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Theo Paijmans


14 Jun 2022

First artist announcement and start ticketsales

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Crossing Border will be held from November 2-5 this year. Extra special, because it is the anniversary edition! Crossing Border is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In this newsletter, the first artists for the evening programming are announced, who will perform in the Korzo Theater on November 4 and 5 and on the opening night in the Koninklijke Schouwburg on November 2.
But there's more to come: the daytime program on November 5th and the special You'll have to scream LOUDER evening on November 3. The first artists for those days will be announced at the beginning of July.

After the edition in The Hague, we will board the bus to Antwerp, where we will continue with a Flemish edition in De Studio on 6 November in the afternoon.

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Photo: Steve Gullick

November the 2nd is the spectacular opening night with PJ Harvey. Already known as one of the most talented songwriters of her generation, this evening highlights her literary talent. A unique event, where she reads poetry from her new book Orlam, the result of six years of intense writing. In addition to her lecture, she will be interviewed by the British author Max Porter, author of, among others, Grief is the thing with feathers.

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Festival program
Choices will be difficult on November 4 and 5 with one-off performances by writers from many countries. The German-Georgian Nino Haratischwili presents her latest book to be published the week of the festival, we have the first ever African prize winner of the Prix de Goncourt: Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (Senegal), whose new novel will be translated this year, from Germany comes Benedict Wells, the writer whose star skyrockets with each new title of his, as well as Man Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut from South Africa or German-American illustrator Nora Krug from the heart of The Bronx. If you want to know how to protect your rights and democracy, don't miss her. And what about Karina Sainz Borgo from Venezuela, in whose second novel a family is on the run from a mysterious disease. An almost mythical tale that nevertheless skims on the edge of reality and actuality. Or listen to Argentine writer Mariana Enriquez, one of the most important writers of her generation, with her new magical-realistic masterpiece in which we travel to a Buenos Aires where missing children rise from the dead and unearthed bones harbor a terrible curse. Or visit Bryan Washington who wrote one of the most impressive and refreshing debuts by listening to his own queer voice. It is one big magical-realistic tale in which we commute between the mundane and the supernatural. From the Netherlands Crossing Boders is happy to announce the icons Kees van Kooten and Mustafa Stitou, who sees language as a playground and will introduce his new collection of poetry, wonder, religion and science fiction navigate around each other, and the great talent Thomas Heerma van Voss.

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Publisher White Rabbit presents a hallucinatory program with the music memoirs of Vashti Bunyan, who grew out from forgotten artist to current folk icon, Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite, of which the title of his book Spaceships over Glasgow says enough. Then there are the long-awaited memoires of Bez, who made history in 1990s Madchester with Happy Mondays. And Lias Saoudi, frontman of England's most infamous band, Fat White Family, wrote down his experiences in an over the top insane band biography along with Adelle Stripe, who sums it up aptly: a drug band with a rock problem. DBC Pierre, one of the most uncompromising voices in contemporary literature presents his new book, but together on stage with David Keenan? That will be a supernova of epic proportions.

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Photo: David RaccugliaUpside down

The first performers for the music program are Lonnie Holley, the man who never plays a song twice the same way and now performs with a great band at Crossing Border.……… The Dutch Pitou will release a new album in October that is a spectacular new chapter in her musical career. The Delines with Willy Vlautin turned Crossing Border upside down in the past. They're back, and this time with their best album in the pocket. Also performances by Kara Jackson, the American Youth Poet Laureate who is about to release her first music album, and Robocobra Quartet, with their flaming mix of jazz and spoken word. Robin Kester presents the dark dream pop of her new album This is not Democracy and Jaws of Love, the solo project of Local Natives founder Kelcey Ayer presents the new EP Patricia, a beautiful ode to his mother.

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