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Stories, poems, spoken word and music at The Hague literary awards ceremony

Winnaars Haagse Literatuurprijzen, vlnr Marion Bloem, Donald Niedekker, Dominique De Groen, Marjan Slob.
Winnaars Haagse Literatuurprijzen, vlnr Marion Bloem, Donald Niedekker, Dominique De Groen, Marjan Slob.

On Sunday afternoon 12 February, the Winternachten festival opens with stories, poems, spoken word and music during the festive presentation of the Hague literature awards. With, among others, Marion Bloem, Sinan Can and singer Tessa Douwstra, known as Luwten!

On Sunday afternoon 12 February 2023, during the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague in Theater aan het Spui, the Hague's literary prizes will be awarded.

This is what this literary and musical afternoon looks like: from 13:30 you are welcome in Theater aan het Spui, where the programme starts at 14:30 with interviews and performances on the foyer stage by the Jonge Stadsdichter (Young City Poet) 2023 and spoken word artists Amara van der Elst and Hasan Gök. Drinks will be available in the foyer and bookshop De Vries van Stockum will sell books and poetry collections by the award-winning writers.

Afterwards, in Zaal 1, prize winners Marion Bloem, Donald Niedekker, Dominique De Groen and Marjan Slob will receive the Constantijn Huygens, F. Bordewijk, Jan Campert and J. Greshoff prizes respectively from the hands of Saskia Bruines, alderwoman for culture.

In honour of the winners, there will be performances by poet Obe Alkema, journalist and documentary maker Sinan Can - currently his Sinan op zoek naar het paradijs can be seen on NPO1 -, singer Tessa Douwstra, better known as LUWTEN, TV producer Kaja Wolffers - son of Marion Bloem -, The Hague student Jeremy Jordan Rosa and the first official performance by The Hague's new Jonge Stadsdichter (Young City Poet).

The jubilee publication celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Hague's literary awards will also be presented. Hassnae Bouazza will be moderating the event.

The programme in Zaal 1 will be opened musically by handpan player Hashem Kabreet and closed with a performance by Orchestre Partout.


When? Sunday 12 February 2023, from 2.30-17.30 p.m.

Where? Theatre aan het Spui - foyer and Hall 1, The Hague

Tickets are sold out.

Note: this event is in Dutch.


The Literatuurmuseum organises the awarding and handing over of The Hague's Literary Prizes. The programme is compiled by Jet Steinz on behalf of the Literatuurmuseum/Writers Unlimited. Jonge Stadsdichter is a collaboration of the municipality of The Hague, Huis van Gedichten, Bibliotheek Den Haag and the Literatuurmuseum.

Posted on: Friday 20 January 2023