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Kunstbende offers a stage for young people aged 13 to 18 who have a passion for music, DJing, fashion, exhibitions, language, film, dance or theatre. After taking part in a series of workshops and coaching sessions with professionals, they compete in the Kunstbende regional heats, followed by the national competition, in high-profile venues.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, this year the selection rounds could not take place. Instead, one large preliminary round will be held on 25 October for Kunstbende Zuid-Holland at two locations: LantarenVenster and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The Expo and Fashion rounds will take place at Het Nieuwe Instituut, with 15 young people preparing an exhibition and five young people a fashion show. The winners of both categories will compete in the national competition on 7 and 8 November against the winners from the other regions.

Despite the fact that Kunstbende has a competitive element, this is not the most important element of the project. The aim is to allow as many young people as possible to develop their skills in their chosen creative discipline, regardless of whether they have just encountered it or have several years’ experience in it.

The competition can be followed on 25 October via a live stream on the Kunstbende website. After the event, the participants’ work will be on show until 30 November as part of Gallery 3 By You in Het Nieuwe Instituut.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Wednesday -  Sunday

11:00 - 18:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Maud Vervenne