Undiscovered pearl: a very cool festival is coming up in Enschede

Do you love gaming, art, movies and music? Then you can indulge yourself from October 28 to November 4 during the festival The Overkill in Enschede. One thing is certain: you will not get bored at this festival because there is so much to see, smell, taste, feel and hear.

The Overkill started in 2011 as a festival for indie games. These are computer games made by small, creative companies. This eleventh edition has now grown into a major festival that attracts international visitors. In addition to games, there are also films, music, art, lectures, performances and interactive installations.

Theme: Healing

The theme of The Overkill this year is healing (‘Heal Royale’): on how we can make the world a little better again, because there’s quite a bit going on. In many games you have something of a healer/healer, for example potions to make you strong or a person you have to visit to regain your strength. heal in a playful way.

Also through workshops, music and lectures, themes such as modern wxtches, spirituality and the power of nature in relation to digital culture. There is (digital) art, films, music, workshops and of course indie games, in which interactivity and interactions with each other are central.

For whom?

The Overkill is actually for everyone. Whether you want to try the latest cool games from small startups, you will be amazed by the Dungeons and Dragons-presentation by Queer Arcana or want to watch cool films in the cinema of the event: you are most welcome!

According to Niels, from the organization, all kinds of people are attracted to this: from yuppies to philosophy students and from artists to gamers. Here you can be who you are, without prejudice.


The Overkill invites you to discuss the shit of the world and how we can deal with it together. It’s not about solving all problems. By talking to each other, you create new energy together, the organization hopes.

It’s hard to put into words what you can expect from The Overkill. One thing is certain: at this festival you will not get bored easily because there is a lot to see, smell, taste, feel and hear.


Super cool: on the opening night on October 28 there is a cool afterparty called Sensomnia. This one multi sensory rave appeals to all your senses with taste experiences, light, smell, music and even sign language dance. Cool for everyone to experience, but especially great for the deaf and hard of hearing.

You don’t have to go to the festival to buy a ticket for the afterparty, because they are available to everyone. Tickets for Sensomnia are 10 euros and the rave is in Metropool at Willem Wilminkplein 2 from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.


The Overkill takes place in the Sickhouse building at Stationsplein 1 in Enschede. Sickhouse is a research platform that aims to play a social role through games, film, exhibitions and more. The Sickhouse bar is also open throughout the festival for good coffee and tasty cocktails.

You can buy a weekend ticket for 30 euros, a ticket for the entire festival for 50 euros. For students, a weekend ticket costs 25 euros and a festival ticket 40 euros. All information can be found on the website of The Overkill.

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