Holland Festival 2017

Saturday 3.6 - Sunday 25.6
Amsterdam | Stadsschouwburg

For twenty-one days The Parliament of Things is building a parliamentary décor in the Stadsschouwburg at Holland Festival, as a monument to a new kind of democracy for a new era. There is a programme of activities and debates. Some argue that humanity is now living in the Anthropocene – an epoch in which human activity affects the earth. A new epoch comes with a new kind of politics. For three weeks, the Stadsschouwburg will be the place where post-humanist politics can be put into practice.




20.6 | Talkshow: our post-human democracy in 60 minutes
Post-human democracy will be set up during a talk show: what would happen if people were to share political power with non-human things? What if animals, plants, objects, and technologies could represent their own interests?

When: 20.6
presentation: 8 pm, aftertalk 9 pm – 10 pm
Admission: tickets: € 7,50. You can buy tickets here.

3.6 – 25.6 | Installation: The Parliament of Things
Come to the exhibition about the new democracy. How do you give a thing, plant or animal a voice? How does an interpreter or a guardian formulate the interests of wood or deer? What does a Parliament of Things look like, and what does it say about the relationship between human beings and nature?

When: Sat 3.6 till Sun 25.6
Time: 12:00 – 22:00
Admission: free
View event here.


4.6 – 21.6 | Interviews, 16:00. In Dutch.
Interviews by journalist and writer Sanne Bloemink, with leading thinkers and doers around the theme ‘human and nature’.

4.6: René ten Bos – about morals
7.6: Norbert Peeters – about plants
12.6: Arita Baaijens – about the spiritual landscape
15.6: Matthijs Schouten – about the forest
19.6: Eva Meijer – about animals
21.6: Bernice Bovenkerk – about collectivity

When: see below
Time: 16:00-17:00
Admission: free, sign up via context@hollandfestival.nl


22.6 | Building Conversation
The first meeting of the Parliament of Things in the new parliamentary decor, led by theater maker Lotte van den Berg. Is it possible for humans to talk on behalf of Things and animals around us? Is it possible to make decisions in their name?

When: 22.6
Time: 15:00 – 19:00
Admission: €10,- (meal included)
View event here & buy tickets here.


4.6 | Official opening of the exhibition
At June 4 the exhibition will be officially opened. For that day, we have a lot of nice things in store.

Rsvp: context@hollandfestival.nl

  • A presentation of the construction drawings for the Parliament of Things, by Ronald van Tienhoven
  • Interview with the Denker des Vaderlands: René ten Bos by Sanne Bloemink
  • Presentation on 100.000 years of democracy
  • A letter to the Things, on behalf of humanity


  • 15:30 – 16:00 – Walk in
  • 16:00 – 16:15 – Welcome; A letter to the Things, on behalf of humanity
  • 16:15 – 16:35 – Presentation by Ronald van Tienhoven
  • 16:30 – 18:00 – See the maquette, 100.000 years of democracy, drinks
  • 16:40 – 17:30 – Interview with René ten Bos

6.6 – 8.6 | Workshop: User guide for the Anthropocene
An open workshop which will work on a handbook for the Anthropocene epoch. Come, write, think, and take part in writing the user guide with its editors.

When: Tue 6.6 – Thu 8.6
Time: 12:00-14:00
Admission: free, sign up via context@hollandfestival.nl
View event here.

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