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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!