Emily Ansenk

Emily Ansenk

Welcome to the Holland Festival, the international performing arts festival that takes place in Amsterdam from 3 through 26 June. This year, the Holland Festival has existed for seventy five years. International connection has been a major aim of the Holland Festival since 1947, and this is, in fact, the reason why it was founded shortly after the war. The need for the connecting power of art is now, especially in these current times, felt particularly strongly again.

For seventy five years, the Holland Festival has shown live performing arts that would not have been featured in the Netherlands otherwise, and the festival has put the makers central from the beginning. It has worked with associate artists since 2019. This year, these are the French-Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo (1960) and the German theatre director Nicolas Stemann (1968). New and recent work from both will be featured.Their professional networks and broad fields of interest will find their way into the programme as well. This year, there will be special attention for two current and relevant areas of focus: climate and representation. In 2022’s inspiring and surprising programme, some great international collaborations have been realised, and significant bridges are built between genres and cultures. Besides familiar festival names like Heiner Goebbels, Ben Frost, Tiago Rodriques, Sami Yusuf, Mary Finsterer, Robin de Raaff, Philippe Manoury, Trajal Harrell and Abd Al Malik, there are also plenty of new names to discover, like directors Wu Tsang and Christopher Rüping and singers Zeynab Abib and Wallen. Many artists focus on the value and vulnerability of nature, and there is attention for energy-efficient production. Sustainability also underlies the reflection on, and making space for perspectives that were not heard or seen often enough throughout history. The Holland Festival is for everyone.

Interesting content will be added to the website each week in the run-up to the festival. We hope everyone enjoys reading about and choosing the pieces and events they wish to attend. See you in June!

Emily Ansenk
Holland Festival director