The Februari Festival is an activity of Stichting Dans- en Muziekcentrum Den Haag - Zuiderstrandtheater & Nieuwe Kerk

Contact: Nieuwe Kerk/Zuiderstrandtheater
Corné Ran
Programmer & Marketing Nieuwe Kerk
+ 31 70 88 00 375
+ 31 6 575 562 39


Roelof Jonker
Renee ter Braake
Corné Ran


Corné Ran
+ 31 70 88 00 375
+31 6 575 562 93

Alexander Klapwijk
+31 6 28 07 42 33


Marjolein van Ruiten
+31 6 200 62 844


The Februari Festival, held this year from Wednesday 14 until Sunday 18 February, intends to broaden and heighten listeners’ experience of classical music. The aim of the festival is to appeal to a new audience, while offering a programme that will be equally enjoyed by connoisseurs of classical music. The festival wants to demonstrate how alive and inspiring classical music is today. The concerts will be given by established musicians and young, talented performers.

Each edition will shine a spotlight on a composer or a theme in the history of music. This year’s theme is the life and music of Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn and Clara & Robert Schumann. Felix and Robert were good friends who inspired one another, regularly criticized one another’s compositions and participated in the premier performances of each other’s works. Fanny and Clara were among the first female composers of whom a substantial body of work has been preserved. Both were, however, faced with numerous obstacles on account of their sex. This year, the Februari Festival will therefore be given the subordinate title Mendelssohn - Schumann.

Each concert will be presented by musicologist and publicist Huib Ramaer, who will be providing a brief introduction to the works and placing them within their cultural and historical framework. This will enable the audience to gain a more complete insight into the composer, his or her era and the relevant performance practice. Lectures and films will also contribute to the goals of the Februari Festival.

The main festival venue will be the Nieuwe Kerk, the primary concert stage for chamber music in The Hague. Additionally, films will be shown in ‘het Nutshuis’. The lectures will be given in The Hague’s Public Library.

Starting with this edition, the Februari Festival will take place each year in the third week of February.


If you require more information, please do not hesitate to send an email to: or make use of our contact form.


Gemeente Den Haag

Nieuwe Kerk Den Haag

Gravin van Bylandt Stichting

Gilles Hondius Foundation

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Mercure Hotels

Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig


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