Minister Sigrid Kaag to open the 25th Winternachten Festival The Hague on 15 January
Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will open the twenty-fifth edition of the Winternachten International Literature Festival The Hague in The Hague on the evening of Wednesday 15 January in Theater aan het Spui.
During the opening night, fifteen Dutch and international writers and poets will give a preview of the festival with readings of their new poetry and prose. The Winternachten festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with over one hundred writers, poets and ghost word artists from the Netherlands and abroad.
From 15 to 19 January 2020 the festival can be found in theatres, libraries and schools throughout The Hague: from Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, the Institute of Social Studies, Zuiderstrandtheater and PAARD to De Haagse Hogeschool, Theater Dakota and the libraries Schilderswijk, Ypenburg and Nieuw Waldeck. With lectures, prose, poetry, storytelling, spoken word, author interviews, current conversations, films and music.
The Opening Night is a festive evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Winternachten festival with the presentation of the jubilee collection De verovering van Jupiter: Over de dekolonisatie van de geest (The Conquest of Jupiter: About the Decolonization of the Spirit). The collection with a total of 28 contributions will be published 14 January, has been compiled by Toef Jaeger and is published by Jurgen Maas.
On the spot where the first Indonesian Winternacht took place in 1995, Theater aan het Spui, the festival receives this jubilee opening evening (inter)national authors with whom the festival and its visitors have built up ties over the years, such as Goenawan Mohamad (Indonesia) and Nelleke Noordervliet - who also performed the first Winternacht in 1995 -, Adriaan van Dis, Antjie Krog (South Africa), Reggie Baay, Manon Uphoff, Vamba Sherif and Cynthia McLeod (Suriname).
Winternachten Festival will always search for talent and in 25 years has given the floor to many debut authors from home and abroad. How wonderful it is to see Angelina Enny (Indonesia) this evening, again or for the first time. Rosabelle Illes (Aruba), Jolyn Phillips (South Africa) and, from the Netherlands, Karin Amatmoekrim, Simon(e) van Saarloos and Ellen Deckwitz. And to breathlessly watch and listen to their lectures.
Theatre maker, choreographer and versatile hip-hop innovator Shailesh Bahoran will perform parts of his dance solo Heritage, in which he has been inspired by his Hindustani background; a short video of The Theatre of Wrong Decisions will be shown and a quartet from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague will also perform. The presentation of the Opening Night will be in the hands of Hassnae Bouazza.