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WINTERNACHTEN VISITS SA (article first published : 2002-03-19)

From March 10 to 20, the Dutch literature festival Winternachten will tour through South-Africa. In a co-production with the Durban’s Time of the Writer and the Cape Town Festival, Winternachten brings together writers from the historically related countries Suriname, the Dutch West-Indies, Indonesia and The Netherlands with their South-African colleagues.

The participating writers from Winternachten are Henk van Woerden (Netherlands), Cynthia McLeod (Suriname), Frank Martinus Arion (Curaçao, Dutch West-Indies) and Seno Gumira Ajidarma (Indonesia). Besides the writers, the Dutch literary critic Michaël Zeeman and the famous Surinamese/Dutch jazz-singer Denise Jannah will take part in the Winternachten tour.

Running in Cape Town until March 13 is a multidisciplinary festival, in which Winternachten is organising a literary programme.

The tour is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry for Culture, the Royal Dutch Embassy, the Prince Claus Fund and the Dutch Literary Production and Translation Fund.

The Winternachten festival is an annual meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands, of writers from The Netherlands and the historically related (colonial and post-colonial) countries South-Africa, Suriname, the Dutch West-Indies (Antilles) and Indonesia.

Since 2001 this meeting also takes place in other countries than The Netherlands. In March 2001 Winternachten Overzee (overseas) had its first edition in Jakarta and Yogyakarta (Indonesia). The South-African tour is the second edition.




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