Since it was established in 1971, ‘De Engelbewaarder’ has been known as the first literary café in the Netherlands. Not only John Irving once drank a beer there.
Belgium was one of Europe’s founders and main supporters, but in recent times the consensus for the European project has been somewhat worn down.
In his call to remain alert to a new anti-Semitism, Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg referred to the Holocaust during National Remembrance Day. According to Hind Fraihi, he shouldn't have done that.
Kunstmuseum in The Hague presents a fascinating exhibition about the friendship and rivalry between two important Dutch painters: Isaac Israëls and George Breitner.
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The tiny, hyper-expressive Dutch musician is rewriting the rules of the classical music concert-world and is stringing genres together to make them sound as if they have always been closely connected.
Seventy-five years after the declaration of Indonesian independence, it is high time for apologies to be made at the level of government, and for a national memory that is more inclusive.
‘Augustus’ by Irma Maria Achten is a sensual debut novel about improbable love, in which passion, a longing for death and family secrets play an important role.
Twenty-four Flemish writers and poets wrote each other letters during the first weeks of the coronavirus lockdown. This is the correspondence between Jeroen Olyslaegers and Siel Verhanneman.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere reread Natalia Ginzburg’s classic ‘The Little Virtues’ and muses on the life lessons that the Italian writer taught us.
Seventy-five years on from the end of World War II, the differences between Belgium and the Netherlands from an economic perspective are significant and growing.
A selection of recent university press publications about the Low Countries in English.
Most people assume the sensible Dutch have always cycled. But the story is more complicated.
The main purpose of the investigation was to identify the main cause of deterioration of the cadmium yellow paint in The Scream by Edvard Munch.
In her documentary My Rembrandt, Oeke Hoogendijk portrays the owners of a painting by the Dutch Old Master. She orchestrates their story into a thrilling detective about the hunt for an unknown Rembrandt.
Often, when discussing Flanders versus the Netherlands, we tend to fall back on the cliché about being ‘Catholic’ versus being ‘Protestant’. The truth, however, is far more complex.
Zero Point 1945
The importance of the resistance during World War II doesn’t form part of the Belgian collective memory. That’s remarkable, as the resistance represents an impressive achievement.
Regardless of how long NATO remains standing, strengthening military cooperation between European countries is essential.
The restored portico and garden pavilion won in the most sought-after category.
Hind Fraihi argues that the Decolonise Movement should face its own excesses and focus on real problems, like institutional racism.
The Amsterdam house where Jewish writer Etty Hillesum wrote her famous diary during WWII is in danger of being demolished. Philippe Noble, who translated her work into French, tells us why the writings she left behind are still as powerful today as they ever were.
The painting style of this young Dutch artist is as dynamic as her images are still.
Remembrance has replaced history as the dominant way of working through our feelings about the Second World War.
While cycling and snarling, linguist Fieke van der Gucht might spur a change in language.
The work of the Flemish priest and poet Guido Gezelle has repeatedly been linked with both British and American literature and culture. And not without reason.
“I should like to make of all my writings, even my failures, of which I'm ashamed, a paper monument, which can, somewhere, still be visited in a landscape where it is forever autumn and everything is draped in cobwebs, long after I am dead and buried. It must be possible to say of that monument: this is the life of Jeroen Brouwers. People will comment that it was full of crinkles and tears when it was put up, but that sentence about that compote and the flies and the rotting fruit isn't bad at all.” Here is a real writer. (With an extract from the novel Dateless Days).
There are well over 150 Dutch loanwords in common use in Japanese and many more words which owe their origin to Dutch.
Mauritshuis, The Hague, reveals new discoveries and insights from the international scientific examination of Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’
After 1945, Belgium and the Netherlands rolled out a monumental social security system that brought prosperity and emancipation. Today, this welfare state has come under pressure.
Derek Blyth invites you to discover the Jewish Community of Antwerp, one of the largest in Europe.
In a new book by our publisher Ons Erfdeel vzw, experts state that a lot of institutions and systems that were built up after the Second World War are at risk today.
Have you ever wondered why orange is the colour of the Netherlands? You find the answer in the sixteenth century.
What makes the life and work of the early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck so special?
Kevin van Vliet's debut novel 'Wolfsjong' is a classic tale with an edgy and dark side.
Belgium is a structural underpower when it comes to sport. The Netherlands is certain to win its hundreth gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. On the other hand Belgium has provided two presidents of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge being the current one. For Dutch successes there are organisational and motivational factors and the simple fact that the native Dutch younger generation are the tallest in the world. But let's be honest: sporting success is consolidating around a few major power blocs.
After the First World War, architect Huib Hoste helped rebuild the Flemish Westhoek. But his innovative ideas quickly clashed with residents and their yearning for the past.
In 2016, the Flemish political scientist Kris Deschouwer wrote an illuminating piece about the very special character of the Belgian social security system.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Hannah van Wieringen. We selected her poem ‘cry me a river’.
On 10 April 2020, the Dutch poet Hans Verhagen passed away at the age of 81 in his hometown Amsterdam.
Whenever Verrijt arrives somewhere, he immediately erects a new work on-site, often recycling discontinued pieces.
In his book 'Leopold's Legacy', photographer Oliver Leu is researching the various forms of representation of the colonial history of Congo in Belgium.
Nowhere in Western Europe were homosexual men persecuted as much as in Bruges in the late Middle Ages.
Looking for remarkable places in the Low Countries, British journalist Derek Blyth ends up eating fast food from the wall in Amsterdam.
Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht doesn't like teachers who complain about the decline in students' language skills.
Belgium has an interim minority government to deal with the corona crisis. The emergency has exacerbated the division in the country. Will Belgium fall apart, or is it actually a laboratory for Europe?
On 31 March 2020, we celebrated Marga Minco’s 100th birthday. Her oeuvre is an incessant attempt to come to terms with the war past by constantly creating new literary variants of it.
The refurbished Groeninge Museum encourages us to slow down with the intimate exhibition ‘Van Eyck in Bruges’.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has become one of the youngest writers to be shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, which celebrates the finest translated fiction from around the world.
Calling Kortrijk a hidden pearl along the River Lys might be too much honour. Yet there are numerous treasures to be found.
In her gripping debut novel ‘Hier is alles veilig’, Anneleen Van Offel tells her story with subtle clues, precise and detailed descriptions, in beautiful language.
Hind Fraihi warns us of the growing influence of ‘a second generation of Salafist organizers’.
Throughout the history of film, the Dutch painter was given many identities.
The theft took place on the same day as the artist’s birthday.
Finally, a documentary with the Maroons, rather than about them.
In the search to find a cure for the Coronavirus, The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has sent 15,000 medicinal molecules to the Rega Institute in Leuven.
The Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and Plantin-Moretus Museum put a substantial part of their collection accessible online.