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Are you incredibly talented and not afraid of heights? This summer, a unique building will appear on top of Het Nieuwe Instituut, designed by architects MVRDV. At a considerable height, with a view over Rotterdam, it will be the place for special performances, talks and more. And the best thing is – you’re invited to be part of it! The possibilities are (almost) completely endless for you as a performer, collective, act or creative Rotterdammer. Show what you can do on The Podium: whether it’s your tuba concert, yoga workshop, performance art piece, brass band, fashion show, book presentation, dance performance, spoken word or something completely different!

Do you have a talent to show us? Then sign up your act before May 1st, and perhaps you will star on The Podium this summer. 


During a slot on one of six Sundays in July and August, The Podium can be all yours. A jury will choose one act to appear on the Open Podium each Sunday, between 2pm and 5pm. Those three hours are yours to fill, but bear in mind that time for setting up and removing your equipment is limited. The Open Podium Sunday are free for visitors.

Who can apply?

  • You’re a performer, collective or creative with an act you want to perform
  • You live or are active in Rotterdam
  • Your Sundays in July and August are still free
  • Your plan can be realised within the time frame, budget and space detailed below.

What do we offer?

  • The chance to reach new heights with your act and a view over Rotterdam
  • A surface of up to 50m2 to do your thing
  • Up to 100 seats for the audience
  • A 140x160cm lift to carry your equipment up
  • Possibilities for (unamplified) sound
  • A fee of 500 euros for each performance
  • Technical support (in consultation).

Take part!

Can you already see yourself hitting the heights with your talent? Then send an email to before 1 May. In your mail, please explain what you do, with whom, for what audience, how long the act lasts and what you need for it. We also encourage you to send in photos or videos to convince the jury. The jury consists of Shay Kreuger (allround host, media creator and interviewer), Enoma Amayo (programmer at Motel Mozaïque) and Taco de Neef (Head of Marketing and Communicatie at Het Nieuwe Instituut).

The deadline for applying for the Open Podium has now passed. Find the programme here.

The Podium was made possible thanks to the generous support of: