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Guide to the Holland Festival

Holland Festival
Holland Festival

May 31st - June 19th, 2019

The Holland Festival takes place yearly during the month of June, in the main and smaller venues of Amsterdam. Since 1947 the Holland Festival is the leading international performing arts festival in the Netherlands. The festival offers a broad scope of international performing arts with a mix of performances and concerts from all corners of the world. The festival features established names as well as new talent, showing innovation in art and exploring new types of venue and forms of theatre. The Holland Festival's tradition of innovation is further expanded by opening the festival up, for instance by staging performances, concerts and events in public spaces.

For full information, visit the Holland Festival website.

Looking back at previous festivals
Trojan Women © National Theatre of Korea

Technology and spirituality at Holland Festival

Esoterica from Armenia, video game operas, algorithmic audiovisuals and more: Holland Festival doesn’t let you settle into one genre.  
Margaret Leng Tan © Yvonne Tan

From Crumb to Kaufmann: Holland Festival 2017 revealed

The Holland Festival has always celebrated and promoted new work and takes its 70th anniversary to both look forward, with plenty of world premières, but also to reflect on its past. 
Kronos Quartet: Fifty for the Future © Jay Blakeberg

Cutting edge: Holland Festival explores a wider Europe

This year’s Holland Festival is titled Edges of Europe, delving into the continent’s history back into Ancient Greek myth, but also the way it is changing in the 21st century.
The Six Brandenburg Concertos © Anne van Aerschot

Expecting the unexpected at the 2019 Holland Festival

From Ghanaian proverbs to the Persian origins of Turandot via a string quartet in helicopters, the Holland Festival really challenges audience expectations.
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AmsterdamThe Head and the Load

Miller: The Head and The Load
Thuthuka Sibis; William Kentridge; Gregory Maqoma

Amsterdamaus Licht Part 1: Michael

aus Licht Part 1: Michael
Stockhausen: Donnerstag aus Licht
Kathinka Pasveer; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Urs Schönebaum; Wojciech Dziedzic

Amsterdamaus Licht Part 2: Lucifer and Eve

aus Licht Part 2: Lucifer and Eve
Stockhausen: Samstag aus Licht
Kathinka Pasveer; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Urs Schönebaum; Wojciech Dziedzic
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Tristan and Isolde enthrals Holland festival audience

Sasha Mukhamedov & James Stout © Hans Gerritsen
Sasha Mukhamedov, James Stout and their fellow dancers succeed to drag us off to a romantic tragedy on the British isles on a June evening.
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
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Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

Florian Boesch and Franui © Lukas Beck
Half-arty, half-folky, this collaboration between bass-baritone Florian Boesch and the East Tyrolean ensemble Franui was an entertaining mixed bag.
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