High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


‘Too good to be Dutch’. Blaudzun

Dutch singer-songwriter Blaudzun had a definitive breakthrough in 2014 and quickly became the darling of the Dutch pop critics who showed off their good taste. In his own country he was already a universally-known phenomenon, but now he is...


Hit the Road. Bands in Search of an Audience Abroad

The idea that a rock group from the Low Countries might attract large crowds elsewhere has become less and less bizarre in recent years. The world's become smaller because of the spread of music via the internet, which means that fame is no...


Never Sell Out. More than 25 Years of The Ex

Everywhere they go, The Ex make the impossible possible by following the age-old adage ‘do it yourself' (‘…because no-one else will do it for you'). An American reviewer once described their sound as ‘a beautiful frenzy', a phrase from the ...


Between Django and Dire Straits Absynthe Minded

It took the Flemish pop musician Bert Ostyn (born 1981) ten years to reach the stage of consolidation. His group Absynthe Minded knows its classics. Rather than running through the genres or going for pastiches the group makes its own synth...


Dylans's Kin in the Lowlands

Almost half a century ago Bob Dylan was the fuse that ignited the powder keg of pop music. Thanks to Dylan, Flemish and Dutch folk movements rediscovered their regional traditions. Protest singers came and went. Dylan was translated, imitat...


Our Top History Stories of the Year

Join us in bidding goodbye to 2023 with some of the most surprising stories we have published this year about the history of Flanders and the Netherlands.

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