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.

  • 11 April 2014

The Low Countries 22 commemorates The Great War

The Low Countries 22 commemorates The Great War

Out now: the 22nd volume of The Low Countries Yearbook. Find the table of contents here, order the volume here.
This edition commemorates the First World War, which was set in motion when the heir to the Austrian throne and his wife were shot dead in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. In this edition we want to deal with some less obvious facets of the Great War. As well as the themed pieces this volume offers the usual choice of essays on writers and artists past and present, on history that survives to the present day and society that has evolved from its past.

  • 3 April 2014

Lost British film masterpiece found in Amsterdam

Lost British film masterpiece found in Amsterdam

A long lost classic British film from 1923 has been discovered by the EYE film museum in Amsterdam. The rags-to-riches film Love, Life and Laughter starred Betty Balfour, the most successful female British actor of the 1920s.

  • 18 March 2014

Flanders and the Netherlands joint guests at 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair

Flanders and the Netherlands joint guests at 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair

The Netherlands and Flanders have been officially confirmed as guest countries at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair. It will be the second time that the two countries join forces at Frankfurt – the last time was in 1993 when the Dutch-Flemish presence at the Fair helped to shed a spotlight on a generation of Flemish and Dutch writers.

  • 10 March 2014

Opera director Gerard Mortier dies

Opera director Gerard Mortier dies

Only a week after the death of Jan Hoet, another of Ghent’s creative talents has died. Gerard Mortier, 70, the former director of the Brussels opera house De Munt, died at his home last weekend from cancer. The 2009 edition of The Low Countries Yearbook featured an article on Mortier. Read it here.

  • 27 February 2014

Art curator Jan Hoet dies in Ghent

Art curator Jan Hoet dies in Ghent

The Flemish art curator Jan Hoet died today in a Ghent hospital at the age of 77. Born in Leuven in 1936, Hoet was a flamboyant and charismatic figure who frequently shook up the Belgian art world.

  • 27 February 2014

Flanders and Netherlands to celebrate cultural cooperation in 2015

Flanders and Netherlands to celebrate cultural cooperation in 2015

The Flemish and Dutch governments have set aside a joint budget of €340,000 to mark 20 years of cultural cooperation in 2015. The two regions concluded the Flemish-Dutch Cultural Treaty on 17 January 1995 to work together on culture, education, science and welfare and a commission was established on 2 April 1998 to supervise the implementation of the treaty.

  • 25 February 2014

Flanders Becomes a Brand

Flanders Becomes a Brand

The Flemish government has followed the Dutch by creating a single brand for all government departments. The most noticeable change is that the rampant Flemish lion with claws bared has been replaced by a softer image showing just part of a lion’s face. The logo is accompanied by two new slogans: “verbeelding werkt” (imagination works) in Dutch and “state of the art” in English.

  • 21 February 2014

Michaël Borremans solo show at Bozar

Michaël Borremans solo show at Bozar

An exciting new solo show by Flemish artist Michaël Borremans opens at Bozar on 22 February. The exhibition titled As Sweet As It Gets brings together about 100 works created by the artist over the past 20 years.