In January 2018, the DHF WORLD HARP COMPETITION kicked off with three international rounds, in Hong Kong, Utrecht, and New York. Our scouting jury traveled the world to listen to 33 talented harpists, selecting just eight of them to advance to the semifinals. And these are the semi-finalists!

Save the Date – 12 en 13 mei 2018!

The DUTCH HARP FESTIVAL will return for its fifth edition this year, on May 12th and 13th, in celebration of this incredible instrument in all its shapes, colors, sizes, and genres with harps and harpists from across the entire world. World-class performers will gather in Utrecht, and an a entire children’s harp orchestra will come together. Visitors will have the chance to hear the harp in all different settings, from world music to jazz and classical music, in a club night, with singer-songwriters, in a folk harp workshop, accompanying a silent film, dancers, and a children’s concert. Every way you can imagine the harp (and some you would never have thought of) has a place during this memorable weekend in TivoliVredenburg. The weekend will also feature the grand finale of the renewed World Harp Competition as well as the Open Harp Day, held in collaboration with the Dutch harp societies.

Program and tickets

The names of the featured artists will be announced and ticket sales will open here on our website in early February, so check back again soon!


The visual power of the harp is the central theme of the upcoming festival. Seeing a harp play from close up is so much more impressive than simply listening to it, and it is precisely this visual impression that will be explored in depth at the Dutch Harp Festival 2018. Light and projection artists will add an extra dimension to the concerts, and we will also discover what happens when you turn out the lights and take away sight entirely. The festival will create a unique visual world for each concert hall in TivoliVredenburg. Visitors will enter a new world with each performance – a world in which each different facet of the harp will be illuminated. Curiosity will leads us all through a discovery of the interaction between music and the visual arts: how a spotlight on a soloist allows the listener to hear more music, how a spectacular light show can add new elements to the music, and how closing your eyes and taking away all visual input can awaken a much deeper level of concentration for the music.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you this May 12th and 13th! You don’t want to miss this fifth edition of the Dutch Harp Festival. Mark the dates in your calendar and check back here on our website for more information and tickets soon. See you there!

Looking back

To relive the 2016 festival in photos, click on the image below.