ZigZagCity 2016

16 - 26 June 2016

Architecture festival ZigZagCity is an expedition through Rotterdam, a journey of the more unexpected places in town. In this edition the festival focused on the Hoogkwartier, an area that was rebuilt after the Rotterdam blitz in an unique urban design. It is a neighbourhood full of cafés, shops, garages, tennis courts, an art institution, a hotel and an auction house, but also an area with quiet service roads and back streets. During the ten festival days ZigZagCity turned this remarkable neighbourhood inside out. Along the way architects and artists surprised visitors with their installations and performances, all developed especially for the festival.

The remarkable Industriegebouw, a national monument from the postwar era, was the starting point to discover the neighbourhood. In the building you could find ZigZagTravel, the travel agency by Postmodern, a dance performance by choreographer Loïc Perela (Dansateliers) inspired by the open architecture, on the top floor six artists took over the caretakers’ apartments with their work and at the service road there was an open air terras and cinema. The route through the Hoogkwartier offers different interventions, like a totally yellow shop by Venour, a kaleidoscopic pavilion by Post—Office as an extension of Café Cultura, a temporary artist in residence in Hotel Savoy by Inez Smit and a spectacular tape installation by Numen / For use. They made sure the area was seen from a whole new point of view: a journey of new perspectives!

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Photos: ©Bas Czerwinski, ©Ossip van Duivenbode, ©Theo van Pinxteren, ©StudioSpass & ©Marco de Swart