On 4th May the British Library is to host a half-day seminar on literary fantasy and cross-cultural experimentation in Belgian literature, with contributions from scholars from the British Library, Queen Mary University and Oxford Brookes in the UK, the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
The Low Countries
Deze Engelstalige blog, gelinkt aan het jaarboek The Low Countries, brengt nieuws over taal, cultuur en maatschappij in de Lage Landen voor een breed buitenlands publiek.
As a missionary working among the Indians of the Columbia Plateau and the Plains, Flemish Jesuit Pieter Jan De Smet (Dendermonde 1801-Saint Louis 1873) was a privileged witness to an important phase in the history of the development of the United States of America.
The exhibition The Call of the Rockies - Pieter Jan De Smet and the Indian tragedy (until May 1st) in the Caermersklooster in Ghent, Flanders, focuses on the role of De Smet, not only as a missionary, but also as defender of the Indians themselves, an advocate for peace and a mediator with the American government.
The 24th volume of The Low Countries yearbook is out now. The theme of this volume is literature, as Flanders and the Netherlands are the guest of honour at this year's Frankfurter Buchmesse, the biggest book fair in the world.
You can order the yearbook on this page, where you can also view the table of contents.
In this blog post, you can read chief editor Luc Devoldere's backcover introduction of our latest treasure trove.
In 2016, the Dutch Studies Program at the University of California in Berkeley is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This calls for a party, one would think, but this unique program faces problems.
What is the matter? Over the years, the Dutch Language Union (Nederlandse Taalunie) generously funded the Dutch Studies Program, yet due to recent budget cuts this funding will be discontinued. This puts in jeopardy a long tradition of bringing Dutch authors, artists, and visiting professors to the Berkeley campus and supporting student research projects and study abroad opportunities.
The Program’s funding now largely depends on private philanthropy, and there are various ways to get involved as a donor in this important program. You can read about them in this blog post.
Holland's Glory in football boots is no more. Johan Cruyff, the undisputed number 1 (in shirt number 14), has passed away.
Let us remember this football player without parallel, unsurpassed in all his feats on the football fields of the Netherlands and far beyond, using the words that appeared in the 11th edition of The Low Countries yearbook (2003). They were written by the legendary Flemish sports journalist Jan Wauters (1939-2010).
Read how Wauters described Cruyff in this blog post.
Almost everyone has heard of the Brontës and read Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, or at least seen a film adaptation. Yet it is a little-known fact that in 1842-43, a few years before the publication of their best-sellers, Charlotte (photo) and Emily Brontë came to Belgium to improve their French at the Pensionnat Heger (on the site now occupied by the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten) in Brussels. Emily stayed for just under a year, Charlotte for two.
Charlotte fell in love with her tutor, Constantin Heger, who improved her writing skills as well as her French. Her relationship with him is reflected in her two novels set in Brussels
21 April 2016 is the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth. There will be many events to mark this bicentenary year in the UK and we are celebrating it in the city that was so influential on her life and work.
Five hundred years ago the artist that painted the world-famous Garden of Earthly Delights died in his home town of ’s-Hertogenbosch, which is why 2016 has been proclaimed Jheronimus Bosch Year. With his astonishing ingenuity and stylistic and technical mastery, Bosch is considered by art historians to be a grand master. There will be countless projects and exhibitions during this centenary year, an overview of which can be found at www.bosch500.nl/en.
The highlight of the Bosch Year is an exhibition that opens on Saturday 13 February, in the Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch: Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of a Genius. Never before has such a large selection of Bosch’s paintings and drawings been shown together. The exhibition can be viewed till 8 May.
Architects from Flanders and Brussels today play a role of significance, not just in this compact European region, but also by contributing ideas to the wider world.
The new English language newsletter of the Flanders Architecture Institute highlights international events and initiatives of architects and institutions. Every month it will provide information on exhibitions, lectures and conferences as well as updates on important building projects.
Jaap van Zweden, currently music director of the Dallas Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, is to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2017.
He will be the second Dutch music director of the New York Philharmonic, following in the footsteps of Willem Mengelberg.
From 28 Jan to 2 April 2016, New York gallery Hauser & Wirth is exhibiting No Life Lost, by internationally renowned Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (Ghent, 1964). The centrepiece of the exhibition will be De Bruyckere’s monumental project Kreupelhout – Cripplewood, 2012-2013. A collaboration with Nobel prize-winning novelist JM Coetzee, the work was first exhibited at the Belgian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2013.