The Image Festival is a yearly event focussing on all aspects of imagery and the image industry. Over the ten days of the festival the emphasis is on on applications and crossovers in media, and aims to present the diversity of our visual culture. The Image Festival collaborates with media institutes, educational centers, professional and business associations and with creative and cultural networks and aims to stimulate the relationships and co-operation between these institutes. Finally we include initiatives and festivals in the field, both from the Netherlands and abroad.
The Image Festival presents a vivid cross-section of the international image scene.It covers not only the relationships between the visual extremes of the designer’s world but also a broad mix of disciplines, creators, conceptualisers, inspirational creatives and consumers. The Image Festival offers a wide-ranging and substantial overview of all aspects of the world of image and media. There is no other event in the world devoted to such diverse aspects of the image.
ROTTERDAM CAPITAL OF THE IMAGE
Rotterdam, Holland’s second city, has everything required to justify a reputation as an international city of imagery, media and communications. It combines dynamic potential with structure: a creative environment, employment, housing, educational centers and a high-quality infrastructure. The Festival’s commitment to the imagination, diversity and professionalism of the creative industry has been recognized and welcomed internationally, making Rotterdam the image capital of the world.
Besides its annual manifestation as a 10 day event the Image Festival is also an ongoing platform for designers, students and design agencies. In this context we host several Festival Labs in Café de Unie throughout the year. A monthly program of presentations and debate around issues of imagery and the creative industries. The Festival Labs will feature discussions about innovations, new markets, trends and projects.