Concept map of The Fair Grounds, 2020

DROPSTUFF MEDIA presents The Fair Grounds: popular culture meets high tech and high art!

The Fair Grounds is an artistic project by the Dutch new media art collective DROPSTUFF MEDIA. The Fair Grounds consists of multiple independent installations where traditional amusement rides have been updated with new artistic or social narratives. The result is a truly new fairground, where every ride has been modified or enhanced and tells a surprising story in the public space: folk culture meets high tech and high art!

For instance, take a ride on The Fair Grounds 1.0, a virtual reality rollercoaster ride using 6 converted kiddy rides. Take a spin in the augmented reality carousel of Carnaval des Moutons, a merry-go-round ode to the zoetrope. Or hop into the self driving bumper cars of Bumper Ballet and experience the difference and similarities between bumping & dancing.

Coming soon to a festival near you

Just like a traditional fair, The Fair Grounds functions as an international travelling project. It crosses both borders and boundaries by visiting high-art cultural events like the Venice Biennale as well as traditional fairgrounds and local festivities. Kicking off its running tour in 2018, the project has since visited festivals in France, Austria, Germany as well as its origin country of The Netherlands. It has won multiple awards, including the NICE Award, a European prize for social innovation. In 2020, The Fair Grounds has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious American SXSW 2020 Art Program.
Are you interested in having one, several or all of the installations of The Fair Grounds at your festival, event, congress or meeting? Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. You can send us an e-mail at info@dropstuff.nlgive us a call at +31 (0) 35 677 19 12 or use this contact form

Come all and enjoy The Fair Grounds!

Tourlist ‘The Fair Grounds’ 2020:

Soon, the tourlist for The Fair Grounds in 2020 will appear here.

Tourlist ‘The Fair Grounds’ 2019:

• Kermis Amsterdam Westerpark (NL) – 8 – 17 March
• Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany (DE) – 5 – 7 April
• Kingsday Amersfoort (NL) – 27 April
• Preview: ‘Bumper Ballet’ – La Biennale di Venezia, boatstop ‘Arsenale’ (IT) – 8 – 10 May
• Premiere  ‘Bumper Ballet’ – Dutch Technology Week Eindhoven – presented by Eindhoven Museum (NL) –  20 – 26 May
• La Bonne Aventure Festival, Dunkirk, France (FR) –  21 – 23 June
• Sunny Side of the Doc / Pixii, la Rochelle, France (FR) – 24 – 27 June
• Festival de Onderstroom, Vlissingen (NL) – 5 – 7 July
• Olala – Internationales Straßentheaterfestival, Lienz Austria (AT) – 26 – 27 July
• Park Hilaria Kermis Eindhoven (NL) – 2 – 11 August
• BigArt Hembrug Zaandam (NL) – 11 – 15 September
• INNOVATE Arnhem (NL) – 3 – 5 October
• Dutch Media Week Hilversum (NL) – 12 – 13 October
• THE ARTS + / Frankfurter Buchmesse – Germany (DE) – 16 – 2o October
• De Betovering The Hague (NL) – 19 – 25 October
• Beyond Human Festival Leiden (NL) – 4 – 10 November

Tourlist ‘The Fair Grounds’ 2018:

• Preview: Kermis Amsterdam Westerpark (NL) – 9 – 18 March
• Preview: MESH Festival for Creativity and Design (NL) – 23 March
• Kingsday Hilversum (NL) – 28 April
• Preview: ‘Carnaval des Moutons’  Mediabites VondelCS  (NL) – 6 – 8 June
• Batjes Roeselare, Belgium (BE) – 22 – 24 June
• Milkshake Festival Amsterdam (NL) –  28 – 29 July
• Lowlands Festival (NL) – 17 – 19 August
• Dutch Media Week Hilversum (NL) – 1 – 9 September
• Hogeschool van Amsterdam (NL) – 7 September
• LekArt Culemborg (NL) – 28 – 30 September
• THE ARTS + / Frankfurter Buchmesse – Germany (DE) – 16 – 2o October
• Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam (NL) – 20 – 26 October
• De Betovering, The Hague (NL) – 20 – 27 October
• Let’s Gro, Groningen (NL) – 20– 27 October

The Fair Grounds is supported by: VSBfonds, BankGiro Lottery Fund, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, CLICKNL Fieldlab Virtual Worlds

In collaboration with: Het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum, EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam and Eindhoven Museum.