this is brainwash in 2021

Working from home, the lockdown blues, and a world seemingly on fire; that was 2020. And yes, we had enough of it, too. Especially after the cancellation of our Wanderlust Festival. But we’re back now! In 2021, we’re not only launching our unique Brainwash Weekends, but hosting a festival in an all-new format this October. And we’ll be publishing a book. You might have noticed we’ve also gone for a new look. Want the latest on our plans? Read more here!

brainwash weekends

Sometimes a subject has such urgency, we think it deserves a little more attention and thought. That’s why we’re now organising our Brainwash Weekend programmes, hosted once every two months. During these weekends, international makers and thinkers join forces to tackle themes such as loneliness, misinformation, ecology or economies of the future. Think of it as a mini online festival: just one ticket gains you access to a range of conversations, talks and break-out sessions.

Our first Brainwash Weekend: Collective Loneliness takes place on February 28 and dives deep into the theme of loneliness. Joining us are speakers such as Noreena Hertz, Paul Verhaeghe and Ottessa Moshfegh.



brainwash festival

From October 27 to 31 2021, we’ll be hosting the seventh edition of Brainwash Festival! It’ll be slightly different than usual and at a new location. We’ll unveil our full plans in May, but we can let you in on a secret: the festival will be at Amsterdam’s much-loved Leidseplein. Our main locations will be at Paradiso, De Melkweg, De Balie and Bellevue. At the festival, we’ll also introduce an all-new television programme, created with our media partner Human.

Ticket sales for our festival will start in May. Want to make sure you’ll be there? Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know when ticket sales start.


brainwash books

Remember the books we published in 2015 and 2016? This year, we’re publishing another new collection of essays with publishing house Nijgh & van Ditmar. It’s called De Grote Vertraging: Wandelen in tijden van overdrive [The Big Slow Down: Walking on times of overdrive] and will feature among others Haroon Seikh, Marja Pruis, Chris Keulemans, Thijs Lijster, Simone Atangana Bekon and Alicja Gescinska.

We’re curious to hear your thoughts on our new plans and things you definitely don’t want to miss. Let us know by email!