26 March 2012

Holland Festival has been the leading international performing arts festival in the Netherlands since 1947. For the last 60 years, this festival has been presenting exceptional international-standard productions that excite and astonish – year in, year out. This year, Holland Festival runs from 1 to 28 June. A range of shows will be performed in the Gashouder and Zuiveringshal West at Westergasfabriek.

Current artistic director Pierre Audi took the helm in 2005. It signalled Holland Festival’s return to its roots. The festival is a mix of every conceivable performing art, and a mix of big names and bold experimentation. Just like the festival’s very first artistic director Peter Diamand, Pierre Audi wants to present work to Dutch audiences that they wouldn’t be able to experience anywhere else.

Music and music theatre are the beating heart of the festival, with Western and non-Western art forms going hand-in-hand. And as well as performing arts such as theatre, music theatre, dance, opera and concert, there will be plenty of room for the visual arts, literature and architecture. Every facet, colour and flavour of the arts will have its turn.

Huge event featuring theatre, dance, music and film
The Zuiveringshal West will host two productions as part of Holland Festival. The first is Enfant a French dance piece that explores the boundaries between play and manipulation, and between guilt and innocence. It will be performed 8 and 9 June. Then on 4 and 5 June there will be performances in the Zuiveringshal West of Requiem 3 – Macaigne, a tragedy that walks the thin line between a smile and violence.

On Thursday 21 June, the recently restored 2001, A Space Odyssey will be screened in the Gashouder with live musical accompaniment by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir, conducted by André de Ridder. On 22 and 23 June, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will explore the Gashouder in Out of the Box.

As well as the Gashouder and Zuiveringshal West, the Ketelhuis is also a regular venue for the Holland Festival. It will host several events, including an introduction to Requiem 3- Macaigne.

For more information, please go to the Holland Festival website.