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Rotterdam Carnival, Rotterdam Unlimited 2022

July 26 - July 30

Rotterdam Carnival Rotterdam Unlimited

If you can’t make the Rio Carnival and Notting Hill Carnival, head for the Rotterdam Carnival (Rotterdam Unlimited Carnival) in the summer. From 26 to 30 July, 2022 the Netherlands’s second largest city will explode with a mix of music, comedy, spoken words and partying.

In keeping the city’s vibrant, multicultual nature, the Rotterdam Summer involves some 2.000 people celebrating around 25 different tropical carnival traditions.

The festival has seven categories: Queen Election, Warming-up, Battle of Drums, Mercado, Street Parade, Stage Programming and the award ceremony.

History of the Summer Carnival

Rotterdam Carnival Rotterdam Unlimited
Rotterdam Unlimited Photo © JoniIsraeli.com

What once started as a small and cosy cultural / artsy project by the Curacao and Aruban people in the Netherlands has evolved into a large and renowned multicultural event.

Nowadays, people from all over the world (Brazil, Cape Verde, Suriname, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Windward Islands, Spain, UK, Trinidad, Jamaica, France, Germany, Belgium, Angola and the Netherlands) join this festive event.

Rotterdam Carnival Programme

To get the full programme for this year’s carnival, click here.

The Hofplein will see the National Battle of the Drums with three bands banging away for the title.

The highlight of the carnival is the Summer Street Parade with 25 carnival groups, and some 2,500 people from 25 nations participating, led by the Summer Carnival Queen in a 2.5-km procession through the city centre.

Rotterdam Carnival Rotterdam Unlimited
Rotterdam Unlimited

Rotterdam Carnival Route

To find out the route that the procession will take, click here.

When is the 2022 Carnival?

It is from 26 to 30 July.


Can’t make this carnival, then try our round-up of the best carnivals around the world.


For more information on the Summer Carnival

Click here.

For ideas on things to do in Rotterdam

Visit the tourist information site

Cover image by Claire Droppert,


Details

Start:
July 26
End:
July 30
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Website:
https://rotterdamunlimited.com/en/

Venue

Rotterdam
Rotterdam,Netherlands+ Google Map
Let the adventure begin.