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Ticket sales for all ILFU 2024 programmes launched

New names confirmed: including David Nicholls, Tommy Orange, Maggie Stiefvater, Teun van de Keuken and Carolina Trujillo. ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht takes place this year from 21 September to 5 October. Some 200 writers and over 20,000 visitors visit ILFU every year. Earlier, ticket sales started for major festival events such as the Night of Poetry, Exploring Stories, the Belle... 

C.C.S Cronestipendia for Dieuwertje Mertens, Willemijn Tillmans and Vivian de Gier

Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexijevich will be present during the International Literature Festival Utrecht to receive the Belle van Zuylenring 2024 and deliver the accompanying Belle van Zuylen lecture. Presentation Belle van Zuylenring 2024 During the ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht (21 September to 5 October), the Utrecht Literature Prizes 2024 will be awarded. The Belle van Zuylenring, an international... 

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ILFU will organise the big public event in 2024: Ikjesmarathon. We are many ikjes!

Write your own Ikje and get published. The Ikje on the back page of NRC has been an institution for more than 20 years. Thousands of hilarious, tragic and recognisable incidents by unknown Dutch people captured in 120 words form the chronicles of everyday life. Reason enough for ILFU (International Literature Festival Utrecht) to organise a one-off all-encompassing Ikjes marathon. We call on everyone... 


Ten translators in the spotlight in one fell swoop - the nominations for the annual Filter Translation Prizes have been announced! They are all wonderful books, for young and old - and more than scintillating translations.These are the nominations for the Filter Translation Prize 2024: And also five nominations for the Filter Translation Prize 2024 for children's and youth books: The winners The winners will be announced live... 

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First names for ILFU's Exploring Stories festival weekend

ILFU 2024's festival theme is 'I am many Stories'. This year's ILFU (International Literature Festival Utrecht) will take place from 21 September to 5 October, and carries the motto 'I am many stories', borrowed from Marilyn Monroe. The programme includes regular ingredients such as the Utrecht Book Market, the NK Poetry Slam, the YALFU (Young Adult Festival), Book Talks and... 

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Filmmaker and writer Miranda July to Utrecht for ILFU

American writer, filmmaker and artist Miranda July (1974) is coming to Utrecht on Saturday 15 June 2024. For the ILFU literature festival, she will give a one-off Book Talk in TivoliVredenburg about her long-awaited new novel All Fours. Miranda July gained worldwide fame with the 2005 feature film Me and you and everyone we know, for which she wrote the screenplay, directed and starred in... 

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Maxim February and Pete Wu new editors-in-chief of

Writers Pete Wu and Maxim February will each be guest editor-in-chief of, the online platform of literature festival ILFU, for two months from April. During their chief editorship, they will contribute pieces themselves, highlighting themes and authors they find of interest. The daily literary contributions on the platform are free to all. ILFU Members create the stories with their financial contribution... 

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Fortieth Night of Poetry shows what programming fun can make for 

"I actually want to shout, 'Waaaa! That I'm standing here!" It is nearing noon when Babette Foncie Fotchind shares this with the TivioliVredenburg, still filled to the brim. It is met with loud, assenting cheers. It is one of the many highlights and highlights at this 40th edition of the Night of Poetry, the rather unique party that Utrecht... 

FILTER TRANSLATION AWARDS 2023: Two major translation awards for as many as four translators

Filter is pulling out all the stops: the two 2023 Filter Translation Prizes, including the brand new one for children's and youth books, have been awarded to no fewer than four translators! The regular prize goes to Yond Boeke & Patty Krone for Luigi Pirandello's Lucky Birds (Van Oorschot). The prize for the most extraordinary translation of a children's and children's book was awarded to Lies Lavrijsen and Els Dumez-Blocken.... 

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Utrecht is a warm bath for those who love imagination, thanks to #ILFU

113 decibels. That's what the elated audience managed to pull off with Nicole Kaandorp (no relation to Brigitte, but at least as talented) at the Pandora. It happened in the first round of the semi-finals in the NK Poetry Slam 2023, the unofficial opening of the International Literature Festival Utrecht, which we call ILFU in English.... 

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Nicole Kaandorp wins NK Poetry Slam 2023

Nicole Kaandorp has become Dutch Poetry Slam 2023 champion. After preliminary rounds across the country, eight poetry slammers competed in the 21st edition of the NK Poetry Slam on Saturday night 23 September, during the International Literature Festival Utrecht. Nicole took on Eelco Couvreur in the final battle and captured the national title. The new national slam champion won the... 

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Utrecht authors Koos, Mari and Urai receive C.C.S. Cronestipendia 2023

Falun Ellie Koos, Arja Mari and Max Urai will receive a C.C.S. Cronestipendium this year. This is a grant from the municipality of Utrecht for promising Utrecht authors. They will each receive 3,000 euros to enable their next publication. "A number of submissions stood out immediately because of the surprising addition the authors make to current Dutch fiction: in narrative voice,... 

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Poet Laureate Babs Gons on tour with 1,000 poets

On Sunday 24 September, Babs Gons will be installed as Poet Laureate in Utrecht. This is also the starting signal for a two-week tour of Gons through the Netherlands and Flanders, together with a thousand other poets. The poetry caravan '1000 Dichters' will travel by tour bus to a different city every day, returning to Utrecht on 7 October..... 

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Salman Rushdie speaks at ILFU

Salman Rushdie will give his first interview in the Netherlands on 30 September during the ILFU (International Literature Festival Utrecht) after the attempt on his life last year. Journalist Chris Keulemans and writer Abdelkader Benali will speak to Rushdie at TivoliVredenburg via a livestream connection about his new novel Victoria City and his extensive body of work. Rushdie last appeared live on stage in 2018 

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New names for ILFU - ILFU will take place this year from September 23 to October 7.

The opening weekend of the International Literature Festival Utrecht includes a performance by Maggie Nelson, the NK Poetry Slam, the Utrecht Book Market, the start of the 1000-Dichtersmarathon and the inauguration of Babs Gons as Poet Laureate. The following two weeks will see performances by Philippe Claudel, Jeanette Winterson, Amitav Gosh and David van Reybrouck, among others. Two weeks later,... 

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Nominations announced for the Filter Translation Prize and Filter Translation Prize for children's and youth books.

In addition to the traditional Filter Translation Prize for the most outstanding translation of the year, a new, additional prize will be launched for the first time in 2023, and it will be for translated children's and young people's books - with a separate jury, a completely separate statute and with a prize money of €10,000. Both juries struggled during their search for the best translation to their own... 

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1,000 poets sought for nationwide poetry marathon

24 September to 7 October 2023: a two-week tour of 1000 poets and poetry readers along 13 cities in the Netherlands and Flanders, in the run-up to the 40th Night of Poetry. In the run-up to the 40th Night of Poetry, 1,000 poets will read poems in 13 different places in the Netherlands and Flanders. The poetry marathon '1000 Poets' will take place in... 

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First names for ILFU's big festival day Exploring Stories; ILFU 2023's festival theme is 'What's the story?'

This year's ILFU (International Literature Festival Utrecht) will take place from 24 September to 7 October, under the motto "What's the story?". The programme includes regular ingredients such as the Utrecht Book Market, the NK Poetry Slam, the YALFU (Young Adult Festival) and De Nacht van de Poëzie. At the heart of ILFU on 30 September will be the festival day 'Exploring... 

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Night of Poetry celebrates 40th edition - Former Poet Laureate Babs Gons joins the Night editorial team

On 7 October, the 40th edition of the Night of Poetry will take place as the conclusion of the ILFU Festival. In the Grote Zaal of TivoliVredenburg, Ester Naomi Perquin and Piet Piryns will present, as always, about twenty poets and a handful of 'entr'actes'. Among the first confirmed poets' names are two veterans who were already there at the first Night in 1980,... 

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[PRESS RELEASE] Gijs Wilbrink new editor-in-chief of ILFU's online platform

Gijs Wilbrink is the new editor-in-chief of ILFU's online platform, which publishes urgent literary fiction in line with current events. With 1,200 members and contributions from authors such as Manon Uphoff, ILFU aims to provide a counter voice to the growing group that has difficulty with fiction. New members can sign up at The next ILFU Festival will be from 22 September to 7 October.

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Margaret Atwood comes to Utrecht during book week

Margaret Atwood, the success author of The Handmaid's Tale, among others, is coming to Utrecht on the last day of book week, Sunday 19 March 2023, for an exclusive performance at ILFU in TivoliVredenburg's pop venue Ronda. There, she will present her new book Old Babes in the Wood in a conversation with Janine Abbring. Ticket sales start Friday 10 February, 10:00... 

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Brand new award for translated children's and youth books

Together with the CPNB and the ILFU, the translation magazine Filter will introduce a brand new prize in 2023: the Filter Translation Prize for children's and youth books. With this, all parties underline the great importance of good translations and good children's book translators. The prize money is the same as for the existing Filter Translation Prize: 10,000 euros. The nominations will be announced in June 2023. The... 

New jury Filter Translation Prize 2023 announced

With the new year, the new Filter Translation Prize jury has also started work. Thanks to the GAU (Group of General Publishers) and in cooperation with the ILFU (International Literature Festival Utrecht), the Filter Translation Prize 2023 will be awarded during the ILFU festival (22 Sept - 7 Oct 2023). A surprising number of interesting translations appeared in 2022. The nominations... 

Little eyes and a filled heart after brilliant 39th Night of Poetry

The night of the sweet-soft child's voice of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, of course; but also the night of Joke van Leeuwen; of Maria Farantouri and Mikis Theodorakis; of 'illusory poet' Hans Klok even; and of the families of Nisrine Mbarki and Ivo de Wijs. I will try to explain the latter in a moment, in my unpoetic style, forgive me. On my... 

Night of Poetry already two-thirds borne by receipts

On 8 October 2022, ILFU will organise the Night of Poetry in Utrecht for the 39th time already. It is almost sold out which means that two-thirds of the cost is borne by visitors. "The night costs roughly 100,000 euros. If we sell out, the vast majority of the revenue already comes from tickets and about a third... 

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