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When and Where is IBC?

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

The dates for IBC2014 are:

Conference 11 September – 15 September
Exhibition: 12 September – 16 September 

The dates for IBC2015 are:

Conference: 10 – 14 September
Exhibition: 11 – 15 September

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.

Who Attends IBC?

Every year the leading minds and wisest investors come to IBC. Our 1,400+ exhibitors range from well known brands to specialist experts, with 52,000+ 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.

IBC access

Registration to the IBC Exhibition includes access to all fourteen halls and the free feature areas of the show, including the IBC Big Screen, IBC Awards Ceremony, the IBC Connected World and IBC Workflow Solutions 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.

How Do I Register for IBC?

Registration for IBC2014 will open in April.

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 speak to 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 phone.


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 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 IBC.

Will my badge be posted to me?

Due to the international nature of IBC the decision was made five years ago to move away from posting badges to attendees before the event, and to allow people to pick up their badges with their pre-registered QR code onsite. To make this easier for attendees, IBC has multiple collection points for badges, and these registration areas are open for exhibitors from the first day of IBC’s tenancy at the RAI. This also allows IBC to verify how many people attend the event. 

Can I register onsite?

Yes you can register onsite.

Want to exhibit at IBC?

You can apply for a stand at IBC2014 and the exhibition team will endeavour to help you. Find out more about the options for exhibiting at IBC here.

How do I get to IBC?

Amsterdam has one of the best transport systems in Europe and a busy international airport. For more information click here to book your trip.

Is there parking?

Yes, a one-day ticket costs €13.03 excl.VAT and a ticket for the duration of the show costs around €54.62 excluding VAT. A P7 parking pass and ticket costs €58.82 excluding VAT. The one-day tickets can be purchased from vending machines at the entrances and exits of the car parks. 

How do I get the RAI?

There are a variety of options available to you, please click here for more information.

Are there any places to eat onsite during the show?

Amsterdam RAI provides a selection of the finest restaurants, cafes, and tasty snack bars. Self-service catering is available in several locations. A unique city beach restaurant also lies between Amsterdam RAI and the Beatrix Park called 'The Beach’. If you wish to book a table at one of the restaurants before the show starts please contact the RAI and Hotel and Travel Service or for reservations in the restaurants during IBC please call 0031 (0)20 549 2343 or email www.rai.nl

Is there anywhere for me to practice my religion?

IBC will, wherever possible, accommodate religious needs where the timing of the event causes difficulties for attendees. 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 Elicium and WiFi in the following areas:

  • 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 
  • Europa – 1st Floor 
  • The Brasserie
  • 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 IBC is welcome to the Awards Ceremony.

Can I book a meeting room at IBC?

There is the option to book a meeting room at IBC within the Business Lounge, located in the Onyx 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.

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. You may contact the IBC Conference team via email with any questions. 

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, comprise 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 can be found here.

Is there a press list for IBC2014?

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

Not found the answer you are looking for?

Please give our offices a call on +44 (0)207 832 4100 between the hours of 08:00 – 18:00 GMT or email info@ibc.org

Lost and found

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