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Future IBC Dates

  Conference Exhibition
IBC2018 13 - 17 September 2018 14 - 18 September 2018
IBC2019 12 - 16 September 2019 13 - 17 September 2019
IBC2020 10 - 14 September 2020 11 - 15 September 2020
IBC2021 9 - 13 September 2021 10 - 14 September 2021
IBC2022 8 - 12 September 2022 9 - 13 September 2022
IBC2023 14 - 18 September 2023 15 - 19 September 2023
IBC2024 12 - 16 September 2024 13 - 17 September 2024
IBC2025 11 - 15 September 2025 12 - 16 September 2025

When and where is IBC?

IBC is held in Amsterdam every September at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre.

The dates for IBC2018 are:

Conference 13 September – 17 September
Exhibition: 14 September – 18 September

Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre

Europaplein
NL-1078 GZ Amsterdam
P.O. Box 77777
NL-1070 MS Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Amsterdam has one of the best transport systems in Europe and a busy international airport. As an IBC attendee you get to ride the trams for free, you just need to pick up your tram pass from an Information Point when you arrive. There is a comprehensive tram, bus and metro system, enabling you to get anywhere in the city quickly and easily. There is also a fleet of shuttle buses from the major hotels to take you directly to the RAI. A timetable and map will be provided in due course.

Who attends IBC?

Every year the leading minds and wisest investors come to IBC. Our 1,700+ exhibitors range from well known brands to specialist experts, with 55,000+ attendees from the world of electronic media and entertainment. For a more detailed breakdown of who attends IBC please see the IBC Attendance and Demographics.

What do I have access to at IBC?

Registration to the IBC Exhibition includes access to all fifteen halls and the free feature areas of the show, including the IBC Content Everywhere, IBC Big Screen Experience, IBC Awards Ceremony and the Future Zone. IBC Conference registration comes in several packages, which allow different levels of access to the thought provoking sessions, as well as free access to the exhibition.

What is the IBC Big Screen Experience?

For information on the IBC Big Screen Experience please click here.

Do I need a visa?

You may be required to provide a visa for entry into The Netherlands. Please visit the Dutch Embassy website for more information. During your registration you will have the opportunity to request a visa invitation letter that you can provide to your relevant Embassy to aid your application. Please be aware that the visa process can take several weeks. Please contact  registration@ibc.org with any questions.

What do I need to bring to IBC?

When you register you will be sent a confirmation email. Please bring this with you to gain entry to the show. If you have lost your confirmation it will be resent to you in the week prior to the show. You can also access a copy when you login to “Your Account”. Please note the QR code/barcode can be scanned directly from a smart device.

Accessibility

The Amsterdam RAI aim to provide full access to all the facilities within the venue and recognise that less able visitors may require extra assistance. If you have any queries about access, or would like to reserve a wheelchair please visit the  Amsterdam RAI website for more information. IBC will grant any accompanying carers the same badge type free of charge. Please contact  registration@ibc.org in order to arrange this.

Can children attend the show?

Children under the age of 16 are strictly not permitted anywhere at IBC. This includes all exhibition halls and conference areas during build-up, show days and dismantling. Young adults aged 16 – 18 are permitted and must register through the appropriate process.

Can I register onsite?

Yes you can register onsite, though we advise registering before IBC to avoid long queues.

A registration map will be available closer to the show.

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How do I get to IBC2018 at the Amsterdam RAI?

Amsterdam has one of the best transport systems in Europe and a busy international airport. For more information on travel  click here.

Is there parking?

Visitors can buy one day parking tickets (24 hours maximum) from the vending machines at the entrances and exits of the car parks for €14.88 excluding VAT.

Are there any places to eat onsite during the show?

First Floor Restaurant is an elegant à la carte restaurant in Amsterdam RAI. The restaurant is characterised by its international cuisine, an extensive wine list and a tasteful environment. If you want to relax on the lounge seats with friends or colleagues, enjoy a drink, or simply sit and chat, these wishes can all be catered for.

If you want to make a reservation at the First Floor Restaurant please click here.

The Roast Room located in the low-rise area of the new RAI Amtrium building is a great addition to Amsterdam RAI complex. The Roast Room consists of The Roast Bar - a brasserie style restaurant on the ground floor, and the Rotisserie - a fine dining restaurant on the first floor. Run by expert chefs working their magic in open kitchens, guests can enjoy the finest cuts of meat, burgers, charcuteries and sausages from the restaurants own butcher’s shop.

If you want to make a reservation at The Roast Room please click here.

The modern and charming Grand Café is an excellent place to meet and start your day with a freshly ground cup of coffee and homemade apple pie. You are welcome to Grand Café for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink. In the past year the Grand Café has been modernised and given a new look and feel to create a welcoming and cosy atmosphere for every occasion.

If you want to make a reservation at The Grand Café please click here.

Is there anywhere for me to practice my religion?

IBC will, wherever possible, accommodate religious needs. A quiet/prayer room with washing facilities is situated in the Passage under the Elicium. Onsite signage will direct you to its exact location.

Are there any points where I can access WiFi at the show?

Yes! IBC provides free WiFi access in a number of areas which will be clearly signposted at the show:

  • Executive Lounge (Onyx) 
  • Ruby Lounge
  • Forum Lounge 
  • Forum Conference Room 
  • Emerald Conference Room
  • E102 Conference Room
  • Catering Area in Europa Foyer 1
  • Catering Area in Europa Foyer 2 
  • Diamond Lounge
  • The Grand Café
  • Café Amsterdam 
  • Holland Restaurant
  • 1st Floor Restaurant - Europa
  • Topaz Lounge

Can you recommend any site-seeing attractions in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has many attractions to visit. Please click here for more information.

Getting Around

Please click here for more information. 

What is the weather like in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam weather in September can be even more unpredictable than usual. As seasons change, temperatures dip; but there are also occasional summer-like days. Be prepared to be hot or cold, wet or dry!

What currency do I need to use in Amsterdam?

The currency in Amsterdam is Euros.

Can we book a meeting room at IBC?

Each year IBC is growing, and demand for space during the Event within the RAI is increasingly high. With this in mind, we are afraid that we are unable to provide the dedicated Business Lounge.  However, to ensure that we do provide a similar service, there will have additional seating facilities across the RAI as an alternative solution. Additionally you are able to make bookings in the RAI’s varied restaurant options to hold your business meetings. If you are exhibiting at IBC, we have a range of paid facilities that we can offer you, please contact events@ibc.org for more details.

Can I register as press?

All applicants for press accreditation have to verify their media status each year.  Only members of the media who are reporting on or from the show to the wider global audience may apply. Reporting internally to an industry organisation is not valid.

Bloggers are not eligible unless they can upload acceptable verification of their status.  

Employees (engineers, managers, etc.) of television stations and similar organisations, make up thousands of IBC’s visitors and are not eligible for press accreditation.  They should apply for an exhibition visitor pass.  

Photographers are not considered press unless they can prove that they are reporting on the show and verify who they are reporting for. 

Photographers who have been commissioned to take photographs of exhibitors’ stands are not eligible and should apply to the appropriate exhibitor(s) for a visitor ticket. 

Register for Press Pass

Is there a press list for IBC2018?

Access to the press list is restricted to exhibitors only in the Exhibitor Zone. 

Filming and Photography at IBC2018

No photography or filming is allowed in the Conference or Auditorium at any time

Filming: 
Exhibitors are allowed to film only on their stand
Camera crews are allowed to film throughout the exhibition only where a filming permit has been issued by the Media Centre
Press are allowed to film with the permission of the subject

Photography: 
Allowed throughout the exhibition. All persons taking photographs should be aware that it is forbidden to publish or post photographs taken at IBC without the subject’s consent.

All persons taking photographs should maintain a courteous and non-intrusive approach at all times.

All persons filming or taking photographs must desist if requested to stop

Lost and Found

To contact the Amsterdam RAI's Lost and Found department please call +31 (0)20 549 1212.

Not found the answer you are looking for?

Please give our offices a call on +44 (0)207 832 4100 between the hours of 09:00 – 17:30 BST or email info@ibc.org

What safety and security measures does IBC implement?

RAI Amsterdam is a professional exhibition and convention centre. The Safety and Security department stays in close contact with the relevant government and intelligence services. Recent developments in Europe have compelled us to introduce extra visible and invisible security measures.

Safety and Security will discuss these measures and protocols with exhibition organisers in the run-up to their event. We will intensify security in line with any changes to the situation. Although our aim is to achieve an acceptable balance between security and hospitality, we are not willing to take any risks.

  • IBC is the only exhibition we attend. It’s very important for those in the broadcasting industry.
    Jochen Albrecht
    CTO - Albrecht Electronic
  • IBC represents an important annual industry dialogue where the worlds of technology and media intersect.
    Erik Huggers
    CEO, Vevo
  • IBC is the exhibition that gives us the most exposure in the broadcasting industry. The exhibition is a really special show and is close to everyone’s hearts. It gets better every year and has got a great vibe.
    Anoushka Farouk
    Marketing Manager - TSL
  • IBC is not about quantity it’s about quality. Conversations we have are enlightening in every sense. Everyone is here to do business.
    Robert Lisman
    Director of Marketing - Primestream
  • The greatest thing about IBC is that it provides the facilities to network with industry professionals whilst getting great knowledge on new technology.
    Gina Canzano
    Technical Support Engineer - BW Broadcast

 

IBC Technical Supporters

IBC would like to thank our Technical Supporters: