Playful Arts Festival
Play, Connect, Discover

Playful Arts Festival

Playful Arts Festival explores the intersection between visual art, interactive performance art and playful design

The festival is an initiative of Wave of Tomorrow and zo-ii

Two days of play, art and inspiration. Playful Arts Festival brings together artists, professionals and the general public to enjoy intimate and playful experiences across the boundaries of visual arts, theater, playful design, interactive performance art.

This year’s theme of ‘(t)HERE & NOW’ invites you to focus on being present in the moment, being aware of your surroundings and the people and situations around you. At our beautiful main venue Werkwarenhuis and its restaurant van Aken you can relax and order food & drinks while enjoying the Playful Arts Festival exhibition and our pop-up programme. The majority of our artists are present and will be happy to engage in conversation and share their work with you.

Our History

Playful Arts Festival started in 2012 celebrating play, art and social interaction.

  • 2012

    Playful Arts Festival Pilot @deBoo in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Theme: Collaborative Play. Special Guest: Kaho Abe

  • 2014

    Four Day festival at Willem Twee Fabriek. Theme: Urban Play. Special Guest: Bernie DeKoven

  • 2016

    One day event: Playful Arts Sessions at Willem Twee Fabriek. Theme: Bodies at Play. Artist Talks, Exhibition, Masterclass

  • 2018

    Two day festival. Theme: (t)HERE & NOW.



Iris Peters

Iris Peters Artistic Director at Wave of Tomorrow


Zuraida Buter

Zuraida Buter – Playful Culture Curator at zo-ii

Meet our wonderful team.

Our team has been working hard to bring Playful Arts Festival to you

Organisation Playful Arts Festival 2018

Curators & Founders: Iris Peters (Wave of Tomorrow), Zuraida Buter (zo-ii)

Wave of Tomorrow
Assistent curator and locationmanager: Anna Heimbrock Production Manager: JeanPaul Jennen Communication: Claudia van Swelm Graphic Design: Studio Boot Filmmaker: Tomo Kihara Locationmanager en volunteercoordinator: Paul Schmidt Projectmembers and volunteers.

Founders Petra Janssen (ontwerpbureau Studio Boot) en Simone Kramer (C-mone, cultuur & communicatie) (Crew)catering/restaurant: Van Aken Event manager: Anne Nicolai

Bibliotheek ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Programme makers Jitske Blom en Evelien Holster

De Muzerije
Programme maker Barbara van Spaandonk

Special thanks to: Gastvrij ’s-Hertogenbosch; Martijn Frazer

Playful Arts Festival 2018 is funded by: 

Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Gemeente ‘s-Hertogenbosch, BankGiroLoterij