Digital song cycle in Extra Programme Holland Festival 2015

In addition to its main programme, the Holland Festival presents an ancillary programme which is more extensive and more varied than ever before. This Extra Programme will feature 63 events, most of which are free of charge. On 31 May the Holland Festival will launch Michel van der Aa's The Book of Sand, the first ever interactive song cycle, inspired by the stories of Jorge Luis Borges and exclusively available as an app or online. The cycle consists of three parallel film layers, which reveal alternative points of view and introduce new elements. Viewers can choose their own path through the story, which is performed by pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke.


Collaborating with established as well as new partners, the Extra Programme will elaborate on this year's festival themes through introductions, post-performance interviews, debates and lectures with artists, writers and thinkers.


As part of the programme’s focus on Turkey and its surrounding regions, Turkey expert Hugh Pope will give a lecture at De Balie on Turkey’s history and the cultural diversity of its people. There will also be a debate on the impact of the Armenian genocide and the role that art can play in the remembrance of this traumatic event.

Another festival focus, Power and the People, will address the nature of leadership and the position of women. Johan Fretz will lead a master class in political spin-doctoring, supported by Dutch spin-doctors Kay van der Linde and Erik van Bruggen. Presenters Niña Weijers and Simone van Saarloos will host a special Holland Festival edition of their Sexist Talkshow, featuring festival artists Christiane Jatahy and Cigdem Yuksel.

In support of the main programme's focus on Pierre Boulez, the Royal Conservatory will stage two lunchtime concerts at the Rijksmuseum underpass, while Het Ketelhuis cinema will show Frank Scheffers' documentary Eclat and master cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will give a lecture recital on Boulez' Messagesquisse.



HF Young Academy

HF Young Academy will offer festival visitors up to the age of 39 the opportunity to attend two art lectures, entitled The Man & The Machine, in which artists and experts provide guidance on how to view Holland Festival performances. The first of these lectures, on 23 April, will address the role of the human body in various art forms and the physical aspects of dance. The second lecture, on 14 May, will focus on The Machine, it will feature a keynote address by Annie Dorsen on her algorithmic theatre, as well as a talk on digital media as a new art form. HF Young Academy is realised in collaboration with Felix in de Steigers and PUPMAG.


The Holland Festival will take place from 30 May until 23 June 2015. The Extra Programme runs from 13 April to 29 June 2015.