In late medieval Flanders, women played an influential role in wars. Not as soldiers on the battlefield, but as messengers or spies.
Meet the man who has proved for six albums now that West Flemish is a great dialect to sing pop songs in.
The much-acclaimed collection of short stories by the legendary Flemish author has been published in English for the first time.
'The Death of the Virgin', a masterpiece by Hugo van der Goes from the fifteenth century, has been restored. The result can be admired in a versatile exhibition in Bruges, built around the panel.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Gus Møystad drew a graphic story inspired by Jozef Israëls’ painting 'The Sand Bargeman'.
'A New History of Western Art' is not the dry tome of an academic, but of an enthusiastic storyteller who shows us how art continues to have new interpretations.
Time to honour the women who have played a fundamental role in the development and progress of Low Country societies.
The proverbial rivalry between the two football teams from Bruges dates back to the end of the 19th century.
Why do the eyes of every Belgian football fan shine every time the Red Devils defeat the Dutch team? There is a sporting and historical reason for that.
The Afghan-Dutch artist designs installations and sculptures like chefs create dishes: bringing together seemingly incompatible forms and materials.
People all over the world crave a Flemish speculoos biscuit based on wheat flour and candy syrup or caramelised sugar.
Starting this autumn, you can discover the prestigious library for the first time on your own.
Football is unquestionably big business, but many clubs and organisations also use their popularity to engage in community service projects.
The most famous dictionary of the Dutch language is named after its creator, a nineteenth-century teacher from the Dutch border town of Sluis.
The museum in the heart of the vegetable region near Mechelen presents forgotten horticultural material and cultivation methods of yesteryear in an interactive way.
On a visit to the Flemish city of Sint-Niklaas, Derek Blyth discovers the largest market square in Belgium, the biggest cigar in the world and the greatest atlas ever printed.
Rather than digging in the mud, future archaeologists will work from behind their computers using satellite imagery to detect archaeological sites.
Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Johannes Lievens draws our attention to the inkstand once owned by Baron Chassé.
Linguist Marten van der Meulen is fascinated by a special phenomenon: the Escher sentence. And although it can drive you crazy, he is happy to provide some tips on how to create ambiguous sentences.
Dutch Writer Marion Bloem (b. 1952) is awarded this year’s Constantijn Huygens Prize (€12,000 euros) for her novels, stories and poems.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Emerald Liu wrote a poem about a toilet mirror, commissioned by King William I as a wedding gift for his daughter.
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Corinne Heyrman wrote a gripping novel about mental fragility.
In this episode of TLC Radio, we are going to flip through the pages of comic history in the Low Countries.
Women who liked women were punished more severely in the Southern Netherlands than elsewhere in Europe during the late Middle Ages and early modern times.
Migration offers good pickings for populists, while those who take an honest look at the subject find they are up against a headwind. A double interview with migration specialists.
Five hundred years ago, the Netherlands' first and only pope in history was appointed.
Writers Ivo Victoria, Sarah Meuleman and Geert Buelens all found it liberating to move to the Netherlands. But it wasn’t long before they encountered the downsides of their destination country.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Jutta Callebaut was inspired by Jan Veth’s ‘Portrait of Cornelia, Clara and Johanna Veth’.
Linguist Marten van der Meulen thinks these popular lists of supposedly untranslatable words are strange.
On a visit to the Flemish city of Ypres, Derek Blyth discovers a museum dedicated to the horror of war, a beer brewed in an underground fortification and a nightly ceremony that might go on for ever.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Eva Salman wrote a short story inspired by a coffee pot.
In both the Netherlands and Belgium, the number of inhabitants from the other country has grown considerably in the past fifteen years.
Few people know that the British Grenadier Guards got their start in Bruges.
Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Charlotte Remarque took inspiration from a model of a Javanese marketplace.
Is there such a thing as typical Dutch or Flemish humour? And if so, what are the differences and similarities?
After eleven years of renovations, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is opening its doors once again. It intends to assume a leading role in the Flemish museum scene.
Foreign cartoons from the 17th to the mid-19th century show that the Netherlands has not always had a very positive international image.
According to the jury, Grunberg has undeniably had a great influence on his generation with his literary contributions.
Autobiographical comics are her trademark, but even in a book about the classical philosopher Hipparchia, Barbara Stok arrives at a theme that also resonates in her other work: the need for a conscious and simple life.
Here's our selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
On a visit to the university town of Leuven, Derek Blyth discovers one of Europe’s smartest cities, some of Belgium’s best bars and a walk that takes you to the edge of time.
Perhaps the most bizarre bridges ever built in the Netherlands can be seen in Spijkenisse.
From the Haegse Mercury in 1697 to De Speld in 2022: how daring is Dutch satirical news?
Thanks to a new anthology, English-speaking readers can become acquainted with one of the Netherlands' most original and thought-provoking poets.
Travelling through the British Library’s Dutch-Surinamese Collections via Johan Fretz’s ‘Onder de Paramariboom’.
Dutch artist Elise ’t Hart captures everyday sounds in order to share them through installations that evoke a highly sensitive experience.
Humour is right there in the boxing ring of our society. So, there is much more to jokes and witticisms than just getting a laugh. But how does humour relate to power?
Show your love for language by playing, fooling around and experimenting with it, in the same way William Shakespeare, Georges Perec, and their translators Guido van der Wiel and Gilbert Adair did.
Whereas Verhoeven often uses satire and hyperbole, Van Warmerdam is the king of absurdism and understatement.
The Flemish film policy of the past twenty years is finally bearing fruit.
The psychiatry museum in Haarlem reinvented itself as a Museum of the Mind. It earned the institution the 2022 Museum of the Year Award.
Nadia de Vries has written an angsty debut about a young woman afraid of remaining in the shadows.
The Japanese-Flemish artist Lisa Spilliaert wonders whether something as factual as genealogy research leaves room for fiction and fantasy.
As Poet Laureate of Belgium, Kör wants everyone to feel the power of poetry, especially those who don't naturally come into contact with it.
For a long time, the study of the history of Dutch slavery has been dominated by the perspective of the coloniser. More and more researchers are now trying to give enslaved people a voice.
In the book Wie zegt wat waar? (Who Says What Where?) the reader is presented with a more accurate picture of the regional languages in the Netherlands and Flanders than in many other reference works.
Britain and Belgium became culturally entangled as a result of their interaction in the period between the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War.
In his bestseller, the award-winning Dutch non-fiction writer searches for answers to anthropology’s most fundamental questions.