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Programme 20th edition of the festival: 15-18 January 2015

Karl Ove Knausgård will open Writers Unlimited Festival The Hague
On Thursday 15 January 8 p.m. the opening speech of the 2015 edition of the Writers Unlimited Winternachten Festival The Hague will be held by the internationally renowned author Karl Ove Knausgård. From 15-18 January the festival offers performances by writers from all over the world. British writer Karen Armstrong will deliver the Winternachten Lecture on Friday 17 january. The festival takes place in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag. (...) read more
A lot of music on the coming festival
We are looking forward to musical performances from Anna Montan & Patrick Lauwerends (jazzy Indonesian keroncong), Ernst Reijseger (cello), Anton Goudsmit (guitar), Pauni Trio (Bulgarian polyfony), Nolly (kawina music from Surinam), Blue Moon chorus, singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz III, ud-player Mohamed Ahaddaf, composer and pianist Calliope Tsoupaki, the very special Règâhs from The Hague, dj's Safri and Socrates. And Portuguese fado from Cristina Branco and João Paulo!
in retrospect: Javier Cercas and Herman Koch in The Series

The Dutch Herman Koch and the Spanish Javier Cercas are both international bestseller-writers with a fascination for criminal youngsters. The adults surrounding them - teachers, parents, police officers - cannot be trusted. Nor can the writers that are playing a part in the novels. Which moral issues did Koch en Cercas investigate while writing their novels? Who do they think are the real ‘bad guys’? An interview by Maarten Steenmeijer in the Central Library of The Hague. In English.
In Retrospect: Science Unlimited The Series: 'Master of your own brain?'
The first in a series of science debates - Science Unlimited The Series - took place on 15 October 2014. In this programme three distinguished guests talked about free will. Does it exist or not? Kathinka Baehr lead the conversation between neuro psychologist Simon van Gaal, neuro-marketing researcher Andries van der Leij and writer Abdelkader Benali.The programme was in Dutch. Within a few days the videoregistration will be online on this site.
In Retrospect: A Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez
In the Central Library in The Hague, journalist Frénk van der Linden interviewed Jaime García Márquez - the younger brother of Gabriel Garcia Márquez, and his biographer Gerald Martin in The Hague.

Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He began writing poetry at a (...) read more
In Retrospect: 'On Living' by Nâzim Hikmet elected most beautiful Turkish poem ever written
Just before the local elections in Turkey, on Friday 28 March in The Hague, the most beautiful Turkish poem ever written was elected in The Hague. The poem  Yaşamaya Dair (On living) by Nâzim Hikmet gained the large majority of votes. 

Seven writers, poets, politicians and journalists of Turkish/Dutch and Dutch descent each presented a poem of their choice. The audience added three more poems. After a vote in the theatre, there was one obvious winner. The poem by Hikmet was proposed by (...) read more
Writers Unlimited Winternachten 2014: successful and inspiring for many visitors
A visitor twittered: "What a beautiful #WU14. Beautiful people, great texts and music. Wonderful!'

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