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Hassnae Bouazza

Hassnae Bouazza - foto Othmane Ait Hassou
Hassnae Bouazza - foto Othmane Ait Hassou

(Morocco, 1973) writes opinion pieces for various media. She collected stories about strong Arab women in Achter de sluier (Behind the Veil, 1999) in an attempt to alter the clichéd Dutch image of Arab women. She did research for the Dutch radio and TV channel VPRO and made programmes for various networks. She also translates and hosts literary programs for Writers Unlimited.Bouazza studied English and is an avid tweeter. Her book Arabieren kijken, de alledaagse revolutie (Watching Arabs, the Undistinguished Revolution) appeared in 2013, and in 2014 she directed the documentary television series Seks en de zonde (Sex and Sin) with Femke Halsema. In 2015 she received the Arouawad Award in Beirut for her work about the Arab world.

(WN 2019)

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  • De weekendmiljonair

    The Weekend Millionaire

    With: Abdelkader Benali, Hassnae Bouazza, Siham Amghar

    Writer Abdelkader Benali was a guest at Writers Unlimited on Friday 18 October. He talked to Hassnae Bouazza about his new book The Weekend Millionaire, a funny and moving novel about the relationship between father and son. Benali talked about his roots, dreams of returning to the Atlas and integration into the Netherlands in the 1980s. With poetry by Siham Amghar, rising star in the spoken word scene. She recited this evening from her work and explored the boundaries of existing traditions. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza

    Event curated by Ilonka Reintjens (Writers Unlimited)
    Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum Books

  • Winternachten 2019

    Feast of Writers

    With: Aad Meinderts, Annemarie Estor, Douwe Draaisma, Hans Aarsman, Hassnae Bouazza, Jan van Aken, Jenny Arean, Maartje Meijer, Marja Pruis, Mathilde Santing, Maxime Garcia Diaz, Nelleke Noordervliet, Pauline Krikke, Robert van Asten, Sumai Yahya

    Appearances by singer, cabaret artist and actress Jenny Arean (accompanied on piano by Peter van der Zwaag), singer Mathilde Santing (accompanied by musicians Bastiaan Mulder and Guus Bakker), memory psychologist and author Douwe Draaisma, jazz pianist and composer Maartje Meijer and photographer and writer Hans Aarsman made this a fantastic Schrijversfeest edition.

    They performed to honour the winners of the literary prizes that the Jan Campert Foundation awarded on behalf of the City of The Hague. These were handed out during this Winternachten festival afternoon by the Mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, and Robert van Asten, alderman for mobility, culture and strategy.

    The Schrijversfeest was opened by young poet Maxime Garcia Diaz who reads from her own work. Then high-school students recited their poetry written during workshops at school. Among them Sumai Yahya, who won the Young Campert Prize last year. The audience decided which of three student nominees won this award for a young Hague poet this time.

    Nelleke Noordervliet received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her complete oeuvre. Since 1987 she has published a large number of novels, novellas, stories, essays and radio commentaries. Themes of historic ties, freedom, the collective and responsibility characterize her work. Her latest novel is Aan het eind van de dag (At the End of the Day, 2016)

    Jan van Aken received the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel De ommegang (The Procession). It takes place in Europe during the year 1400, "a time when fierceness prevails, death is always lurking, and the equally brilliant and opportunistic protagonist attempts to defend his position so that he can build a cathedral", according to the jury.

    Annemarie Estor received the Jan Campert Prize for Niemandslandnacht (No-Man's-Land Night). This swirling prose poem, which reveals itself further at every reading, evokes a world that is both surreal and contemporary.

    The biannual J. Greshoff Prize went to Marja Pruis for her essay collection Genoeg nu over mij (Enough Now about Me). "I" must deserve you, writes the journalist, critic and writer. She certainly deserves this prize for her full-out and unabashed thinking and writing.

    This programme is a collaboration with the Jan Campert Foundation / Literature Museum.

  • Winternachten 2019

    Opening Night - Free the Word!

    With: Dareen Tatour, Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, Gioconda Belli, Hassnae Bouazza, Jennifer Clement, Madeleine Thien, Michiel Servaes, Radna Fabias, Raj Mohan, Robert van Asten, Ton van de Langkruis

    Opening NIght of the Winternachten festival is dedicated to freedom of expression, featuring poetry, music, the Free the Word! speech, and the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards ceremony.

    Robert van Asten, The Hague Elderman for Mobility, Culture and Strategy opened the festival. Radna Fabias, winner of the 2018 C. Buddingh Prize for best Dutch-language poetry debut, started the night off with a reading from her collection Habitus. Then the Mexican-American writer Jennifer Clement, chair of PEN International, delivered a statement about freedom of expression. After that, Canadian writer Madeleine Thien delivered the Free the Word! speech.

    Nicaraguan writer and poet Gioconda Belli and Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who currently risk their freedom and lives to seek out and publish the truth were honoured during the prestigious Oxfam Novib PEN Awards ceremony. Oxfam Novib director Michiel Servaes handed out the prizes. Also Italian writer Roberto Saviano received an Oxfam Novib PEN Award. Since the publication of his book Gomorrah (2006), he lives under police protection and could not attend. Afterwards, the other two winners discussed their work and experiences with writer and journalist Hassnae Bouazza and Dutch national news presenter Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal. They read from their own poetry. English spoken.

    The Opening Night programme was framed with musical performances by singer-songwriter Raj Mohan and hosted by Hassnae Bouazza. The evening is a collaboration between Oxfam Novib, PEN International and PEN Nederland.

  • Winternachten 2019

    Aafke Romeijn Writes and Sings

    With: Aafke Romeijn, Hassnae Bouazza

    Heavy beats, razor-sharp texts and analogue synthesizers: Aafke Romeijn (1986) is the uncrowed queen of Dutch-language electro-pop. Think Spinvis meets Daft Punk meets Peaches and you're starting to get the picture. Maybe you've heard "Alles Went" ("You Can Get Used to Anything"), the hipster song she composed with Sef, or maybe you've caught her on Twitter -- Aafke isn't ever afraid to speak out. She made her debut as a writer in 2018 with Concept M, a highly praised novel about radicalization in the Netherlands.

    At the Haagse Hogeschool's Speakers' Corner Aafke Romeijn performed a couple of her songs, read from her novel Concept M and had a conversation with Hassnae Bouazza and the public.

    Romeijn also performed for the 2019 Winternachten festival during the festival edition of Words Become Meaning at the Paard van Troje on Thursday, 17 January, and during the main festival evenings, Friday & Saturday Unlimited, on 18 and 19 January at Theater aan het Spui/Filmhuis Den Haag.


  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of My Life: Arshia Sattar

    Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Thinking Beyond the State

    Is the state capable of coping with globalization? Can citizens entrust their fate to national politicians while the economy, cultural shifts and the environment are less and less contained by national borders? What are the possibilities and dangers when the state is no longer a given in the world order?
    Celebrated essayist and writer Ian Buruma talked with American-Mexican writer and poet Jennifer Clement, who recently published her new novel Gun Love, and prominent historian and writer David Van Reybrouck, known for his research into the colonial past in Congo and his innovative thoughts on democracy in Against elections. Conversation host: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of My life: Damiaan Denys

    Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of My Life: David Van Reybrouck

    Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of My Life: Aafke Romeijn

    Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of My Life: Leni Zumas

    Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of My Life: Joke Hermsen

    Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • North Korea: daily life in a mental dictatorship

    North Korea: daily life in a mental dictatorship - the story of the refugee

    With: Hassnae Bouazza, Remco Breuker

    Remco Breuker is a true expert on North Korea. While North and South negotiate peace and nuclear disarmament, with and without the US, Breuker warns against optimism, as he recognizes the strategizing of the North Korea's ruthless dictatorship. Despite the negotiations, the daily lives of North Koreans are not likely to improve, as we will hear from the former propaganda poet Jang Jin-sung, who fled to the South. Once he had to sing the praises of the supreme leader, but now he is free to write about whatever he wants. Through poetry and conversation, Breuker and Jang enlightend us on what it is like to live in North Korea's dictatorship of the mind. Moderated by Hassnae Bouazza.

    Event curated by Ton van de Langkruis (Writers Unlimited)
    Books for sale courtesy of Van Stockum Booksellers

  • Winternachten 2018

    Writers Fest

    With: Aad Meinderts, Alejandra Theus, Annet Schaap, Arie Storm, Carmien Michels, Cyrille Offermans, Ernst Reijseger, Hans Tentije, Hassnae Bouazza, Herman Van Goethem, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Joris Wijsmuller, Kay Sleking, Marije Langelaar, Paula Golunska, Uri Eugenio

    A festive program moderated by Hassnae Bouazza and built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. We celebrate Dutch literature with a variety of performances by writers, poets and musicians.

    Belgian author and poet Carmien Michels opened Writers Fest 2018 by reciting one of her poems. Then Arie Storm, novelist and critic, offered his take on 'The State of Dutch Literature'.

    Before Joris Wijsmuller, alderman for civic development, living, sustainability and culture with the City of The Hague, handed out the prizes to the winners, the audience determined which of the three nominated high schoolers will win the Young Campert Prize for a young poet from The Hague. The students presented their own poems, written during poetry worshops at school.

    Marije Langelaar (1978) received the Jan Campert Prize for her poetry collection Vonkt! (Sparks!) Her laudation was performed by dancer and choreographer Uri Eugenio, known for his appearances with Scapino and LeineRoebana and in So You Think You Can Dance.

    Jeroen Olyslaegers (1967) received the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel WIL. He was honoured by historian, jurist, lecturer and rector of the University of Antwerp Herman Van Goethem and noted actress Alejandra Theus, who performed an excerpt from WIL.

    The Nienke van Hichtum Prize 2017 was awarded to Annet Schaap (1965) for Lampje (Little Lamp); she was serenated by tango guitarist and contrabassist Kay Sleking.

    The afternoon culminated with the awarding of the Constantijn Huygens Prize to Hans Tentije for his entire poetic works. Tentije was musically honoured by cellist Ernst Reijseger and essayist Cyrille Offermans made a celebratory speech.

    This event is a collaboration between Winternachten festival, the Jan Campert Foundation / Literatuurmuseum. Program in Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2018

    Closer to Poets - Speakers' Corner Haagse Hogeschool

    With: Efe Murad, Ghayath Almadhoun, Hassnae Bouazza, Maarten van der Graaff, Sanam Sheriff

    The 23rd Winternachten international literature festival-edition took place from Thursday 18 January up till and including Sunday 21 January. Over 80 writers, poets and musicians from The Netherlands and abroad this time not only came to festival locations Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag, but will also visit schools and perform in The Hague neighbourhoods.

    The festival, known for its scintillating mix of declamation, readings, conversations about topical subjects, musical performances and film programme, has no less then eight locations this edition. From 18-21 January, central festival locations are Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag.

    Additionally, the festival presents free entry writers' performances at the Speakers' Corner of the Haagse Hogeschoo, at the International Institute of Social Studies, at Theater Dakota, at public library Schilderswijk and public library Nieuw Waldeck.

    The Lighthouse, centre for debate, culture and innovation of the Haagse Hogeschool and Winternachten festival present, Thursday 18 January, at the Speakers' Corner the programme 'Dichterbij Dichters' (Close up to Poets) featuring poetry-slam talent Sanam Sheriff from India, poets Efe Murad (Turkey) and Ghayath Almadhoun (Sweden), and writer-poet Maarten van der Graaff from the Netherlands: Writers Unlimited introduces a new international literary generation. Participants read from their own work and Hassnae Bouazza discusses the expressiveness of poetry with the poets and the public.
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  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of my life: Alain Mabanckou

    Writers talks about their favourite book - the book that inspires or moves them; the book that formed their aristic, moral or intellectual compass; the book that they would recommend to anyone.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Borders and Secret Doors

    How do we deal with borders in an era of globalization? Writers Unlimited presents a conversation about the necessity and the impossibility of national borders in an ever-shrinking world.

    In his new, contemporary love story Exit West, the successful Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid describes life in a time of global migration. In the book, nominated for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a young couple flees violence in their country via secret doors that lead to Greece and other places.

    Paul Scheffer, author and professor of European Studies at the universities of Tilburg and Amsterdam, published the esssay De vrijheid van de grens (The border's freedom, 2016) in which he states that an open society can only exist by a certain spatial demarcation.

    Ghayath Almadhoun read from his work for this event. The poet, a member of a young and engaged generation of Arabic writers, has a Palestinian-Syrian background and has lived in Sweden since 2008. He was a journalist in Damascus and set up a house of poetry there.

    The musical contribution to this program was by The Hague oud-player, composer and music teacher Amer Shanati; visual artist and illustrator Gerda Dendooven made live drawings.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of my life: Gustaaf Peek

    Writers talks about their favourite book - the book that inspires or moves them; the book that formed their aristic, moral or intellectual compass; the book that they would recommend to anyone.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of my life: Joost Baars

    Writers talks about their favourite book - the book that inspires or moves them; the book that formed their aristic, moral or intellectual compass; the book that they would recommend to anyone.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of my life: Ghayath Almadhoun

    Writers talks about their favourite book - the book that inspires or moves them; the book that formed their aristic, moral or intellectual compass; the book that they would recommend to anyone.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of my life: David Van Reybrouck

    Writers talks about their favourite book - the book that inspires or moves them; the book that formed their aristic, moral or intellectual compass; the book that they would recommend to anyone.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Book of my life: Mohsin Hamid

    Writers talks about their favourite book - the book that inspires or moves them; the book that formed their aristic, moral or intellectual compass; the book that they would recommend to anyone.

  • Winternachten 2017

    The Writers' Fest

    With: Aad Meinderts, Alfred Marseille, Anton Valens, Atte Jongstra, Benno Tempel, Charlotte Van den Broeck, Eric Vloeimans, Hassnae Bouazza, Jan Baeke, Joris Wijsmuller, Karin Amatmoekrim, Katinka Polderman, Kees 't Hart, Max Pam

    A festive program built around the presentation of the Jan Campert Prizes, the literary awards of the City of The Hague. We celebrate Dutch literature with a variety of performances by writers, poets and musicians. Writer Karin Amatmoekrim gives us her views on "The State of Dutch Letters." Hassnae Bouazza is the MC.

    Before Joris Wijsmuller, alderman for Culture of The Hague, hands out the prizes, the audience will determine which of the three middle-school nominees will receive the first young poet prize of The Hague, The Young Campert Award. Afterward, Jan Baeke receives the Jan Campert Prize for his volume of poetry Seizoensroddel ('Season's Gossip'). He is honoured by video-artist Alfred Marseille, who presents a short film. Anton Valens receives the F. Bordewijk Prize for his novel Het Compostcirculatieplan. His laudatio is gevin by stand-up comedian Katinka Polderman. The essay award, the Greshof Prize, goes to Kees 't Hart for Het gelukkige schrijven. Benno Tempel, director of the The Hague Municipal Museum, will honour him in a speech. The afternoon culminates with the presentation of the Constantijn Huygens Prize for a body of work, which will be given to Atte Jongstra this year. Trumpet player Eric Vloeimans will create a musical improvisation to honour him, and Max Pam will honour him in a speech. The young flemish poet Charlotte Van den Broeck will read her poems to us. This event is a collaboration between the Jan Campert Foundation and the Literatuurmuseum. Programme in Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of My Life: Bas Heijne

    Bas Heijne talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In Dutch

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of My Life: Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas

    The Polish author talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    IS: The Horror Show

    A late-night show about a daring subject: today's campaign of terror by the Islamic State within and outside the Arabic world. Iraqi-born writer Hassan Blasim - The Guardian called him "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive" - reads from his short story collection The Corpse Exhibition (2014) in which he pictures daily life in contemporary Iraq not only by vivid, lurid and violent scenes but by showing the surreal, humoristic and enchanting sides of his characters. The collection is published in its Dutch language version titled Lijkententoonstelling during Winternachten Festival 2017.

    Journalist Hassnae Bouazza discusses the subject with Hassan Blasim, with highly esteemed political essayist Ian Buruma and with Dutch top writer Arnon Grunberg.

    How should one analyze staged and theatrically planned murderous acts? What is the relationship between IS's bombastic horror-pathos and the fascist European propaganda of the 1930s?

    Spoken Beat Night accompanies Hassan Blasim during the reading from The Corpse Exhibition

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of My Life: Rodrigo Hasbún

    Rodrigo Hasbún talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    IS: The Counter-Narrative

    The so-called Islamic State is more than a band of rebels or a terror network. Their campaign of terror in conquered villages and cities, their terrorist attacks in Europe, and their written and visual propaganda looks and sounds like a coherent horror story of "the enemy" as well as a recruitment campaign for potential international jihadists. IS publish a glossy magazine and put masses of energy into the recruitment of sympathizers among youth who are seeking identity and meaning in the virtual world. And they don't limit themselves to Muslim youth. In short, IS understands the power of the word and greatly emphasizes the imagination.

    In IS: The Counter-Narrative, Hassnae Bouazza directs the conversation about how to counteract the horror campaign and propaganda machine. Dutch-Kurdish Beri Shalmashi offers up a video essay about similar groupings, visual representation and propaganda. Frank Westerman takes us into the past and shows how we in the Netherlands have reacted to extremist acts, and how we could now choose the right words and actions to win the battle of ideas. Arnon Grunberg gets under the skin of jihadists from the West, and wonders whether their existential motivation diverges fundamentally from that of an average Western military on a mission. Rodaan Al Galidi shows us the bigger picture of the relationship between Europe and the Middle East and presents his vision of how to understand IS as a symbol of today's transnational world. He also provides the night's finale in the form of a performed poem; the musical epilogue is by Jeanine Valeriano and her Spoken Beat Night.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of My Life: Mircea Cărtărescu

    The Romanian writer talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of my Life: Baban Kirkuki

    The Iraqi/Dutch poet talks about his favourite book - the book that inspires or moves him; the book that formed his moral or intellectual compass; the book that he would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of My Life: Olga Grjasnowa

    The Azerbaijani-German writer talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves her; the book that formed her moral or intellectual compass; the book that she would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Book of My Life: Ece Temelkuran

    The Turkish writer/journalist talks about her favourite book - the book that inspires or moves her; the book that formed her moral or intellectual compass; the book that she would recommend to anyone. Interviewer: Hassnae Bouazza. In English.

  • Rebels with a cause: into the minds of human rights defenders

    Rebels with a cause: into the minds of human rights defenders

    With: Hassnae Bouazza, Minka Nijhuis, Nighat Dad, Saskia Stolz

    What makes a human rights defender? Why do peaceful change makers rise and why do they persevere in spite of of the counteraction, exclusion or threats they regularly encounter?

    Unlike announced in programme brochure of Justice and Peace this programme starts at 8.30 p.m.!

    Nighat Dad, winner of the Dutch Human Rights Tulip 2016, Dutch war correspondent Minka Nijhuis and Saskia Stolz, founder of the creative socio-political collective Power of Art House will share their experiences and discuss these questions. Together with a panel of worldwide human rights defenders they try to unfold why they keep on striving for a better and just world. This revealing quest into the rebel's mind is led by Hassnae Bouazza (journalist, columnist and television program maker).

    A programme in English. Producedby Justice and Peace.

    Minka Nijhuis replaces the earlier announced Hans Jaap Melissen.

  • Hoe ver reikt de macht van het woord?

    With Words of Bombs? Frank Westerman and Jutta Chorus

    With: Frank Westerman, Hassnae Bouazza, Jutta Chorus

    Kun je wie vatbaar is voor extremisme - zoals jihadistische terroristen - op andere gedachten brengen door in gesprek te gaan en te blijven? Of missen woorden hier hun doel en zijn geweld en repressie de enige middelen? Het zijn vragen die journalist/schrijver Frank Westerman en ook journaliste Jutta Chorus bezighouden. Ze gaan in gesprek onder leiding van Hassnae Bouazza.

    In zijn nieuwe boek Een woord een woord onderzoekt Frank Westerman de veerkracht van het woord. Hij wil weten of de pen niet alleen spreekwoordelijk maar ook daadwerkelijk machtiger is dan het zwaard. Hij neemt de lezer mee naar een reeks spraakmakende gijzeldrama's van Bovensmilde tot Beslan. Hij mengt zich onder terrorisme-experts in Parijs en drinkt muntthee met een oud-treinkaper die dichter is geworden. Om aan den lijve te voelen wat taal kan uitrichten tegen terreur volgt hij een training tot gijzelingsonderhandelaar in een oefendorp van de politie. Jutta Chorus was de eerste journalist die na de moord op Theo van Gogh contact zocht met de geestverwanten van Mohammed B. Ze bleef de Hofstadgroep volgen. Tien jaar na de moord tekende ze uit de mond van een van de 'broeders' het volgende op: 'Wij waren praters. In onze tijd spraken we alleen over de jihad. Slechts een enkeling koos voor het geweld.'

    Een avond in samenwerking met Bibliotheek Den Haag. Boekverkoop door Van Stockum Boekhandel.

  • Winternachten 2016

    An Afternoon with Adonis - Contemporary Arabic Poetry at Theatre De Vaillant

    With: Adonis, Dick van der Harst, Guy Danel, Hassnae Bouazza, Lieselot de Wilde, Wim Konink

    The most important poet working in Arabic is coming to The Hague's Schilderswijk neighbourhood. Adonis has had an enormous influence on contemporary Arabic culture, and is admired for his classic style, based on that of traditional Arabic poets, as well as for his modern ideas and critical views on Arabic society. The great poet recites his work and converses with Hassnae Bouazza. With music by the Dick van der Harst Ensemble. In Arabic

  • Winternachten 2016 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Stars of Arabic Literature

    Adonis, from Syria, is considered the most important contemporary Arabic poet. His work has finally been translated into Dutch. Tonight Adonis receives the first copy of his poetry collection Wat blijft (What Remains) from Rotterdam's Mayor Aboutaleb, an avowed fan. After that, Egypt's Alaa al Aswany—famous for The Yacoubian Building, his taboo-busting novel that stirred up the Arab world—also presents new work in translation: The Automobile Club of Cairo. In English

  • Syrische dichter Adonis

    Syrian poet Adonis in Writers Unlimited the Series

    With: Adonis, Hassnae Bouazza, Petra Stienen

    Poetry International and Writers Unlimited presented an evening with the famous Syrian poet Adonis on Sunday 16 June in the Central Library in The Hague. He was interviewed by Arabists and journalists Petra Stienen and Hassnae Bouazza. The interview and readings were in Arabic, with Dutch translations. YOu can watch the videoregistration here.

  • Winternachten 2013 – Winternacht 1 - schrijvers, muziek en film op vijf podia

    Hassnae Bouazza's film choice: Watching Arabs

    Writer and journalist Hassnae Bouazza likes to drop a bombshell to wake people up. In her articles she chides Dutch people stigmatising Muslims, as well as Muslims doing nothing to put the Dutch in place. We look at her choice of film fragments in connection woth the publication of her latest book Watching Arabs, the Undistinguished Revolution. Arabist Petra Stienen interviews her. In Dutch.

  • Sayed Kashua, Palestijnse schrijver in Israël

    Sayed Kashua, Palestinian author in Israel

    With: Hassnae Bouazza, Sayed Kashua

    An interview with columnist Hassnae Bouazza and the Palestinian Sayed Kashua (language: English). A conversation on the upside and downside of authorship in between two worlds. He presents the Dutch edition of his novel 'Second person singular'. Click here to see the video.

    Sayed Kashua (Tiga, 1975) is one of the most prominent and promising young Palestinians of the moment. A novelist, journalist and TV critic, he also writes a weekly column for the newspaper Ha'aretz. In 2003, Sayed published his debut novel Dansende Arabieren [Dancing Arabs] (publishers Vassalucci). In 2011, he won the prestigious Bernstein Prize for Tweede persoon enkelvoud [Second person singular] About the work of Sayed Kashua: 'Dancing in two worlds filled with prejudice, racism and hate does not make for enjoyment. The clever thing about Kashua is his ability to portray both worlds, and his own confusion, in such a frank way.' Trouw

    Hassnae Bouazza
    Bouazza is a columnist for Vrij Nederland and Frontaal Naakt, among others, and writes editorials in various media. She has conducted research for the VPRO and produced programmes for various broadcasters. In her editorials, she criticises both the Dutch who stigmatise Muslims and Muslims who do nothing to respond to Wilders and his associates.

    On 'Second person singular'
    The first narrator is a nameless, dedicated Palestinian criminal lawyer living in East Jerusalem. One day, he comes across a letter written by his wife in an antiquarian copy of Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata. In this letter, she thanks someone for a wonderful evening. The lawyer becomes crazed with jealousy and embarks on a desperate search for the truth.

  • Winternachten 2012

    Oxfam Novib PEN Awards

    With: Bejan Matur, Hassnae Bouazza, Kader Abdolah, Leila Chudori, Lionel Veer, Tom van der Lee

    With the PEN Awards, Oxfam Novib and PEN Nederland honour writers, journalists and film makers who, going against the tide and sometimes risking their own lives, search for the truth and spread it. Tom van der Lee, of Oxfam Novib, gives a brief introduction about the significance and the importance of the price. After the award presentation by Dutch human rights ambassador Veer, writers from various parts of the world talk to each other about women's rights and sexuality. Hassnae Bouazza talks to Leila Chudori, who tells about the antiporn legislation in Indonesia, and to Bejan Matur on honour killings in Turkey. Are these practices a result of increasing Islamisation or is there another cause? Can women publish about these things in their home countries? With a final word from Kader Abdolah. In English.
    Hassnae Bouazza replaces Naema Tahir, who had to cancel for health reasons.

  • Winternachten 2011 – Winternacht 2

    The Promised Land

    The experiences of emigrants have resulted in a lot of outstanding literature. Apparently, the shocking contrast between dream and reality is not only a painful but also a rich source of inspiration. Jean Kwok, who originally comes from China, grew up in America and now lives in the Netherlands, wrote about migrants' experiences in her book Bijna thuis (Girl in Translation). The Moroccan Youssouf El Alamy in his novel The Clandestines wrote about the illusions and disillusions of boat people who don't see their dreams come true. Hassnae Bouazza talks to the writers about the everlasting enchantment of the Promised Land. In English.

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 1

    The tone and the Music

    The Lebanese Iman Humaydan is a sociologist, writer, journalist, conservationist and human rights activist. In her novels there is not much explicit that reminds one of her activism. Her commitment is packed in stories about people trying to save themselves against the backdrop of her troubled fatherland. But as a journalist she lets loose, distancing herself easily from her poetic, sometimes dreamy style. What's behind that? Does she think literature is not meant to change the world? And what does The Dutch writer Gustaaf Peek think about that? He shows his commitment by writing about current affairs in his novels. In English

  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten vrijdagavond

    Wintercafé 1: Herman Koch

    The newly introduced Wintercafé, was a succes. A place at the festival where there was ample space for readings and short, informal interviews. There was music, you could have a drink and the hosts provided an informal atmosphere. A four-part programme.
    In part 1 Herman Koch got the mood going: especially for the Wintercafé he wrote a Short History of Deceit. In which he gave a historical account of how from infancy he conjured up a fictitious world. Sometimes it is just more fun to lie. And doesn't amount writing to telling lies? Do we want to believe Kochs lies? This programme was realized in cooperation with DeBuren in Brussels, whom includes Kochs story as a 'radiobook' and broadcasts it worldwide. In Dutch.
    Singer, composer and percussionist Victor Sams played the ngoni. The peculiar sound of this old African string instrument, made of gourd, a piece of wood and fishing line, takes you to mysterious heigths. He was accompanied by Nathan Klumperbeek on acoustic bass.

  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten vrijdagavond

    Wintercafé 2: Masquerades

    Pupils from local secondary schools just did it: climbing the stage of the wintercafé and reading their poetry on the topic of 'masquerades'. In Dutch. In preparation their class was visited by poet Jan Baeke, they read and analysed poetry and polished their own words. Not only Gerrit Komrij was impressed by the pupils: it was one of the highlights of Friday nights programming.

  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten vrijdagavond

    Wintercafé 3: Metamorphoses

    In the programme Metamorphoses three authors read about metamorphoses with gusto. Gündüz Vassaf (Turkey) made Istanbul speak. Nury Vittachi (Hongkong) gave satirical examples of East-West metamorphoses. And the Moroccan writer Youssouf Amine Elalamy told a story in which metamorphoses are rampant.

  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten vrijdagavond

    Wintercafé 4: You don't know what you see

    Two scientists on the question 'what is the function of our manipulative brain?' Psychologist Katinka van der Kooij investigates how our brain falsifies reality nonstop. In her recently published book of short stories Without Exit she gratefully uses man's imaginative and interpretative capacity. Evolutionary biologist Tijs Goldschmidt in his latest book Angels' Balls writes the story'Koko en Kafka', about manipulating reality in pseudo-scientific animal documentaries. Both writers werel reading from their work and busied themselves with the question if we can survive without manipulation.