will be attending this year are (drumroll!): Telmo Miel (NL), Smug (UK), Dourone (ES), Super A (NL), L7Matrix (BR), Saïd Kinos (NL), Danny Rumbl (NL), Helen Proctor (AU), Woes (US), Didier Jaba Mathieu (SG) and Nina Valkhoff (NL). London’s own Slinkachu will spread mesmerizing miniatures throughout the Afrikaanderwijk and Spenser Little will come over from the USA to introduce Rotterdam to his surprising wire creations. From the festival terrain, free guided walking tours will go through the neighborhood, so you can easily check out all the murals and the artists working in them. If you want to take a peek at their styles right now though, head on over to our lineup page!

TWENTY VEHICLES PAINTED LIVE!
Due to its overwhelming succes last year, 20 VANS 30 CANS returns. On the edge of the festival terrain on September 15, twenty vehicles will be painted live. Applications for vehicle owners will open August 6. Having a look there will be a great way to spend some time on the moments when there won’t be any acts performing on our main stage; the epicenter of POW! WOW! Rotterdam. Here you’ll be able to see and hear a mix of international artists, Dutch trailblazers and upcoming local talent: Coely, Snelle, Not3s, Zwangere Guy, Amartey, Kay-Slice, Sammie Sedano and HUNNA Soundsystem will perform.

A SURPRISING FULL PROGRAM
Aside from all the art, there is much to see and do during the festival. A true walhalla of urban culture arises, making POW! WOW! Rotterdam more than just a great street art festival. Music, art and sports all get their own place on the Afrikaanderplein. In the week leading up to the festival, various activities for all ages will be available in the surrounding neighborhood. More information about the full program for the POW! WOW! Week follows soon. POW! WOW! Rotterdam is fully free and accessible to people of all ages.

IN SHORT:
September 8 till 15: POW! WOW! Week, with activities for all age groups.
September 15: POW! WOW! Rotterdam, festival at the Afrikaanderplein.

POW! WOW! Completes music lineup with Not3s, Amartey and more!

On September 15 we’ll have a lot going on on our festival terrain at the Afrikaanderplein in Rotterdam; lots of street art of course, but a full-fledged lineup of musicians too. Today, we’re proud to announce all of their names. And the best part? POW! WOW! Rotterdam is completely free, and accessible for people of all ages.

Not3s comes from North-East London and is planning on bringing his tropical and swinging hiphop to Rotterdam. He’s known for tracks like Addison Lee and building upon its success with Sit Back Down and To The Max (together with African super star Wizkid). His melodic, bouncy flow can be heard on features with AJ Tracey, Avelino and Chip, and on September 15 at the Afrikaanderplein!

Of course, we can’t ignore homegrown talent either; Amartey has quickly become the Dutch standard bearer of Afropop. Mixing the musical traditions of his motherland Ghana with r&b, reggae and rap, he will gladly serve that enticing cocktail to us together with his live band! 

Songwriter and poëet Kay-Slice has Ghanaian roots as well. You know has as lead rapper in hiphop crew Brandwerk, but his work as a solo artist is expanding steadily through an eclectic mix of soul, hiphop and afrobeat. Final live-act is Rotterdam’s own Sammie Sedano. He’ll bring fiery trap beats to the Afrikaanderwijk, with lyrics straight out of the street life. DJ-team HUNNA Soundsystem completes the lineup and will play the greatest tunes in between acts. The stage is hosted by the and and only MC JR.

The full music lineup is as follows:

Coely (BE) + Not3s (UK) + Snelle + Zwangere Guy (BE) + Amartey + Sammie Sedano + Kay-Slice + DJ-team HUNNA  Soundsystem + Host: MC JR

Apart from music, there’ll be a whole lot of street art to be enjoyed during POW! WOW! Rotterdam. In the neighborhood surrounding the Afrikaanderplein, several (inter)national artists will create colorful murals, on the festival terrain twenty cars will receive a through metamorphosis and there will be guided walking tours through the area. Entrance is free and POW! WOW! Rotterdam is open to people of all ages.

Earlier we announced that rising star Snelle would perform his lyrically sharp raps, and that Antwerp’s pride Coely would reprise her successes at North Sea Jazz during POW! WOW! Rotterdam. Her fellow Belgian Zwangere Guy is smashing festivals like Down The Rabbit Hole and Lowlands this summer, and will make a powerful impact in the Afrikaanderwijk as well.

Our lineup of musicians is powered by De Nieuwe Lichting. News about the mural artists at POW! WOW! Rotterdam is following soon, so stay tuned!