They are a colourful and curious bunch, the artists that Hans Depelchin assembles in his debut novel Weekdier (Mollusc).
The Antwerp-based artist paints colourful ideal worlds, building an ever-expanding dream universe that combines personal mythology with a close reading of art history.
Our selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
Join us on our journey throughout the history of the Netherlands. We start in so-called "pre-history".
This week's Friday Verses are written by Pim Cornelussen. We translated his poem ‘Someone Sighs’.
The new director of Ons Erfdeel regrets that the debate about Flemish self-awareness has degenerated into a polarisation between the populist right and the tendentious left.
The United Kingdom and The Netherlands' shared history has a big and often funny impact on each other's language.
According to Hind Fraihi rabid Black Lives Matters supporters view colour blindness as a form of micro-aggression designed to erase ethnic identity and experience.
Vincent van Gogh was not only a great artist, his letters bear witness to a great talent for writing.
A melancholic and funny debut novel about people who tend to follow the herd but still want to be noticed.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere bids his readers farewell.
In this podcast, we are delving into some of the unique and peculiar customs, social norms and rituals of Flanders and the Netherlands.
Discover one of the greatest classical poets of the twentieth century in the Netherlands.
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Have you ever wondered where those cargo bikes come from?
This week's Friday Verses are written by Charles Ducal. We translated his poem ‘After the Flood’.
Brussels landscape architect Bas Smets reconstructed a fragment of a Pieter Bruegel painting in the landscape of Brabant.
The work of Dutch landscape photographer Saskia Boelsums is inspired by the rich painting tradition of the Old Masters.
Don’t start shouting that ‘we’re back in the 1930s again’, writes Fraihi. That sort of warning is counterproductive and even risks gaining the status of forbidden fruit.
The 400-year-old painting turns out to be the oldest known composition of "The Holy Family".
For a long time, the Dutch believed that the Netherlands was somehow a 'Gidsland' ('Guide Land'), a nation whose moral example could inspire other nations toward better behaviour.
Author Daniel Rovers thinks there is something wrong with the way loneliness is often written about.
By April next year, CODART will publish its canon list of masterpieces in book form.
British poet Will Stone explores the importance of Stefan Zweig's early friendship with the oft-overlooked Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren.
Marije Langelaar’s debut novel is a short triptych in which dreams and reality are softly entwined, in search of perfect symbiosis.
As a socially desirable phenomenon, laughter is the paragon of happiness. But what if that laugh cannot be sustained?
It is well known that the American tradition of Thanksgiving originated with the Pilgrim fathers. Less well-known, however, is that the inspiration for that feast came from the Dutch city of Leiden. Indeed, the Pilgrim’s brief stay there was responsible for a number of Dutch influences on modern America.
Nxt Museum represents both a new museum for Amsterdam and an art institution for a new generation.
Masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Eyck have helped photographer Hendrik Kerstens blur the line between the painter’s art and photography.
In the last episode of the series ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’, we find out what the national motto ‘Je maintiendrai’ really stands for.
The Mauritshuis in The Hague prepares an exhibition about sweet perfumes and foul odours in the 17th century.
250 words have been discovered from Skepi, a Dutch-based creole language spoken in Guyana for three centuries. And that's a big deal.
Those who know where to look can read the history of the planet and the human race in trees and landscapes. Two researchers from the Low Countries, Salomon Kroonenberg and Valerie Trouet, tell the story of the earth, our past and perhaps also our future.
The Dutch writer and visual artist Nicole Montagne is searching for 'imaginary lonelinesses' with, among others, Hopper, Spilliaert and the 'unknown girl from the Seine River'.
Jan Renkema gives an overview of the core trademarks of Dutch identity.
Playwright and director Lisaboa Houbrechts has written a kaleidoscopic theatre piece of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and the era in which he created Mad Meg.
Every evening since 1928, a group of buglers has sounded the Last Post in Ypres to honour the soldiers who died in WWI in Flanders Fields.
The Dutch photographer Bas Meeuws is continuing the tradition of Golden Age floral still lifes.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Rand Helawi. We translated her poem ‘Empty Room’.
Christina and Tom face the same dilemma: what to put first, each other or their careers in art?
Hind Fraihi believes that we have to face the reality of Islamist street terrorism and eradicate it using both hard and soft approaches.
The Low Countries' view of the United States has gradually changed from admiration to sadness and frustration.
In the First World War, a Belgian armoured battalion was sent abroad against the Germans and Austrians. It engaged in a worldwide adventure.
In the Low Countries too, the use of profanity by politicians in office is no longer an exception. Is this profane language spontaneous and innocent, or is there a calculated strategy behind it?
This week's Friday Verses are written by Hans Depelchin. We translated his poem ‘wind egg’.
The Dutch have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In the seventeenth century, they were responsible for the world's first multinational company.
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you that Ons Erfdeel vzw former deputy editor-in-chief, Frits Niessen, has passed away.
Exactly 500 years ago, Charles V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, much to his French rival Francis I’s chagrin.
The legacy of the Dutch historians Johan Huizinga and Pieter Geyl can hardly be overestimated.
The Dutch like to fend for themselves, for fear of further interference. They love their freedom and independence.
These two portraits, of a kind rarely seen in public collections, will now better represent Ostade’s oeuvre within Cambridge and the UK.
The English language has many names and expressions in which the word Dutch is used. Its meaning is often negative.
Who was this liberal Dutch writer, who came into contact with many great minds of her time?
This week's Friday Verses are written by Ruth Lasters. We translated her poem ‘Wire’.
‘It is not difficult to find a basis for cooperation. After all, each country cares for its heritage and thus faces similar issues.’
The Dutch artist wonders whether she can translate the spatial aspect of her installations into something that could simply hang on the wall, like a painting.
Flemish and Dutch right-wing extremists mostly convene in online environments. However, it is clear the Flemish-Dutch front formation intends to develop into much more than an army of keyboard warriors.
At Saint Petersburg State University, translation studies and interpreting are important subjects within the study of Dutch language and culture.
Utopia is not always an imaginary place. That is what Derek Blyth discovered when he entered the stunning city library of Aalst.
A big survey shows that Dutch and Flemish people who move abroad to Anglophone countries don’t speak Dutch quite as often as their other emigrated compatriots do.
After being hidden for six hundred years, the Royal Library of Belgium presents its unique collection of manuscripts from the Burgundian period.
There is something about the development of the Indonesian language that irritates journalist Joss Wibisono - it is being mixed with English.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Bart Van der Straeten. We translated his poem ‘Truth’.
In this episode, we find out what Flemish and Dutch people have been eating since prehistoric times. Smakelijk!
An American philanthropist has returned a portrait by the 15th-century artist Hans Memling to the city of Bruges, where it was painted.
The GUM does not set out to display a number of scientific truths but wants to demonstrate how doubt and beauty are part of the scientific process.
Writer Aster Berkhof has passed away. For a long time, he was one of the most read authors in Flanders. What should we remember of his oeuvre?
Due to the openness and the usually quick acceptance of various groups the Netherlands has been able to develop as a country in which modern ideas can flourish.
The fourth and final stage of our cycling trip on the Via Belgica takes us from Heerlen to Cologne.
Ewoud Kieft offers a lot of food for thought in his debut novel. Even the perfect world of the future is not to everyone’s taste.
Rapper Zwangere Guy enters into a conversation with Brussels in order to get to know the city and himself better.
'Mirror of Reality’ is the first comprehensive overview of nineteenth-century Dutch painting, set within the context of the international art world.
‘One-Third Land and Two-Thirds Sky' – that is how the film director Peter Greenaway saw, and sees, the Netherlands.
The International Literature Festival Utrecht brings the vending machine that spits out short stories to the Netherlands
Koen Vanmechelen created an evolving work of art on the foundations of the former mine and zoo of Zwartberg in the Belgian city of Genk.
Our selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
In a country of polders, flatness defines everything. This flatness means that nobody can rise above you, nor you above them.
Agatha Christie’s iconic detective is probably modelled after a real-life Belgian policeman.
The oldest Dutch department store chain De Bijenkorf is celebrating its 150th year.
The Dutch have a constant willingness to compromise and whose aim above all is a general consensus.
The Leonardo Da Vinci of the Low Countries is responsible for many revolutionary discoveries in physics, architecture, mathematics and linguistics.
Nuances of Dutch language are sometimes difficult for non-native speakers. But these difficulties have led to creative language discoveries.
Tratsaert will succeed Luc Devoldere as editor-in-chief and managing director of Flemish-Dutch cultural institution Ons Erfdeel vzw.
According to the jury, Dijkstra makes a major contribution to the international prestige of Dutch visual arts with her work.
From dance to circus, his performances show influences from various disciplines and are a constant exploration of the possibilities of the body.
Birney's throat-grabbing novel 'The Interpreter from Java' about the colonial past in the Dutch East Indies highlights the lasting consequences of a civil war in a penetrating way.
The Brussels-based school for contemporary dance and choreography has an impressive international reputation.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Maud Vanhauwaert. We translated her poem ‘A Sorry Sight’.
At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium became the worlds best football team by winning gold after a controversial match against Czechoslovakia.
Jan Renkema provides a clear analysis of the Dutch identity in his pamphlet ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’. He starts with a conversation on a flight to Schiphol.
The second stage of our cycling trip on the Via Belgica takes us from Tournai to Liberchies.
Which image or object would you choose to capture the Low Countries?
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is the youngest writer to win the International Booker Prize, which celebrates the finest fiction translated into English from around the world.
The young Dutch artist has built up a diverse oeuvre in which language is increasingly prominent both as a theme and as a medium.
Jane Judge’s book provides a profound analysis of the rich sources surrounding the events that shaped the Belgian identity.
Here's a photobook that depicts the sensation of covering hundreds of kilometres on horseback in a snowy landscape without civilisation.
Derek Blyth pays tribute to the man who has shown us the way for more than four hundred years: the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator.
The first stage of our cycling trip on the Via Belgica takes us from Boulogne to Tournai.
Water shortage is becoming ever more serious and is now causing problems with shipping, agriculture and subsidence.
For decades, pigeon racing was as much part of Belgium as the Atomium, chip stalls and cycle racing.
By linking the course to contemporary issues, Dutch and Flemish Studies in Michigan is now more in demand than ever.
Seventy-five years after the declaration of Indonesian independence, it is high time for apologies to be made at the level of government, and for a national memory that is more inclusive.
In the Brussels European Quarter you'll find a museum dedicated to the - at times turbulent - history of Europe.
What makes the life and work of the early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck so special?
Five hundred years after his birth, publishers can still learn from his cultural entrepreneurship.
Rotterdam used to be a tough industrial city. Not any longer. It’s now got the energy of New York combined with the liveability of Copenhagen.
Derek Blyth invites you to discover the Jewish Community of Antwerp, one of the largest in Europe.
Martin Michael Driessen's delightful short story for the first time in English.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is presenting artist's portraits in an exhibition on identity and image.
Pour a glass of your favourite brew and join on a historic journey of beer and brewing in the Low Countries. Proost!