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In 2017, a ‘Children’s Night’ was added to the annual Night of Poetry. This was such a great success that a second edition will be taking place during this year’s ILFU. The afternoon before the ‘big’ Night, children between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to TivoliVredenburg together with their parents, family and friends to listen to poems and rhymes about this year’s theme: friendship.

Edward van de Vendel has already appeared at the ‘big people’s Night’. There he read his poem about the speech that Barack Obama supposedly gave about a little Dutch pig that  wanted to become a gymnast. It left such an impression that we wanted him to come and read for us again, but this time at the Children’s Night. Edward has written many good poems. Recently, his book with ‘cartoon poems’ was published: De Zombietrein, with illustrations by Floor de Goede. And in addition, you might know him from Superguppie or Opa laat zijn tenen zien.

The Flemish poet and word artist Andy Fierens will also be performing in a special guise: Farmer Dandy. Farmer Dandy is lost and confused! He sees a world full of concrete and milk from a carton. Where has the farm gone? He can’t figure it out: does the horse moo, does the chicken growl or does the rabbit howl? And what do the children know, if even the farmer has lost the plot? Armed with a witty sense of humour, Farmer Dandy gives things colour again.

Poet and graphic artist Ted van Lieshout received a gouden griffel [golden pencil] for Begin een torentje van niks and a zilveren griffel [silver pencil] for his poetry collection Driedelig paard. But he became best known for his children’s book series Boer Boris [Farmer Boris], which he made with illustrator Philip Hopman about a toddler who runs a farm. The second part, Boer Boris gaat naar zee, was Picture Book of the Year in 2015; the third part, Boer Boris in de sneeuw, was awarded a Vlag en Wimpel distinction in 2014.

When Mary Heylema was little, she wanted to be a cowboy. And if that wasn’t possible, she wanted to be an explorer or a cabin boy. The latter was thanks to the book De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe [Java Ho!]. That was her favourite book as a child. She became a teacher, writing tutor, children’s coach, ran a literary living room restaurant. In the end she became a writer. A practical decision. Because you often are what you’re writing about at that moment. A cowboy, an explorer. Or something else exciting or funny.

The Children’s Night will, again, be presented by poetry performer and Drama Queen Babs Gons.

Before the start and after the end of the programme, the foyer will be transformed into an activity paradise: there will be dancing, crafts and music. It will be the number one place where old friends can meet up and new friendships can be born.

For an impression of the atmosphere, watch this aftermovie from the 2017 Children’s Night:


Saturday 29 September

Time: 12:45 - 15:00 Hour
Admission fees: €12,50
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Vredenburgkade 11
3511 WC Utrecht