While the full program of the festival is being kept a secret, organizers are offering us some teasers as to what can be expected. So far we know that the rooftop of Groothandelsgebouw will host an impressive new cocktail bar for the event, which is sure to be a crowd favourite. Also, unique rooftop projects such as the one designed by architects at MVRDV will be opened to the public during the festival. Didden Village is a rooftop extension built to create the feeling of a small village on top of a private residence, complete with enclosed rooms, trees, benches and pathways, and it has been nominated for several prominent architectural awards. By not revealing the exact locations of certain activities until the last moment, there is an element of suspense and exploration added to this experience.
A festival such as this pushes our conception of what urban space is and what it can be, by demonstrating the possibilities for previously un-used rooftops. Rotterdam Rooftop Days offers visitors the chance to explore these possibilities in entertaining and creative ways throughout the festival. For the duration of this event, and hopefully beyond, the various roofs throughout the city will function collectively as a new layer of urban space – one that exists high above our city streets. Organizers hope that this festival will stimulate the utilization of rooftops throughout the city and demonstrate the ways in which rooftops can contribute to a sustainable urban future.
Tickets start at €10 for adults, and are available for the public days of this event from the festival’s website. To get you excited about what is sure to be a great event, Pop-Up City has 2 pairs of tickets to give away to our readers! To enter the draw simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you’re not afraid of heights!