• line-up brainwash festival 2023

    We are so proud of our line-up! More than 80 philosophers, scientists, writers and performers are joining us to speak about the Symbioceen, forgiveness, whales, consciousness, identity, capitalism and more.

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  • brainwash opening night

    Join us for the opening night of Brainwash Festival! We celebrate our festival weekend with groundbreaking speakers, radical proposals, performances, DJ’s and more.

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  • volunteering at brainwash festival

    We are looking for volunteers to support our team during Brainwash Festival 2023! Want to help?

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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.