Update: March 2020

Due to the developments around the Coronavirus, and the expectation that large-scale events will not take place in May, the board of STIDOC had to make a decision about the continuation of the Textile Festival.



The Textile Festival has been moved to Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 May 2021.


The Textile Festival will be moved entirely as planned. So with the same artist projects, competition exposition, member exposition, group exhibitions, artists on the choir, suppliers, arts and crafts, walk-in and day workshops. And (we sincerely hope) also the same Textile Route participants.

Visitors who have bought a ticket for the festival or workshop will be informed as soon as possible about the possibilities to remain or cancel the tickets.

The STIDOC board had to make this difficult decision. All preparations are as good as done and it will be very beautiful and a big party. We are all very much looking forward to it! Hopefully we see each other healthy and without corona concerns during the Textiel Festival 2021!

From Wednesday May 12th to Saturday May 156th 2021, STIDOC (Foundation for Textile Information and Documentation Center) is organizing for the 6th time the Textile Festival in Leiden.

The Textile Festival takes place in the unique historical city centre of Leiden. The Pieterskerk will be the festival ‘heart’ with more than 3500 m2 of exhibitions of the themed work of textile artists, top amateurs, and (inter) national students.

Five-yearly podium for textile art, textile techniques and experiments. Walk-in workshops and an Arts & Crafts and supplier market with a wide variety of handmade products and handicraft materials will be included in the festival program.


During the festival, Leiden is all about textiles and textile art, in the Pieterskerk and along the Textile Route in the city centre of Leiden.

The Pieterskerk (church) itself is also an interesting landmark. One of the oldest churches in Leiden, a structure has stood at the current sight of Pieterskerk since the 1100’s. The current building took over 150 years to build and has a fascinating stone and brick design with many arched windows. Inside there is a host of ornate decorations and trimmings, a large opulent organ, and beautiful vaulted ceilings. The perfect place to host a state of the art textile festival!


In the Pieterskerk, the results of the international Art Challenge will be shown as well as  the best pieces of members of seven textile association. There are communal art projects to be seen, a selection of textile art work, and there will be an Arts & Crafts and supplier market with a wide variety of handmade products. There will be an array of professional workshops to attend. Registration wil start  from the 14th of December 2019.

Outside the Pieterschurch several museums are taking part in this festival with a ‘inspired by the museum collection’ textile art exposition. They are connected by a textile route, 50 locations with unique and interesting expositions from textile artists and textile art groups. Weavers, felters, embroiders, quilters, lacemakers or those combining techniques show their best work.

Foto: Arthur Roetman

If you want to stay up-to-date please join the international ‘visitors to the Textielfestival 2020’ group:



You’re very welcome to join and visit!