Dirk Somers, architect and founder of Bovenbouw Architectuur, states that in 2019 architecture should mainly offer the city added value. In the exhibition The House of the Explorer - from 28 February to 16 June in deSingel, Antwerp, the Flanders Architecture Institute offers a unique view into the universe of the Antwerp architectural firm. As a visitor, you get under the skin of the architect-explorer who ends up in a wondrous world full of concrete buildings and paper ideas.
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.
From a lost clarinet to polyphonic installation art: Early Music from Flanders is now attracting a great deal of interest abroad. Flemish musicians travel the world to perform their historically correct performances.
Dutch designers, artisan producers and design agencies will present themselves under the name ‘Masterly – The Dutch in Milano’ in the centre of Milan during Salone del Mobile (9-14 April). At the fully restored Palazzo Francesco Turati the Dutch pavilion arises again with the best design and artisan craftsmanship the Netherlands has to offer.
When speakers of one language encounter those of another, they often insert words of the other language into their own. This is called code switching. This also was and is the case for Dutch speakers.
The latest issue of Dutch Crossing, Journal of Low Countries Studies is dedicated to “Burgundian Afterlives. Appropriating the Dynastic Past(s) in the Habsburg Netherlands”. Dutch Crossing serves as the publication organ of both the Association for Low Countries Studies (ALCS) in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and the American Association for Netherlandic Studies (AANS).
Substantially declining student numbers, reduced social status, dropping budgets: Dutch studies (the study of the national language and its literature) has encountered heavy weather throughout the world, including Flanders and the Netherlands themselves. Sven Vitse, lecturer in modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University, reveals the problems and paradoxes, and argues that Dutch Studies should assertively and constructively provide a scholarly interpretation of social issues. Literature, for example, is an excellent opportunity for the practice of a skill which is acutely threatened these days: focus.
2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the war in Eastern Ukraine. The impact of this largely forgotten war on daily life forms the basis of ROZSYPNE, a literary virtual reality production, written and directed by the Dutch-Ukrainian writer Lisa Weeda (1989). At the end of March, the virtual reality installation ROZSYPNE will premiere at the Passa Portafestival in Brussels.
Universities all over the world publish academic monographs and scientific journals on the Low Countries. In this article you will find an overview of recent university press publications in English.
Dutch writer-columnist Simon(e) van Saarloos and poet-performer Dean Bowen are going transatlantic this spring. In New Orleans, each in their own way, they will use the eclectic dynamics of this city in the south of the US to explore themes such as the plurality and construction of identities, individual and role model, history and present.
The ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht has been nominated by the London Book Fair for a 2019 International Excellence Award in the Literary Festival category. The winner is to be announced in London on 12 March at the opening ceremony of the Book Fair.