NewLands Festival 2018: Ode to Women
19-23 September 

The Newlands Festival team is currently working on finalising the 2018 programme. This year's theme is: Ode to Women

Here is a sneak preview of the programme:

19 September - Opening concert
The 2018 edition of the NewLands Festival will open at the Muziekgebouw with Mother-Umm-Madre, a project bringing together two internationally renown voices: Nuria Rial (occident) & Dima Orsho (orient) who will sing the stories of motherhood across time and cultures. 

It was an artistic dream of composer and violinist Layale Chaker to develop a programme for the NewLands Festival together with Holland Baroque. The audience will have the chance to enjoy this world premiere at the Bimhuis during the festival.

The Tessera Ensemble, under direction of Tony Overwater and with Bram van Sambeek and Tineke Postma, will be joined by Iranian female talents Sara Hamidi (vocals), Naghmeh Faramand (percussion) and Yasamin Shahhosseini (ud) as well as the enthusiastic Setar player Mehdi Rostami.

Mahsa Vahdat will share the beauty of Persian poetry in the Orgelpark. She will be accompanied by Rembrandt Frerichs and viola d'amore virtuoso Jasser Haj Joussef.

The complete programme will soon be available on this website.

You can already buy tickets for the opening concert.


  • Bimhuis - Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam
  • Tolhuistuin - IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam
  • Splendor - Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX Amsterdam

Ticket sales

Tickets can be purchased via the venues. You can access the link that directs you to ticket sales on each event page (programma & tickets). Detailed route to access the venues is also available on each event page. 

Calendar and Programme overview: 

The 2016 edition took place from 14 to 18 September 2016

After the successful pilot in the Bimhuis in 2015, the Morgenland Festival (Newlands Festival since 2018) had presented its first edition. In 2016, we presented an array of fabulous artists from across the world, including Alim Qasimov, Michel Godard, Kayhan Kalhor, Toumani Diabaté, Rima Khcheich, Jasser Hal Youssef, Ahmad Al Khatib, Meltem Halaceli, Rasha Abbas, Kinan Azmeh, Kevork Mourad, Tineke Postma, Bram van Sambeek, Tony Overwater and many more...

We have also introduced a contextualising programme for our public with literature, cinema, performance, debate and a student programme. The music programme on 15 and 16 September has been curated by Morgenland Festival Osnabrück


Banner photo: Morgenland Festival Amsterdam 2015 ©Juri Hiensch