The Ud Festival will be presented in an alternative form, due to the current COVID-19 measures. Please find the updated programme and relevant changes on the programme page. It is not currently possible for most of the international artists to travel to the Netherlands. Instead, they will present an exclusive online Ud Festival concert.

The concert series with Cappella Amsterdam, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, and the Tribute to Farid Al-Atrash will be postponed until the 2021-2022 cultural season.

Mohamed Aadroun & Hassan Bakkali (Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest), Yassine Boussaid (Director, Meervaart)

The Ud Festival launches its third edition in 2020. In this edition, centre space is given to the notion on ‘makership’ as a fusion of creativity, collaboration and skill. Dutch and international musicians come together in the Netherlands with a variety of ensembles and orchestras. The ud players hail from diverse musical backgrounds – from sophisticated Istanbul and earthy Tangier, to mystical Jerusalem and vibrant Tunis and beyond. Through an artist-in-residence programme, the musicians have come up with a repertoire that takes the ud on a musical adventure. The Ud Festival opts for exploration, immersion and experiment. In this the ud takes centre stage, with experimental solos, delicate improvisations and subtle modulations. The third edition of the Ud Festival celebrates the ud’s role as a connector and its special position in ensembles and orchestras, exploring how musicians from different traditions collaborate and play off each other’s creativity and ideas.

Mohamed Aadroun & Hassan Bakkali (Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest), Yassine Boussaid (Director, Meervaart)

Photos & Videos


Check out our videos for an impression of the Ud Festival 2018


A photo impression of the Ud Festival 2018