Here you will find information about our live acts. Click on the artist's name to see and hear more!

Guus Bok Live Band Hellendaal DJ Sifu Wu Ntjam Rosie Max Horák Maas Vibes Franky Sticks Trio Vamonos Poppentheater Wim Noordgraaf

The Grand Opening takes place on Friday: one fully packed show. Enjoy the visual art and the various Rotterdam musical acts under the beautifully lit Tropicana dome.

From 18:30 you can enjoy all the visual art while enjoying a drink from the bar. The Tropicana Fest will officially open at 19.30. Around 19:45 the program 'Maas Vibes' starts! The makers of Digters aan de Rotte present a program in which a flowing interplay of lines, fusion of artistic and musical expressions in urban atmospheres are central. Finally, we will dance to the music of artist & DJ Franky Sticks. Rotterdam at its best.

For our youngest visitors we have invited living legend Wim Noordegraaf, world famous in Rotterdam for his (in his own words) non-frumpy puppet show. Parents get the chance to admire the works of art, while the children watch the puppet theater with admiration. The shows are at 10:15 and 11:15.

Enjoy the Jazz performance by Ntjam Rosie during the halftime show (13:30): an inspiring mix of soul and pop, performed in duo with trumpeter Floris Windey.

During this time slot you will dance during the halftime show (16:00) with this great Rotterdam flamenco trio: stirring rhythms, warm harmonies and elegant movements of flamenco together in one fiery whole.

Enjoy the unique pop concert of the entire 8-piece live band of Guus Bok: Dutch pop music with a modern sound. With the concert, the former swimming pool is transformed into a uniquely lit concert hall.

Immerse yourself in wonderful classical music during this unique classical lunch concert performed by the Young Talent Orchestra of the Rotterdam Hellendaal Muziekinstituut, conducted by conductor Mikhail Zemtsov. You can bring your own lunch or order the organic lunch from BlueCity.

You know that feeling? When you have so much energy in you that you can't help but move? That you want to go along with that explosive feeling? Max Horák had that feeling and put it into his music. Explosive, energetic and catchy.


Here you will find information about our visual artists. Click on the name of the artist to learn more!

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Edwin Jans was born in Dordrecht 1976, he works and lives in Rotterdam.

His intention while creating his work is to set up an archeological surface as a kind of diary where the passage of time plays an important role. The architectural shapes are added, removed or still vaguely seen as memories as a combination of construction and archeology.

It is not so much about the application of color and shape, but about the experience of feeling and the action that transforms itself into a reality of personality and human additions to their environment.


Guda Koster has a very clear “handwriting” in which textile plays an important role. The tight shapes and patterns in bright color tones seem to be taken for granted in the photographed staging, in bold combinetion with a hint or suggestion of essential body parts - arms and legs and to make it abundantly clear, not visible head. They are staged in the uncomfortable poses, with a slightly humorous undertone and sometimes with a hint of black humor, but always a colorful cheerfulness which dominates the whole. What makes one happy also makes one think.

Guda’s work moves between the fields of fashion, sculpture, photography and performance. The 21st century society inundated by visual culture, in which guarding personal privacy is almost impossible, the work touches a sensitive chord, with a simple yet clear premise - who wouldn’t want it to stand out visibly and still remain invisible?


Robin Kolleman investigates the border area of acceptance within physical (social) intercourse and the consequences and results thereof; the area between closeness and vulnerability, between violence and innocence. I investigate forms of contact between bodies, with my own or that of someone else.

Three stages of contact: the Look, the Touch and the Effect are central to this. What is my / your / your place, distance, relationship to and dealings with the people around you. How is it caused / determined / disturbed / controlled / affected or averted.


Rob van der Hoeven attended the modern and contemporary art departments of the Rotterdam School of Fine Arts Willem de Kooning and the Statens Kunstakademi in Oslo, Norway. His specialization was in sculpture.

Van der Hoeven draws inspiration from twentieth-century European history. But his work never just refers to the past, there’s always a link with the present and the current state of affairs.


Eddy Kaijser (Studio ID Eddy) is inspired by the most important value of the city: people.

We bring people together and bring joy in their life. We are successful when we can inspire them, let them play, meet and enjoy. The focus is on the shared domain such as public space and semi-public spots. These places belong to the people, they are of important value to a city and the happiness of citizens. Unfortunately, in many cases the public space is not designed to function as such.


Jakob de Jonge graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in the summer of 2012. In 2014 he founded THE HAGUE PEACE PROJECTS, an organisation which brings together diaspora from conflict areas in order to initiate dialogue and develop peaceful solutions.

Jakob likes to discover and share with the viewer the beauty and sheer magic of the reality in which we live. Mixed in this landscape of our reality is the unrelenting suffering of man and nature. He aims to express the paradoxical tension between hope and fear, ideal and reality, belief and cynicism, honesty and hypocrisy.

In his paintings he transforms images of the horror of reality into images of peace, inspiration and energy. In the words of Martin Luther King: “We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.” This is what Jakob is trying to do.


Observations of natural phenomena; their rhythms and movements are often the starting point for the work of Michael Bom.

He often draws his motives from natural elements such as water, sun, wind, and moon. An important motive for him is the sea. Here nature appears in its simplest, essential, unchanging form. The sea is a constantly moving landscape which is never twice the same, but still remains the same. Through abstraction he brings across the essence of these observations.

Michael works across different mediums in which he explores his interest in reflection, movement and structure. With print work and paintings on canvas on flat and static surfaces he uses dots and rhythm and the juxtaposition of layers to achieve abstract translations of movement. With his kinetic ‘analogue’ machines he is able to express his observations through a constantly changing movement between interacting surfaces of dots and filters.


How does entertainment work? Can I eternalize myself? Are there positive sides to nihilism?

These are the kind of questions Kim cops with in his work. By visualising different approaches he hopes to find clarity for himself and his audience. Never a black and white answer, because everything is always way more complicated than we can possibly imagine. Currently he is working on a serie about sex and violence. These two topics have been subject of depictions from the earliest known artistic expressions of mankind and have never stopped playing a huge role since. Throughout history and different cultures, the way to approach these topics is highly varied. Is our current opinion valid, looking at this rich diversity? How can it be that we are so attracted by these themes, but are repelled by them at the same time? By exploring and visualising various ideas, Kim hopes to get closer to the truth if there is one.


Ruud Goedhart (1958) is a Dutch painter and musician, educated at the art academies in Utrecht and Rotterdam. His work is part of the private collections of, among others, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, CBK Utrecht and other private collections.

He lives and works in Rotterdam.


Douwe’s sculptures are formed simply and with clarity. Although they may appear to depict everyday motifs, behind their simple appearance complex decisions have been made. In his works he plays with the fundamental principles of sculpture such as space, shape and mass.

This play does not stay as an abstract conception but always has a consequence in the meaning of his sculptures. As a sculptor, Douwe takes a fresh look at tradition, but also enjoys making references to comics and cartoons. His fascination with the possibilities and limits of sculpture as a medium goes hand in hand with a form of humor, which widens perspectives of and lends lightness to his works. He has done both private and public commissioned art projects.


The work of Mevrouwjansen is created by the meticulous digital editing of black and white photos. The photos she uses are mainly photos from the traditional private photo album (period 1850-1950) in which people are posed ‘tightly’, almost emotionless. The anonymity of the depicted persons, who are no longer alive, intrigues her.

The ‘energy’ that was in the body at the time the photo was taken is no longer there. The photo is the only proof of their existence. Because these photos show so little of the feelings of the people portrayed, Mrs. Jansen makes these visible from her own emotional world.

The visual process already starts during her search for a suitable photo that ‘touches’ her and with which she can work. She builds up the image by painting digitally and adding new parts and backgrounds to it, creating a digital photo collage. The photo collages often seem to lean against painting and are all made from the “appropriation” principle, or choose an image and adapt it to your own idea and fantasy, in order to create a totally new and own reality.

From 2017, Mrs. Jansen also uses recently taken portrait photos in which parts of old photos (period 1850-1950) are sometimes used. In her latest work “huh?” the emotion of the person portrayed is more prominent.


Studio igNor is a multidisciplinary creative company. Art and design concepts for architectural projects are the main objectives. igNor creates installations, sculptures and more. It is located on historical industrial terrain next to a river and with a view on the skyline of Rotterdam.

Nora van Krimpen is founder of studio igNor. She is a registered interior architect, an art academy instructor. Her interests lie in woodworking, furniture and interior design. Nora is a passionate explorer, dreamer and worker.


NEON Foundation is using Tropicana Fest as a platform for showcasing emerging artists as well as the established ones. In collaboration with Willem de Kooning academy, NEON will give an opportunity to one student of Willem de Kooning academy to show their work during Tropicana fest. This collaboration is to become annual.

The leader of the fine art department, Karin Arink will recommend a student whose work fits the theme and who would use media exposure. Karin Arink is Course Leader of the departments BA Photography and BA Autonome Beeldende Kunst, both in the School of Fine Art at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, where she is currently also a tutor.


The work of Barbara Helmer is about fractions, small parts of a whole. And about light shining through an object, or reflecting on it. It refers to jewelry, quartz and minerals, chain links and in a more abstract way to connected and linked forms. Beauty inspires her. It can be found anywhere: forms, details, light, colours that catch her eye. It can be found in my direct environment and I find it in nature, but also in the use and combination of colours in magazines, in photographs or graphics; even in manuals. Alongside perceiving she feels an urge of creating: of turning it into paint .Technique is interesting to her in order to reach certain effects in a result she pursues. It plays an important role in the image as it determines the quality of the image. In big drawings she is often experimenting, searching for new forms and possibilities. Murals are mostly made for specific spaces/locations.