Telmo Miel and Smug’s collaboration is chosen by Widewalls as one of the best murals of 2019

We already have a lot to fondly look back on and be thankful for as 2019 nears its end. But it just got al little bit better, since Widewalls chose the collaborative piece Telmo Miel and Smug created at our festival as one of The Most Beautiful Murals of 2019!

“While Telmo Miel combines spray painting styles with classic Realism, Abstraction and Surrealism, SMUG is best known for remarkable photorealistic murals. These artists joined forces for the POW!WOW! in Rotterdam, a renown street art festival that also takes place in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. The result is an explosive and diverse wall piece.”

Thanks Widewalls, and congratulations to Telmo Miel, Smug, and all other included artists. Happy holidays everybody, have a great 2020!

We got goosebumps from the POW! WOW! short film by Rauwkost Collective and Be Romy

On September 15, over 10.000 visitors enjoyed the art, music, dance, and all the Afrikaanderwijk has to offer during POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019. It’s safe to to say another chapter was added to the rich history of the Southside of Rotterdam. That history, and what POW! WOW! means to it, comes to life in the short film Rauwkost Collective made about the festival. 

Set to a riveting performance by spoken word-artist Be Romy, a Southside original himself. The viewer is taken to the earliest days of Feijenoord through truly historic archival footage. The glory days of Ted Langenbach’s Now&Wow parties, a tribute to rapper Helderheid and Be Romy’s own memories of growing up in the area, all fold into a beautiful tale of the area’s current days. It perfectly captures what the neighborhood means to its residents, and what public art can give them.

Honestly, we get those goosebumps every time. We hope you do too. 

The official POW! WOW! Rotterdam short film by Rauwkost Collective was premiered by Montana Cans Blog.

A look back at the POW! WOW! Rotterdam week program

Thank you for an amazing 2019 ride, Rotterdam!

The POW! WOW! Week, full of free activities for everybody, was great. Check out the aftermovie! Visuals captured by Merijn van den Brand, with music by Kay Slice!