Ellen ten Damme
(The Netherlands, 1967) sings, plays music, writes, acts, dances, composes, and has a preference for unconventional artists like Marlene Dietrich, Nina Hagen and Kate Bush. She is a nationally recognized singer (from rock and roll to opera) and actress, and also very successful in Germany. She has appeared in various Dutch films and series and recorded several English-language rock albums. Her Dutch-language album Durf jij? (Do You Dare?) is a collaboration with the writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer. She has had international success with soundtracks for TV shows such as Tatort, Caspar the Friendly Ghost and Power Rangers. She has written columns for the Volkskrant daily newspaper and created large musical-theatre shows such as Paris-Berlin, Casablanca and Barock.(WU2024)
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With: Aad Meinderts, Alma Mathijsen, Anjet Daanje, Benjamin Herman, Blue Moon, Corrie van Binsbergen, Ellen ten Damme, Judith Uyterlinde, Kees van Kooten, Mirjam van Hengel, Ramsey Nasr, Ronelda S. Kamfer, Rozalie Hirs, Saskia Bruines, Tjibbe Veldkamp, Tomas Lieske
To grandly celebrate the life and work of Remco Campert, an ode to him will take place on the final day of the 2024 Writers Unlimited International Literature Festival The Hague, preceding the award ceremony of The Hague Literature Prizes. The event will be organized by Writers Unlimited and the Literatuurmuseum, in collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation, de Volkskrant and De Bezige Bij.
Ode to Remco Campert
Campert will be honoured with appearances by prominent writers and artists such as Ellen ten Damme, Kees van Kooten, Ramsey Nasr, Alma Mathijsen, South African poet Ronelda S. Kamfer, guitarist Corrie van Binsbergen and jazz musician Benjamin Herman, who all let themselves be inspired by the person and work of Campert for their musical or verbal contributions.
Remco Campert (1929-2022) was born in The Hague. He was a much-loved poet, novelist and columnist. His poetry won awards such as the Reina Prinsen Geerligs Prize, the Poetry Prize of the City of Amsterdam, the Jan Campert Prize, the P.C. Hooft Price and the Gouden Ganzenveer. In 2015 he was honoured with the Dutch Literature Prize.
Besides poetry, Campert wrote several novels, stories and novellas from the 1960s on, such as 2004's Een liefde in Parijs (A Love in Paris), which became revered classics. From 1989 until 1995, together with Jan Mulder and Bart Chabot, he read from his own work in theatres. From 1996 to 2006, together with Mulder, he wrote the joint column CaMu that appeared on the front page of the Volkskrant daily newspaper. His last works were 2019's Aanelkaar (To Each Other), an exchange of letters with Kees van Kooten, and the poetry collection Mijn dood en ik (My death and I, 2019), in which he lucidly looks death in the eye.
The Hague Literature Prizes Award Ceremony
The festival ends with The Hague Literature Prizes, which are awarded annually by the Literatuurmuseum. The winners - Anjet Daanje, Tomas Lieske, Rozalie Hirs en Tjibbe Veldkamp - receive their prizes from Saskia Bruines, alderwoman of Finance, Culture and Economy of The Hague. Each winner will be honoured with a laudatio by a special guest.
Anjet Daanje receives the Constantijn Huygens Prize, The Hague's most important award for a body of work. Tomas Lieske is awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel Niets dat hier hemelt. Rozalie Hirs receives the Jan Campert Prize for her collection of poetry ecologica. The biennial Nienke van Hichtum Prize for children's books goes to Tjibbe Veldkamp for his De jongen die van de wereld hield.
Judith Uyterlinde, director of Writers Unlimited, and Aad Meinderts, director of the Literatuurmuseum, will deliver welcoming words.
Bookstore De Vries van Stockum will be present in the foyer with a stand where books by the authors participating in this event and others will be available -- along with the opportunity to have them signed!
Ode to Remco Campert & The Hague Literary Prizes Ceremony was curated by Jet Steinz on behalf of Het Literatuurmuseum and Writers Unlimited. Mirjam van Hengel hosts the event.
Music, poetry and spoken word come together in this one-of-a-kind concert with appearances by Wende, Ellen ten Damme, Fresku, and poets Ramsey Nasr, Antjie Krog en Asmaa Azaizeh. They sing to, question, taste and release freedom. This sparkling matinee on Sunday afternoon, 19 January 2020, in The Hague's Zuiderstrand Theatre also includes performances by theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen, mentalist Timon Krause, violinist Noa Eyl, the Gypsy Academy, Juggling Tango and acrobatic duo Tobit and Jasmijn. The matinee is hosted by Francis Broekhuijsen.
Singer-songwriter, theatre professional, chansonnière, actress, performer, producer and house artist at the Royal Carré Theatre: Wende does it all. After the successful tour of her show MENS (HUMAN) and her own Kaleidoscope Festival,she has been working on a show in London with the Royal Court Theatre. She also plays the role of Connie Palmen in the film adaptation of the book IM. For the New Year's Concert she will perform songs from her existing repertoire and new works from her collaboration with artists such as Marieke Lucas Rijneveld.
Rapper, cabaret artist and actor Fresku is a multi-talent to be proud of! After his self-titled debut album, he was proclaimed the best hip hop artist of the Netherlands. Since then he has released two further successful albums, Maskerade (Masquerade) and Nooit meer terug (Never to Return). He is currently touring his second theatre show, Voordat het te laat is (Before it's Too Late). His trademarks are humour, sincerity and storytelling - a perfect match for this concert.
Sensitive, daring, funny and without limits: Ellen ten Damme feels at home at pop festivals as well as on theatre stages. The energetic singer, musician, writer and actress has been touring her sense-stimulating show Casablanca this season. Luckily she will also make time for a compelling appearance at the Winternachten New Year's Concert. Accompanied on piano, she interprets songs and chansons of a literary bent with her exceptional voice.
The Winternachten New Year's Concert is an initiative of Writers Unlimited in partnership with the Zuiderstrand Theatre. The concert forms the grand finale of the 25th Winternachten International Literature Festival Den Haag. From 15 to 19 January 2020, more than 100 local and international writers, poets and artists will appear at theatres, libraries and schools throughout The Hague.
This program is made possible with contributions from the City of The Hague, the Dutch Literary Foundation, the VSB Fund, Dioraphte, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the 1818 Fund and the Lira Fund.
Entry tickets to the New Year's Concert include coat check, pre-show coffee/tea and a post-show drink.