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Programme 2020

Lieve vreemde

Maartje Wortel, Veddran Kopljar, Vincent Icke, Rinke Nijburg, Tudor Bratu, Robert Glas, L.A. Raeven, Alma Mathijsen, Tomas Dirrix, Yaïr Callender

Artists from various disciplines are invited to exchange letters about their creative lives, about community and the relationship between the two.

Holland Festival podcast

A fourpart podcast in the run-up to Holland Festival 2020.

Tongues Untied

Marlon Riggs

A personal documentary essay about the black gay scene in New York in the 1980s.

HF Young Night

Find out more about the 2020 festival programme.

Memories of My Body

Garin Nugroho

Juno, a young boy from Java, is discovering his own sexual identity.

Garin Nugroho x Commonland

Can we still turn the tide and maintain a habitable planet? And who is responsible for the changes that need to be made? Nugroho and Commonland will be sitting down to talk about just that.

The Planet – A Lament

Garin Nugroho

A healing lament in the wake of a natural disaster.

The Body Knows Better

Exhibition with new work about the expressiveness of the human body.


Decoratelier in association with 16 artists

Modern spaces for conventional theatre.


Antonín Dvořák, Dutch National Opera

A water nimph yearning for the love of a human.


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

A learning piece for thinking dancers.


Louis Andriessen, Lucie Horsch, Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw, Cappella Amsterdam

Louis Andriessen composes ode to Frans Brüggen.

Archief Rufus Collins

The footage enables us to get to know Collins through interviews with him and other theatre makers who worked with him.

Prayers of the People

Kenyon Victor Adams “little Ray”, Bill T. Jones

Ensemble performance of Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

King Today

To what extent are King’s battle, and the issues he raised, relevant in the Netherlands today?

Drei Schwestern

Susanne Kennedy, Münchner Kammerspiele

‘A philosophical evening, visually astonishing’ – Süddeutsche Zeitung

Workshop dans

With dancers of Bill T. Jones’ company.

The Mysterious Lai Teck

Ho Tzu Nyen

Intriguing performance about a triple agent in colonial Southeast Asia.

Op hoop van zegen

Simon Stone, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Classic Heijermans play reimagined by director Simon Stone.


Hans van Manen, Toer van Schayk, Wubkje Kuindersma / Ernst Meisner / Remi Wörtmeyer, Dutch National Ballet

Ballet performed to majestic, sweeping compositions.

The Murder of Halit Yozgat

Ben Frost

Chilling opera about the reconstruction of a murder case.


Amir ElSaffar

Cultural reconciliation through healing musical ecstasy.

Glory & Tears

Love & Revenge: Rayess Bek, Randa Mirza, Mehdi Haddab, Julien Perraudeau

Arab music and B movies in an exciting new package.

Holland Festival Late Night

For everyone who doesn’t feel like going home yet there is the Holland Festival Late Night: on three Saturdays during the festival in the Bimhuis Café.


Bill T. Jones en gasten

Lively evening with Bill T. Jones and his sources of inspiration.

Miriam Makeba and Stokely Carmichael; celebrated and maligned talent

We will be looking at Makeba’s journey from shy singer to political activist and her American period with Stokely Carmichael. An evening with spoken word and live music.

Once Upon a Time, an Iron Rose..

Rokia Traoré

Ode to the South African singer Miriam Makeba.

L’homme rare

Nadia Beugré, Studios Kabako

Provocative view on gender and masculinity.

Snarky Puppy in your studio

Bands get the chance to meet the Puppies and get some musical advice.


Concertgebouworkest meets Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès, Franz Liszt, Igor Stravinsky, with dance by LeineRoebana

De Wittgensteins

Jeroen De Man Toneelgroep Oostpool, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, Het Nationale Theater

Portrait of an extremely wealthy, eccentric, artistic family in the midst of the events that shaped present-day Europe.


BOG. & Het Zuidelijk Toneel

A philosophical, absurdist sound performance all about words.

Meet Elizabeth Diller

Architect & set designer of the New York High Line and Deep Blue Sea in conversation with Tracy Metz.

Holland Festival and Royal Theatre Carré present

When Paths Meet

Sami Yusuf, Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest, Cappella Amsterdam

A boundless celebration of music from the heart.

Together Games

Ashley Fure, Simon Steen-Andersen, Ensemble Modern

Playful spectacle in sound by two adventurous composers.

Snarky Puppy

Fusion jazz in an intimate, acoustic performance.

the motown project

Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran

Eclectic mix of opera and soul.

Luistermutant 2020

Micha Hamel, Arlon Luijten, philharmonie zuidnederland

Classical music and ‘serious games’ in a radical listening maze.

Deep Blue Sea

Bill T. Jones, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Peter Nigrini

Loneliness and connection in the midst of a sea of people.

Opera in the Park: Rusalka

Enjoy the free open-air screening of the enchanting opera Rusalka.

The Just and the Blind

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Drew Dollaz

Poetic, musical indictment of institutional racism in the US.

Nous pour un moment

Stéphane Braunschweig, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe

The paradoxical depths of human relations.

Poetry Circle x Holland Festival

What is your identity? Who are you really? What are your roots and where is home? Four spoken word artists reflect on this subject: Sjaan Flikweert, Jasper Albinus, Jörgen Gario UNOM, Rachel Rumai Diaz.

Le Sacre du printemps/common ground[s]

Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo

Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables, Sadler’s Wells

Inspired encounters between different dance traditions.

Porca Miseria

Trajal Harrell

Boundary-breaking dance trilogy.

Rituals of the new decade

A programme about saying goodbye to limitations in order to make space for new ways of being.

Vocal Classics of the Black Avant-Garde

Elaine Mitchener

Powerful interpretations of revolutionary African-American jazz.

Breakfast with Trajal Harrell

A breakfast conversation between choreographer Trajal Harrell and the Glamcult editorial team.

Take Part+ for art students and schools

Masterclass by spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph at the Poetry Circle Amsterdam

Students from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie will be working with architecture firm Traumnovelle to design a public installation in the Muziekgebouw.

Architect Elizabeth Diller will be giving a lecture for students from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht’s Scenography programme.

A range of activities are also being organised for students at the Hyperion Lyceum and the IMC Weekendschool.

Composer Ashley Fure will be working with composition students at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Multimedia artist Ho Tzu Nyen will be talking to young artists during studio visits at the Rijkakademie.

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