From Monday 29 October until Sunday 4 November, Crossing Border Festival will take place in The Hague. The literature and music festival returns this year, to its familiar location in and around the Theater aan het Spui and several locations in the vicinity, with a varied, international program full of literature, spoken word, music and special collaborations.
Some highlights from the programme so far are writer José Eduardo Agualusa from Angola, one of the great literary names of the Portuguese-speaking world; the American poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, whose last book with essays They Can not Kill Us Until They Kill Us was elected book of the year by various American media; the Italian writer Edoardo Albinati; the German theater maker and writer Sasha Marianna Salzmann; and the Dutch authors Tommy Wieringa and Abdelkader Benali.
On Sunday 4 November a special programme will take place when British composer, music pedagogue and double bass player Gavin Bryars plays songs from the Samuel Beckett Songbook.
Crossing Border will also host the award ceremony for the Europese Literatuurprijs 2018 (European Literature Prize) on Wednesday 31 October, and provides young writers and translators workshops and an audience with The Chronicles. Both programmes are organized in collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for Literature and its Amsterdam Translators’ House.
The Crossing Border festival lasts almost a full week with the main program on 1, 2 and 3 November. Ticket sales, with early bird tickets (limited availability), have already started. Tickets are available via this link.