A gathering to reboot your (digital) self
A gathering to reboot your (digital) self
28 oct — 4 nov 2022
28 oct — 4 nov 2022

The Overkill is an art, gaming, film and music festival. Artists, curators, film & game makers and creative thinkers are invited to help us redefine ourselves as individuals, species, society and connected beings. The festival features interactive installations, indie games, VR, alternative films, experimental lives, talks, workshops… In 2022, The Overkill explores sensorial healing in the digital realm.

The Overkill festival is open from Friday 28th October to Friday 4 November.

Fri 28 Oct. Network afternoon + Official Opening (Sickhouse) /  Sensomnia (Metropool)
Sat 29 Oct. open from 12.00 to 4.00: Exhibition, workshop, performances, live music, film program (Sickhouse)
Sun 30 Oct. open from 12.00 to 18.00: Exhibition, workshop, performances, live music, film program (Sickhouse)
Mon 31 Oct. to Thu 3 Nov. 12.00 to 22.00 Exhibition, workshop, performances, live music, film program (Sickhouse)
Wed 2 Nov. Symposium / Dinner (times to be announced) (Tankstation)
Fri 4 Nov. open from 12.00 to 4.00 Exhibition, workshop, performances, live music, film program (Sickhouse)
Sat 5 Nov. open from 19.00 to 00.00 Extra day MuseumNacht

Full schedule will follow

Theme 2022


A gathering to reboot your (digital) self

28 oct — 4 nov 2022

The Overkill HEAL ROYALE investigates the way in which technology and digital culture, while exposing people to a constant flow of input, also can provide spaces for online expression and beneficial practices. The festival has named three narratives, following gaming archetype to create a collective, transformative and sensorial experience.

The first chapter about Healers, explores how technology and spirituality are connected. Within this narrative there will be attention for traditional care, meditative technology and liberating sessions in which the expression of pain, frustration and discrimination are also given a place in the healing process.

The second narrative Gathering of witches we link the Witches archetype to the dream of digital commoning. Within online games and rituals, glitches and indigenous traditions, alternative and radical ways are sought to replace the prevailing capitalist and binary systems.

Within the third narrative Crowds of Sinners, The festival focuses on the possibilities of multi-sensory play, including a reflection on the problematic sides of digitization and inclusion.

The Overkill festival is made possible thanks to the support
. What can I find at the festival ?

The Overkill festival presents an exhibition with interactive and digital art, video games and installations, workshops, a film program, live music, performances, and an hybrid symposium/dinner.
To access the festival you need a valid ticket. You can buy the ticket online or at the entrance PIN only.
We have adult tickets, student tickets and social tickets. The festival is for free for children under 16.00. The night program (after 22.00) is 18+
The exhibition is on two floors (2nd of Warp Technopolis and Sickhouse).
At Sickhouse you will also find the cinema, the bar, the catering, the terrace and the podium.
Check the program’s schedule to find where are your favourite programs.
You need to register to participate to most of the workshops.

. Is there drinks and food at the festival ?

The Overkill is hosted at Sickhouse, where a bar with all kind of drinks is available, from coffee to cocktails.
On Friday 28-10, Saturday 29-10, Sunday 30-10 and Friday 4-10 there will be a small vegan catering service from ETN Salad. From 18.00 to 20.30
On Saturday 29-10 There will also be Pizza’s from Pizza Force :). After 21.00

. Is the festival accessible for everyone ?

The Overkill festival is a safe space.
We ask everyone who enters the festival to be kind and respectful to everyone else. We do not tolerate any form of sexual intimidation, discrimination and aggression. It will lead to an immediate removal from the space. Don’t hesitate to contact any of crew if you encounter any problem.
You can find our complete code of conduct here (link coming soon).


The main exhibition of the festival is hosted at Sickhouse.
Address : Stationsplein 1a, Enschede
Distance from central train station: 96 meter.
Distance from bus station: 170 meter
Parking: Parkeergarage Stationsplein, distance: 100 meter.
Sickhouse is sadly only accessible by stairs (2 and 3 floors high).
Sickhouse is on the top two floors of WARP Technopolis. The building itself, the exhibition space and Sickhouse, are filled with lights in different colours and moving images. There will be sounds coming from the artworks. In the exhibition area, you will find a ‘quiet’ room where you can stay and relax, without a lot of input from the outside. However, sounds still might be present from the surrounding exhibitions.


Sensomnia is a multi sensory rave, created in collaboration with deaf and hard of hearing colleagues. It is our intention to make the event as welcoming as possible for everyone.
Location : Metropool
Address : Willem Wilminkplein 2, Enschede
Distance from central station: 260 meter
Distance from bus station: 350 meter
Distance from Sickhouse: 170 meter
Parking: Parkeergarage Stationsplein, distance: 280 meter
Metropool is accessible by wheelchair. Metropool asks to make a special reservation when you come by wheelchair, you can do that through their website; www.metropool.nl . Metropool is a big, open venue. During Sensomnia, we are focussing on all the senses, so there will be visuals, smells, sounds, lights, and food to taste.


Symposium, Wednesday 2 November
Location : Tankstation Cultureel Vulpunt,
Address : Deurningerstraat 28, Enschede
Distance from central station: 550 meter
Distance from bus station: 700 meter
Distance from Sickhouse: 500 meter
Parking: all around Tankstation Cultureel Vulpunt are paid parking spots
Tankstation is accessible by wheelchair. The toilets however are regular sized toilets, without accessibility system. During this evening, we eat and cook together, while the guests of the symposium will talk. This is an experimental Hybrid event combining on site and online guests. This will also be live streamed to watch from your house, with subtitles as much as possible.


Please note that the whole program of The Overkill Festival and much of the artworks, are in English.
If you have a question regarding accessibility don’t hesitate to contact Niels via mail : niels@www.theoverkill.nl


The Overkill festival is for everyone. Children are also welcome under the supervision of adults. The evening and night program is for 18 +.
The festival is free for Children under 16.


Check out the program before your visit.

. How can I help?

The Overkill festival is possible only thanks to the help of many people and volunteers. You have some time and energy, you like to play, to support artists, to welcome people and the help out?
Here is the link to our volunteer Form
Yari is the volunteer coordinator, she will get in contact with you very soon after you fill in the form!

. What else can I do in Enschede on the days of the festival?

The Overkill is the coolest event of the week obviously, but if you come visit us, you might like these other spaces too:
Tetem : Exhibition Morphogenic Angels and Pink Moonrock Cries (website)
Rijksmuseum Twenthe : Marinetti and the futurism (website)
Museumnacht Enschede, 5 november (website)
Concordia expo
XPO The Green House
Het Paradijs (website)
ETN Salad bar (website)
Frank & Charlie(website)
Stoet (website)
Comicasa (boardgames store)
Studio spitsbaard vintage (to get your festival outfit)
Thrift Tale Enschede (to get another festival outfit 😉


The Overkill exhibition & main program (28-10 t/m 04-11-2022)
Sickhouse, Stationsplein 1A, 7511JD Enschede

Sensomnia (28-10-2022)
Metropool, Willem Wilminkplein 2, 7511PG Enschede

Symposium (2-11-2022)
Tankstation, Deurningerstraat 28, 7514 BJ Enschede


Marie Janin & Aike Lütkemöller, Co-directors
marie@www.theoverkill.nl / aike@www.theoverkill.nl

Niels F. Rodenburg, Public Relations

Alex Hodge, Social Media

Yari Rabadán, Volunteers + Sensomnia coordinator

Nikoletta Vaxevani, Intern film program

Gert- Jan Bos, Sebastian Grave, Chris Spruijtenburg, Noah Freriksen Technical team

Justin van Brussel, Sound technician

Vincent Verhagen, treasurer

Manon Bachelier, Clara Pasteau, Identity, graphics and web development



Would you like to volunteer and support the festival? We are looking for all kinds of support, before, during and after the festival, as hosts, builders, runners, photographers etc…
Check out the form here

Yari is our wonderful volunteer coordinator and she is happy to answer your questions via mail : Yari@www.theoverkill.nl


The Overkill’s main exhibition, cinema and workshop program are hosted on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building, which are sadly only accessible by stairs.
Some of these events will be accessible online, check out the program to find out which ones.

Sensomnia, the opening afterparty, is hosted in Metropool. The multi sensory rave is created in collaboration with deaf and hearing impaired colleagues. It is an attempt to create raves for a larger public, with sign interpreters and multi sensory stimulations.

This year the Symposium of The Overkill is a dinner. It will take place in Tankstation which is accessible for everyone.

Don’t hesitate to send us a mail if you have questions or special requests. We are happy to see how we can make your visit as good as possible.
Mail to : Niels@www.theoverkill.nl


In order to visit the festival you need to get a valid ticket :
The Overkill festival is organised and produced by Sickhouse’s team. We are able to present our ambitious and carefully selected programs thanks to the support of different public and private fundings and the incomes of the entrance and bar. The festival is able to pay its team and all the artists participating in the programs and welcoming you is only possible thanks to the support of our amazing volunteers.

The Overkill festival is working hard to respect the Fair Practice code for Fair Pay, Fair Share, Fare Chain.

We are asking you to support us in this with an entrance fee.

  • DAY TICKETS gives you access to the festival for one day, all the programs of that day are included (on the opening day you will need an extra ticket for Sensomnia).


  • WEEKEND TICKETS (28 to 30-11): gives you access for The Overkill from Friday 28-10 to Sunday 30-10. You will need another ticket to access Sensomnia, but the rest of the weekend programs are included within this ticket.


  • FESTIVAL TICKETS (28/10 to 4/11): Gives you access to all the days and weekend of the festival. You are welcome at Sensomnia and you will be contacted for the Symposium/dinner, since we need registration in order to prepare the right amount of seats.


  • SYMPOSIUM (WEDNESDAY 2-11) TICKETS : On Wednesday is our symposium/dinner taking place at Tankstation. When you buy a day ticket for Wednesday you will be contacted about your participation to the symposium/dinner. (no extra costs).


  • SENSOMNIA (FRIDAY 28-10) TICKETS : Tickets for the Multi Sensory rave on the opening night of the festival. The party is in Metropool, accessible to everyone, created with deaf and hard of hearing colleagues.

COMBI TICKETS SENSOMNIA. This tickets is a great deal to combine your visit of the festival with our multi sensory rave Sensomnia.
FRIDAY COMBI includes the network program and the opening night of the festival at Sickhouse on Friday 28-10 + the multi sensory rave in Metropool.
WEEKEND COMBI includes all the programs of the weekend from Friday 28-10 to Sunday 30-10 + the multi sensory rave in Metropool.

ROODKAPJE BUS TOUR “Witch way to The Overkill festival”. This ticket is a special ticket for people in Rotterdam, for Saturday 29-10.

If you are not able to pay for your ticket but you would love to visit us, you can join the volunteer family or apply for a social ticket. We have 50 social tickets available for the festival. Write us a mail motivating your reasons. We will make sure to answer you fast. mail to Aike@www.theoverkill.nl


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