• our festival programme is complete!

    You can now start planning your festival experience by checking our the full programme. We have put the full selection of English spoken events online under the menu items ‘Saturday’ and ‘Sunday’.

    check out the schedule
  • this is brainwash festival 2021

    We are back! On 30 and 31 October, we’ll take over the Leidseplein in Amsterdam with the most influential speakers, makers, scientists and philosophers. During our festival you will be exposed to the most exciting ideas, radical solutions and dangerous thoughts. Curious yet?

    read all about it here
  • this year's themes

    The world is more complex than ever. We want to offer you guidance and have set out five thematic routes: journeys through our programme that’ll help you to interpret today’s important questions.

    discover them here

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our guests

Who are today’s most inspiring and exciting philosophers, scientists, makers and writers? Brainwash Festival (30 and 31 October) is an explosion of thought, questions and ideas, with over 120 speakers and around 70 programmes.