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This can all be done during the 2-day Uitfeest

Het Uitfeest will open the cultural season in Utrecht on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September.

On Saturday, more than 80 locations will be open, with the focus being on breeding grounds and creative hotspots. On Sunday, the five disciplines of visual art, film & media, literature, music and theater and dance will present a program in the well-known ‘big’ houses and on squares.

Saturday, September 15th

The first day of the Uitfeest is officially opened with the project What Is the City but the People? On the Jaarbeursplein there will be a large catwalk on which 150 residents of the city will form a self-portrait of the city. This is also the opening of the renewed Jaarbeursplein.

The International Literature Festival Utrecht starts at the station Utrecht Centraal with the reading marathon of Anna Karenina read by 1000 women. Rotsoord also participates in the Uitfeest

The creative hotspots De Nijverheid, Rotsoord, Lou Oudenoord, The Createur, De Stadstuin, Kanaal30, Vechtclub XL and RAUM open their doors to a program with music, workshops, guided tours, pitches and exhibitions.

Furthermore, there are short previews at Theaterhuis De Berenkuil, Museum Catharijneconvent gives flash readings and the Boekenbar organizes together with Mooi Woorden a literary marathon.

Sunday, September 16

On the Neude, eleven galleries of Art Utrecht and young HKU talent exhibit their work in specially designed sea containers. In the Winkel van Sinkel in the world of film and media represent with the work of Utrecht artists and organizations. In TivoliVredenburg there is room for literature and music

Utrecht Library and Het Literatuurhuis present a literary program in TivoliVredenburg. Bieb for kids is for 0-12 year olds with a baby concert, kidscolleges and the theater show about Departure of the ant of Toon Tellegen.

In the Book Parade writers tell about their new book interspersed with musical performances. Anna Enquist talks about her novel For the evening, Jaap Robben talks about the long-awaited successor of Birk and rapper Akwasi contributes from his new collection.

At the book market on the Vredenburgplein you can browse through the books and look for special and unique publications. Three jazz ensembles perform in the Hertz. There is also music from the Dom Tower where city carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig plays the most famous robotic tones and on the Maliebaan students sing classical vocals of Utrecht Conservatory fragments from Mozart’s operas.

In the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht you can also see short performances throughout the day. For example, Theater Utrecht and Adelheid Roosen challenge the audience to think about how we can live better together, there is a preview of the family show Alone @ Home full of adventure, slapstick and surprising stunts by Martijn Fischer, and can be sang along with songs from the musical MAMMA MIA !.


Abdelkader Benali chairman Libris Prize

Former winner of the Libris Literature Prize Abdelkader Benali will chair the jury for the 25th Libris Literature Prize, which will be awarded in 2018.

He will announce on 7 May next year which novel will be the successor of Alfred Birney’s The Interpreter of Java, this year’s award-winning book.

The Libris Literature Prize is the prize for the best Dutch language novel of the past year with a prize money of 65,000 euros in total (2,500 euros for each of the six nominated authors and 50,000 euros for the winner). The winner will also receive a bronze medal, designed by Irma Boom.
Wedding by the sea

Benali, born in Morocco, was nominated for the prize for his debut wedding debut in 1997. He won the Libris Literature Prize in 2003 for The Long-awaited.

Benali will also be connected to TU Delft as a kind of ‘cultural professor’ for over two months next fall. With a group of a few dozen students, he wants to do research into the functions of squares and all the people and stories that go there, the TU announces.

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Murat Isik calls winning Libris Literature Prize ‘a sweet victory’

Murat Isik won the Libris Literature Prize 2018 with his book Wees Inzichtbaar (2017) and thinks that “a sweet victory”, says Isik in a Saturday interview with Het Parool.

“A sweet victory, on the bullies who called me a cleaner, on anyone who did not believe in me and wanted to push me down, in the first place the teachers, on the teacher who forced me to follow Dutch lessons without taking the trouble to See who I was “, he says to the newspaper.

“I discovered that she is still teaching, I am going to send her an e-mail and say,” Do you remember me? “I had to take you from Dutch tutoring and now I have won the Libris Literature Prize.”

Isik is curious how his teacher will respond to his message. “And I hope she will not underestimate students like me, because that is still a big problem in the Netherlands.”

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British writer and Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul (85) died

The British writer Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, better known as U.S. Naipaul, died at the age of 85 in his home in London.

His family announced that Saturday, British media reports.

Naipaul is considered one of the most important writers of travel literature in the English language. In the work of Naipaul, the search for its roots is central. Born in Trinidad, he lived in England since the 1950s and studied at the University of Oxford.

In 2001 Naipaul received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He received the prize because he unites ‘sharp discourses and an unwavering critical gaze into works that force us to see the presence of suppressed pasts’.

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