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.

  • 21 november 2018

Young Writers, Old Works: Naomi Jacobs on the preaching of John the Baptist

In the exhibition 80 Years’ War, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam looks back at the Revolt that led to the division of the Netherlands. At the request of deBuren, eighteen young Flemish and Dutch authors each bring an artefact from the exhibition back to life. Over the next few weeks you can read several of their stories in translation for the first time. Today NAOMI JACOBS attends a field sermon.

  • 20 november 2018

The Mauritshuis acquires rare painting by Willem Buytewech

The Mauritshuis acquires rare painting by Willem Buytewech

Only six paintings by Willem Buytewech are known. With the acquisition of Merry Company on a Terrace from ca. 1616-17, the Mauritshuis in The Hague has secured a key work in the development of early Dutch genre painting.

  • 20 november 2018

The Story of the First Belgian Revolution

The Story of the First Belgian Revolution

The United States of Belgium tells the story of the First Belgian Revolution before the creation of a language barrier between French and Dutch. The book gives new and comprehensive insights into the seminal events that shaped Belgian identity.

  • 16 november 2018

10 years of dance at Rosas captured in new photo book

10 years of dance at Rosas captured in new photo book

The recently published photo book 'Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas 2007 - 2017' provides a unique photographic overview of the last ten years of the oeuvre of this world-famous Belgian choreographer.

  • 15 november 2018

Meertens Tune Collections expanded with 18,000 Dutch songs

Meertens Tune Collections expanded with 18,000 Dutch songs

Looking for a medieval mockery song or a twentieth-century love song from the Netherlands and Flanders? Look no further. After years of preparations, the Meertens Institute has supplemented the Meertens Tune Collections (MTC) with the digitised data of 18,000 songs.

  • 14 november 2018

Young Writers, Old Works: Dewi de Nijs Bik on a ship’s cannon

In the exhibition 80 Years’ War, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam looks back at the Revolt that led to the division of the Netherlands. At the request of deBuren, eighteen young Flemish and Dutch authors each bring an artefact from the exhibition back to life. Over the next few weeks you can read several of their stories in translation for the first time. Today DEWI DE NIJS BIK speaks through the bore of a seventeenth-century cannon from the Dutch East India Company.

  • 12 november 2018

When the Dutch Were Hunting Whales

When the Dutch Were Hunting Whales

For more than three hundred years the Dutch sailed whaling to the High North. In the anthology Walvissen groot en vet, authentic sources are used to describe how the hunt for the gulls of the sea in the age of arctic whaling went ahead.

  • 7 november 2018

Martin Michael Driessen: A New Voice in Dutch Fiction

Martin Michael Driessen: A New Voice in Dutch Fiction

Martin Michael Driessen (1954) has already had a successful theatre career as a director, actor and translator in the Netherlands and Germany. Today he has established himself as an important figure in contemporary Dutch writing. Recently My First Murder appeared, a collection of short stories and novellas. An overview of Driessen's opulent oeuvre.

  • 7 november 2018

Young Writers, Old Works: Joost Oomen on the hat of a dead count

In the exhibition 80 Years’ War, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam looks back at the Revolt that led to the division of the Netherlands. At the request of deBuren, eighteen young Flemish and Dutch authors each bring an artefact from the exhibition back to life. Over the next few weeks you can read several of their stories in translation for the first time. Today JOOST OOMEN talks about the hat that Ernst Casimir, count of Nassau-Dietz, wore when he was shot in the head while inspecting the trenches during the Siege of Roermond.

  • 5 november 2018

Hollywood Praise for Flemish Director Felix van Groeningen

Hollywood Praise for Flemish Director Felix van Groeningen

Flemish director Felix van Groeningen received the Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award for ‘Beautiful Boy’ at the Hollywood Film Awards ceremony. Timothée Chalamet received the Supporting Actor Award. The Hollywood Film Awards form the first big ceremony of the new film season.