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  • Shanty Festival Rotterdam

    Sing a song at work!
    The port of Rotterdam is now state of the art, but there are still some spots in Rotterdam that will remind you of its long gone maritime history. The port of Rotterdam started to flourish during the heydays of the Dutch East India Company. Working in the harbour or on board was a very demanding and tough job. So called shanties are working songs that sailors used to sing as a motivation on the job. The shanties are therefore just as versatile as the work that had to be done on board the old sailing ships.

    What shall we do with the drunken sailor?
    Nowadays you simply listen to the radio at work, but some old shanties might still sound familiar to you. What about the English song 'What shall we do with the drunken sailor'? This song is a genuine shanty which was sung by the indefatigable sailors during their sea travels on the to Far East or America. Many of these songs will ring a bell and will be sung during the Shanty Festival in Rotterdam by the attending shanty choirs.

    A forgotten tradition kept alive
    The traditional wooden sailing ships are now replaced by modern metal vessels, so there's no need to repair any sails. Anchors are now raised mechanically and scrubbing the deck is also something from the past. The ancient profession of sailor has nearly passed away, together with the shanties. Luckily however, these shanties were written down by retired sailors and are presented to all spectators during the Shanty Festival in Rotterdam to keep this forgotten tradition alive.

    Locations Shanty Festival Rotterdam
    The main location of the Shanty Festival is a big tent at Plein 1940, opposite the Maritime Museum Rotterdam and the Statue 'The Destroyed City'. Other Shanty Festival locations are Wijnhaven (Light ship), Leuvehaven (Schiedamsedijk), metro station Beurs and Willemsplein (under the Erasmus Bridge). Dozens of shanty choirs will perform at these locations. At these harbours, many historic ships are moored for the ideal setting of the Shanty Festival in Rotterdam! Within the Old Harbour there will also be a nautical market. You should listen to shanty music in a maritime setting, that is why the Shanty Festival in Rotterdam takes place in the same weekend as the World Port Festival!

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    Old Harbour
    Old Harbour
    Relax at the Old Harbour of Rotterdam with the 'White House', many outdoor bars and restaurants and historic ships.

    World Port Festival
    World Port Festival
    Get an impression of one of the world's biggest harbours with special excursions and spectacular demonstrations!

  • PARKING Shanty Festival Rotterdam

    Shanty Festival Rotterdam by public transport
    The Shanty Festival Rotterdam takes place at Wijnhaven and Leuvehaven and at the Old Harbour (only on Sunday), The main Shanty Festival location is a big tent at Plein 1940, opposite the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro, train or tram and stop at Blaak or Beurs. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.

    Shanty Festival Rotterdam by car
    You can park in the Oude Haven or Beursplein Public Parking or in the surrounding streets, but you'll have to pay to park in Rotterdam city centre until 11 pm by EC card or creditcard.

    Cheap parking at Shanty Festival Rotterdam
    Some public car parks in Rotterdam city centre, such as Kruisplein and Schouwburgplein have a reduced parking rate of only €7,50 per day.

  • DATES Shanty Festival Rotterdam 2016

    The Shanty Festival is an annual music event in Rotterdam. The 14th edition takes place from Friday 2 till Sunday 4 September 2016.

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