What’s on during the International Literature Festival Utrecht

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After having been named UNESCO City of Literature in November last year, Utrechts Het Literatuurhuis has decided to merge the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU) and the Night of Poetry into one major literature festival that will take place from 15 to 29 September at various locations in Utrecht. Through this Festival Utrecht is trying to make literature as accessible to as many people as possible.
For more information take a look at their web site: https://www.ilfu.nl/

The ILFU starts at the Uitfeest Utrecht on September 15 with a book market on the Vredenburg, next to which in Tivoli Vredenburg an extensive literary and musical programme will take place all afternoon, for everyone, young and old. The festival will end with The Night of Poetry. Throughout the Festival there will be performances by writers and poets as well as musicians and theatre productions.

One feature will be the ILFU Book Club where a contemporary novel will be discussed in a small group alongside translator or writer. American writer Lisa Halliday will be guest on September 20th with her novel Asymmetry, which will look at the power imbalance of the modern world. The Book Club lasts two hours. In the first hour the book is discussed with a moderator.
Find out more here: https://www.hetliteratuurhuis.nl/evenement/book-club-lisa-halliday/

On September 21, there is an Evening of the Novel, where participants will be able to talk about the meaning and value of novels. This will travel around the world of the novel in the four halls of TivoliVredenburg. In attendance will be contemporary novelists from all over the world, and they will lecture on classics that are still popular today. One of the panels will be about feminism, with discussions on The First Stone by Helen Garner and Niña Weijers talking about Simone de Beauvoirs Le deuxième sexe.
More information can be found here: https://www.hetliteratuurhuis.nl/evenement/ilfu-roman-avond/

On September 24, there will be of a musical theatre performance about one of the greatest and most beloved Dutch poets Vasalis. Her poems will be introduced by author and fellow poet Hagar Peeters, who compiled the Vasalis anthology in 2009. She will talk about what the poetry of Vasalis can do for the reader as it expands the imagination and lifts the soul.
More information at:  https://www.hetliteratuurhuis.nl/evenement/vasalis-altijd-vandaag/

On September 25, we can look forward to the world-famous Turkish folk hero Selda Bagcan who will perform with her young Israeli band Boom Pam. She has been one of the most important musical voices of the Turkish protest movement, and from the outset she was one of the most politically outspoken singer-songwriters in the country. Her lyrics and fantastical interpretation of Turkish folk music alongside her emotional presentation make her performances a life changing, not to be missed experience. Before the concert starts there will be a short discussion about Selda’s life, career and texts.
In the link below you will find an interview Selda: https://www.ilfu.nl/programma/selda-bagcan/

The 36th Night of Poetry will take place on Saturday 29 September. This year many Dutch poets will present their work at the largest poetry event in the country, they will welcome work from debutants to veterans, alongsidey musical and other acts. The night will feature amongst others: Judith Herzberg, Thomas Möhlmann, Anton Korteweg, Paul Bogaert, Radna Fabias, Gerda Blees, Moya De Feyter, Rodan Al-Galidi, Anneke Claus, Arno Van Vlierberghe, Ted van Lieshout and Vicky Francken.
More information again from: https://www.ilfu.nl/programma/36ste-nacht-van-de-poezie/

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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