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Summer Carnival in Rotterdam

Summer carnival is the most colorful and tropical party of the Netherlands! Don’t miss these awesome days of sun, warmth and cultural tradition in Rotterdam this weekend and visit Summercarnival in 2011.

Summer carnival in Rotterdam has developed its own content and its own artistic profile. Summer Carnival is festive, colourful, proud and a protest – all at the same time. Its form appeals to a wide audience. Increasingly, the designers of costumes are viewed as artists and the dancers as artistes. Summer Carnival transforms Rotterdam city centre into the biggest stage in the Netherlands.

23 July Queen Election
Unlike many other ‘Miss contests’, the Summer Carnival Queen Election isn’t only about being beautiful. As ambassador of Summer Carnival the Queen represents the festival on several occasions. Therefore eloquence and knowledge of Summer Carnival and it’s cultural inheritance are equally important. This year the queen will be chosen by internetvoting. Check

29 July Fernandes Battle of Drums
Highlight of these evening is without any doubt the Battle of Drums itself. Four Brassbrands leave from four different locations and they meet each other for the Battle at the Bavaria Stage on the Coolsingel. Over a hundred percussionists and trumpettists try to exceed in this musical battle. Unlike the years before the Battle of Drums has become a real contest. The winner will be announced as ‘Best Brassband of Summer Carnival 2011’.

30 July Street Parade and Live On Stage
Summer Carnival is a yearly 3-day Caribbean Carnival in the city centre of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Summer Carnival, similar to the carnival in Rio, is a huge event where at least 900.000 visitors come from all over Europe to dance to the latin music and look at the colourful and amazing costumes and floats in the big street parade. On Saturday the big Street Parade emerges in the city centre. At night there is still a lot to see on the two live stages, so you can party on the Brazilian Way until the wee hours. And so you will not forget the most awesome party you’ve ever been to.

When: July 29-30
Where: Rotterdam