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Leonor Faber-Jonker


22 Oct 2021

Timetable online and programme complete

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Less than two weeks to go for Crossing Border!

From 4 – 6 November, over 70 international artists will perform at Crossing Border Festival, with ten locations in the historic city center of The Hague and for the first time: a full day programme on Saturday 6 November.

After weeks of careful deliberation, we’re announcing the timetable today! We also announce the final additions to the festival line-up, including author Oek de Jong and the Belgian band ILA.

Click here for the timetable.

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Five great new names complete the line-up of Crossing Border 2021

Celebrated author Oek de Jong (1952) will talk with Ivan Borghstijn. Oek de Jong is writer of an impressive oeuvre, including his best-known books Billowing Summer Frocks, his breakthrough novel from 1979, Circle in the GrassHokwerda's ChildPier and Ocean and Black Barn, published in 2019.

Author Gustaaf Peek talks about his intoxicating new novel A.D. With blood-soaked sentences he describes the hardships and atrocities on board a VOC ship, from the perspective of a wide variety of characters.

Also confirmed: ILA, the three-piece fronted by 24-year-old singer-songwriter Ilayda Cicek, who exposes the fickleness of life with her melancholic music. Spoken word artist Tyler Koudijzer tells stories about “holding on to the constant letting go and being able to find yourself in being lost” and author and songwriter Auke Hulst performs a set based on his new theatre show ‘Reiziger van het Ruige Land’, a journey of songs and stories that takes you from the Groningen countryside to The Great Wide Open of the American road.

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Discover new music at Crossing Border

ILA is not the only new music act you can discover at Crossing Border this year. For many bands and artists, this will be their first show in The Netherlands!

Take Neue Grafik Ensemble, the ensemble of French producer, instrumentalist, and DJ Neue Grafik, forged during after-hours jam sessions in the Total Refreshment Centre in London. Their first album sounds like a big, energetic celebration of cultural cross-pollination.

Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson aka CMAT is an alternative popstar from Dublin who writes humorous songs about serious topics: fast-food shop breakdowns and kitchen sink dramas, inspired in equal parts by Dolly Parton and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Black feminist punkband Big Joanie is one of the most talked about bands on the UK live scene. Their sound is a warped fusion of postpunk in the style of The Raincoats and the pop of 1960s girl groups.

Chibi Ichigo is fast conquering the Belgian hip-hop scene. In her songs, she switches effortlessly between Russian, Dutch, and English lyrics. With her raw but poetic lyrics and laidback beats, she undermines linguistic and cultural boundaries.

New York-based musician Cassandra Jenkins plays ambient folk that evokes the magical in everyday life. Her second solo album ‘Phenomenal Nature’ is filled with observations capturing the nature and humanity that surrounds her.

South London’s ME REX began life in 2018, in the home of songwriter Myles McCabe. Their latest album ‘Megabear’ consists of 52 tracks of about half a minute, made to be played on shuffle. With each listen, a unique sonic narrative is created.

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