Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht for February 2020 and beyond. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets. If you’d like to receive our listing of local literary events by email, sign up for our Monthly Update.
- OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Mondays, 3 February, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
- ABC Open Mic – your chance to go public with your book, song or poem on Friday, 7 February, 18:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
- Master Class with poet Megin Jiménez – Sunday, 9 February, 17:30 – 19:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
- Two Tales One Song – spoken word and poetry, 9 February, 19:00, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
- VERSO live journal – an evening of poetry, performance and surprise with Amsterdam’s live literary & art journal on Sunday, 9 February, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam
- OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Mondays, 10 February, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
- Jung Chang – the best-selling author of Wild Swans will be speaking about her latest book Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, a biography of three extraordinary women who helped shape modern China, on Tuesday, 11 February, 20:00 at the Rode Hoed, Amsterdam
- The Int’l Open Crêpe – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want (no theme this time but performers will be rewarded with a crêpe cooked live on stage!), Tuesday, 11 February, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
- OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Mondays, 17 February, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
- Rough Night Press/Beat Kelder – spoken word, poetry and expression on Friday, 20 February, 20:00 at Vondelbunker, Amsterdam
- OpenMicMonday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Mondays, 24 February, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
- Word Up: Edition Desire – spoken word poetry in English for social inclusion and diversity promotion on Thursday, 27 February, 19:00 at Checkpoint Charlie, Amsterdam
- KNOCK KNOCK – an evening of spoken word, poetry, music and soul food on Friday, 28 February, 19:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
- A spoon doesn’t walk, it is carried – poetry and performance on Friday, 28 February, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
- Dostoyevsky Cities: Amsterdam – an evening of local Anglophone poetry and launch of an anthology featuring the selected poets, (former student Helena Grande will be reading!) on Sunday 1 March, 20:00 at Splendor, Amsterdam
- Etgar Keret – an evening with the world-renowned Israeli short-story author, including a discussion of his latest book Fly Already and screening of the documentary “Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story” on Monday, 9 March, 20:00 at Kerkstraat 11, The Hague
- An Evening with James Joyce – an accessible introduction to Joyce’s notoriously difficult masterpieces Ulysses and Finnegans Wake with live Irish music (and of course Irish beer) afterwards on Wednesday, 11 March, 20:30 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. Note: this event will be in Dutch.
- Benjamin Black/John Banville – the Booker Prize-winning author will be discussing his latest book The Secret Guests on Wednesday, 18 March, 20:00 at Kerkstraat 11, The Hague
- Memoir writing course – a 1-day crash course on the fundamentals of memoir and personal essay on Sunday, 22 March, 10:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
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