Crossing Border Festival
From: Sunday, November 18 2007, 9:00 am
to: Saturday, November 24 2007, 5:00 pm
The biggest literature, music and visual arts festival in Europe, Holland's Crossing Border festival presents an unlikely but truly inspired mix of writers, musicians and performers. Over 80 acts appear at the Theater aan het Spui in the Hague, across a variety of stages.
First staged as a low-key festival on the beach near The Hague in 1991, Crossing Border is now one of the best literature events in the world. It's certainly the hippest - as well as straight readings, screenings and gigs, the festival looks for "unique and once-only" combinations of talent - themed readings accompanied by musicians, for example. It also puts a big emphasis on interaction between the performers and the public.
The festival regularly attracts some of the leading leftfield and mainstream talent on the international scene. In the past few years, it has featured contributions from such literary luminaries as Kinky Friedman, Fay Weldon and Michel Houellebecq, along with counterculture demi-gods like Robert Crumb, Allen Ginsberg and Jello Biafra.
Highlights in 2006 include Razorlight, The Futureheads, Jeffrey Lewis, Joan As Police Woman, Stuart A Staples, John Power, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Will Self.