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Announcement first names 2022 Holland Festival



The German composer and director Heiner Goebbels will present his latest work A House of Call. My Imaginary Notebook at the 75th edition of the Holland Festival. The British-Azerbaijani musician Sami Yusuf will perform with his own band as well as with Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra and Cappella Amsterdam. Songs they will play in the programme When Paths Meet include ONE, which was composed for the cancelled Holland Festival edition in 2020. For the 2022 festival in June, the Holland Festival is working with two associate artists: the French-Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo and the German theatre director Nicolas Stemann. They will be contributing their own work to the festival’s programme and be involved with the realisation of part of the festival. 

Heiner Goebbels: A House of Call. My Imaginary Notebook.
In 1983, the composer and director Heiner Goebbels presented his work at the Holland Festival for the first time and has been a welcome guest with audiences ever since. A House of Call. My Imaginary Notebook is a four-part cycle of compositions in which Ensemble Modern Orchestra from Frankfurt responds to voices Goebbels saved in an imaginary notebook. He came upon the voices during projects, travels, personal encounters or in archives. They now return in this project he composed especially with Ensemble Modern in mind. 
The Concertgebouw: 18 June 2022

Sami Yusuf: When Paths Meet
Sami Yusuf is famous for his vocals and compositions, and his songs show a great affinity for Sufi music. His compositions are inspired by traditional music and mystical poetry. Sami Yusuf composed the song ONE especially for the 2020 Holland Festival. He took inspiration from Gregorian singing, liturgical music from the Catholic Church, Andalusian music and ancient music from Khorasan. For When Paths Meet, he interweaves his own traditions with those of his regular musicians, Cappella Amsterdam and Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra. 
The Concertgebouw: 6 June 2022

Associate artists
For the fourth year in a row, the Holland Festival will be working with associate artists who are involved with realising part of the festival’s programme. The associate artists for this anniversary edition are the French-Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo (1960) and the German theatre director Nicolas Stemann (1968). The full Holland Festival programme, including the work by and surrounding Angélique Kidjo and Nicolas Stemann, will be announced on 8 March 2022. 

The 75th edition of the festival will open in the first week of June 2022. Tickets for these two productions can be purchased starting Friday 10 December 2021 via 

for more information about the associate artists see press release 27 October 2021


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