International literature and music festival

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Music and poetry are like coffee and cake. Taste good on their own and even better together. Obviously, we know this already, but for some of the students at local schools, it might be a discovery. During their lesson programme Broeinest facilitated by Huis van Gedichten teachers, they may discover just how good that coffee/cake combo is.

Huis van Gedichten (literally: House of Poems) is a Den Haag-based foundation that believes in the power of spoken word and poetry. Their mission is to enable children and young adults to experience this playfulness with language at school.

The Broeinest lesson programme combines in-class teaching and a live festival experience. Huis van Gedichten believes that everyone has a story to tell, and where better to experience that than with writers, musicians and poets?

During the lessons at school, students listen to work by two Crossing Border artists, either a poet or writer and a musician. We explore the effect of music, sound and rhythm on a text, and students consider what music means to them. Our teachers guide the students in writing their own poetry or spoken word pieces inspired by the work of the festival artists. The cherry on the cake is the student's presentation of their work live on stage on Friday night at the festival, together with the festival artists.