Cultural festival in Amsterdam

The official cultural programme accompanying the Dutch presidency of the Council of the EU in 2016 is the Europe by People festival, a one-off cultural festival in Amsterdam including art, performances, design and storytelling. The festival programme is made up of the following three parts.

The Wall

One of Europe by People's biggest projects is 'The Wall', a 450-metre long brick wall bordering the Marineterrein – the location of all meetings of the Council of the EU during the Netherlands’ presidency – and the Kattenburgerstraat. The wall becomes a blank canvas for illustrators, street artists, cartoonists and visual artists, whose art will reflect the potential and diversity of today’s Europe.

The Wall explores the theme of 'New Europeans', serving as a dynamic canvas for temporary art installations and performances. In addition to the on-site exhibitions, the wall also has an online presence, truly connecting it with the rest of Europe and challenging writers and bloggers to share their vision of Europe’s future. Don’t miss out on Dutch photographer Robin de Puy’s work, a series of beautiful group portraits conveying the diversity of Amsterdam’s population.


Located on Java-Eiland, FabCity is a temporary ‘off-grid campus’ where designers, artists, ICT experts, engineers, scientists and students research the big social issues of our time. In 12 weeks, bright minds will try to find and present innovative solutions for problems in the fields of climate change, water management, energy, food, raw materials, infrastructure, big data, democracy, sustainability, care and health.

On Stage

The On Stage programme will be concentrated in the month of June. Performances and exhibitions with a focus on European themes are organised in collaboration with numerous Amsterdam-based festivals, including the Over het IJ Festival, the Holland Festival and the Stadsschouwburg and Frascati theatres.