brainwash festival 2023

60 programmes   •   27 – 29 october 2023   •   leidseplein amsterdam   
Control slips through your fingers. The future feels uncertain. Scrolling through your timeline, a world passes by, crying out for change. But where to start? Which ideas should you listen to? What can you hold on to?

At Brainwash Festival we resist doom scenarios, and set out a course. In more than 60 programmes the most ground-breaking philosophers, academics, theatre-makers and writers come together to navigate these uncertain times with us.

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first names announced!

Some 100 speakers and performers take part in our festival on Sunday 29 October. You can see below who will join us this year in the programs suitable for non-Dutch speakers. Keep an eye on our website and watch the line-up grow! Will you join us?

run-up to the festival

On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October we build up to the big festival day with two Festival Specials at exceptional locations in Amsterdam. We’ll be revealing more about this later.

practical information

Date: 29 October 2023 (Festival Day) 
13:00 – 00:00
Venues in Amsterdam: Melkweg, Paradiso, De Balie, Club Up, de Kring and Bellevue
Early Bird Festival Ticket: €40 (available for purchase until 12 June)
Student Festival Ticket: €29,50 (limited amount of tickets available)

Please note: Your Festival Ticket gives acces to all programs on 29 October. Tickets for the Festival Specials on 27 and 28 October will be sold separately.

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