TITLE: ROUTE DU NORD
TYPE: ART FESTIVAL / ORGANIZATION / CURATOR
YEAR: 2005 - NOW
STATUS: ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Route du Nord presents freshly made art, from High Art to underground. Each year Rotterdam celebrates days full of art, music and literature.
Famous and upcoming artists present their most contemporary creations corresponding to the festival’s theme. Route du Nord presents, not only contemporary fine art, photography, design, architecture and mode but also music and literature. From art connoisseur to festivalgoer and from neighbor to tourist, there is a suitable program for everybody to enjoy.
In Route Du Nord the art is not only something to be looked at but also acquired as the structure of the festival encourages the meeting between artist and public.
Route du Nord developed in six years time as a prestigious cultural route, which transformed the empty renovated spaces, shops, and restaurants around the Zwaanshals, Zaamolenstraat, ‐drift and –kade to temporary exhibition spaces. Due to the area’s subsequent enormous cultural development there were hardly any empty spaces left to be used and as a consequence Route du Nord had to search for alternative locations. After ten successful editions in the Oude Noorden in Rotterdam Route du Nord moves to the Zomerhofkwartier, the Hofpleinstation, the Luchtsingel and the Schieblock. These new locations offer new challenges and possibilities.