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Rotterdam celebrates the City! was initiated by Kees Vridag, (Aan den Slag Foundation), Gabriel Oostvogel (De Doelen) and Rotterdam Festivals. In the spring of 2014, kitchen table talks took place with 60 key actors in the city. These talks were organised to get an idea of the cultural energy in the city in relation to the Reconstruction period. Click here for the documentary.

The talks led to the inception of a plan for a creative, artistic and cultural event: Rotterdam celebrates the City! The City of Rotterdam commissioned Rotterdam Festivals to coordinate this event. Rotterdam Festivals will contribute to programme planning of this festive theme year in association with cultural organisations, event organisers, Rotterdam-based entrepreneurs and private individuals.

The Programme Committee
We have also set up a Programme Committee of city-based professionals. In their role as ambassadors for the city, they will give solicited and unsolicited advice on the broad outlines of the event. They participate in discussions and contribute to programme planning, giving added depth and meaning to the different programme elements.