In the space of ten years the Dag in de Branding Festival has grown into one of the most pre-eminent festivals for new music in the Netherlands. Dag in de Branding organizes four one-day programmes a year, where concerts are put on at various locations in The Hague. The festival reflects current developments in classical and improvised music, in music theatre, in jazz and pop music, as well as in opera and electronic music.
Saskia Lankhoorn is the curator of the festival since the summer of 2017.The multifaceted and idiosyncratic pianist Saskia Lankhoorn (1979) plays an active role in the international contemporary music scene for both solo and chamber music.
Johan Wagenaar Stichting
Festival Dag in de Branding
Postbus 13 671
2501 ER Den Haag
Office: Binckhorstlaan 135
2516 BA Den Haag
+31 (0)6 14950656
IBAN: NL17 INGB 0006 4088 92
Kamer van Koophandel 41156998
BTW | VAT – NL 8057.64.872.B.01
The Dag in de Branding Festival is organized by the Johan Wagenaar Stichting, an organization which aims at stimulating the development of new music. The Johan Wagenaar Stichting (JWS) was founded in 1947 and from the outset it had a policy of giving composers pride of place. The organization has commissioned numerous compositions and granted composition awards. The JWS is in charge of music awards in the municipality of The Hague, including the most well known of them all, the Johan Wagenaar Award, which a composer receives for a complete oeuvre. Furthermore, the JWS promotes the realization of performances of contemporary music. The JWS organizes concerts and festivals and initiates and stimulates discussions and collaborations. From the 1980s onwards, the JWS put on a festival called In de Branding, which was held once every three to four years. In 2005 the JWS initiated the Platform for New Music, with financial support from the municipality of The Hague, to increase the festival’s frequency and its impact. The programming input of the platform partners is crucial to the Dag in de Branding Festival for new music, and has been since the first edition, which took place at various locations in The Hague on 16 September 2006.
The multifaceted and idiosyncratic pianist Saskia Lankhoorn (1979) plays an active role in the contemporary music scene for both solo and chamber music. She has performed with ensembles like Asko|Schönberg, ELECTRA and Slagwerk Den Haag and as a co-founder of Klang is closely affiliated with the ensemble. Saskia also has a piano duo, X88, with the Canadian pianist Vicky Chow, who is known for her association with the Bang on a Can All Stars. Saskia Lankhoorn graduated from the Royal Conservatoire and has strong ties with The Hague.
As curator of festival Dag in de Branding, Saskia will focus on twenty-first century music.
Caroline Bakker was appointed as director of the Dag in de Branding Festival on behalf of the Johan Wagenaar Stichting in 2006. Caroline studied Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She was head of production for, among others, the Nieuw Ensemble and organized courses and international seminars for DutchCulture, the centre for international cultural activities.
In addition to the work Caroline does for festival Dag in de Branding, she is also (interim) business manager for various artists and ensembles.