They moved beyond the beaten track, looking for the unknown. Nearly one hundred writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and scientists challenged us to take part in the experience. They came from among others India, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Surinam, the Antilles, South Africa to Winternachten. They read from their own work, played the main part in discussions, debates, concerts, public discussions and film programmes. This year there was a lot of attention for Berber culture, with poets from Morocco and the Netherlands. The history of the Netherlands and Indonesia was the subject of two programmes in cooperation with NIOD. Pankaj Mishra, the prominent Indian writer, opened the festival with the Winternachten lecture on literature and globalization. You could witness the first public dictation of Sranantongo in Winternacht 2.
A closed conference of eleven writers from eight countries took place during the festival. Read the report of the conference here in PDF.