• brainwash festival 2024

    At Brainwash Festival, more than 100 groundbreaking philosophers, scientists, theater makers and writers come together to find answers to today’s biggest questions. About 60 programs, an abundance of radical ideas, great performances and clashing visions. Brainwash Festival will take place from October 25 to 27, 2024!

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  • about brainwash festival

    Since 2015, we have been welcoming the biggest names in philosophy, literature, theatre, science and politics from Europe and beyond. With our events, festivals, articles, podcasts and television broadcasts, we challenge you to think about the state of the world.

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  • brainwash special with roman krznarik & david van reybrouck

    Philosopher Roman Krznaric gives you the history lesson of a lifetime. He shares fascinating insights from 1,000 years of world history and discusses with historian David Van Reybrouck how important these lessons are for our future. Will you be at our Special on September 16 in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht?

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Leave your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the big issues of our age along with philosophers, academics and theatre-makers.

about brainwash festival

Brainwash Festival is the biggest festival of thought in the Netherlands and Belgium, bringing together more than eighty speakers and makers in some sixty programmes. Alongside the festival, we organise events such as the Brainwash Nights, Brainwash Specials and the Brainwash Book Clubs. We bring a new slant to your thinking on dominant ideas, patterns and systems. We think about how we can shape the world and our lives in radical new ways.