Some eighty writers, poets and upcoming literary talents from all parts of the globe gathered in The Hague. During the four atmospheric days of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague, they discussed from their own perspectives and imaginations the renaissance of collective idealism. The 23rd edition of the festival, carrying the motto We the People, focused on the desire for a collective experience and the resurgence of social movements.
Dates, programme and box office
The Winternachten festival took place from Thursday 18 until Sunday 21 Januari 2018 in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag. The full programme - all performances of the writers, poets, thinkers and musicians - were available on www.writersunlimited.nl by the end of November 2017. Tickets for the grand festival evenings Friday and Saturday Night Unlimited sold until 26 December for the Early Bird reduced price of 20 Euros; from 27 December the regular ticket price was 28,50 Euros with reductions for students.
Theme: longing for a decisive collective experience
Shervin Nekuee, programme curator of the festival, said about this edition's theme: "Winternachten 2018 will be a literary, poetic and musical story about longing for a decisive collective feeling. Through speech, words and poetry, our writers will speak about social movements; about the current status of 'freedom, equality and fraternity' in revolutionary Europe; about how Europeans deal with the world that surrounds them. It is going to be a scintillating festival with a lot of recitations, conversations, films and music. Winternachten festival brings together top writers, top poets and up-and-coming talents from far away and close by."