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International Literature Festival The Hague

Winternachten 2017

Thu 19 January - Sun 22 January 2017

From Thursday 19 January up to and including Sunday 22 January 2017 Winternachten Festival has brought together writers, journalist, thinkers, poets and audiences in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag. The 22nd edition of the most beautiful literary event of The Netherlands carried the motto 'Is This the Real Life?' – about what exists but remains hidden, and about fake – that what isn't there but is shown to us.

During the festival events Friday & Saturday Night Unlimited this motto was at the heart of debates like This is Not America, IS: The Horror Show, Fiction in times of Fake and My Secret City.

Among the eighty guests, the festival welcomed top writers from The Netherlands like Arnon Grunberg, Tommy Wieringa, Bas Heijne and, from abroad, Ian Buruma, Colson Whitehead, Michel Faber, Tomas Sedlacek, Mikhail Shishkin and Salena Godden.

Friday and Saturday evening, Spoken Beat Night performed a mixture of jazz, spoken word, world music, live animation and funky beats. During the festival the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards (Thursday 19 January) and the Jan Campert prizes (Sunday 22 January) were handed out.

Winternachten is a four-day festival that inspires by different stories, new perspectives and topical themes. International and Dutch-language writers reflected during public interviews and debates, at film screenings and music performances on the larger as well as the more banal topics The Netherlands and Europe grapple with.

Winternachten welcomes everyone seeking food for thought, everyone interested in philosophy, novels, poems and non-fiction, everyone interested in getting a different perspective on topical themes, everyone wanting to listen or participate, wanting to meet and share.


Saturday 21 January 2017