Take a look at our selection of recently translated Dutch literature.
The far right uses social media as a sort of pulpit from which to lash out without restraint against the left and society’s alleged excesses.
Justine Cappelle made a poetic film after the poem 'I Love Icarus' by Tjitske Jansen.
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in Leeuwarden in 1876 but became infamous as Mata Hari, exotic, mistress extraordinaire and possible superspy. Was she indeed as deceitful and voluptuous as often described? Lots of questions and only some answers about this sinister Salomé.
On 11 October 2009, the Flemish missionary, known as Father Damien, was declared a saint for his extraordinary service in caring for the lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in the 19th Century.
On 13 October 1944, the first V1 fell on Antwerp. This was the start of a long period of fear and terror.
If you really want to understand how the Dutch lived in the Golden Age, then you should learn to read 17th century Dutch.
Wouter Paijmans recently exchanged the brush for needle and thread. Still, the painterly approach can be seen in his 'confection paintings'.
Ten trivia you probably didn't know about this typical Dutch snack.
The English language knows 'they' for one person. But in Dutch a gender-neutral alternative to 'he' and 'she' is still a long way off. This may have to do with a grammatical rule that Dutch speakers consider important.
Starting this month, Dutch literature will present itself under the title 'New Dutch Writing' at more than 70 festivals and events in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Reinier Kroese made a poetic film after the poem 'Lost' by Bart Moeyaert.
Words become outlawed, and people with different opinions soon accuse the other party of engaging in ‘framing’. Are the language police just round the corner?
Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Gerrit van de Linde aka the Schoolmaster. We selected his poem ‘The Ape’.
There are still numerous historical references to the Dutch language in Guyana.
A Year on the Post is a series of interviews with cultural attachés about their experiences. This edition: Friso Wijnen in Paris.
Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere considers himself a language romanticist. 'A romanticist will consider language as the spine of one’s identity.'
Kobe Fleerackers made a poetic film after the poem 'On Mrs P.’s Municipal Coffin' by Menno Wigman.
In his playful works Kasper Bosmans investigates histories of traditions and objects creating new narratives to offer a critical view on cultural and political relics.
Femke Vindevogel has written a blackly comic tale about a quest for one’s true self on the disadvantaged side of town.
Dutch artists painted a giant bookcase on an apartment building in Utrecht featuring residents’ favorite books.
Portrait of a Flemish metal band that far exceeds the genre and puts bandages on gaping wounds.
Luc Devoldere states that we have no choice in Europe, but to become as multilingual as possible.
Just going by today’s headlines, the end of Western democracy seems imminent. However, is a crisis not the essence of a democracy?
London and the music industry dominate the Dutch cultural production in the United Kingdom. But it is well worth looking beyond the capital and discover new opportunities.
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.
Through collaborations with a wide variety of artists Robbrecht & Daem have managed to develop their own specific voice in which the history of architecture resounds in a most poetic way.
The National Archives of the Netherlands created an online research guide on the subject of slavery in the former Dutch East Indies between 1820 and 1900.
At the age of 75, Flemish roots rocker Roland Van Campenhout still plays in the sandpit.
The flamboyant South African writer has eighty candles to blow out. Portrait of a complex artist.
Realism, surrealism and the absurd compete for priority in the Emma De Swaef’s and Marc James Roels’ stop–motion film This Magnificent Cake!
Jeroen Olyslaegers unravels the mystery of the most significant Renaissance painter of both Flanders and the Netherlands.
In the Dutch Caribbean, there has been a transition from mother-tongue education in Dutch to high-quality education in Dutch as a Foreign Language.
The Amsterdam Museum ditches ‘Golden Age’ in favour of inclusive ’17th century’.
Fleming Peter De Brabander provides the logistics for movies about the Second World War.
Eindhoven-based story designer artist Alice Wong is interested in how reality is shaped.
Nine youngsters from the Low Countries created poetic films based on their favourite Dutch-language poem.
At the beginning of September 1944, 75 years ago, the first allied forces entered Belgium to liberate the country from the German occupier.
In the Netherlands the harsh winter of 1944-1945 became a symbol of the people’s suffering during World War II.
In his first novel 'Vijd' Jonas Bruyneel paints a vibrant portrait of the Burgundian family who commissioned the world-famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' of the Van Eyck brothers.
Rineke Dijkstra’s new film installation Night Watching shows 14 groups of people looking at Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.
St. Eustatius, a little known island in the Dutch Antilles, played an important role in America’s War of Independence.
A Year on the Post is a series of interviews with cultural attachés of the Netherlands about their experiences abroad. This edition: Janette Verrijzer in Moscow.
Meet one of the Netherlands’ most exciting contemporary composers.
One of the Netherlands' most legendary bands has been playing outside the establishment for the past forty decades.
A Nottingham language student shares a memory of her semester spent in the Netherlands.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Anke Senden. We selected her poem ‘here’.
Nowhere is the Gender Pay Gap as strongly present as in professional football and cycling. Hind Fraihi states its about time the gap gets closed.
Since its start in 2000, the Brussels dance theatre company has been building up a strong international reputation.
In his debut novel Frank Heinen lays bare the state of the care system in contemporary society as well as the role played by the media in how we perceive certain events.
The United States remains the second most popular foreign destination for artists from the Netherlands.
J. Slauerhoff’s romantic novel ‘Adrift in the Middle Kingdom’ is for the first time available to English-language readers.
The Dutch poet, novelist and travel writer will be granted his fourth honorary doctorate.
Where once there was a checkpoint in France, the slogan 'Let us be ungovernable' can be read along the border. Luc Devoldere wonders what the graffiti artists mean by this.
Interest in the work of Flemish woodcut artist Frans Masereel has increased substantially in the US and the UK. Masereel biographer Joris van Parys knows how that came about.
When you travel to West Wales you might end up in 'Little Flanders', once the home of 'brave and robust hard workers'.
Derek Blyth points out a unique Belgian phenomenon, the trade in paper beach flowers.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Esther Jansma. We selected her poem ‘Invasion’.
An overview of the new museum acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Art.
Why not read a novel by a Dutch or Flemish author this summer? Take a look at our selection.
Our summer selection of Dutch-language poetry that has recently been translated into English.
When it comes to solving the crisis of the neerlandistiek in the Netherlands, universities can learn a lot from their colleagues in the United States.
Large-scale research shows that the Dutch are unanimous about what makes the Netherlands the Netherlands, despite sharp contradictions in the public debate.
Discover the other side of the popular seaside resort with its impressive Art Nouveau houses, adorned with loggias, glazed tiles and elegant ironwork.
The former cycling world champion Willy De Bruyn is the first trans person to get a street named after him in Brussels.
Did you know there is a Dutch town called Austerlitz with a pyramid nearby, built by Napoleon’s soldiers?
He sets fire to furniture, makes seats grow and locks people in clocks to manipulate time. Designer Maarten Baas continues to surprise.
The Netherlands celebrates extensively that women are allowed to vote there since 1919. Yet the struggle is far from over.
In the Flemish music industry, pop and rock photographer Alex Vanhee has been a household name for more than 25 years now.
One hundred years ago, the treaty that would finally end World War I was signed in Versailles. A frustrating experience for war-battered Belgium.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Pieter Olde Rikkert. We selected his poem ‘Two Girls’.
Derek Blyth expresses his love for the carillons of Flanders and the Netherlands.
A Year on the Post is a series of interviews with cultural attachés of the Netherlands about their experiences abroad. This edition: Joost Taverne in New York.
The anxieties around the status of the language we speak, find a precedent in the nineteenth-century Netherlands.
What is the result of the deal between Google Books and the Ghent University Library?
Studying Dutch abroad signifies considerable economic and cultural added value. But are the Dutch and Flemish politicians truly aware of this untapped potential?
In her debut novel 'Niemand keek omhoog’ Evelien Vos raises the question: to what extent can we control our lives?
This Dutch theatre company prepares young people for art, beauty and consolation.
The images of the house are part of a new online exhibition that includes the only known video of the World War II diarist.
Milo Rau and his theater company NTGent adapted the Greek tragedy The Oresteia. Editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere left the performance with mixed feelings.
All over the country young people still study the Dutch language and Netherlandic culture at educational and cultural institutions.
A digital reading of Berndnaut Smilde's renowned cloud sculptures 'Nimbus 2'.
The cultural heritage of the early Dutch settlers in South Africa still plays an important role in the life of this ‘rainbow nation’.
Derek Blyth goes on a literary pilgrimage in Willem Elsschot’s Antwerp.
No house is more Dutch than the terraced house. Yet this type of architecture has only recently come to be valued as it should. Time to redress the balance.
Where are the official apologies for the sufferings the Dutch and Belgians caused in their former colonies?
The artist from The Hague builds overwhelming experiences in the form of large installations.
Mobility policy in France, Belgium and the Netherlands is making way for the bicycle, with Groningen as a founding example.
The festival season has barely started, but, already, the Ghent artist with Caribbean roots seems to be making her mark this year.