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Winternachten festival 2022 announces first names

Eerste namen - Winternachten 2022 - fotografen (zie post)
Eerste namen - Winternachten 2022 - fotografen (zie post)

Today we announce the first names of the line-up of Winternachten 2022 - the summer edition. This will take place between Thursday 16 and Sunday 19 June 2022 at various locations (including PAARD, Amare and PIP) in The Hague.

Ticket sales will start next Friday, April 29. In the course of next week we will announce even more names and we will present the program. Follow us on Instagram to be the first to know about program updates!

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

How happy we are to have this unique writer at Winternachten 2022! An important, new voice in American literature: new black surrealism. His debut collection Friday Black won many prizes and is a raw, surrealistic and partly satirical book with twelve short stories about the excesses of racism and our current consumer society. Adjei-Brenyah's stories are extreme and disturbing, but at the same time they sketch us a future that is not far away.

Photo: Limitless Imprint Entertainment


Pola Oloixarac

This Argentine writer, essayist, philosopher and translator was voted one of the best Spanish-language young authors by Granta magazine in 2010. Her books frequently address themes of fear and violence, war, sex, erotica, drugs and philosophy. Her latest novel Mona takes the literary world by storm, which is more than welcome at a literary festival. Get ready for gothic elements, sex, violence, dead animals and mysterious men.

Photo: Denise Giovanelli


Manon Uphoff

Does this writer and screenwriter need any introduction? She wrote, among others, Koudvuur, De Spelers, De ochtend valt and the widely praised Falling is like Flying. We are very happy with her presence and contribution to the Winternachten programme. For a special programme on domestic violence in literature Uphoff compiled, together with others, a collection of literary fragments, which will be read during the festival. Because this theme, however intense, deserves literary exploration and deepening.

Photo: Céline Simons


Neske Beks

Beks is a writer, film and theater maker. She made her debut with De Kleenex Kronieken and published the children's book Sala & Monk. In addition to being an interdisciplinary artist, she is the founder and director of Alphabet Street, a guild for black (visual) linguists, and of the Tank, a think tank of color. In the recently published Echo - essays, speeches and letters, she puts her finger on the sore spot concerning the role of the black woman. During Winternachten she will make the black female voice sound crystal clear.

Photo: Henk Wildschut


Ronelda S. Kamfer (online)

With Kamfer we may welcome one of the most important South African poets of the moment via video in The Hague. She was born and raised in and around Cape Town, and writes in Cape African. She published the collections Noudat Slapende Honde, Santenkraam, Mammie and recently Chinatown, all translated into Dutch by Alfred Schaffer. Kamfer writes with a clear and resolute voice about rape, humiliation, domestic violence and the position and role of women.

Photo: Nathan Trantraal

Müesser Yeniay

Yeniay is a writer, poet, journalist and literary translator from Turkey. Her poetry collections have been translated, published and awarded several times all over the world, including in the US, Hungary, France, India, Japan and Portugal. In addition, Yeniay is editor-in-chief of literary magazine Şiirden (about poetry) and is currently studying for a PhD in Turkish literature at Ankara University. Despite this international existence, she fortunately has time to come to The Hague, for a good conversation about poetry and feminism, among other things.

Aafke Romeijn

Hooray, multi-talent Aafke Romeijn will also be present at Winternachten! Romeijn is a musician, writer and journalist. She made her debut as a novelist in 2018 with Concept M and last year she published the future novel 7B. In addition, Romeijn is the uncrowned queen of Dutch-language electropop, with her beats, razor-sharp lyrics and analogue synthesizers. She released the albums M (the soundtrack to the book) and Godzilla. At Winternachten you'll hear her poetry ánd music.

Photo: Bibian Bingen



Talking about music: singer-songwriter Shishani, loved for her supple and powerful voice, can also be heard at Winternachten. Her roots are in Namibia and Belgium, but she grew up in the Netherlands. In her music she brings these worlds together, you can hear comfort and a strong social consciousness. In 2019 Shishani founded the all female band Miss Catharsis. She played at festivals all over the world, from Asia to Scandinavia, but in June you can hear her 'just' in The Hague!

Photo: Chris Philippo

Posted on: Wednesday 20 April 2022