We got a very important message for you

Dear street art-fans and artists,

Four years after the Rotterdam edition of the international street art festival joined the worldwide POW! WOW! Family, the time has come for us to part ways. POW! WOW! Rotterdam will not be joining the current process of renaming the festivals under the Worldwide Walls umbrella. Instead, we have chosen to go independent and create a new name and branding for ourselves, to commemorate this new chapter in our history.

The decision has been made after our mother-organization committed to organize a future edition of the festival in Qatar. In this country, freedom of speech is rigorously curtailed, migrant workers are exploited under life-threatening conditions, and human rights abuses take place on a large and structural scale. We trust in the good intentions of our friends within the Worldwide Walls organization, but do not agree with their decision to set up an edition of the festival within this nation. 

We have been welcomed warmly within the awesome family formerly known as POW! WOW! Worldwide. The name was a reference to the colorful sound effects in comic books, as well as the traditional gatherings between certain Native American tribes in which they’d celebrate and exchange their cultures. At the time, we did not realize our taking up of this name caused hurt within some of these communities, for which we offer our apologies. It is one of many things we have come to learn about in the past four years.

We are nothing but thankful for everything our partnership with the organization now known as Worldwide Walls has taught us. Four years ago, we started as the young, brash little cousin. Now we have grown into a young adult, whose time has come to explore the world on one’s own. The love hasn’t cooled, but the time has come to stand on our own two legs. Our sincere thanks to Worldwide Walls and the trust and opportunities granted to us in prior years. We wish all our colleague festivals nothing but the best in the future! 

Soon we will return for ourselves. With a new name, an a new logo, and the established strengths of our organization: making Rotterdam look nicer with each step, and offering a stage to be shared by both renowned and upcoming artists. Mark it on your calendar: your favorite street art festival will be returning to its hometown of Rotterdam in September next year! We’re ready for our next step. Are you?

Talk to you soon!

One love, 

Team f.k.a. POW! WOW! Rotterdam.

POW! WOW! Daily episode 8, ft. VANS & CANS and more!

In the final episode of POW! WOW! Daily, we move from Feijenoord to the Afrikaanderwijk. There, in the Afrikaanderpark, also this year the special part VANS & CANS took place. Several owners made their large vehicles, mainly campers, available for a paint job. The visitors of the park could watch, together with the owners, how the vehicles changed into moving artworks. A realistic tiger, an animated dead rabbit with her friends or a hand-painted bus full of Italian influences? Nothing was too crazy. At the end everyone went home with a smile and a new color on their vehicle.

Also on the closing day of POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2021, there were many bicycle tours and the paint on the merch truck was dry so we moved it to the Afrikaanderplein as well. And fortunately the sun was out, which made all the murals of this edition even more beautiful. In two neighborhoods in the south side of Rotterdam everything revolved around street art, and that makes our hearts beat faster. The closing speech was given by curator Daniël, who kicked off the afterparty that was well received by both the artists and the team. There was delicious food and a can of beer for everybody, but also markers and spray cans (also for everybody).

Thanks to the entire team, all artists an d visitors and the Feijenoord district for its hospitality. We will see each other in 2022. We already can’t wait.

POW! WOW! Daily episode 7, ft. Vandals On Holidays

In the seventh episode of POW! WOW! Daily we visit Vandals On Holidays, who took all week in Hefpark to transform the giant Skateland truck. His typical and cheerful but still hardcore style comes out perfectly on that big canvas as well. He feels it’s important to represent graffiti substantially during POW! WOW! Rotterdam and everywhere. He states that illegal graffiti should not necessarily be seen as such: “You don’t break anything, you don’t hurt anyone and it’s not gangster. You just make something beautiful.” We can’t do nothing but agree with him.

In addition, we see previews of the completed murals at Skateland, and that Ox-Alien has been even busier this week than just painting his biggest wall ever. And also, cameraman Eddie Contento stopped by the BMX track at Hefpark, where the dumbriders gave a sick demo. What a vibe, and then the last day was yet to begin!