Ticket sales for the festival heart have started

Published on: 30 Apr 2023

The ticket sales for the festival heart of the Rotterdam Architecture Month have started. Visit the floating festival heart in the Maashaven during the entire month of June!

In a few years, this spot will become a brand new city park: the Nelson Mandela Park. Experience what that feels like already. Walk the route over the water through three enormous barges of 76 meters long and 11 meters wide. Along the way, you’ll learn all about the role of water in the future of the city. There’s a good chance you’ll also get to admire some tricks from freerunners and skaters in the urban sports boat. From now on, it’s possible to buy your tickets here.

What is the festival heart?

The festival heart consists of three enormous floating containers that are approximately 76 meters long and 11 meters wide. In one container, visitors can enjoy the greenery in a temporary park and immerse themselves in lectures, debates, films, and other events. Another container is entirely dedicated to urban sports such as freerunning and calisthenics. There is also an exhibition. The floating structure is a concept of the Rotterdam-based architectural firm Studio Marco Vermeulen.

The route

When you visit the festival heart, you will walk a walking route over the water. The containers are connected to each other by a walkway, which also serves as an elongated viewpoint. The route is simultaneously an outdoor exhibition that informs you in an accessible way about the possibilities of building on water, the value of street culture for urban development, and the importance of greenery for a growing city. This way, you get a unique view of Maashaven and the rest of the city, and you can see the possibilities of water.


In the festival heart, you can also attend a program, such as lectures, films, performances, and events. You can find an overview of the program per day here.

Praktische Informatie

A ticket is 3.50 euros. With the Rotterdampas, admission is free once.

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Visitor Information

You can find more information about your visit, such as opening hours, location, and accessibility, here.

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