Winternachten 2007


The powershifts in the long period of decolonisation have translated themselves in streetscapes and cityscapes. Buildings changed roles and houses and earth got other owners. What role has the government played in these changes? Fourteen researchers … read more

Power and Violence

Neither the 'liberation' by the Japanese, nor independence brought the Indonesians the much hoped for peace and quiet. New violence emerged: criminally or politically motivated? Australian historian Robert Cribb told about the research into the … read more

Decolonization on location

Historiography in the present Indonesia hardly differs from the previous generation, at the time of president Suharto's New Order. A new class of young, aspiring historians looks at its own history with a fresh view. Programme coordinator Muhamad … read more

Financial perkaras

Host Paul van der Gaag talked to historians Hans Meijer and Peter Keppy about their research into administrative decisions on arrears in civil servants' salaries, material war damage and rehabilitation. On the struggle of the Dutch government and … read more

Who is the boss?

Along the railroads and in the harbours and the mines Indonesian workers worked in the service of the Dutch oppressor or the local native elite. How did these workers, but also the domestic workers and betjak drivers undergo the change from colonial … read more

From Javanese Bank to Bank Indonesia

The Dutch-East Indian province brought forth a thriving businesslife with a monopoly for Dutch enterprises. When Sukarno declared the republic Indonesia in 1945 it seemed that there was no future was Dutch companies on Indonesian soil However, … read more

From the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia

What is decolonization? It is the departure, gradually that is, of an old colonial power. Is it an arrival too? The decolonization of Indonesia is full of questions and uncertainties. Remco Raben came to mention this in his introduction. Subsequentl… read more

Young poets - part 2

'It is our explicit wish to remain anonymous', wrote poet Alfred Schaffer in his last anthology, Schuim (Foam). Nevertheless he and five other poets of the young generation read from their work. In this second part: the former Antwerp 'city poet' … read more

The last journey

It happens a number of times a year in our country: a funeral where no one turns up. There are no surviving relatives or they show no interest in the deceased. The coffin is lowered into the ground under the watchful eye of the civil servant of … read more

Pupil poets

Do not underestimate them, the young talents at the secondary school in The Hague. In the past few years they made quite an impression with the poems they wrote for Winternachten. Alfred Schaffer presents the young poets, who were inspired by a poet … read more

Pupils in search of poetry

Tense and a little uncomfortably they roamed the theatre: the pupils who had to perform at the festival and who meanwhile stared at what their professional examples brought to the stage. Poet Alfred Schaffer presented the pupils from The Hague and … read more

Berber poetry - the advance of the Tamazight

The way Fadma El Ouariachi reads is impressive. This poet from the Rif mountains writes poems in Tamazight, the language of the Berbers of North Africa. Young Dutch poet Khadija al Mourabit writes poets in this language. They performed together with … read more

From Batavia to Jakarta in prose, poetry and film

The past is what has been, governments cherish hush-hush policies, but history remains alive in the family memory. How do younger generations look at the making of Indonesia? What is left of the aspirations of their parents? Has the decolonization … read more

Sonologic landscape

Languages clash and mingle in the new country. Composer Jos Janssen put poems by the famous Sundanese author Ajip Rosidi to wonderful electronic sounds. The Sundanese journalist and editor Hawé Setiawan talked to Rosidi and the Sundanese/Dutch art … read more

Right and Wrong

Living in a country torn by war means making choices, choosing between right and wrong, is the general feeling. But when is 'good' good? What does the retrospective view do with these value judgements? 'During the war you just lived your life,' says … read more

Dictation Sranantongo

Something new for the Netherlands! A public dictation for all those who speak Sranantongo. The lingua franca of Surinam has had an official spelling since the 1980s. But who masters it? We monitored the state of affairs: speakers of Sranantongo … read more

Young poets - part 1

' I t is our explicit wish to remain anonymous', wrote poet Alfred Schaffer in his last anthology , Schuim (Foam). Nevertheless he and five other poets from the young generation read from their work. In this first part: Alfred Schaffer, made his … read more

Women on expedition

What lady would leave the beaten track? Why run the risk of illness, robbery and the unknown bush ? Two travel writers and a professor talked to one another. Karin Anema ventured into the Surinamese interior, Ineke Holtwijk made her acquaintance … read more

For the sake of love - Surinamese and Aruban female writers in the Netherlands

Family ties, migration as an exploratory expedition, and the quest for love. These are the themes in the work of three Caribbean writers in the Netherlands. They write about the search for a new existence overseas. In the Sranantongo poems of the … read more

Downright performers: Surinam and St Maarten

Overwhelmingly and defiantly Changa Hickinson of St.-Maarten brings his committed, activist poetry to the stage, booming and singing about colonialism and slavery, alternating this with whispers about poverty and suppression. Just as committed is … read more

In search of the soul. Part 3: Art

If there is one occupational group tackling its own spiritual welfare then is is the artists' guild. Are the eyes the mirror of the soul? Is the soul paramount? What benefits the soul the most, the world or an Elysian island? What would Achterberg … read more

In search of the soul. Part 2: Religion

Is the soul purely religious? The answer to that question and to the alleged divine sides of the soul were provided by the Indian writer Pankaj Mishra and the British writer Karen Armstrong. Pankaj Mishra wrote the eassay-like travel novel The … read more

In search of the soul. Part 1: Science

'Your soul is something holy, she has been breathed in by God and as she gets older she grows little hairs.' That's how the soul was thought of in the Middle Ages. But what is the present state of affairs, is she still breathed in by God, and if so: … read more

In search of pure Islam

Hosted by writer/journalist Joris Luyendijk, journalist Rachida Azough and writer/essayist Ian Buruma talked to the Moroccan/Dutch writer Fouad Laroui on his book On Islamism. A Personal Rebuttal. He dissects and refutes the principles of islamism … read more

The great crossing

From Tanger to Europe go the harragas . They risk their lives in rickety boats, expecting the fulfilment of their dangerous desires at the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Moroccan immigrants, driven by misfortune to the most desperate acts, … read more

Two Houses

A daily topic of conversation in the Arab press still: Omaret Yacoubian , the adaptation of the novel by Alaa Al Aswany. A story about corruption, fundamentalism, adultery, drugs, trade and homosexuality. People cry out against the film, but the … read more

Gulliver's New Travels

'My little friend Grildrig... I cannot but conclude that the majority of your inhabitants belongs to the most damaging and the most detestable vermin that Mother nature ever allowed to walk on the face of the earth,' Jonathan Swift wrote in his … read more

The world goose board

In a well or in jail? Miss one turn or tell your travel story. Adriaan van Dis, Cynthia McLeod, Reggie Baay and Thomas Rosenboom played the World Goose Board, a risky journey through the world, in search of the ideal destination. Dutch spoken. … read more

Journey to a dreamed Netherlands

'There was a time which, according to some, still continues. In that time the Netherlands was much bigger than now.' This is how Cees Nooteboom once began a fairytale about the Netherlands. In his opening speech about a journey to a dreamed … read more

VPRO's OVT - Live in Winternachten

The last sounds from Winternachten 2007 were heard on Sunday morning from The Hague in a live broadcast of OVT, the history programme of VPRO radio. The programme was dedicated to Winternachten and the relationship between history and literature. … read more

Reading Club Live

The NRC-Handelsblad reading club came live from Winternachten. Bas Heijne, Elsbeth Etty and Sjoerd de Jong publicly discussed Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, in the translation by Bas Heijne. Last year Winternachten experienced the … read more

Living together multi-coloured: the Antilles, Surinam, the Netherlands

A debate. Creole, Hindostani or Javanese, Bakra, Makamba or Indian. How do the various population groups live together on the Antilles and in Surinam? Are there problems with integration or have the colour barriers been levelled? What is the … read more

Winternachten lecture

The Indian writer Pankaj Mishra opened the festival in the Nieuwe kerk with the first Winternachten lecture. He spoke about the influence of globalization on literature. The lecture in English and Dutch can be downloaded as an Acrobat Reader … read more