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Crossing Border is The leading international literature and music festival in The Netherlands, founded in The Hague in 1992. A space where borders between audience, artists and disciplines disappear.
Every November the historic city centre of The Hague is taken over by more than 80 contemporary writers, poets, musicians and other storytellers in 15+ venues. Established names alongside upcoming, raw talent.

Crossing Border highlights:

Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Salman Rushdie, Germaine Greer, Lou Reed, Colson Whitehead,
PJ Harvey, Elmore Leonard, Karl Ove Knausgard, Marilynne Robinson, James Salter, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, Michel Houellebecq, Denis Johnson, David Sedaris, Anne Enright, Michael Cunningham, Louis Theroux, Per Olov Enquist, Jay McInerney, Michael Madsen, Almudena Grandes, Elias Khoury, Michael Chabon, Lydia Davis, Robert D. Kaplan, Edna O’Brien, Ian McEwan

David Sylvian, Emmylou Harris, Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Tweedy, Mumford & Sons, Neil Finn, Van Dyke Parks, Daniel Johnston, Salif Keita, Boubacar Traoré, Arrested Development, Bettye Lavette, Joan As Police Woman, Anouar Brahem, Fleet Foxes, The Black Keys, Monsters of Folk, Steve Earle, John Grant, The National, St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, Patti Smith, Paul Buchanan, Kate Tempest

"It was the first European arts festival I’d attended, and since then I’ve never been to a better one, anywhere. It was electric, eclectic, fun-loving, and highly democratic."

- Dave Eggers

"For many, many writers, musicians and artists, Crossing Border Festival IS Holland and the Netherlands – it is what we associate the country with: an engine of meeting and discoveries and memorable concerts and book events.”

- Alan Warner


Crossing Border is organized by Stichting Other World Productions, a nonprofit organization. Our aim is to promote literature and reading by organizing compelling live events where audiences can interact with writers from all over the world.
In addition to the festival we organize more literary events during the year such as BorderKitchen and the new literary festival for upcoming talent; You’ll have to scream LOUDER.
Past events include: Het Voorwoord, Walk the Line Festival, The Music in My Head, Crossing Border Antwerpen, Crossing Border Enschede, Words on Fire (Crossing Border Maastricht)


1991, a small bookstore in Amsterdam

Owner Louis Behre, born and bred in The Hague, stocks the most wonderful books, and writers visit his shop on a daily basis, including Dutch poet Simon Vinkenoog. They are constantly 'borrowing' books, which they rarely return. Luckily, Louis thinks of a solution: what if he were to organize an event? By way of compensation, the writers could read from their work for free. The first event was realized soon after, laying the foundation for Crossing Border Festival, which ...

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Special Festival Events

The Chronicles

Paul Auster once said ‘Translators are the shadow heroes of literature’

The Chronicles is a talent development program during Crossing Border for young authors and translators - in residence. With a daily festival blog by the authors that’s translated ‘live’ to several languages. The program also entails a masterclass about translating literature, supported by the Letterenfonds and Vertalershuis. The Master Literary Translation by the University of Utrecht and The Master Literary Translation of KU Leuven (Belgium) are partners.

The Addict

A yearly informal network event of national and international publishers, agents and other book professionals. We welcome 250+ professionals from more than 15 countries. A selection of Dutch talented authors, who perform at the festival, will present themselves to international publishers.

“The Addict removes the formal elements of a conventional book fair and instead provides an immersive experience at the leading edge of literary and pop culture”

– Lee Brackstone, Independent publisher

European Literature Prize

The European Literature Prize is celebrating its eleventh anniversary. The award goes to the best contemporary European novel that was translated into Dutch and published the previous year. What is unique about the prize is that both author and translator are rewarded.
The award ceremony will take place during Crossing Border.

Partners of the European Literature Prize are The Dutch Foundation for Literature , Spui25. De Groene Amsterdammer, Athenaeum boekhandel en Crossing Border.

Year round events


BorderKitchen is the year-round kitchen of the literature and music festival Crossing Border; Since 2002 it introduces internationally acclaimed authors and promising literary talent live on stage to an audience of book lovers.

Past Authors

Salman Rushdie, Isabel Allende, Michael Palin, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Safran Foer, Dave Eggers, Stephen Fry, Karin Slaughter, Madeleine Allbright, Karl Ove Knausgard, Orhan Pamuk, Paul Auster, Sir Ian Kershaw, Ian McEwan and many more

You’ll have to scream LOUDER

You’ll have to scream LOUDER is a new, alternative literary festival in The Hague. The first edition will take place on 10 July 2021 in the Energiekwartier around Zaal 3, Studio Loos and art space NEST. From literature and spoken word to poetry, alternative music and crossovers.
Come and meet upcoming talent of the Dutch literary scene.


During the year Crossing Border collaborates with

Contact details

Stichting Other World Productions


Kerkstraat 11, 2514 KP Den Haag

Telephone number

+31 (0)70 346 2355




Michel Behre, Director

Megan Lloyd, Communication & Marketing

Milena Ninova, Communication & Coordinator Ticketing

Maren Flunkert, Communication & Website

Leonor Faber-Jonker, Editor-in-chief

Sara Halbertsma, Logistics & Transport

Remco Cornelissen, Technical Production

Fabiene Soeters, Production

Ryan Patterson, Production & Artist management

Anna Eble, Coordinator The Chronicles


Louis Pirenne, Chairman

Michaël Roumen, Treasurer

Kiran Sukul, Secretary

Gwen Peroti, General member




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