Crossing Border Festival

Crossing Border Festival

Oct 29, 2019Nov 03, 2019
Theater aan het Spui, The Hague Public Library and Nieuwe Kerk
The Hague
Various prices

The prestigious and inspiring Crossing Border Festival will be back in The Hague with eminent authors and musicians from around the globe! Some huge names will be present, such as Kate Tempest, Kevin Morby, Thurston Moore, Hilary Mantel and Robert Harris, so don't miss out! Not long now till October 29!

About Crossing Border

Crossing Border is one of the most superb international interdisciplinary literature and music festivals in Europe. At the six-day event, more than 100 celebrated international authors and artists are given a stage to present their work and to open a dialogue with each other and the wider cultural sphere.

Photo credit: Parcifal Werkman Crossing Border Festival

Mixing literature and music

Set in the centre of The Hague, Crossing Border welcomes over 100 writers, musicians and artists from all over the world. Crossing Border has carved out a niche for itself in the increasingly crowded festival scene by creating a balance between literature and music.

In the packed programme, authors, book presentations, interviews and Q&A sessions are usually the focus of the daytime, while the night looks to highlight break-through acts in music. The themes of this year's Border Sessions include "Collaborating with non-humans" and "Digital naturalism".

Photo credit: Parcifal Werkman Crossing Border Festival


Regarded as one of the most intellectual festivals to be found in the Netherlands, Crossing Border has been lauded for the work put into arranging the literature portion of the programme. BorderKitchen is the year-round literature podium associated with Crossing Border, which presents internationally acclaimed authors and promising literary talent live on stage to an audience of passionate literature aficionados.

Literary Highlights

The roster of high-profile authors is phenomenal, bringing world-class standards to the festival year after year. Here is a selection of the authors appearing in English:

  • Hilary Mantel
  • Kevin Barry
  • Kevin Breathnach
  • Nicole Flattery
  • László Krasznahorkai
  • Caroline Albertine Minor
  • Jazmina Barrera
  • Simone Atangana Bekono
  • Asha Karami
  • Mazen Maarouf
  • Tiffany Francis
  • Paul Kingsnorth
  • John Lewis-Stempel
  • Debra Solomon
  • Ricardo Cano-Mateo
  • Lisa Schonberg
  • Kristina Dutton
  • William Leslie Amanzuru
  • Rebecca Makkai

Crossing Border Special: European Literature Prize Ceremony

The European Literature Prize Ceremony will take place on November 3. This year's nominees are Arno Geiger, Geir Gulliksen, Marke Šindelka, Ali Smith and Éric Vuillard. This event is free.

Photo credit: Joost Weddepohl Crossing Border Festival

Musical highlights

Here are some highlights of the musical programme at Crossing Border 2019:

  • Thurston Moore
  • Kevin Morby
  • Soap&Skin and stargaze
  • Cautious Clay
  • The Delines
  • Les Filles de Illighadad
  • Emel Mathlouthi
  • Dawes

Get your tickets to Crossing Border Festival

Crossing Border Festival tickets are available online. There are various ticket options available, from day tickets to full festival passes, which you'll find on the Crossing Border website


Thumb photo credit: Joost Weddepohl