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World Port Days

Each year, during the first weekend of September, the city of Rotterdam celebrates its port during the World Port Days. This festival is all about strengthening the bond between the port, the town and its natural hinterland. Over the weekend everyone is free to ‘take a look behind the scenes’ at a host of companies in the port area. A unique opportunity, in other words, to check out areas in the port that you normally wouldn’t be able to access.

The 40th edition of the World Port Days will be held on 1, 2 and 3 September 2017.

The theme of this anniversary edition is ‘Werelds’ (‘Global’). Starting off as a one-day event – Maritiem ’78 – we have grown to become the Netherlands’ largest annual maritime festival, attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of three full days. In 2017, World Port Days will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. And it’s going to be a party of global proportions!

Watch a video impression of the World Port Days 2016:

The main festival grounds – on and around the River Maas near Erasmus Bridge and Katendrecht – offers a wonderful mix of company events and entertainment. From live music and theatre to food and drinks: here, you can find everything you need to turn your visit to the World Port Days into an unforgettable weekend. Over the years the evening show on Saturday has grown into an event that draws people from all over the country to Rotterdam.

Admission to the festival site is free. However, you are required to buy a ticket for the unique excursions that allow you to visit port companies on location.

Party along the quays

The quays in the area of the Erasmus Bridge will be buzzing with activity and filled with dozens of stalls during the World Port Days. Companies from Rotterdam and beyond present themselves to the public in an interactive way. Of course, you can also find the stand of the Port of Rotterdam Authority there. Drop by and check out all the action!

Excursions and tours

During the World Port Days, businesses in and around the port open their doors to the public. Visitors can take a look behind the scenes and get the unique opportunity to sample the daily running of the businesses in the port area. There are excursions for all ages, and besides in Dutch, they are increasingly provided in English.

On the water

Both on the Maas river and in the Rijnhaven nautical demonstrations will be given every day between 10:00 and 18:00 hours. Various businesses will demonstrate their day-to-day activities, which normally only take place in the port area, in a spectacular way in the centre of Rotterdam. Only during the World Port Days' weekend will visitors get the opportunity to see them in action from that close.

Stay informed!

Are you curious about the full programme of the upcoming edition of the World Port Days? So regularly check the website of the World Port Days for the latest information, or check the Facebook page.

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