frequently asked questions

The Brainwash Festival takes place on 30 October. Two Festival Specials (special programmes) will take place in the days prior to the festival, on 27 and 29 October. Tickets for the Festival Specials are sold separately.

The festival on 30 October will be on and around Leidseplein in Amsterdam at Paradiso, De Melkweg, De Balie, Theater Bellevue, Club Up/de Kring, and the Vondelkerk. The Festival Specials that will take place on 27 and 29 October will take place at the Tropenmuseum and de Brakke Grond.

Click ‘tickets’ in our menu to go to our ticket page, where you can order tickets (while supplies last). This is the only place you can order tickets for Brainwash Festival!

If you have ordered a festival ticket, this ticket gives access to all events on Sunday 30 October.

We will ask a few guests to call in via video conferencing. This means we will have one or two guests on stage and a video connection to this speaker through zoom.

Besides Dutch makers and thinkers, we like to like host guests from abroad. It’s why several of our programmes are in English. We will always mention this clearly, so you know what to expect. In our timetable we offer the option to filter the programmes for non-Dutch speakers.

We cannot guarantee there will always be enough space for everyone, as each venue has limited capacity. Always make sure you’re well on time for the programmes you absolutely do not want to miss.

You can easily request your ticket(s) via If you have done this, also check your spam box, because the tickets come from a email address. If this doesn’t happen, please contact us by email via

Did you have tickets for Brainwash Wanderlust in 2020 and did you take them with you to this year? Please contact

Are you traveling by public transport? Leidseplein is easy to reach from Amsterdam Central Station by taking tram 2 in the direction of Nieuw Sloten.

Are you coming by bike? It’s good to know that bicycles on and around Leidseplein may only be parked in a shed or rack. You can park your bicycle for free in the underground bicycle shed at the following address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 31.

If you decide to come by car, it’s useful to check the parking rates in Amsterdam in advance. For a carefree visit, you can park your car in Q-Park Byzantium. From the parking garage it’s only a 3 minute walk to Leidseplein.

The various festival locations can be reached on foot or by bicycle from Leidseplein. A tip in advance: use Google maps for the fastest route!

During the festival it’s possible to have a drink before or after the program at the following locations: Clup Up, De Balie, Bellevue, Melkweg and Paradiso.

De Smoeshaan at Bellevue is happy to receive you for food and drinks. It can of course get busy as there will be many festival goers walking around the festival locations. Fortunately, there are many options for lunch and dinner around Leidseplein.