Rotterdam Rave Outdoor Festival 2019 relocates to RDM site in raw harbour area

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The Rotterdam Rave Outdoor Festival 2019 is relocating from the Lloyd Multiplein to the RDM site – an exciting location typical of Rotterdam. This marks the realization of a long-cherished wish of the organization. The relocation makes this large technofestival the only outdoor dance event held in Rotterdam this summer to take place at such an industrial harbour site.

Read the full press release here (in Dutch).

Rotterdam native performs for millions at world famous Brazilian carnival

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Steven Brezet – percussionist from Rotterdam – will be the first and only Dutchman to perform at the world famous Brazilian carnival ‘Salvador da Bahia’ kicking off on 28 February. He will be accompanying Brazilian artist Denny Denan on a truck driving through the streets of Salvador for seven days. A rare opportunity for the 27 year old musician. Artists participating in the annual carnival get to perform in front of a crowd of millions.

Read the full press release here (in Dutch).

Winners Street Art Awards Benelux 2018

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On Sunday September 16th, the winners of the Street Art Awards Benelux 2018 were announced at Theater Rotterdam. The lovely host Birgit Schuurman declared artist duo Telmo Miel as winner of Best Global Mural. The award for Best Artist went to Leon Keer. The People’s Favorite Award 2018 was for Studio Giftig. Daniel Mac Lloyd from Luxemburg got the award for Young Talent 2018.

Winners Street Art Awards Benelux 2018
Global Mural
: Telmo Miel (Rotterdam/ Amsterdam)
Benelux + ABC Mural: Bier en Brood (Rotterdam)
Best Artist Benelux + ABC: Leon Keer (Utrecht)
People’s favorite: Studio Giftig (Veldhoven)
Young Talent: Daniel Mac Lloyd (Luxemburg)
Best Message: Icy & Sot (USA)
Greatest Gallery: GO Gallery (Amsterdam)
Local Initiative: Keith Haring mural (Amsterdam)
Most Inventive: BonBon (Utrecht)
Best Photo / Video: Wojofoto (Amsterdam)

Read the full press release here (Dutch)

Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut organize a birthday exhibition

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The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is an international university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design in Amsterdam (NL). It is home to a close-knit, international community of students from across the world. Students and teachers jointly create a learning environment that brings together thinking and doing and where unexpected, innovative ideas are born.  Since 1995, the Sandberg Instituut has offered master programmes in Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Design. Before 1995, the Sandberg Instituut (established in 1990 by former Rietveld director Simon den Hartog) was primarily concerned with the organization of post-academic activities such as seminars and exhibitions.

The year 2018 marks 50 years since the renaming of Amsterdam’s School of Applied Arts in honour of Gerrit Rietveld. It also happens to be 28 years since the Sandberg Instituut was established. To celebrate these milestones, both institutions have decided to organise an anniversary exhibition: Gerrit Turns 50, Willem Only 28.

This exhibition brings the past and present of the Bachelor’s at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Master’s at Sandberg Instituut to the public, providing insights into progressive education and the pluriform collective of makers, writers and thinkers to which it gives rise. Taking place in and around the buildings on the joint campus site in Amsterdam, a series of curated capsules include archival artefacts and a variety of works by students, alumni, tutors, directors and staff from the period 1968 to 2018.

Press Release in here (Dutch)

Legendary nightclub Now&Wow returns to Rotterdam

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In 2000 the duo Pietra Ligura and Ted Langebach opened club Now & Wow. Many DJs such as Benny Rodrigues, Joris Voorn, Martin Solveig and even De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig made their first appearance here. From 8 September, the doors of this artistic club will reopen. It’s all about the entire experience.

The nightlife in 2018
Now&Wow was the club for freeminders, with hilarious decors and a good dose of humor, fashion and art. Now&Wow grew as an indoor festival with new performance talents, DJs and total theater. Now&Wow is a regular partner at Milkshake festival and hosts a big stage every year. In 2018 it is time for a new, international club on Saturday. The Rotterdam nightlife must start to roar again with the reopening of this legendary club. There are not many places like this yet. A club where new icons and talents will share the stage and where art, fashion and humor are central.

Renovation and exclusivity
At the moment the refurbishment of factory 010, tenth floor of the famous Maassilo, is in full swing. There are no themes as before anymore. The Now&Wow club now has three halls (the Now room, Kiss My Ass and Disco L’amour) with techno, house, disco, queer hop and all variants of dance. It’s a mix of music that will attract a large audience.

The club will also become smaller and more exclusive than before. Every Saturday evening around 1000 people can enjoy the music all night long.
Tickets can now be purchased online, but at the door is also still possible.

Information Now&Wow
DanceClub Now&Wow was founded in 2000. The duo Pietra Ligura and Ted Langenbach created a colorful and glamorous platform within the dark walls of Now & Wow through image, sound and the characteristic perfomance art of the club. With themed evenings such as: Lolita Klup, Hipsters, Electric Ballroom, Beatboetiek, Flirt, Kissy Kissy Bang Bang, S.H.I.T. (Advanced High International Trash), Soulpunkers on Discospeed and Speedfreax music, they bring together image, design, fashion, theater and performances into an ultimate mix that encouraged the many visitors to participate in an artistic way.

Other information
Location: Maassilo – Maashaven Zuidzijde 1-2, Rotterdam

“More info in press release here (Dutch)”

ArtPublicity expands her portfolio

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MissPublicity’s cultural branch increases visibility for creative minds

Yesterday ArtPublicity announced its extensive portfolio during the Parade Rotterdam. The artistic sister of marketing and PR agency MissPublicity generates a stage for art institutions and now also helps artists from different disciplines to increase their visibility and network. The customer base of ArtPublicity has recently been expanded with bridal photographer FotoBelle, DJ and music producer Warren Fellow, DJ Karim Soliman and the artist trio AAAFRESH123. It was also announced that ArtPublicity will provide the PR around the art collection of one of the most famous post-war artists, Mathieu Ficheroux.

New names
As a sister of marketing and PR agency MissPublicity, ArtPublicity brings art and culture closer to the public, and serves as a springboard for DJs, photographers, musicians, artists and artists. But chefs, galleries, museums and art institutions also belong to the ever-growing stock. The portfolio of ArtPublicity – with previous collaborations with the Wereldmuseum, Mark Peet Visser Gallery, Art Breda and the Veluwe Photo Days – has now been extended with an “ARTist branch” consisting of a number of promising and special names.

Isabelle Hattink is an international wedding photographer with a journalistic style. From various perspectives, Isabelle undetected captures all spontaneous, powerful and exuberant emotions. The talented photographer won the title ‘Fearless Photographer of the year 2017’, making it the first Dutch wedding photographer to call himself the best in the world.

Warren Fellow
During the years the Dutch DJ and producer Warren Fellow has built up a good track record. Through performances around the world, a long list of releases on various labels and collaborations with prominent artists, he is an established name in electronic music both nationally and internationally.

Karim Soliman
The originally Egyptian Karim Soliman moved to Rotterdam at a young age where he came into contact with electronic music. In 2011 he won the dj-contest of Michel de Hey and he started with organizing underground dance parties in Rotterdam and surroundings. Nowadays he is staging at major events from Toffler, Milkshake and Strafwerk. This entrepreneur is one of the largest event organizers in Rotterdam, responsible for concepts such as Rotterdam Rave Festival, Modular Festival and the Give Soul Collective.

AAA Gallery
The three artists Hans Kleinjan, Maikel Kleinjan and Roderik Faasen jointly developed their own distinctive style and started their own gallery under the name AAAFRESH123 (AAA Gallery). This Rotterdam gallery is unique in its kind and does not only show art, but also gives visitors a glimpse into the working method of AAA Gallery by literally creating a hole in the wall to the studio. The three are also involved in various artistic activities outside the gallery and provide live painting during events such as North Sea Jazz, the MTV EMA Awards and two-star restaurant Parkheuvel.

Mathieu Ficheroux
Mathieu Ficheroux is one of the most important Dutch visual artists from the second half of the twentieth century. Highlights in his works are the abstract expressionist paintings from the first half of the sixties, the ‘damaged’ paintings from the seventies and line paintings from the eighties. Ficheroux was a great painter and a brilliant draftsman. Over the years, he has regularly attracted attention in his hometown of Rotterdam with sculptures and (monumental) installations. In 1969 he was awarded the Chabot Prize. Fixeroux’s work still adorns Rotterdam’s streets. One example is the impressive portrait of Multatuli which can be found on the corner of the Van Oldenbarneveltstraat / Mauritsweg and ‘Het Vergeten Bombardement’ at the Gyzingplantsoen. The artist passed away in 2003. His work has been of great influence to Rotterdam and for this reason, has been brought to the attention again and partly returned to the city.

About ArtPublicity
Out of love for art and culture, owner Clarissa Slingerland founded ArtPublicity with the aim of linking the cultural sector to press, potential customers and enthusiasts in a timely manner. ArtPublicity tells the story of its creative minds to the press and through social media and other channels through a customized route, promotes greater brand awareness, promotes broad media attention and creates visibility. ArtPublicity has its headquarters in Rotterdam, but also operates from Amsterdam and Antwerp.

More information and the press release can be found here (Dutch)

Music producer and DJ Jochem Paap receives the much desired artful first herring keg

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In the courtyard of the Bilderberg Parkhotel Erik de Wit, director Bilderberg Parkhotel Rotterdam and Clarissa Slingerland, director MissPublicity and Businesswoman Rotterdam 2017, presented the painted herring bar to the world-famous artist. They continue the tradition to give the annual herring party more color and to draw attention to Rotterdammers who mean a lot to the city. In addition to a large number of business relations, Rotterdam icons such as party guru Ted Langenbach, writer Jules Deelder and designer Margreet Olsthoorn were present at the festive party.

Artful keg
During the busy herring party the very first New Herring was tasted. Erik van Loo (Restaurant Parkheuvel **) and Richard de Vries (Chef The Park) also surprised the guests with various preparations of herring. The successful and cozy herring party was made possible for the second time in a row by Schmidt Zeevis.

The herring keg was this year live painted by artist collective AAAFRESH123, consisting of Hans Kleinjan, Roderik Faasen (RoFa), and Maikel Kleinjan. The work of these three artists is often realized together and can be seen in various galleries and at various exhibitions in Europe. At the Zaagmolenkade in hip Rotterdam Noord, AAAFRESH123 has its own gallery. “With the location of the Bilderberg Parkhotel, in the middle of the museum quarter of Rotterdam, art is an important pillar for us. That is precisely why we like it so much that we have this well-known Rotterdam artists’ collective in house today, and they have transformed the keg into a beautiful work of art “. Thus Erik de Wit, director Bilderberg Parkhotel Rotterdam.

Speedy J
Jochem Paap received the artwork, among other things, for his great influence on the Dutch and international music industry. Clarissa Slingerland: ‘Jochem Paap has meant a great deal to the city and, thanks to his music, reaching far beyond the national borders, he is able to draw Rotterdam to the attention of the Netherlands and abroad. Jochem keeps our city vibrant and keeps innovating as a producer and artist. With his recently opened creative space in the Baankwartier, he brings large, international names to Rotterdam and gives talent the opportunity to develop musically. ‘

Under the name Speedy J, Jochem Paap gained international fame in the nineties with the hits ‘Pullover’ and ‘Something For Your Mind’. For over twenty years he has been touring around the world as a DJ to perform at major festivals. ‘Pullover’ was named the most important Dutch dance issue in 2014 by journalist Mark van Bergen. Two years later he was the first DJ to win the Emmy Ameling Prize, awarded to creative talent that makes an important contribution to the Rijnmond area in the field of music. Besides being an enthusiastic DJ Jochem Paap is producer and sound designer and he makes music for films and commercials among others. His own platform, event organization and record label Electric Deluxe also exists this year for 10 years.

Jochem Paap has meant a great deal to the city and, thanks to his music, reaching far beyond the national borders, he is able to draw Rotterdam to the attention of the Netherlands and abroad. Jochem keeps our city vibrant and keeps innovating as a producer and artist. With his recently opened creative space in the Baankwartier, he brings large, international names to Rotterdam and gives talent the opportunity to develop musically.”  Clarissa Slingerland, owner MissPublicity

Complete (Dutch) Press Release can be found on the MissPublicity Pressroom