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.

  • 7 februari 2019

FIRST BOOK: fictional characters crash into harsh realities in Ook bomen slapen (Trees sleep too) by Annemarie Peeters

FIRST BOOK: fictional characters crash into harsh realities in Ook bomen slapen (Trees sleep too) by Annemarie Peeters

The monthly column First Book draws attention to literary debuts which garnered less notice upon release than they deserve. In Ook bomen slapen (Trees sleep too), Annemarie Peeters intertwines the lives of former opera director Corneille and young opera singer Ofelia: two seemingly quite different characters who nonetheless share a longing for recognition and a desire to escape from silence. At the end of the article you can read several translated excerpts from the book.

  • 6 februari 2019

Scientists looking for answers on the 1918 influenza pandemic in Ypres

Scientists looking for answers on the 1918 influenza pandemic in Ypres

On 7 and 8 February, some 130 scientists and interested people from all over the world will discuss in Ypres the influenza pandemic of a hundred years ago. This pandemic, which wrongly became known as the 'Spanish' Flu, caused an estimated 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide. This is a multiple of the death toll of the First World War in whose wake the disease made its advance. It was the largest and most deadly disease since the plague in the Middle Ages.

  • 6 februari 2019

These artists won the Flemish Culture Prizes

These artists won the Flemish Culture Prizes

Theatre makers Jan Decorte and Sigrid Vinks have received the Ultima (Flemish Culture Prize) for General Cultural Merit from the Flemish government. Singer Tamino, director Lukas Dhont, visual artist Otobong Nkanga, writer Peter Verhelst and the renewed Bokrijk also take home an Ultima. Flemish Minister for Culture Sven Gatz presented the twelve Flemish Culture Prizes yesterday evening in Brussels.

  • 6 februari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: The snow queen (Tjitske Jansen)

POEM OF THE DAY: The snow queen (Tjitske Jansen)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. Today you can read De sneeuwkoningin (The snow queen) by Tjitske Jansen (°1971) from her debut Het moest maar eens gaan sneeuwen (Podium, 2003).

  • 5 februari 2019

Belpop Revolutionaries: Tsar B, Tamino and Angèle

Belpop Revolutionaries: Tsar B, Tamino and Angèle

A new and younger generation in Belgian music is taking over the torch from the established order. The most important revolutionaries? Tsar B, Tamino and Angèle. Their weapons? Less guitars, more electronica, and psychedelic bedroom pop. The secret key to their success? Instagram and Spotify.

  • 5 februari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: ‘Shall I Walk with You Some of the Way?’ (Hagar Peeters)

POEM OF THE DAY: ‘Shall I Walk with You Some of the Way?’ (Hagar Peeters)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. Today you can read ‘Shall I Walk with You Some of the Way?’ (‘Zal ik nog een eindje met je meelopen?') by Hagar Peeters (°1972) from the recently published volume of selected poems City of Sandcastles (Shoestring Press, 2018).

  • 4 februari 2019

AmuseeVous proves young people and the art world are a match made in heaven

AmuseeVous proves young people and the art world are a match made in heaven

Introducing young people to the art world is AmuseeVous’ top priority. An increasing number of Flemish organisations offer youngsters the possibility to discover museums, art and our cultural heritage at their own pace, hoping to inspire their peers to follow suit. ‘Stating young people are a difficult target group when it comes to art is simply not true. All it requires to draw them in is a tailor-made offer.’

  • 4 februari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: Burning house (Tsead Bruinja)

POEM OF THE DAY: Burning house (Tsead Bruinja)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. Today you can read Baarnend hûs (Burning House) by Tsead Bruinja (°1974) from the volume De geboorte van het zwarte paard (Cossee, 2008).

  • 3 februari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: Palpitations (Mustafa Stitou)

POEM OF THE DAY: Palpitations (Mustafa Stitou)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. Today you can read Hartkloppingen (Palpitations) by Mustafa Stitou (°1974) from the volume Mijn gedichten (Vassallucci, 1998).

  • 2 februari 2019

POEM OF THE DAY: The last unknown person (Ester Naomi Perquin)

POEM OF THE DAY: The last unknown person (Ester Naomi Perquin)

During Poetry Week, which runs from 31 January to 6 February, we treat you every day to beautiful verses by a contemporary poet from Flanders or the Netherlands. Today you can read De laatste onbekende (The last unknown person) by Ester Naomi Perquin (°1980) from the volume Namens de ander’(Van Oorschot, 2009).