From Wednesday May 13th to Saturday May 16th 2020, 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!