Second edition of POW! WOW! Rotterdam celebrated successfully in the Afrikaanderwijk

The international street art festival POW! WOW! had its second Rotterdam edition on Sunday September 15. With a street art program of international renown, vibrant live music performances, a breakdance program featuring the worldwide elite, and visitors from all over The Netherlands and far beyond, who wanted to celebrate all this with the people of the Afrikaanderwijk, it was an overwhelming succes.

Photo by Willem van Breugel

More than 10.000 visitors went to the Afrikaanderpark and the surrounding Afrikaanderwijk. During the POW! WOW! week prior to festival day, thousands of street art appreciators already visited the neighborhood to wander among its murals being realized.

Photo by Droning Nomad

Festival director Dave Vanderheijden: “I proudly look back at this sophomore edition of POW! WOW! Rotterdam. It was beautiful to see the diversity of its audience and witness the way in which art, music and dance can connect people with each other. That’s exactly what POW! WOW! is all about.”

Photo by Martine Kiers

Twelve murals and a ship where painted, which will be there for much longer to enjoy. Aside from that, Calfornian artist Spenser Little and London’s Slinkachu went around the Afrikaanderwijk to leave surprising art installations. In turn, residents treated the artists to freshly brewed coffee and a cavalcade of compliments.

The festival went off without incident and was received with much acclaim by its visitors. On Sunday, September 13, 2020, POW! WOW! returns to Rotterdam. See you nest year!

Keep an eye on our Instagram page!

POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019 is shaping up to be an event not be missed. If you want a sneak preview of what’s up, the best way is to take stroll through the Afrikaanderwijk. If you’re not in the area though, and do want to keep up with all our preparations and everything that’s going with the festival, the quickest way to keep up with all developments is by subscribing to our Instagram page. It’s updated live throughout the day!

Oh, and did we mention already there’s an interactive map of the neighborhood on our profile page right now? Have a look right now, and make sure to visit us on Sunday September 15!

POW! WOW! Rotterdam: food for thought, food to eat

A festival without food trucks can no longer be called a festival in 2019, so we only can do POW! WOW! Rotterdam right when we’re inviting some. Sunday 15 September these entrepreneurs can be found at our food court on the side of Afrikaanderplein. Be welcome for tasty fries, delicious coffee, or fresh ice cream.

IJsbaron van Bokhoven
Sixteen years ago many people stood in line at the Boterbrug in Delft to think about which ice cream they would choose. In 2003, brothers Dick and Cees van Bokhoven stopped making ice cream and their building was sold. But no longer worrying; son Wiert brings the sweetyness back with his new ice cream truck, in which he drives through Rotterdam and Delft. And yes, you can find it on our festival grounds!

Ketelbinkie Koffie
“The taste of Rotterdam” can be read in giant letters on the website of Ketelbinkie Rotterdam. Steven Tacq has been looking for the best and tastiest coffee every day for 15 years. He is a true hard worker from Rotterdam with a huge passion for coffee and tea. His mission is: inspire, let people enjoy and share knowledge. This is one that you must taste!

Sawasdee Thai Food
If you feel like Thai-made food, then you are at the right place at Sawasdee. Shrimps? Check. Chicken flowerbeds? Check! Gluten-free noodles? Yes, of course. After more than eight years of experience in Thai restaurants, they started selling from their food truck. They were even in the top 10 of 24 Kitchen’s Best Food Truck Awards 2018. You can come and taste why!

Wood Pizza
Wood Pizza & Grill makes hand-turned, wood-fired oven pizzas and classic American style BBQ dishes from the charcoal grill served from unique trucks and trailers. On POW! WOW! they come to serve wood-fired pizzas from their latest pizza trailer. I hope it tastes well!

And for people who aren’t dare devils when it comes to the festival cuisine, there is of course also just fries. Or ‘patat’, as they often say in Rotterdam. But then very tasty. Minnies gives you that crispyness. So if you looking for the only other golden-yellow treats that are available outside the bar, you have to be here!

Enjoy your meal!