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In 2018, the 36th edition of the biggest poetry festival of the year will return to TivoliVredenburg’s Great Hall. The best Dutch-language poets, from debutants to veterans, will offer the audience an unparalleled poetic marathon. What’s more, there will be entr’actes, such as music, dance and cabaret, which will alternate with the poets at breakneck speed during the evening. The Dutch Poetry Night will enchant its guests until late at night and make sure they leave with a smile on their face.

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The poets who will be performing this year include ‘Night veteran’ Judith Herzberg, P.C. Hooft prize winner Willem Jan Otten and Radna Fabias, who won this year’s C. Buddingh’ Prize for the best debut. After a good dozen performances, Arthur Japin will make his debut at The Night, to coincide with the release of his collection Nachtkaravaan, featuring songs and poems. Furthermore, there will be poets who write about will-o’-the-wisps and cursory letters, someone will examine the mating ritual and someone else the burial of the men. Someone will say: ‘I was a dog’, and someone else will start an exercise in walking alone; there’ll be hymns on a hat stand and an X-ray photo model. ‘It can’t go on like this much longer,’ someone will grumble, while someone else will determine that ‘life is good, at least, in part’. The collections by the poets who will be performing at this event already promise a bright parade of language giants, whispering poets, tongue twisters and word acrobats.

As usual, the evening will be presented by Night duo Piet Piryns & Ester Naomi Perquin. In the run-up to The Night, more and more poets and musicians will be announced.

Tip: with a Night Deluxe ticket, you can avoid the ‘Nightly Migration’, as Ingmar Heytze once called it, whereby you’re never sure whether or not your chair is still free.

This season, there will also be another Children’s Night of Poetry! Children can listen to funny poems and puzzling rhymes together with their parents, family and friends.

N.B.: The Dutch Poetry Night is fully Dutch spoken!

Saturday 29 September

Time: 20:00 Hour
Admission fees: €33 – €38
Admission fees friends: €15,50
Language: Nederlands|Engels

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Vredenburgkade 11
3511 WC Utrecht