about brainwash

We are Brainwash. We invite the world’s most influential artists and thinkers to share their ground-breaking insights and visionary ideas. Since 2015, we have been welcoming the biggest names in philosophy, literature, theatre, science and politics from Europe and beyond.

With our events, festivals, articles, podcasts and television broadcasts, we challenge you to think about the state of the world. We offer unexpected insights on economy, ecology, democracy and (mental) health. And we explore the future. 

brainwash festival

Every year in October, we organise the Brainwash Festival, the largest thought festival in the Netherlands and Belgium. Our festival brings together writers, poets, philosophers, scientists, artists and theatre makers from the Netherlands and beyond, in the heart of Amsterdam.

Every year, the festival consists of over 100 speakers, 80 programs visited by approximately 5,000 visitors. Speakers at our festival have included Mariana Mazzucato, Slavoj Zizek, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Kate Raworth, Michael Sandel, Thomas Piketty and Bernardine Evaristo.

brainwash specials

Throughout the year we host Brainwash Specials. During these events we research the most urgent themes of today through conversations, performances and talks. From the loneliness crisis to filter bubbles, new economic systems and inequality.

For the Brainwash Specials we invite the most prominent guests to speak about these themes. In the past thinkers such as Nick cave, Louis Theroux, Richard Dawkins and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have joined us for these events.

brainwash night

Every year in April we organize a Brainwash Night in a nightclub in Amsterdam. The most talented young philosophers, performers and writers come together to share with you their ideas for the future. A night full of visionary talks, dance performances and, of course, beer.