About Playgrounds

We Are Playgrounds is a platform that showcases and celebrates the creative image. We stimulate new developments, signal innovative movements, we inspire an international creative industry and connect you to the best and brightest artists and animators, extraordinary filmmakers, game-, sound- and graphic designers.

Since 2006 we have organized several Playgrounds festivals and conferences. What was first a yearly event turned in 2017 into a bi-annual momentum where the international creative industry comes together. Where you get inspired by artist talks, workshops, films and masterclasses. Where you meet your biggest heroes and witness mesmerizing performances.


In the spring, we offer you Playgrounds Blend with a catwalk of cutting edge creativity and focus on trailblazers and audio-visual innovators. In autumn, we have Playgrounds The Art Department putting in the spotlight the design process of films, animations and games.

And we bring you even more….

Throughout the year, we present multiple Playgrounds Sessions: our fest in a box! One night only events with lectures by cutting edge artists. Playgrounds Expos showcase original artworks, short films and fresh graphic design. And each year we support amazing talents in our tailor-made talent program Next, together with partners Submarine Channel, The Panics, BROET, Natlab, Herrie Film & TV, BredaPhoto, Art Academy St. Joost and Kaboom film festival.

Online, our platform provides the community a variety of curatorial series and various forms of content about the industry and its artists to watch.

Who is who

Also part of the Playgrounds Family are creative consultants Spiridon Giannakis and Jort van Welbergen.

So, what is Playgrounds?

Playgrounds is an innovator and connector between makers, industry, education and audience, providing a stable fundament to boost new and relevant developments in the moving image fields (animation, visual effects, digital arts, film, games).

Our mission

Playgrounds is an innovative connector between makers, talents and creative industry and stimulates new developments in the  moving images industry, within an international, accessible and hybrid/trans-disciplinary context. We strive to create a solid base for artists. We stimulate the production of digital arts in various forms (animations, illustrations, films, games, interactive). Our goals are:

  • to create a stage for local, regional and (inter)national cutting-edge innovative works within the audio visual, moving and graphic design industry and everything else that is directly or indirectly connected to them
  • to expand and further connect several (inter)national networks within the art-world and creative industry
  • to share development and production knowledge relevant for the creative industry; through our research programs we are active in the fields of research & development of the visual culture
  • to look actively for and program creators pushing boundaries of audio-visual environments;
  • to share inspiring projects and to reach various creators through our curatorial series and online platform
  • to promote collaborations between Brabant institutions, producers and makers with existing (inter)national institutions and makers within the creative field; in the same time generating new exhibitions and workshops opportunities that contribute to the aforementioned objectives of Playgrounds
  • to create new opportunities for the young generations of makers by allowing them to come into contact with (inter) national role models at an early age; we believe their still unexplored visual talent will surface and generate an even more diverse creative community within the Netherlands.

Address & details

postal address:

Bayeuxlaan 7
5654 AX Eindhoven
The Netherlands

040 30 98 017 (9.00-18.00 Amsterdam time)

VAT: NL81 800 9822 B01
Chamber of Commerce: 180 888 59

You can find our privacy statement here.

Board & Cultural Codes (Dutch only)


Lucas Hendricks – Chairman
Nelly Voorhuis – Treasurer
Gé Smit – 

Cultural codes (Dutch only)

Stichting Playgrounds is een stichting zonder winstoogmerk en onderschrijft de Governance Code Cultuur alsmede de Fairpratice Code en de Code Diversiteit en Inclusie.

Stichting Playgrounds kent een Besturingsmodel. Het bestuur kent minimaal 3 leden. De leden van het bestuur zijn momenteel: Lucas Hendricks (voorzitter, directeur A-Lab, toegetreden 2012), Nelly Voorhuis (penningmeester, kunsthistoricus, curator en cultureel producent, toegetreden 2020) en Gé Smit (bestuurslid, eigenaar Go Other Directions Breda en Art Director, toegetreden 2018). De leden het bestuur krijgen geen bezoldiging.

De leden van het bestuur worden benoemd voor een periode van in principe 4 jaar en kunnen maximaal voor 1 extra periode herbenoemd worden. Rooster van aftreden: Lucas Hendricks zomer 2021, Nelly Voorhuis zomer 2024, Gé Smit zomer 2022.

De directie van de Stichting bestaat uit 1 lid (bezoldigd, gezamenlijk 0,4 fte) en bestaat uit: Leon van Rooij (artistiek en algemeen directeur). Daarnaast is Suzanne Rietdijk zakelijk leider. Vier keer per jaar wordt er een gezamenlijke bestuur en directie vergadering gehouden. De jaarrekening en het jaarverslag worden met een accountantscontrole goedgekeurd.

Het jaarverslag, jaarrekening en beleidsplan zijn online verkrijgbaar.