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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.
On 1 April the Flemish-Dutch cultural institution Ons Erfdeel vzw is to launch three new websites: www.de-lage-landen.com, www.les-plats-pays.com and www.the-low-countries.com. We’ve succeeded in snagging several big names as columnists for the occasion. Our goal is to provide even more context on culture from the Low Countries.
From Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 March, the fourth biennial of the international Performance Philosophy network will take place in the Brakke Grond and the University Theatre in Amsterdam. During this four-day event, an exceptional international network of performers, scientists, philosophers and people from theory and practice will come into contact with the locally based cultural field of Amsterdam. The Brussels theatre maker and artist Thomas Bellinck will provide a keynote on Saturday evening.
A jury of experts has selected ten young video makers from Flanders and the Netherlands for 'Bewogen Verzen' (Moving Verses), the video poetry project of Ons Erfdeel vzw and Poëziecentrum. The successful candidates will visualize a poem that they have chosen.
Flanders has been synonymous with bicycle racing for many years. However, is cycling truly ‘ours’, as one popular Flemish newspaper keeps claiming? Journalist and cycling enthusiast Rik Van Puymbroeck channels his inner ‘flandrien’ in an attempt to find out whether cycling is actually in Flanders’ DNA.
What influence does Dutch have internationally? What opportunities does the language offer? And what opportunities can be better utilised? De Taalunie (Dutch Language Union) researches the role of Dutch and teaching Dutch outside the language area. The aim is to map the influence of Dutch on scientific, economic and cultural relations. With this message we inform you about the research.
On 4 March the jury of the video poetry project 'Bewogen Verzen' met to make a selection from the 69 poems submitted by Flemish and Dutch youngsters. The jury selected thirty poems, from which ten young video artists will each choose a poem to portray.
On 1 March 2019, the new exhibition Photobook Belge at the FOMU Photo Museum in Antwerp has been opened. More than 150 years of Belgian photography books are celebrated by this exposition which runs until 6 October 2019.
Dutch filmmakers deem the general quality of Dutch feature films mediocre. On an international scale, Dutch feature film is lagging behind.
The monthly column First Book draws attention to literary debuts which garnered less notice upon release than they deserve. In the science fiction novel Concept M author Aafke Romeijn takes the reader forward to the Netherlands of 2020, where the disease of colourlessness makes for heated, polarizing debate and protest.