frequently asked questions

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!

The festival will be on and around Leidseplein in Amsterdam at Paradiso, De Melkweg, De Balie, Theater Bellevue, Club Up/de Kring, de Uitkijk and the Vondelkerk.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 policies it is not easy for us to have a clear view of what needs to be done in order to comply with regulations. If the current regulations are extended after September 20th we will be asking for corona-admission slips at the festival (this means a proof of vaccination, proof of testing or a proof of recovery). We will also guarantee a maximum of 2/3 attendance at all venues and we will follow the specific coronaregulations of each venue.

If stricter regulations are applied and the festival can not take place in the current form we will offer a ticket arrangement. We will give you the option to keep your ticket fee as a voucher for future events, or we will reimburse your ticket fee (excluding the 2 euro servicefee). It will also be possible to make a donation in support of our festival.

If you have any questions, contact us at:

If you have ordered a festival ticket, this ticket gives access to all events on Sunday 31 October. Separate tickets are on sale for the programmes on 30 October. Tickets for 30 October are not valid for the main festival day. Likewise, tickets for the main festival day will not get you into these separate events.

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.

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.

If you had a ticket for Brainwash Festival 2020 (Wanderlust), and you chose to keep and use your ticket in 2021, then your ticket is still valid for this new edition on Sunday 31 October 2021. We have emailed you if this is the case. If you have not received this email, please contact us at

If you have a ticket for our series with NRC Future Affairs you will receive a link to rewatch the programmes during the week after the festival. The programmes that will be livestreamed for free (if you subscribe here) on Sunday will not be made available after the festival.

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.