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 January 2015

Introducing Poetry – On Tour with Piet Gerbrandy and Sasja Janssen

Introducing Poetry – On Tour with Piet Gerbrandy and Sasja Janssen

The Dutch Poetry Week 2015 begins today, on 29 January, and runs until 4 February. This year’s theme ‘Love’ suggests that all passion has some poetry to it. And vice versa. On 22 January Stefanie van Gemert saw and heard passionate poets on tour in Utrecht. In this blog she discusses the two VSB Poetry Prize-nominees present.

  • 14 January 2015

The Grandeur of Antwerp Central Railway Station

The Grandeur of Antwerp Central Railway Station

"Le vrai bonheur, ce n’est que dans les gares", said French writer Anatole France, but where can you still find romantic stations these days?

Antwerp Central can henceforth call itself Europe’s most romantic station. According to booking site Hotels.com the building has the perfect decor for saying goodbye.

  • 5 January 2015

Artful Ageing: Turner and Rembrandt’s Late Works at Tate Britain and the National Gallery

Artful Ageing: Turner and Rembrandt’s Late Works at Tate Britain and the National Gallery

Until 18 january Rembrandt – The Late Works at the National Gallery runs alongside the Late Turner exhibition at Tate Britain. Stefanie van Gemert took a short bus ride from Pimlico to Trafalgar Square and visited the two ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions in London. She reflects on how two national museums – three, including the Dutch Rijksmuseum – display works of the cultural icons Rembrandt and Turner. What do these exhibitions define as ‘ageing’ or ‘late works’?

  • 4 December 2014

Looking back on 'I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)'

Looking back on 'I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)'

In this blog post we look back on ‘I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)’, a multimedia and multilingual performance organised by Ons Erfdeel vzw, with the support of deBuren, on the 4th of November in Bloomsbury Theatre, London. I Died in Hell aimed to bring war poetry to life and reveal new European perspectives on World War one.

  • 4 December 2014

Berlinde De Bruyckere at Hauser & Wirth’s London Gallery

Berlinde De Bruyckere at Hauser & Wirth’s London Gallery

Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (born in 1964, Ghent) is everywhere this year. In addition to her recently published monograph and overview exhibition in Ghent’s S.M.A.K. (Belgium), soon to appear at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Netherlands) and Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), new work of hers can be viewed at Hauser & Wirth’s London gallery until 10th January 2015.

  • 24 November 2014

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat Wins UN Award for Plan to Clean up Oceans

Dutch Inventor Boyan Slat Wins UN Award for Plan to Clean up Oceans

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat (born in 1994) won the Champions of the Earth Award. His project ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ has made him the youngest winner ever of this award for inspiring environmental initiatives. The Champions of the Earth Award is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Slat wanted to tackle the so-called ‘plastic soup’ in the ocean and has come up with a V-shaped device with long floating arms, placed in strategic spots in the sea. All the floating plastic is driven towards one point, where his installation catches it for recycling.

  • 17 November 2014

Flemish writer Bob Van Laerhoven Wins American Award

Flemish writer Bob Van Laerhoven Wins American Award

Baudelaire's Revenge by the Flemish authorBob Van Laerhoven has won the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category 'Fiction: mystery/suspense'. The thriller was translated into English by Brian Doyle.

  • 14 November 2014

A forgotten front of the Great War (6): Lest we forget

A forgotten front of the Great War (6): Lest we forget

In a series of 6 blogs Wim Chielens discusses the ‘forgotten front’ of Ploegsteert (Belgium) and Fromelles (France), with photos by Michaël Depestele. This is the sixth and final part: Lest we forget.