What’s on in Utrecht
City of Literature

Utrecht is a city full of literary events, with something happening every night of the week. Most of the programs are in Dutch, but on this page we’ve listed all events which main language is other than Dutch. Explore the calendar and find the event that best matches your interests.

If you are an event organiser and wish to be featured on the calendar, please send an e-mail to utrecht@cityofliterature.nl with the details of your event and we’ll make sure your event will be added to the calendar.

The calendar of literary events is compiled by Het Literatuurhuis (The House of Literature), Utrecht's main literary events organization. The current Utrecht Unesco City of Literature bureau is also part of the House of Literature.

When The House of Literature was set up in 2013, its aim was to build a virtual house with a large ballroom for the world-famous authors who visit our country, an intimate living room where writers meet their readers, a study for reflection and tranquillity, a basement for our most boisterous poets, an attic for the shadows from the past, work stations where new stories are created and enough bedrooms to
conceive a whole generation of new writers... metaphorically speaking of course, because there wasn’t an actual house made of wood and stone. However, in the course of 2013, the foundation got its own space in one of the city’s top locations: a characteristic canal house on the Oudegracht. The house provides space for the office and also includes a small theatre, where literary activities are held each week.
Aside from the literary evenings in the house on the canal, The House of Literature also organises major festivals elsewhere in the city, such as the Dutch Poetry Night, the National Poetry Slam Championships and the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU). Each year, the events that the House of Literature organises bring in about 14,000 visitors.

Oudegracht 237
3511 NK Utrecht
The Netherlands

info <at> hetliteratuurhuis.nl
030 231 83 76