In her essay ‘Connection in Confusion’, Hind Fraihi gives Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent some suggestions on how it should deal with a world that is becoming increasingly diverse and colourful.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Vicky Francken. We selected her poem ‘A Good Excuse’.
It is the largest acquisition in the history of the museum and is an important transaction for Dutch-English heritage.
Take a look at our selection of recently translated Dutch-language books for children and young adults.
The small cemeteries in and around Ypres provide a unique way of understanding the First World War.
In 2020 Flanders is set to pay tribute to Jan Van Eyck. The most impressive tribute to this Flemish Master will be presented in Ghent, where the Museum of Fine Arts is organising its biggest ever Jan van Eyck exhibition.
Abdelkader Benali has been awarded the Golden Goose Feather as an ambassador of the Dutch language who reaches young people with his enthusiasm and dedication. This is his ode to ‘bastard Dutch’.
Malika Soudani gives a voice to Portrait of a woman by Frans Hals. ‘I wonder if they called it that because it’s a good title or because they’ve forgotten my name.’
Who's helping who? That is the question in Siel Verhanneman's poignant debut novel, 'Or else everyone dies'.
An overview of the new museum acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Art.
Between 1816 and 1919, Neutral Moresnet was a geographical curiosity on the border triangle between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Now you can zoom in on every inch of Jan van Eyck's paintings and miniatures. Thanks to the VERONA project, almost the entire oeuvre of the medieval master is now accessible online in ultra-high-resolution images.
For centuries, the Dutch language in Belgium had to pave the way for French. And yet, editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere, a Fleming, wouldn’t miss French for the world.
Despite the English conquest of the northeast coast of North America in 1664, the Dutch language continued to thrive in New York and northern New Jersey for generations, persisting into the twentieth century in certain areas.
Jasmijn Post brings the painting 'The Love Letter' by Johannes Vermeer to life. We listen to a woman whose feelings are restricted by social conventions.
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.
The Renaissance polymath Joris Hoefnagel is best known today for his stunning miniatures of insects, but less well known is the troubling context in which those works were made.
Dutch biodesigner Emma van der Leest researches how she can make sustainable materials with bacteria and algae. Her work is part of the group exhibition Polarities, on show at MU in Eindhoven until 1 March 2020.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Maarten Buser. We selected his poem ‘Outline’.
If we consider the history of the First World War from the perspective of its enduring legacy, 1917 was the most crucial year of all.
Dieter De Schutter drew a graphic story inspired by the masked figure on a ferry in a 370-year-old river landscape. ‘I can never step out of line.’
The last Friday Verses of 2019 are written by Paul Demets. We selected his poem ‘Unstirring Leaves’.
What did 'the Kurant' write about and who were its readers?
The lower interior panels of Van Eyck's 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' have now been restored.
Best Of 2019
The Flemish government has proposed severe cuts in arts funding over the next few years. In 2011, the cultural sector in the Netherlands was forced to make do with a budget cut of about 200 million euro. What can the Flemish artists learn from their Dutch colleagues?
75 years ago, a German V2 bomb hit the popular Cinema Rex in Antwerp. 567 people were killed. It took more than a week to recover their bodies from under the rubble.
On 16 December 1944, Allies Beat Back the Nazi Troops in their last major western offensive campaign of World War II.
‘Het nabestaan van Anna Portier’ is a poignant debut about mourning, dying and the lives we lead or don't.
CODART, the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art, has announced the CODART Canon.
Panamarenko made aeroplanes. Or are they works of art as well? If you asked him this question, he gave various answers or, probably, no answer at all. Being an artist meant nothing to him.
Edna Azulay has composed an ode to the intoxication of 'The Drunken Couple' by Jan Steen.
During the German occupation, around 250 people hid in Amsterdam Artis Zoo to escape from Nazi persecution.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Kevin Amse. We selected his poem ‘I Need Help’.
Tourism is increasingly becoming more of a curse than a blessing in Amsterdam, Bruges, Maastricht and numerous other places in the Low Countries.
Our best language stories of 2019, handpicked by the editor.
Cesar Majorana gives a voice to a painting in the shadow of 'The Night Watch'.
Iduna Paalman wrote a poem about the rise and fall of Maria de’ Medici to accompany a militia piece by Joachim von Sandrart.
The world-famous Dutch private library will be made more accessible for scientific research.
Arno Boey gives a voice to the painting 'The Milkmaid' by Johannes Vermeer.
For some, he was a servant, for others a vanquished devil. However, the Irish poet W.B. Yeats sheds a different light on the origins of the controversial Black Pete tradition.
How can we counteract the decline in reading, especially among young people? Former publisher Henk Pröpper has a message for politicians.
The only remaining professional ballet company in Belgium celebrates. But the future is uncertain.
The artist dismantles stereotypes about women and people of colour.
An expert selection committee chose the Dutch book as one of the ten winners from the more than one hundred thousand books that were published that year in China.
Amarylis De Gryse got inspired by the painting 'The Company of Captain Albert Bas and Lieutenant Lucas Conijn'. She explores the inner life of a militiaman.
Remarkable conclusions from the very first global study of the preservation of Dutch language, culture and identity.
Belgian politician Charles Michel made a rapid rise to the political pinnacle of Europe.
Jonas Vansteenkiste creates spaces that are best described as ‘mental environments’. He invites the audience to enter.
Tharim Cornelisse made a poetic film after the poem ‘The Method iv.' by Arno Van Vlierberghe.
Few Flemish women have played such a major role in political history and are nearly forgotten today as Matilda of Flanders.
You can choose which Flemish and Dutch works of art deserve a place in the CODART Canon.
In his latest poetry collection 'Hopper on the hill', Roel Richelieu Van Londersele is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.
Academics from all over the world gathered in London to talk about the language, arts, literature and history of Flanders and the Netherlands.
When it comes to language, Belgium has a complex history. That is beautifully illustrated by the position of French-language literature written at the end of the 19th century by Flemings.
Seventy years ago, James Ensor died in a hospital in Ostend. Writer Koen Peeters brings an ode to this ‘realist, pleinairist, painter of light and masks’.
Suzanna van Oers made a poetic film after the poem ‘Life on Mars’ by Peter Verhelst.
A selection of recent university press publications about the Low Countries in English.
Dutch writers Wessel te Gussinklo and Sjeng Scheijen have won the 2019 BookSpot Literature Prize.
Latin is often denounced for being elitist, but people tend to forget that, before, anyone had to master it as a second language. Therefore, not a single European nation could feel disadvantaged by Latin.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Jonas Bruyneel. We selected his poem ‘Glass Borders’.
In the twentieth century, the Dutch gradually became more concerned about cleanliness in their household than about comfort.
Mariken Heitman has written a penetrating debut about gender identity.
Fifty years ago, Jan Wolkers shook the Netherlands to its foundations with 'Turkish Delight'. Aleid Truijens blushed when she reread his taboo-breaking classic novel.
Volume 68 (2018) of the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art appeared.
What has happened to the East Germans since 9 November 1989? They had celebrated the prompt reunification with exuberant joy. However today, the gap between East and West still exists.
Tess Steijvers made a poetic film after the poem 'A Girl' by Toon Tellegen.
Henriette Louwerse, Director of Dutch Studies and Senior Lecturer in Dutch at the University of Sheffield, argues for an open and inclusive approach towards the Dutch language.
The Flemish Art Collection has launched a new website dedicated entirely to the life and work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic was the center of the European book trade.
About a quarter of a million Asians were present on and near the front in Belgium and Northern France during the First World War.
In our book 'Standing Tall in Babel. Languages in Europe' (2007) Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk wrote an essay on her mother tongue, Polish. Or is it her father tongue?
Take a look at our selection of recently translated Dutch literature.
Dutch historians have long worked on the assumption that the significance of Atlantic slavery to the Dutch economy was marginal. This assumption is incorrect.
Emperor Charles V embodied the complex linguistic situation in the Low Countries.
On 11 October 2009, the Flemish missionary, known as Father Damien, was declared a saint for his extraordinary service in caring for the lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in the 19th Century.
Belgium's oldest city has refreshed its identity. Thanks to the Romans.
The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art wants to present “cultural history 2.0”. That's why it has been rethought as a computer game.
The bicycle and car sharing that we know today can be traced back to the ‘White Bicycles’ and ‘White Cars’ initiated by the Provo movement.
Wouter Paijmans recently exchanged the brush for needle and thread. Still, the painterly approach can be seen in his 'confection paintings'.
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in Leeuwarden in 1876 but became infamous as Mata Hari, exotic, mistress extraordinaire and possible superspy. Was she indeed as deceitful and voluptuous as often described? Lots of questions and only some answers about this sinister Salomé.
The far right uses social media as a sort of pulpit from which to lash out without restraint against the left and society’s alleged excesses.
On 13 October 1944, the first V1 fell on Antwerp. This was the start of a long period of fear and terror.
If you really want to understand how the Dutch lived in the Golden Age, then you should learn to read 17th century Dutch.
The English language knows 'they' for one person. But in Dutch a gender-neutral alternative to 'he' and 'she' is still a long way off. This may have to do with a grammatical rule that Dutch speakers consider important.
Starting this month, Dutch literature will present itself under the title 'New Dutch Writing' at more than 70 festivals and events in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Words become outlawed, and people with different opinions soon accuse the other party of engaging in ‘framing’. Are the language police just round the corner?
Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'.
There are still numerous historical references to the Dutch language in Guyana.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere considers himself a language romanticist. 'A romanticist will consider language as the spine of one’s identity.'
In his playful works Kasper Bosmans investigates histories of traditions and objects creating new narratives to offer a critical view on cultural and political relics.
Dutch artists painted a giant bookcase on an apartment building in Utrecht featuring residents’ favorite books.
Portrait of a Flemish metal band that far exceeds the genre and puts bandages on gaping wounds.
Luc Devoldere states that we have no choice in Europe, but to become as multilingual as possible.
Just going by today’s headlines, the end of Western democracy seems imminent. However, is a crisis not the essence of a democracy?