Festival highlights

14-28 July 2018

Haarlem Organ Day

Saturday 14 July 2018 is the traditional upbeat to the festival. This year: a special Haarlem Organ Day for Kids! Several organ activities for children, like an exciting scavenger hunt with your own smartphone, will take place at a number of locations in the historical centre of Haarlem. The spectacular ending will be… a surprise! Parents and grandparents are welcome too.


Master classes and lecture recitals by the world’s best organists on famous Dutch organs.


To Dutch historical organs in Haarlem, Leiden, Alkmaar and Groningen.

Summer Academy

16 - 28 July 2018

21 masterclasses by 13 leading teachers on improvisation and five centuries of organ music

Application to take part in the Haarlem Summer Academy 2018 is now open! 
Teachers including Olivier Latry, Vincent Thévenaz, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Ben van Oosten, Leo van Doeselaar and Franz Danksagmüller will direct masterclasses on the Müller organ in St Bavo's and the Cavaillé-Coll instrument in the Philharmonie concert hall.
On Sunday 22 July the Summer Academy will travel to Groningen. A luxury coach will bring us this day to the 'Organ Garden of Europe'. Don't miss this excursion!

Improvisation Competition

16, 18 and 20 July 2018

Winning 'Haarlem' was, and still is, the first step to an international career.

The competition is open to organists with recital experience in improvisation. A new element in 2018 is that there is no age limit. Application for the 52nd International Organ Improvisation Competition is now open. The recording must be in our possession by March 1st 2018. 

Organ Festival

14 - 28 July 2018

One of the longest established organ festivals in the world and still breaking new ground

The 52nd edition will be a true celebration of all that is to be enjoyed in organ improvisation and five centuries of organ music.

International Organ Festival Haarlem

Winner of the Events Ring

Internationaal Orgelfestival Haarlem rewarded with the 'Haarlem Evenementenring 2016'

The Festival won the Haarlem Events Ring on 23 March 2017 with its edition of 2016. This Ring is a prize for the most important event that took place in 2016 in Haarlem.

51st edition International Organ Festival Haarlem attracts record number of visitors


The 51st edition of the International Organ Festival Haarlem, which took place from 16-30 July, attracted more than 9800 visitors – yet another record after the highly successful 50th anniversary festival in 2014.


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