One of the world's most recognized Street Art events, POW! WOW!, recently announced their first ever European edition taking place in Rotterdam, on September 15th—16th. From their humble beginnings in Hong Kong back in 2010, and worldwide recognition of POW WOW Hawaii since 2011, the event has become an internationally renowned street art and urban culture brand with successful events in such locations as Taiwan, Long Beach, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, etc.
We've been following the activity of the POW! WOW! team for a long time now, and are excited to see what they will bring to the old continent. The program includes live painting and live music performances, dunk contest, freerunning tournament, a special exhibition in the HAKA building, and the "20 VANS, 30 CANS" event where a series of vans will be painted by the artists. Like its big brother event in Honolulu's Kaka'ako district, POW! WOW! Rotterdam will be held at Keilewerf, an area that used to be an industrial part of the city and is now hoping to get revitalized. Artists like Nuno Viegas from Portugal, Fanakapan from the UK, and some local names such as Danny Rumbl, MeLikePainting, Super A, Mr. June or Telmo Miel among others, will be bringing their fresh imagery to once dull and grey area. With the lineup consisting mostly of local, Dutch artists, the festival will be the perfect warmup for the Street Art Awards Benelux 2018 event that will take place on September 16th at the Theater Rotterdam. —Sasha Bogojev
The full lineup of POW! WOW! Rotterdam includes Karski & Beyond (NL), Nuno Viegas (Portugal), MeLikePainting (NL), Bier en Brood (NL), Mr. JUNE (NL), Fanakapan (UK), Dan Kitchener (UK), Danny Rumbl (NL), Super A (NL), DZIA & Sons (Belgium), Dopie (NL), Narda (NL), I Am Eelco (NL), Enigma Geometricks (NL), Ozon (NL), DILK (UK), Zepha (France), and Telmo Miel (NL).