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Festival Winternachten

Meet writers, poets and spoken word artists from around the globe! Listen to the writers' conversations on topical subjects, readings and music performances of the Winternachten International Literature Festival The Hague.

The 28th edition of the Winternachten International Literature Festival The Hague will for once not take place during four days in January, but will be spread out over festival afternoons and evenings on Sunday 12 February, Sunday 12 March, Sunday 16 and Friday 21 April 2023 at Theater aan het Spui, The Hague. The festival motto will be 'All the World's a Book'.

The drawing above has been made by Rotterdam-based visual artist Gwen Stok and was commissioned by Writers Unlimited especially for the Winternachten festival 2023. 

From 19 December: festival programme and ticket sales go live

From 19 December 2022 you may find here on our website the festival line up with all information about the programme, schedules and the participating authors.

Starting 19 December as well, you may order your tickets here online for a reduced, early bird price. From 5 February ticket prices will be available for a regular price. All persons up to and including 30 years of age as well as holders of a CJP- or Ooievaarspass benefit from reduced ticket prices.

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About the Winternachten festival

Since 1995 Writers Unlimited organises the international literature festival Winternachten in The Hague. In the past years many tens of thousands of visitors have witnessed conversations and readings by writers and poets on topical themes. The festival has grown into one of the most important international literary events in the Netherlands. Under the motto 'Give the floor to the authors', the festival has involved literature in the national and international social debate. The programmes take place at various locations in the city of The Hague, including Paard, Amare, Theater Dakota, PIP, in three libraries in neighbourhoods in The Hague and at schools and universities.

Writers Unlimited brings together writers, poets, thinkers and scientists from all over the world to discuss literature, art, science and society. Annually in January in the Winternachten festival, throughout the year in the Writers Series, monthly programmes at various locations in The Hague, and in our Podcasts. Our activities are made possible by structural subsidies from the Municipality of The Hague and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, and incidentally by various private funds, and cooperation partners such as PEN International, PEN Nederland and the Jan Campert-Stichting.

Thanks for support and cooperation
We're thankful for the support and cooperation we receive from our wonderful colleagues in The Hague, from the participating authors, from our volunteers and from our partners: the City of The Hague, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Dioraphte, Fonds 21 and the Lira Fonds.

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