international literature festival winternachten the hague

21th edition of the Winternachten International Literature Festival, 14-17 January 2016 in The Hague

From Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January 2016 the Winternachten Festival brings (international) writers together with their audience. Four days of performances, (...) read more
In retrospect: Indonesia and the history of '65-'66
On 5 October 2015 in the Central Library in The Hague: The Indonesian writer Laksmi Pamuntjak and the Dutch journalist Hilde Janssen discussed the biggest taboo of Indonesia, the mass killings during the period of the transition of power from president Soekarno to Suharto in 1965/1966. Moderated by historian Remco Raben. Info and tickets.
Retrospect: Syria, What's Next?
Watch the video registration.What will the future of Syria look like once the war has come to an end? On 29 May moderator and writer David Van Reybrouck discussed this question with the Syrian novelist Nihad Siries and the young Palestine/Syrian poet Ghayath Almadhoun. Both are in exile. They read from their work, and met Laila Zwaini, a researcher on shari'a, rule of law, tribes, and social change in the Arab and Muslim World. They were joined by the Belgium writer Lieve Joris, who wrote a book about Syria. Click here for a retrospect. (...) read more
Retrospect: Dealing with Putin
How do you negotiate with the Russian president Vladimir Putin? On 29 April 2015, we were looking for the answer. Kremlin-watcher Michel Krielaars, the influential Russian journalist and activist Oksana Chelycheva, Mikhail Shishkin - one of the most important contemporary Russian novelists and Adriaan Jacobovitz de Szeged, former diplomat for the Dutch government. Click here for the video recording.
Sigrid Bousset new festival programme coordinator
Our programme coordinator Judith Uyterlinde will leave our organisation. Her successor at the festival is Sigrid Bousset. She will be in charge of a new team of curators.

Judith Uyterlinde worked for Writers Unlimited since 2007 as a curator, and from 2012 as the programme coordinator. She also curated Writers Unlimited The Series, the series of international literature programmes in The Hague's Central Library. We congratulate her with her new job at the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Sigrid Bousset has been the director of the international literature house Passsa Porta in (...) read more
The Hague Library and Writers Unlimited kick off 'B Unlimited'
The Hague Library and Writers Unlimited have announced  their common initative for a series of programmes around Literature, Science en Social Discourse in The Hague, titled 'B Unlimited'. 

The annual literature festival Writers Unlimited Winternachten started 20 years ago with a mission that still stands: involving literature in the social discourse. Social engagement, not that of the writer giving answers, but that of posing the right questions.
We (...) read more
In retrospect: 20th Writers Unlimited Festival very successful
All four days of the Writers Unlimited Winternachten Festival The Hague's 20th edition were practically sold out. Here you can find a retrospective.

We look back at an inspiring festival, and have started preparing the 21st edition, which will be held from 14 to 17 January 2016. 

For now we invite you to enjoy the festival photo's made by Serge Ligtenberg. You can watch them here. (...) read more
In retrospect: John Gray meets Bas Heijne. Can we change the world?
On 9 March 2015 in the Central Library in The Hague, the famous British philosopher John Gray was interviewed by Dutch writer Bas Heijne on his latest book The Soul of the Marionette

If you really want to achieve something, you can – or so we desperately want tobelieve. Every human deed starts with a desire and faith in one’s own abilities. Can people change the world?

John Gray (1948) is Emeritus Professor of European Thought and one of the G8 – the eight greatest political philosophers of our time. He has (...) read more
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