Crossing Border Festival

Crossing Border Festival is an annual festival in The Hague, Netherlands focusing on new pop music acts and literature. It is one of the largest combined music and literature festivals in Europe.[1][2] The first edition took place in 1993, as a larger follow-on to the Zuiderstrand Festival held in 1991 and 1992.[3] The festival originated in The Hague; was shifted to Amsterdam,[4][5] but afterwards shifted back to The Hague. The city government is involved with the fest as part of their support of the arts.[6]

The 2016 festival is scheduled for 2-6 November in The Hague.[7]

Border SessionsEdit

Starting in 2013, the festival added an affiliated international technology festival, "Border Sessions," bringing in speakers, interviewing technologists and science fiction writers, and setting up meet-up events and workshops. In 2014 the "Border Sessions" technology festival ran on 12-13 November 2014,[8] immediately preceding the main festival. The 2015 session is scheduled for 11-12 November 2015.


  1. ^ "In de tien edities van Crossing Border sinds 1992 is het uitgegroeid tot het grootste festival in Europa waar de combinatie van literatuur en muziek centraal staat.": (in Dutch) accessed 5 Sep. 2014
  2. ^ Peter Bloxham, "Reviews: Crossing Border Festival – The Hague", The Line of Best Fit, 11 December 2009 (accessed 5 Sep. 2014)
  3. ^ the history is recounted in an interview with Vintage Books by project manager Jessa Bertens, (accessed 5 Sep. 2014)
  4. ^ George McDonald, "Amsterdam Calendar of Events", Frommer's Amsterdam, 2011 edition, John Wiley & Sons, Jan 13, 2011
  5. ^ "Arts and Entertainment: Festivals", Time Out Amsterdam, p. 254, Time Out Guides Ltd., 2011
  6. ^ Audra Schroeder, "World Party: The Crossing Border Festival left my brain slightly overcast", Austin Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2009 (accessed 5 Sep. 2014)
  7. ^ Crossing Border Festival web page (accessed 29 Jun. 2016)
  8. ^ Border Sessions web page (accessed 5 Sep. 2014)

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