GoGo Penguin perfomes Koyaanisqatsi - AFFR 2017 LantarenVenster

Lost in Transition

Enormous population growth, climate change, mass migration and increasing social inequality; the world is currently in a state of great flux. Insecurity is becoming paramount to our concerns now that new global forces arise, the power of populist movements is growing and pressure mounts on the European project. With the theme ‘Lost in Transition’ AFFR 2019 explores the need for...

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Ticket sales

At AFFR you can buy individual tickets for all films of the festival every day. With a Festival pass you can watch all films at the festival, including the opening night in Theater Rotterdam. If you want to spend a whole day without having to choose, buy an Architectenweb Best or AFFR-pass with a selection of the five best films...

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Film & Architecture Studio

Rotterdam, 5-8 October 2019: course on filmmaking in relation to city and architecture by Jord den Hollander with lectures by Lotte Schreiber and Gys Zevenbergen.

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The eleventh AFFR takes place from 9 to 13 October 2019. After the opening film, the festival moves to LanterenVenster cinema. This year the AFFR will again welcome dozens of international filmmakers and an expected 7500 fans of films, city and architecture from all over the world. 

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Film – City – Architecture

AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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AFFR History

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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Rotterdam, 5-8 October 2019: course on filmmaking in relation to city and architecture by Jord den Hollander with lectures by Lotte Schreiber and Gys Zevenbergen.
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GoGo Penguin | Koyaanisqatsi: A new score performed live

Almost a year after the sold-out concert at LantarenVenster, GoGo Penguin is returning with a very special project. On 8 October, the English trio will close AFFR 2017 by performing its soundtrack live to accompany the celebrated documentary Koyaanisqatsi.

GoGo Penguin | Koyaanisqatsi: A new score performed live

Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance (1982) is a collaboration between Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. This hypnotizing documentary explores the relationship between people, nature and technology. In the Hopi language, Koyaanisqatsi means ‘life of madness, life in turmoil, life out of balance, disintegrated life, a way of life that calls for another way of life’. To show how the rapid increase in technological innovation and urban life affects nature, the film takes us on a journey to places where the relationship between people, technology and nature has been brought out of balance.

Over the past year, GoGo Penguin has toured frequently with the album Man Made Object (2016), released by Blue Note, on which the Manchester trio approaches entirely acoustic sounds from triphop and dance. Now their genre-defying music is starting to appeal to a wider audience. The Wall Street Journal praised the band for its courage and energy. ‘We recreated electronic music on acoustic instruments,’ commented pianist Chris Illingworth.

‘GoGo Penguin creates jazz in the same vein as Robert Glasper: It’s a piano-driven blend with all the traditional aspects you’d expect from the genre while still scanning as something refreshingly vibrant and contemporary.’ – Pitchfork

‘… three young men making music with jazz instruments, rock dynamics and circumscribed dance-music strategies. You’ll soon hear about them.’ – New York Times

‘Jazz, techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots.’ – The Guardian

Chris Illingworth – piano
Nick Blacka – contrabas
Rob Turner – drums

The ninth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) takes place from 4 to 8 October at LantarenVenster. With over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as various debates, lectures and seminars, the world’s biggest architecture film festival provides a platform for discussing architecture, the city and the future of spatial development.


This is an all-seater concert. Half of the tickets are now on sale. The remainder go on sale on the AFFR and LantarenVenster websites on 12 September, the date when AFFR 2017 ticket sales start.

Date: Sunday October 8
Tickets: € 22,-
Location: LantarenVenster

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film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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