The Low Countries

This English-language blog, which is linked to the yearbook, The Low Countries, offers news about language, culture and society in the Low Countries for a broad foreign public.

  • 29 August 2014

A new Flemish series on BBC Four: Cordon

A new Flemish series on BBC Four: Cordon

BBC Four editor Cassian Harrison recently announced that Cordon, a production by Eyeworks for Flemish commercial channel VTM, will soon be broadcast on BBC Four. Following Salamander, Cordon is the second Flemish series to cross the Channel. Cordon is about the outbreak of an epidemic in an ordinary Antwerp neighbourhood.

  • 22 August 2014

Literary World War One Study by Geert Buelens translated into German and English

Literary World War One Study by Geert Buelens translated into German and English

The book Europa Europa! Over de dichters van de Grote Oorlog (Europe, Europe! On the poets of the Great War) by Geert Buelens recently appeared in Germany under the title Europas Dichter und der Erste Weltkrieg . The English translation by David McKay is soon to appear in the US and the UK. It will be published by Verso Books.
The study has already had a favourable reception in Germany.

  • 10 July 2014

Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays

Our office will be closed for the summer holidays. Have a fine summer, too!

  • 10 July 2014

Iris van Herpen wins ANDAM Fashion Award

Iris van Herpen wins ANDAM Fashion Award

At the start of July the ANDAM Fashion Award was presented for the 25th time in Paris, this time to Dutch top designer Iris van Herpen, who was nominated for the second time in a row. The prize gives young, promising designers the chance to show their work and to get a foot in the door in the fashion world. An article about Van Herpen’s work will appear in the 23rd edition of The Low Countries yearbook.

  • 7 July 2014

"Farmer finds land": an exposition on Flemish migrants and North America

"Farmer finds land": an exposition on Flemish migrants and North America

Migration is timeless. Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands now attract many immigrants, but between 1850 and 1930 many people left Flanders in the hope of a better life, driven to it by economic circumstances which were far from rose-tinted, and often dire, especially in the countryside. The crisis of the home textiles industry and failed harvests of the 1840s triggered the migration, making Arm Vlaanderen ("poor Flanders") a harsh reality. 
The exhibition and associated book Farmer finds land document those days.

  • 30 June 2014

Mauritshuis revisited

Mauritshuis revisited

The Mauritshuis in The Hague has reopened to the public after several years of renovations. This relatively small museum near the Binnenhof, the beating heart of Dutch politics, is a treasure-trove of masterpieces of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The collection of around 800 works was largely formed in the eighteenth century by stadtholder William V.

  • 18 June 2014

The shared history of Brazil and the Low Countries

The shared history of Brazil and the Low Countries

You probably haven’t missed the fact that the FIFA World Cup started in Brazil last week. For the first time since 1998 both of the Low Countries, Belgium and the Netherlands, are in. Yesterday the Belgian Red Devils won their first match against Algeria, the Netherlands succesfully clashed swords with Spain last Friday and is up against Australia this evening. We’re not going to speculate here about who has the best chances. Only the football gods can decide that. But did you know that exotic Brazil shares a piece of its past with the Netherlands and Flanders?

  • 17 June 2014

Wanderlust: Developing Dutch literary talent internationally

Wanderlust: Developing Dutch literary talent internationally

The Dutch Foundation for Literature presents Wanderlust, a new programme for developing literary talent, running from 2014 to 2016. Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs and Science, Jet Bussemaker, has provided €100,000 annually to enable talented writers and intermediaries to collaborate with artists abroad or attend international events.

  • 16 June 2014

Norfolk’s Dutch and Flemish Strangers

Norfolk’s Dutch and Flemish Strangers

Volume 38 of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies is a special issue on Dutch and Flemish ‘Strangers’, Protestant refugees from the Low Countries who fled to Norfolk in the sixteenth century.

  • 12 June 2014

Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 curated by Rem Koolhaas

Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 curated by Rem Koolhaas

Saturday 7th June saw the opening of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curator Rem Koolhaas gave this edition the title Fundamentals, presenting himself and all 65 participating countries with a complex issue. What are the key moments of the past century of modernisation? Has that modernisation led to the same architecture everywhere? This makes for a radical biennale, different from all past events. No ‘best of contemporary architecture’ this time: instead we have an intensive, critical study of one theme.