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BOX OFFICE & practicalities

Find below all information about ticket sales for the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague. Its 24th edition takes place from Thursday 17 until Sunday 20 January 2019.

The festival does not sell passe partouts; you buy your desired numbre of tickets for each separate festival event.


We gladly keep you posted about all programme and ticketing news through our email newsletter, subsribe here



Tickets for the festival are - for each festival event separately - available online only through the website of Het Nationale Theater* in The Hague. One ticket gives access to the festival event of your choice in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag.

(Note our Early Bird- and UIT Festival-discounts, see below)


From the end of November, tickets will be available online for:

Opening Night - Thu. 17 Jan 2019, 20:00 hrs

Friday Night Unlimited - Fri. 18 Jan 2019, 20:00 hrs

Matinee programmes - Sat afternoon 19 Jan 2019

Saturday Night Unlimited - Sat. 19 Jan 2019, 20:00 hrs

Het Schrijversfeest** - Sun. 20 Jan 2019, 14:00 hrs


*Note that the ticket sales page of Het Nationale Theater is available in Dutch language only.

**Dutch spoken event.

If you buy Winternachten tickets online through the website of Het Nationale Theater, you must have an account there or create one. If you had an account of Theater aan het Spui, it is possible to create a new account using the same email address.

Buying tickets online is fast and easy. You pays with iDEAL or credit card. Without transaction costs. You will receive your tickets by email, print them and show them at the entrance of Theater aan het Spui.



During the festival period, Winternachten festival organises free entry literary meetings with writers and poets in collaboration with schools, public libraries and other The Hague-based organisations.

From the end of November, reservations are taken for:

World Storytelling in ISS - Sat. 19 Jan 2019, 14:00 hrs

Wereldverhalen in Escamp* - Sat. 19 Jan 2019, 15:30 hrs

VPRO's OVT Live* - Sun. 20 Jan 2019, 10:00 hrs

(And more events to be announced!) 

Because the capacity of these locations is limited, you are sure of entry by making a reservations. From the end of November, you make reservations here on the Winternachten festival website.

*Dutch spoken event.



Fast deciders profit from a ticket price reduction for the grand festival evenings Friday Night Unlimited and Saturday Night Unlimited in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag.

Up to and including 26 December 2018 you receive an 8,50 Euro discount per ticket for the grand festival evenings Friday Night Unlimited (18 Jan 2019) and Saturday Night Unlimited (19 Jan 2019). From 27 December 2018 only regular prized tickets are available. CJP or student card holders receive 50% discount on the regular ticket prize.



Only available during UIT Festival Den Haag, Sunday afternoon 2 September 2018 at the Winternachten festival stand on Lange Voorhout between 12:00 and 18:00 hours: super reduced prize tickets for Friday Night Unlimited (18 Jan 2019) or Saturday Night Unlimited (19 Jan 2019). Pay with PIN or cash.


BOX OFFICE tickets

Tickets for the Winternachten festival are - besides online through the website of Het Nationale Theater - also for sale at the box offices of Theater aan het Spui and the Koninklijke Schouwburg.

All relevant information, about f.e. box office opening times, is available on this -Dutch language - page of the Nationale Theater website.



To obtain a reduced price ticket you should be holder of one of these types of reduction cards*. You may be asked to show your reduction card at the event entrance:

UITPas, CJP, Student card or Ooievaarspas.

*no further reduction is possible for the Early Bird ticket.



Book a comfortable stay in the very same hotel where all international writers stay during the festival. Novotel Den Haag City Centre is located inside the atmospheric Passge, a five minute walk from Theater aan het Spui. Bus and tramway stop at 100 meters from its entrance. Also good to know: the hotel has its own parking for hotel guests.

Staying at the hotel costs 85,- euro for a single room and 95,- euro for a double room including breakfast. Excluding tourist tax.

Make your reservation via +31 70 3108880 or send an email to mentioning 'Winternachten festival'.




Theater aan het Spui (address: Spui 187, 2511 BN The Hague) and the adjacent Filmhuis Den Haag together form the central location for Winternachten festival. The festival entrance is the main entrance of Theater aan het Spui.

  • During the evenings of the festival Friday and Saturday (during Friday Night Unlimited and Saturday Night Unlimited) Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag are combined and form one large festival venue and are connected through an indoor hallway. The programmes (each of about 30 up till 60 minutes) take place in Zaal 1, Zaal 2 and the foyer of Theater aan het Spui, and in Zaal 1 and Studio of Filmhuis Den Haag. At the festival entrance (the entrance of Theater aan het Spui) you ticket will be checked and you will receive a free evening programme leaflet. After the ticket check, you have free access to all auditoriums that evening. At the Theater aan het Spui box office festival tickets may be purchased.
  • The Opening nIght on the festival's Thursday evening, the matinee programmes on the festival's Saturday and Het Schrijversfeest on the festival's Sunday afternoon take place in Zaal 1 or Zaal 2 of Theater aan het Spui. Your ticket will be checked at the auditorium entrance. At the Theater aan het Spui box office festival tickets may be purchased.
  • VPRO's OVT Live (Dutch spoken) on the festival's Sunday morning, takes place in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui. Entrance is free, but reserving your ticket(s) is strongly recommended.


Other festival locations: Winternachten festival in The Hague neighbourhoods and schools

During the festival period we gladly welcome you at (partly freely accessible) Winternachten festival-performances by writers and poets in a number of locations all around The Hague, such as Theater Dakota and International Institute of Social Studies. During the 2018 festival edition Winternachten festival performances took place in the Speakers' Corner of the Haagse Hogeschool, public library Schilderswijk and public library Nieuw Waldeck. From the end of November find the current overview of location performances here on the festival website.


Van Stockum in foyer Theater aan het Spui

The Hague book seller Van Stockum offers during the festival period in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui a rich choice of brand new, recent and older works by the writers and poets that perform during the Winternachten festival. This collection of books especially brought together for the festival includes, if available, the original language version as well as English and Dutch translations.

Writers and poets will sign their work at the Van Stockum stand. Find who is signing when on the free programme leaflet distributed at the festival entrance or on the festival website.


Food and drinks

In the foyers of Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag coffee, tea, drinks and small food items may be bought.

During Friday Night Unlimited and Saturday Night Unlimited, The Hague-based 's-Peer Catering sells special, healthy and most of all delicious biological-vegetarian snacks. Take a look on their website or have dinner in their restaurant De Grote Pyr, located in a monumental building on Waldeck Pyrmontkade in The Hague.



Taking a bike ride certainly is the easiest way to reach the Winternachten festival. The nearby 'Biesieklette' guarded bicycle parking 'Stadhuis' stays open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 01.00 hours; their parking 'Buitenhof' until 03.00 hours those same days. Bicycle parking is free the first day until closing time that day.

At Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag there is very limited space to park your bicycle. We advice to use the above mentioned bicycle parkings.


Public transport

You may reach Winternachten festival easily with public transport. The railroad stations Den Haag Centraal and Den Haag Hollands Spoor are located at about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the festival location.

HTM buses and tramways take you from these railroad stations or from all other places in The Hague, Leidschendam, Voorburg, Rijswijk and Delft to the festival location. The nearest stops are Den Haag Centrum, Den Haag Spui and Den Haag Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis. For all information, see or

 Night trains leave in the directions of Leiden and Amsterdam or Delft and Rotterdam from railroad station Den Haag Hollands Spoor. Get your journey advice from or


By car & parking

From highway A4/A12: follow signs Den Haag Centrum, then on Utrechtsebaan follow Centrum. Turn left at traffic lights and follow the road over the Prins Bernhardviaduct. After crossing the viaduct choose the entrance to P1 Parking Stadhuis (Schedeldoekshaven 90, 2511 BT Den Haag, closes at 01:00 AM). If you do not enter the parking, you continue and cross the Spui (with on the corner right Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui) and continue on Amsterdamse Veerkade. After about 50 meters turn right to enter Q-Park Veerkaden (Amsterdamse Veerkade 30, 2512 AJ Den Haag, open 24/7).

From highway A44 follow the Benoordenhoutseweg and turn left on Boslaan, take the far right lane next to Utrechtsebaan and turn right at the Prins Bernhard viaduct. Across the viaduct, follow the signs to P1 Parking Stadhuis or, right after crossing het Spui to Amsterdamse Veerkade, turn right after 50 meters for Q-Park Veerkaden (see above).


Subject to change.