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Dieter van der Westen

Dieter van der Westen
Dieter van der Westen

is an Amsterdam based singer songwriter, composer and music producer from The Netherlands active in the field of World and Americana. His second solo album titled Old oak tree was released in the spring of 2016 and includes ten brand new tracks. Inspired by World and Americana musicians and artists, he started ten years ago to write and record his own songs. His first album Save my memories was released in 2008. Dieter uses preferably acoustic instruments in his music. Dieter is also one of the driving forces behind the North African musicgroup KASBA with which he is internationally active in Europe, Africa and South America and with which he had two nr 1 hitsingles in the North African music charts. In the Netherlands Dieter worked with local known artists like Thé Lau, Blof, Paul de Leeuw, Frank Boeijen, Ali B, Eric Vloeimans, Gerard van Maasakkers, Eric Vloeimans, Astrid Nijgh and the Grammy award winning Metropole Orchestra.


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  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Friday Night Wintercafé

    The foyer of the Theater aan het Spui is the beating heart of the festival. At the Friday Night Wintercafé, writers encounter the public and vice versa. Host and festival guide Francis Broekhuijsen guides your way through the program. Together with his guests he creates an inviting, homey atmosphere.

    Listen to up-and-coming local poetic talent at the Wintercafé during the Spot on Young Poets program from the Hague Poets' Guild. The young poets are accompanied by Marieke Rijneveld, poet and winner of the 2016 C. Buddingh Prize, and British poet and performer Salena Godden. The winner of the Young Campert Prize will also be chosen.

    Of course you can just relax and chat in the Wintercafé over a drink and a bite. Music is provided by singer-songwriter Dieter van der Westen and DJ Socrates. You can meet the writers during their signing sessions at the Van Stockum Bookshop. The Cultural Press Centre reports on the proceedings -- stop by and share your impressions of the festival!

    Booksigning sessions at Van Stockum Bookshop:
    20.45-21.15: Ian Buruma
    21.15–21.45: Mircea Cărtărescu, Tomas Sedlacek and Michel Faber
    22.15–22.45: Michaïl Sjisjkin and Hassan Blasim

    The Poetry Machine by Hague graphic designer Roos Laan can transform your thoughts into a made-to-measure poem. Imagine yourself a true poet via this meeting of man and computer.

    The Friday Night Wintercafé is the place to plan out your evening, either with Francis Broekhuijsen as your guide or all by yourself.

    At the end of the evening, DJ Socrates lowers your thoughts to the level of your dancing shoes as he kicks off the night in true festival tradition and gets you ready for another festival day.