Dag in de Branding Festival: sensational and trendsetting

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.

Conductor Christian Karlsen became artist in residence and artistic coordinator of the festival in 2016. Christian Karlsen is a far-sighted visionary music maker with fresh ideas for new projects. Although still young, he has spread his wings internationally as a fully fledged conductor. He has won acclaim as a great talent for his renditions of contemporary music, not only in the Netherlands and in Scandinavia, but also in the UK, Germany and Austria.

His appointment is in part thanks to a subsidy granted by the Performing Arts Fund, under the section New Makers.


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

Johan Wagenaar Stichting


Johan Wagenaar

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.

Johan Wagenaar Stichting

Board JWS
Renee Jonker, chairman
Aat Seger, treasurer
Pete Harden
Henk van der Meulen
Wim Vos

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Advies Den Haag 2017-2020 

Christian Karlsen, artistic coordinator

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Christian Karlsen is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most talented conductors of his generation for the traditional orchestra repertoire as well as contemporary music. He conducts prestigious orchestras like the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Asko|Schönberg, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Norrbotten NEO, with whom he also tours internationally. Karlsen has conducted a great many world premieres and worked with notable composers, including Sciarrino, Goebaidoelina, Lindberg, Heiner Goebbels, Birtwistle and Stockhausen. He became affiliated with the Dag in Branding Festival in 2016 as artistic coordinator and artist in residence. Christian Karlsen graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Caroline Bakker, director

Caroline Bakker

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 Dag in de Branding, she is also chair of Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam and business manager for various artists and ensembles.

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