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Megan Lloyd


22 Jun 2021

First names Crossing Border 2021

The first names for Crossing Border 2021 are announced and tickets are now on sale! Crossing Border takes place 4-6 November 2021. The festival relocates to beautiful new venues in the historic heart of the city. New in addition to the evening programme: a full day programme on the 6th of November. On the 5th of November is a special event with Colson Whitehead. We’re anticipating a full live event without corona restrictions.

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Programme 2021
Confirmed are among others Douglas Stuart (day programme), who will talk about his Man Booker Prize winning debut Shuggie Bain, the feminist postpunk band Big Joanie, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie about his memoirs Tenement Kid, and Stuart A. Staples (Tindersticks) who will perform an acoustic set with solo work and Tindersticks material.

Also confirmed: Colson Whitehead (special event), Jesús Carrasco, Patricia Lockwood, Maxim Osipov (day programme), Willy Vlautin, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Eva van Manen, Sasha Filipenko, Hassan Blasim, Claire Keegan, Alejandro Zambra, Olivia Wenzel, Natasha Brown, Marta Barone, Lale Gül, Jens Meijen, Froukje, CMAT, Adrian Crowley, Sophie Hunger, Billie Marten, Ghostpoet, ME REX, Theon Cross, Anthony Joseph.

More names are announced in the next few months on the programme page.

Get your tickets quickly! More info on tickets and fees on the ticket page.

New festival locations
Crossing Border moves the evening programme to the Hofkwartier and surroundings in the historic centre of The Hague: wonderful new locations in and around Korzo Theater, hidden church De Parochie HH Jacobus en Augustinus and the Lutheran Church.

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New: day programme
Crossing Border around the clock! Apart from the evening programmes with music and literature, this year for the first time there will be a full day programme on 6 November spread over 8 locations including Theater Branoul, Cremers downstairs, The Bookstor Café, Boekhandel Stanza and Onze Ambassade. More locations to be announced. Tickets are only 10 euros as an introduction to this new part of the festival. A ticket allows you to roam freely between all the venues.
The day programme includes interviews with Douglas Stuart and Maxim Osipov about their latest novels. Some artists will participate in both the evening and daytime programme. The full day programme will be announced in September.

Corona and tickets
We are anticipating a 100% live event without restrictions.
If measures have to be taken to allow the festival to go ahead, such as a corona access test, ticket buyers will be informed and you can ask for a refund if you object to these measures.

Should it be impossible to go ahead with a live event because of new COVID-19 restrictions, all your ticket costs (incl. service costs) will be refunded in full, without hassle.

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Special event: Colson Whitehead
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys) talks about his new novel Harlem Shuffle. A gloriously entertaining novel about the heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

Colson Whitehead (New York City, 1969) grew up in Manhattan as a child of successful entrepreneurs. After his studies at Harvard, he started writing for The Village Voice and began drafting his first novels. His last two books The Underground Railroad (2017), a favorite of former president Obama, and The Nickel Boys (2019) became international bestsellers. Before writing the latter, Whitehead already started working on Harlem Shuffle, an ingenious story set in the New York City of the 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.

Location: Koninklijke Schouwburg,
Date & time: Friday 5 November 12:30
Tickets: 10 euros

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