International literature and music festival

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Festival programme


The first programme announcement will be made on 20 June, and the full programme will be announced on 5 September.

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30 October - You’ll have to scream LOUDER, a multidisciplinary evening showcasing young Dutch talent from the contemporary literary and performing arts scene, featuring events about literature, spoken word, music, live podcasts and more.

31 October - Crossing Border opening night (more information to follow)
1 and 2 November - Festival nights featuring numerous authors and musical acts performing across multiple stages.
2 November - Day programme featuring literary events at various venues.

2 November - Kids programme for kids between 0-14 years old, featuring international children’s authors and illustrators.

Speciale festivalonderdelen:
The Chronicles

De Europese Literatuurprijs


The Addict

Bookshop and book signings


Crossing Border has its very own bookshop: the Other World Bookshop.

There are books available for every event of the day and evening programme.  The authors will sign copies of their books immediately after their event. 

What is the main language of the events?


All interviews at Crossing Border will be held in English. If an international author does not speak sufficient English, an interpreter will be present at the event. Performances by Dutch authors will be held in Dutch.


What are the festival locations?


You’ll have to scream LOUDER (30 Oct)

You’ll have to scream LOUDER:
Venue to be announced

Festival nights (1 and 2 Nov)
This year, the festival nights will take place on six stages at the Koninklijke Schouwburg.

Day programme  (2 Nov)
The day programme will take place at various venues in The Hague, including BorderKitchen, the Mauritshuis and Zaal 3. All venues will be announced in early September.

Kids programma (2 Nov)
The Kids programme will take place at Theater Vaillant.


When are festival tickets for sale?


Tickets for the festival nights and and other announced events will go on sale after the first programme announcement on 20 June.

What tickets are available?


You’ll have to scream LOUDER (30 Oct)
Standard ticket €15
CJP ticket €7.50 (with valid CJP card)

Festival nights (1 and 2 Nov)
1-day ticket (standard) €30

2-day passepartout ticket (standard) €50

CJP 1-day ticket €15 (with valid CJP card)
CJP 2-day passepartout ticket €25 (with valid CJP card)

Ooievaarspas 1-day pass €15

Ooievaarspas 2-day passepartout ticket €25

Day programme (2 Nov)
Standard tickets per event (prices between €7.50 - €15)

Kids programme (1 Nov)
Standard tickets and Ooievaarspas tickets per event (price tba)

Tickets charged per child (<14 y/o). Free entry for parents and guardians. A parent/guardian can accompany a maximum of 3 children.

European Literature Prize award ceremony (date tba)
Entry to the European Literature Prize award ceremony is free. The (free) entry ticket can be downloaded in the ticket shop after the official announcement of the event. The winners will be announced in early September.


Accessibility of festival venues


Crossing Border strives to make the festival accessible for everyone.

We will share more info on accessibility at a later moment.

If you have a question about accessibility or require extra assistance, please send us an email ahead of time at:


Programme for secondary school pupils


Secondary school pupils will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with international and Dutch authors.

If you are a teacher or school coordinator and you want to hear more about this education programme. Please be in touch with

Student meets Author


Crossing Border collaborates with student advisors to facilitate conversations between groups of (art) students and international authors during the festival. These conversations, including the preparation and follow-up, are part of their curriculum.

In past years we have invited students from several renowned universities including the UvA, VU, UU and LU.

For more information, please email: elinor