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.

  • 18 March 2019

ONS ERFDEEL LAUNCHES 3 NEW WEBSITES

ONS ERFDEEL LAUNCHES 3 NEW WEBSITES

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.

  • 14 March 2019

Performance Philosophy biennial 2019: Intervention! Intoxication?

Performance Philosophy biennial 2019: Intervention! Intoxication?

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.

  • 12 March 2019

These are the young video makers for 'Bewogen Verzen'

These are the young video makers for 'Bewogen Verzen'

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.

  • 7 March 2019

Why Flanders is mad about cycling

Why Flanders is mad about cycling

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.

  • 6 March 2019

Taalunie conducts research into the international position of the Dutch language

Taalunie conducts research into the international position of the Dutch language

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.

  • 4 March 2019

FIRST BOOK: The cancer of colourlessness in Concept M by Aafke Romeijn

FIRST BOOK: The cancer of colourlessness in Concept M by Aafke Romeijn

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.