ibc 2015, RAI Amsterdam Conference 10-14 September 2015, Exhibition 11-15 September 2015

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When and where is IBC?

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

The dates for IBC2016 are:

Conference 8 September – 12 September
Exhibition: 9 September – 13 September

Opening hours for IBC2016 will be confirmed closer to the show

Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre

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 1,600+ 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. To find out more about what is included in IBC’s range of passes, please click here.

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 IBC2016?

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.


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 not permitted anywhere at IBC2016.

Can I register onsite?

Yes you can register onsite, though we advise registering before IBC2016 to avoid long queues.

Please view the IBC2015 Registration Map here.

Want to exhibit at IBC2016?

You can apply for a stand at IBC2016 and the exhibition team will endeavour to help you. Find out more about the options for exhibiting at IBC2016 here.

How do I get to IBC2016 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?

Yes, exhibitors can order parking permits for the event days through the Web Shop: the cost of a parking permit is €59.92, excluding 21% VAT.

Visitors can buy one day parking tickets (24 hours maximum) from the vending machines at the entrances and exits of the car parks for €17.00 including VAT.

Are there any places to eat onsite during the show?

First Floor is the elegant a la carte restaurant in Amsterdam RAI. The restaurant is characterised by its international cuisine, an extensive wine list and a wonderful view. 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 please click the button below:



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 the internet at the show?

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

  • Gold Pass Lounge
  • Ruby Lounge
  • Forum Lounge 
  • Forum Conference Room 
  • Catering Area in Europa Foyers 1
  • Europa Foyer 2 
  • Diamond Lounge
  • The Grand Café
  • Café Amsterdam 
  • Holland – 1st Floor Restaurant
  • Europa – 1st Floor Restaurant
  • Leadership Summit Lounge (Topaz Lounge)
  • Business Lounge 

Can you recommend any site-seeing attractions in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has many attractions to visit. 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 I go to the IBC Awards Ceremony?

Anyone who is registered for IBC2016 is welcome to the Awards Ceremony.

arrowFor more information about the Awards please click here

Can I book a meeting room at IBC?

There is the option to book a meeting room at IBC within the Business Lounge. Booking is available in the visitor section, you will need to know how many guests and the time you want to book it for. This facility is very popular and it is advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Bookings will open in 2016.

How can we be part of the IBC Conference?

Unlike some other conferences, we do not accept formal speaker offers but instead invite speakers directly. However, we can add you or your proposed speaker to the database that is made available to our conference producers. Once topics and themes have been decided, and should our producers be interested in engaging your speaker, they will be in touch directly. Please note that should your offer be unsuccessful, you will not receive a response. Please email conference@ibc.org with any questions, and to submit speakers. 

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.
Press Registration will be available from April 2016.

Is there a press list for IBC2016?

Access to the press list is restricted to exhibitors only in the Exhibitor Zone. The 2016 press list will be available in July 2016.

Filming and Photography at IBC2016

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

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

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

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

Lost and Found

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


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