brainwash festival 2023

One day, some 60 programmes and an abundance of radical ideas, great performances and clashing visions. On 29 October 2023, it’ll be time for the Brainwash Festival again. Early Bird tickets are on sale now.

Brainwash Festival brings together more than 80 trailblazing philosophers, academics, theatre-makers and writers to find answers to the most burning questions of the moment. Your festival ticket gives you access to all of the programmes at our festival locations in Amsterdam. Want to know who is going to be there this year? We will be announcing the first names in our line-up at the end of May! Sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Instagram for the latest festival news.

What can you expect?

When the big stories have disappeared, systems are no longer adequate, disaster follows catastrophe at a dizzying pace and we all, collectively, feel lost – what then should we do? What choices can we make?

At Brainwash Festival 2023, we will chart a course. We resist doom scenarios, embrace the radical as the new normal and provide a platform for the most groundbreaking ideas. Our programme consists of some 60 talks, performances and brainstorming sessions, all of which you can access with your festival ticket. Afterwards, we dance the day out of our systems at the afterparty.


this was brainwash festival 2022

previously at brainwash festival

Brainwash Festival  has been going for 9 years now. In recent years many leading international thinkers have participated in our festival, including Louis Theroux, Naomi Klein, Steven Pinker, Mariana Mazzucato, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Slavoj Žižek, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kate Raworth, Richard Dawkins, Thomas Piketty, Michael Sandel, Colson Whitehead and many more.


practical information

Date: 29 October 2023
13:00 – 00:00
Locations in Amsterdam: Melkweg, Paradiso, De Balie, Club Up, de Kring and Bellevue
Early Bird Tickets: €40

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