18 Jan

Winternachten literary festival

The Winternachten international literature festival takes place in The Hague from 15 to 19 January 2020. During the annual festival writers and poets speak out about today’s burning questions.

Enjoy a long weekend in The Hague and attend readings, prose, poetry, storytelling, spoken word, author interviews, topical discussions, films and music on stages all over the city. This annual event connects more than 100 writers, poets and spoken word artists from home and abroad.

Half of the programme is in English.

A Free Mind

Dozens of international authors, Dutch writers and promising newcomers join together at Winternachten. The public can bask in the cosmopolitan atmosphere, have conversations with authors about favourite books or films, and find inspiration in readings, debates and discussions.

The jubilee edition pays special attention to liberation, and specifically: the decolonisation of Western thinking. How free is our mind, what does that freedom mean and are we really free or trapped in the framework of our culture, society and history? With this theme, the festival also establishes a link with its first editions, when it focused on the Netherlands' relationship with Indonesia, Surinam, the Antilles and South Africa.

Ticket info

Tickets for Friday Night Unlimited or Saturday Night Unlimited gives access that evening to all festival programmes in Theater aan het Spui and to the festival films screened in Filmhuis. Tickets cost € 25.00 (discounts apply) and can be purchased directly from the festival programme overview.

The festival also features the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards on Thursday, 16 January and a Dutch Writer’s Fest on Sunday, 19 January. They each cost € 15.00.

Please visit the website of Writers Unlimited for more information.