Winternachten international literature festival The Hague is the most important international literature event of the Netherlands. The festival brings together writers, poets, thinkers and musicians from all parts of the world together with their audiences. They share their work, their experiences, their dreams and ideas. Across borders of languages and cultures. These encounters are celebrations of the word, feasts of discovery and recognition, with an open eye for everything that globalisation means for society. With Dutch language programmes mixed in among international ones, the festival bridges the gap between Dutch literary audiences and those coming from abroad.

Festival locations

Winternachten Festival takes place among other at Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, Paard en Theater Dakota. On the festival’s Friday and Saturday, the two venues are connected through an indoor passage to form one large festival location.

Opening Night

A fantastic line-up of fifteen Dutch and international authors gives a preview of the festival with recitation of their new poetry and prose, interspersed with dance by Shailesh Bahoran. A festive evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Winternachten festival with the presentation of the anniversary collection The Conquest of Jupiter (About the decolonization of the spirit) .