In his book 'Leopold's Legacy', photographer Oliver Leu is researching the various forms of representation of the colonial history of Congo in Belgium.
Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht doesn't like teachers who complain about the decline in students' language skills.
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.
Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht investigated the way the old Germanic people chose their first names. As for her own name? Turns out her parents weren’t very good at German.
The focus of the collection is 17th- and 18th-century music, its cultural context and performance practice.
Research institute Huygens ING will set up a new website to access and study medieval manuscripts in Dutch collections.
Jozef Deleu is the personification of the self-confident, critical, tolerant and self-willed Fleming.
Five hundred years after his birth, publishers can still learn from his cultural entrepreneurship.
An overview of the latest museum acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Art.
One hundred years ago the world encountered a Spanish flu pandemic which cost an estimated 50 to 100 million lives. But in the Netherlands it was long underestimated by the government. Medical historian Leo van Bergen sketches the devastation caused by Spanish flu between 1918 and 1920.
The core of Leiden University’s collection of European ‘art on paper’ is now available in digital form for education, research and the interested public.
Covid-19 prompts all museums to close doors. With our selection of recently published books on Flemish or Dutch talent, you bring art into your home.
Was the Dutch writer really such an anti-colonial rebel? And what about his preference for young girls?
Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht declares her love to a comma.
The speech of festival director Viktorien van Hulst at the seminar ‘Indonesia and the Netherlands: a joint future’.
Why not read a novel by a Dutch or Flemish author this spring? Take a look at our selection.
Derek Blyth urges you to visit the old-fashioned pubs of Flanders, while you still have the chance.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere takes the start of the Multatuli year as an opportunity to explore the author’s legacy.
The Flemish tenacity for cycling inspired the English to invent much of today’s cycling lingo.
Forgotten Female Painters
In his debut novel ‘Uiterste dagen’, Ferdinand Lankamp undertakes a search for our motives, which can sometimes be very dark.
When Dutch children's literature deals with taboos, some books are too unconventional for the anglophone market.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is presenting artist's portraits in an exhibition on identity and image.
Why are the Dutch so crazy about cycling? We tell you all about it in the first episode of The Low Countries Radio.
Whoever visits the Netherlands, can't ignore them. Sooner or later you walk into one of the 550 Hema shops to buy a bicycle bell, sandwich or stapler. The brand is as Dutch as the tulip.
Due to its geographical closeness to the Low Countries, Britain has played an important role in the history of the Dutch language.
This week's Friday Verses are written by the Antwerp poet, theater writer and spoken word performer, Max Greyson. We selected his poem ‘Relativity’.
These Flemish artists and organisations across cultural disciplines have been rewarded with an Ultima for their outstanding contributions.
From his celebrated self-portraits to dreamlike scenes of the North Sea coast, a major exhibition in London will introduce UK audiences to the visionary work of Flemish artist Léon Spilliaert.
Luc Devoldere rejects the existence of a bond between language and ethnicity – or Blut und Boden. Instead, he suggests the term ‘territory’.
20-year-old artist Mitya from Antwerp is exhibiting in the world-famous The Walled Off Hotel, the hotel museum that was designed by street artist Banksy.
Foreign publishers, foreign rights agents, cultural foundations, translators and a bit of luck. This is what you need to get your book translated.
The Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels is a must-see for every single person who cherishes our planet.
What makes you a mother? Fen Verstappen looks for answers in her touching debut novel ‘Moeder af’.
The young Dutch artist is as fascinated by famous paintings as he is by trivial images.
Michele Hutchison has been awarded the prize for Stage Four, her English translation of Sander Kollaard’s Stadium IV.
The Antwerp artist wins an Ultima, a tribute to his active artistry at the height of his ability.
In the midst of nature, in the East Flemish municipality of Stekene, you can visit one of the largest private art collections in Europe.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Meliza de Vries. We selected her poem ‘Grown-Up’.
How do we have to treat books that have fallen out of favour or have become taboo due to a changing Zeitgeist and more progressive perceptions?
Johan Van Geluwe died unexpectedly at home. The artist knew how to combine the global dimension of his work with regional and folk culture.
Hind Fraihi suggests a digital detox. ‘Why not try a Digital Free Month to drastically free ourselves from social media?’
Flanders and the Netherlands are fertile ground for the collaborative economy because they are densely populated and very connected. But is it a success?
At the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition ever you can discover his refined oil-painting techniques, pointed observations of the world and unique talent for painting light that is almost tangible.