POW! WOW! ROTTERDAM takes a head start at FREITAG Store Rotterdam

POW! WOW! Rotterdam wouldn’t be the same without a dope pre-event. Exactly a month prior to the festival, we’re kicking things off at the Rotterdam FREITAG Store. And it comes with the possibility of you winning a prize to boot!

On Thursday, August 15, Dodici will create a special work in the FREITAG Store, at the Van Oldebarneveltstraat 137a (Check Google Maps here) in Rotterdam. You can see the Rotterdam-via-Rome artist at work live between 11:00 and 16:00h live, when he will showcase his skills through working in ink. 

Dodici ink art

But that’s not the only thing: everybody who buys a product at the Rotterdam FREITAG store between August 15 and September 10, enjoys the chance to win a unique POW! WOW!-experience. Do you want to step into the lift on September 15, and get a glimpse of what it feels like for an artist to work on those murals? The only thing you have to do is leave your contact information in the store. Five winners will be randomly selected and contacted on September 11.

FREITAG is specialized in bags with a wide variety shapes and sizes. Each of their pieces is one of a kind, since they’re made of recycled freight truck coverings. All bags are names after famous TV-shows or characters in these shows. You can find out more on their website.

During POW! WOW! Rotterdam on September 15, over ten beautiful murals will be revealed in the Afrikaanderwijk. At the Afrikaanderplein, 20 vehicles will receive a live street art make-over, and a great selection of music acts will perform live. Entrance is completely free.

‘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!

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!

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.

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.

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